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OFFICERS

sharon strouse nsbf photo.jpg Sharon Strouse
Board Chair
Amish Country Byway, Ohio Byway Links
8955 County Road 393
Millersburg, OH 44654
330-231-3468
sharonstrouse@gmail.com

Sharon Strouse is an Amish Country Byway Leader and founding member of the Ohio Byway Links nonprofit. She is a former advisor for the America’s Byways Resource Center and Peer Advisor Network (PAN) trainer. She has been involved with the National Scenic Byway program since 1998. Enjoying efforts to complete byway projects and update strategic plans, she welcomes the chance to meet with byway leaders and help byway leaders identify ways to enhance their byway organization. She is Professor Emeritus for Ohio State University Extension, Community Development and owner of Design Impressions, a small business in Millersburg Ohio.

Bobby Koepplin
Board Vice Chair
Sheyenne River Valley Scenic Byway
1105 7th Street SE
Valley City, ND 58072-4164
701-845-2251
bkoepplin@kwh.com

Bobby Koepplin, Valley City, ND serves as the Chairperson of the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, has been involved with Byways for 20 years, is a founding member of the National Scenic Byway Foundation and serves as a Byway PEER Advisor. Bobby has leveraged funds and led the completion of over $2.3 million of Byway related projects including 41 interpretive sites, 10 map panel kiosk locations, numerous visitor amenities (including way finding/highway signage, trails, concrete privy installations, pedestrian access ways, asphalt pullouts/parking areas), print and web marketing materials, completion of Corridor Management Plans, building restoration and interpretation of: Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum, Wimbledon, ND, Kathryn Community Center, Kathryn, ND and construction/interpretation of the Rosebud Visitor Center in Valley City, ND.

Charlotte Bumgarner
Treasurer
Gold Belt Tour National Scenic Byway
6778 Park County Road 102
Guffey, CO 80820
719-689-2485
cb4mile@hughes.net

Charlotte Bumgarner has served as Executive Director for the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway Association since 2001. Prior to becoming ED she was on the committee that formed the Gold Belt organization (1997) and served as their first President. Charlotte was appointed to the Colorado Scenic Byway Commission in 2015 and currently serves as that board’s Vice Chairperson. Has served as the coordinator for Colorado Scenic Byway Conservation Coalition for the past 5 years. Charlotte is a Colorado native, and lives on the family ranch and is the proud grandma to Emma and Harper.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

StacyBrown1.jpg Stacy Brown
Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
629 Spring Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
318-222-9391
sbrown@sbctb.org

Stacy A. Brown was promoted to President of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau in September 2000. Stacy joined the bureau in May of 1994 as Vice President of Communications. She has more than 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Stacy earned her certification from the Destination Marketing Association International as a Certified Destination Management Executive and as a Louisiana Certified Travel Professional through the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association. She currently serves on the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association’s Board of Directors. She has served on the Education/Public Relations Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee and Consumer Marketing Committee for a number of years. Stacy also serves on the Red River Revel Board of Directors, Independence Bowl Board, Spring Street Museum Foundation Board and the Shreveport Water Works Museum Board. Stacy was presented the Athena Award in 2006.

Rob Draper
166 Lattice Gate Street
The Woodlands, TX 77382
281-292-5028 or 281-825-8572
rdsdtx@att.net

Rob Draper worked with the U.S. Department of Transportation for over 30 years, retiring in 2007. He had a diverse career and experience in policy, research, budget and program management – including serving as the director for the National Scenic Byways Program. He has served on the Foundation board since 2012. Since retiring, Rob stays busy with volunteer activities such as a community donation garden and mission work for transforming a Haitian village. Rob and Susan moved to Texas in 2009 to enjoy the flip-flop climate, where Susan wears flip-flops and Rob wears shorts much of the year. Susan also is an active volunteer and knitter. Their daughter, Ellary, lives on a byway in Tuscaloosa, AL.

eric hamilton Eric Hamilton
Executive Director, Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway
67 Pico Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065
518-371-7548
eric.hamilton@mohawktowpath.org

Eric Hamilton retired in 2002 from a career as an environmental engineer with the N Y State Department of Environmental Conservation. Since then his passion has been the Mohawk Towpath Byway and its recreational assets. He assisted with the early byway advocacy during the process of obtaining designation as one of N Y State’s network of scenic byways. He has worked with the eight municipalities to form a coalition to implement the byway’s Corridor Management Plan, gain recognition as one of America’s Byways, and adopt a Scenic Conservation Action Plan. His latest efforts have led to the addition of two neighboring municipalities into the Coalition and formation of the Friends of the Mohawk Towpath Byway, a membership organization. A member of the Shenendehowa Rotary, he and his wife Barb have lived within 2 miles of the Erie Canal, Mohawk River and the waterway west for over 44 years.

