Marvell E. Ruppel

President 2017-2018

Marvell Ruppel, of Cedarburg, Wisconsin was elected AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President August 12th, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. Marvell is an active Life Member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #60, where she currently holds the offices of President and Hospital Chairman.


Marvell was first introduced to the AMVETS family as a youth. Both her now deceased father – PDC Frank J. Bregar, Jr. and mother, Marvell, were active AMVETS and Auxiliary members. It was through their guidance and role modeling that Marvell was inspired to become an Auxiliary member when she became eligible.


Through the years Marvell has held many positions on the Local and State levels including Sergeant at Arms, Scholarship Chairman, Americanism Chairman, Chaplain, 1st, 2nd ,3rd Vice, President, and Parliamentarian.


On the National Level, Marvell served on the Child Welfare Committee, Community Service Committee, and History and Scrapbook Committee. She has served two terms as Sergeant at Arms, two terms as Americanism Chairman, Hospital Chairman, National 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Vice President until her efforts were culminated in the honor of being elected National President.


Marvell and her husband, Jim, have been married for forty-five years. They have four children and seven grandchildren – with one more on the way! Son’s Chad, Quinn, and Shaw, are Sons of AMVETS. Daughter Whitney is a previous AMVETS Department of Wisconsin White Clover Princess and Auxiliary Life Member. Marvell and Jim treasure their family and feel very blessed.


Marvell holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her professional career has spanned over thirty years and includes serving as an Assistant Director of Intensive Treatment in a State juvenile corrections facility, and as a County Child Protective Services Supervisor. She currently works at Fresh Start Family Services, where she is a Treatment Foster Care Case Management Supervisor, Clinical Advisor, and Trainer. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer for the School of Social Welfare at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.


Marvell’s project is street lamp replacement at Freedoms Foundation. Freedoms Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to fostering citizenship in young Americans, educating high school teachers throughout the country so they can build upon their classroom instruction regarding civic responsibility, and citizenship and recognition of Medal of Honor recipients. The goal of this project is to improve the visitor experience by making it easier to move around the campus at night.


Marvell believes in the values of equality, freedom and working together to build a better future for our children. Her theme for the year is “Never Forget”. We must never forget that we must treat others as we would want to be treated. We must never forget the history of this country and the sacrifices made by our Veterans, our current Military personnel, and their families to maintain our freedom, and we must never forget our responsibility to be active in our community, state and national legislative affairs.


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