Jannie Layne - President

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Jannie has lived in Springdale for close to 60 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Bo’s Blessings, a veteran’s non-profit she established in memory of her son 12-year Army Veteran Bo Swearingen.

She is an active member of the RNCIC board of directors, VA Family Council, Fayetteville Veterans Cemetery Council and the NW Arkansas Veterans Coalition.

She also works as a nurse in local medical clinics of Northwest Arkansas.


Al Wille - Vice President

A veteran who served active duty United States Marine Corps for six years.

Al retired from Springdale Fire Department as a driver/operator, where he served for over 27 years.

An active member of the American Legion for 14 years. As Historian, he was responsible for the registering of the Springdale American Legion Hut on the National Registry of Historic Places. He currently serves as Commander and has been for the last three years.

He attends Calvary Baptist Church with his wife Darla. Both his daughter and his son graduated from Springdale High School and are both veterans of the United States Marine Corps.

Dorthy Cardiel - Public Relations

  • Served in the Air Force for two years 1973-75

  • Lifetime certified teacher in Arkansas

  • Coordinator of Volunteers for ACO events since 2015

  • Active on the Board for the ACO yearly Gala since 2016

  • Member of the VFW Post 2952 Auxiliary since 2012; serve as the Vice President and coordinator of Veteran and Family Support

  • Initiated the first Family Freedom Festival for Springdale in 2018

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Dr. Kelly Powell - Social Media Specialist

  • An educator in the Springdale School District

  • Father was in Marine Corps

  • Resident of Springdale since 1994

  • Daughter, AJ, graduated from Har-Ber High School in Springdale, 2017 (Currently at John Brown University)

  • Husband, Jeff, works for the City of Springdale

Matt Mendenhall - Treasurer

  • Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (retired), Command Pilot with 4500+ flying hours

  • Commander, 99th Air Refueling Squadron, Robins AFB, GA

  • Major Awards: Meritorious Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal

  • Currently serving as Board Chairman on a Watershed Improvement District

  • Currently serving on Financial Advisory Board for his church

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Jeffery Vinger - Treasurer

  • Colonel, United State Air Force (retired 2012)

  • Civil engineer

  • Currently Director of Residential Facilities of University Housing (University of Arkansas)

  • Awards: Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Society of American Military Engineers National Technology Advancement Medal

Dave Vining - Board Member

  • Member of Cross Pointe Church in Tontitown

  • Retired licensed Realtor after eighteen years with Coldwell Banker

  • Boy Scout leader for over twenty five years and is a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow

  • In his eleventh year as a member of Springdale VFW Post 2952 he was elected as its Commander, after serving as the Post’s Quartermaster, Chief Financial Officer for seven years

  • Currently retired but still active as a Licensed & Bonded Mobile Notary Public

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Ken Spencer - Board Member

  • Served in the US Navy from 1969-1973 - Quartermaster 2nd Class (E5) USS Grayling SSN 646

  • Retired Accountant and Financial/Administrative Manager

  • Current Scout Master, Explorer Scout Leader, and District Commissioner

  • Founding Board Member and Vice President of Old Independence Regional Museum

  • President of Batesville Civil War Roundtable

Dr. Joe Zurborg - Board Member

  • Captain, USAF, 10th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, England

  • Presidential Citation and Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards

  • Director, Federal Meat & Poultry Inspection, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. Springdale, AR

  • President, Federal Executive Association, Northwest Arkansas Federal Agencies

  • Federal Emergency Board, Washington, D.C.



  • Born and raised in Springdale 

  • Married to Jeff Magdefrau, an Army veteran, who served in Germany from 1986 to 1988. 

  • Two daughters and 6 grandchildren

  • Works for Springdale Schools (students with special needs bus aide)

  • Treasurer for Springdale VFW Auxiliary Post 2952

  • 20 year volunteer for Ozark Komen