Bob Haynes
Old Canada Road Scenic Byway
27 Elm Street
Skowhegan, ME 04976
207-399-6330
Bob.haynes@myfairpoint.net

Bob Haynes has served as coordinator for the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway for the past 15 years. His years of involvement with Old Canada Road and the Maine Byways program have created an understanding and importance of Scenic Byways to rural areas in the state of Maine and across the country. He has a BS in Forest Management from the University of Maine and has spent more than 25 years working in the timber industry in Maine. He is the father of two and now has three grandchildren. He has numerous volunteer activities including serving as Coburn Park Commissioner, the Somerset Woods Trustees, Boy Scouts and other land trust boards. In his spare time, he is the resident steward of his antique home in Skowhegan.

Janet Kennedy
Lakes to Locks Passage All American Road
814 Bridge Road
P.O. Box 65
Crown Point, NY 12928
518-597-9660 or 518-637-4687
janet@lakestolocks.org

JANET KENNEDY has gained a broad range of experience working in both the public and private sector in site planning and recreation management, as well as transportation and regional planning. Since 1996, Janet has focused on planning and economic revitalization for New York communities through the Federal Highway Administration's National Scenic Byway program. In 2002, the New York Byway known as "Lakes to Locks Passage, New York’s Great Northeast Journey" received All-American Road designation, recognizing the Byway's commitment to stewarding the region's resources in balance with community and economic development. Through the Quebec-New York Corridor, she has been involved in the development of a cross-border tourism partnership with the communities along the Richelieu River in Quebec. Her latest work effort is a collaboration with National Geographic to promote tourism that is “guided by locals” to national and international audiences.

Anne Taber Klenke
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
1205 N. Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-436-9588
aklenke@visitlakecharles.org

ANNE TABER KLENKE has worked on the marketing, branding, interpretation and grant writing/funding of the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road since 1997 and became the coordinator for this byway in 2004, all while working for The Graham Group ad agency handling a wide variety of clients but with an emphasis on destinations and tourism related entities. Prior to this Anne was the Marketing Director for the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association for 10 years. In 2012 Anne moved back home to Southwest Louisiana to become the Tourism Director for the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (which serves as the marketing arm of the Creole Nature Trail.) In this role Anne actively markets the Creole Nature Trail and Southwest Louisiana to media as well as domestic and international tour operators.

Wanda Maloney
Scenic Byway Consultant-Corridor Solutions
5113 Carversham Court
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
336-659-2457 or 336-231-9733
wanda.maloney@corridorsolutions.net

Wanda Maloney is a scenic byway consultant who has spent her career implementing community-based transportation programs. She began working with byways in 1996, and in 2005, founded Corridor Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in policy, planning and organizational development services for byway programs and scenic byway organizations. Her firm developed the first accreditation program for byways, and she has invested the last nine years in observation, research, and planning with byway groups seeking sustainability. When developing program policy, she draws upon her extensive experience with byway groups to help bridge the gap between sound policy and grassroots capacity. She holds a BA in History and MA in Public Administration. She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with her husband and three children.

pat_moran photo Pat Moran
Oregon Scenic Byways Program Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
555 13th St. NE Ste. 2
Salem, OR 97301-6867
503-986-4261
Patrick.m.moran@odot.state.or.us

Pat Moran is the state Program Manager for Oregon's Scenic Byways program at the Oregon Department of Transportation. He has over 31 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture and planning, and has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. He is the chair of the Oregon Scenic Byways Advisory Committee and he also coordinates many state, federal, and local partnerships along Oregon's byways. Pat also serves as a member of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Oregon Scenic Bikeways Advisory Committee. When Pat is not out in the field working on one of Oregon's 26 Scenic Byways, he can be found fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking, or working as a co-author on numerous big game hunting publications for the Pacific Northwest.

Sallie O'Hara photo Sallie O’Hara
Tara Hill Specialties, LLC
P.O. Box 6
St. Augustine, Fl 32085-0006
904-540-0402
tarahill@bellsouth.net

Sallie O’Hara, MHRM, is a free-lance consultant with Tara Hill Specialties, LLC. Her proficient specialties, after government service of 31.5-years with the FL Department of Children and Families, include accomplishments as a certified faculty trainer, speaker, grant writer, contract manager, quality management application specialist, operations manager, support manager and management consultant experienced in working with private, nonprofit, and governmental entities. She served seven years as Byway Program Administrator for Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway and currently works with the Vilano Beach Main Street Program as manager among other public and private consulting projects. As a lifelong resident of Northeast Florida living in St. Augustine for over 40 years, she is active in the community as an experienced entrepreneur, owning and operating a travel tour business, wholesale and retail tropical fish businesses and a charter boat business. She actively participates in a number of community organizations and boards including Rotary Club of Coastal St. Johns County and Byway organizations.

photo_BeckyRepp.JPG Becky Repp
American Road Magazine
P.O. Box 46519
Mt. Clemens, MI 48046
877-285-5434 x1
becky@americanroadmagazine.com

Rebecca Repp, BFA, ARM, co-founded Mock Turtle Press with her husband Thomas Repp, MFA (Executive Editor/Art Director) in 1998. They lead a team that produces high-quality, critically-acclaimed books, the award-winning American Road magazine, and various contracted works (documentaries, web sites, brochures, etc.). Since 2002 Rebecca Repp has served as the General Manager for American Road magazine–a glossy publication devoted to promoting and communicating the joys of traveling America’s scenic and historic back roads. American Road magazine is distributed nationally and internationally by Disticor Distribution and is available in fine bookstores including Barnes and Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million, etc.

Chris Sieverdes Chris Sieverdes
7501 Whitehall Lane
Millersburg, OH 44654
330-674-2570
csieverdes@gmail.com

Chris Sieverdes serves as an Amish Country Byway Leader. He is a member on the Ohio DOT Scenic Byway Advisory Committee and is Secretary of Ohio Byway Links, Inc., a coalition of 27 state and America’s Byways. He is Professor Emeritus at Clemson University where he specialized in leadership and community development. In January 2017 he retired as the Executive Director of Blue Key Honor Society after 17 years of service. He serves as a docent and curator at the Millersburg Glass Museum. In the summer of 2015, he hosted the first NSBF Byway Leader Training. He is affiliated with the Heritage Leader Foundation in Ohio.


VOLUNTEER STAFF

Deborah Divine
Co-Executive Director
Planner/Facilitator
The Leadership Firm
PO Box 2143, Salina, KS 67402-2143
785-452-0166
deborahdivine@cox.net

Co-Executive Director Deb Divine is a community planner. She served as Program Manager for the Kansas Scenic Byways Program for 13 years during which nine of the state’s 11 byways were designated. Prior to moving to Kansas in 1988, Deb was the Director of the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Center for the State of Florida through the University of Florida Transportation Research Center. She holds degrees in Sociology and Civil Engineering (Transportation Planning). She loves to travel (byways, of course), quilt and find great local restaurants. She does historic performances portraying nationally recognized 20th century quilters, Rose Kretsinger and Marie Webster. She is married to John Divine who also facilitates community strategic planning. Three children and 11 grandchildren also keep them busy.

sally pearce

Sally Pearce
Co-Executive Director
Historian/Facilitator
SJ Pearce Consultants
904 Cook Street, Denver, CO 80206
303-355-4460 | 303-358-8573
info@nsbfoundation.com

Sally Pearce serves as Co-Executive Director of the National Scenic Byway Foundation and is also a consultant. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Ms. Pearce has lived in Colorado since 1979. She received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Colorado State University and her B.A. in American Studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Ms. Pearce served as the State Scenic Byways Program Coordinator for the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Program at the Colorado Department of Transportation for twenty years. In addition, she also served as the Department’s Staff Historian for thirteen years. She is a published author, including a guide to Colorado architecture and several books on historic mining districts.