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John M. Gabriel

Location of Residence
Poughkeepsie, New York and Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Autobiography
I was born in Alexandria, VA as the first of three sons to my parents John and Mille Gabriel. During my youth we grew up in Lansdale, PA where the Reading Company was my local railroad and to this day is my favorite of the Anthracite carriers. With relatives located in the Lehigh and Wyoming valleys, I became acquainted with the other Anthracite carriers such as the Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Lehigh & New England, Delaware & Hudson, and the Lackawanna/Erie/Erie-Lackawanna. I attended Drexel University (Philadelphia), graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and was hired by IBM in the Hudson Valley (NY). At IBM I have a 37-year career with positions in Product Design, Manufacturing Engineering, Corporate Communications, Finance, and for the last 17 years, as Corporate Manager for Supply Chain Social Responsibility covering 12,000 suppliers in 90 countries. Along the way, I attended night school and graduated with an MBA from Union College (Schenectady), and traveled on business to over 20 countries. I founded and served as President of the Responsible Business Alliance for seven years, a 160-company industry group dedicated to social responsibility. Throughout my life I have grown my knowledge of the Anthracite railroads focusing on photography, modeling, and publications. Living in the Hudson Valley provided an opportunity to study other Anthracite roads such as the Susquehanna, O&W, and L&HR, along with connecting railroads like the New Haven and New York Central. I have been a member of ARHS since my college years and have followed my Father’s legacy of serving the ARHS Board since 2019. In addition to Anthracite railroads, I have an avid interest in: the Reading & Northern, THE Pennsylvania RR, Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, gourmet cooking, craft wines/beers, hard rock music, smooth jazz, and assisting aging family members and railroaders.

What skills/ contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
I ask for your vote to continue as a member of the Board of Directors. I will bring my deep experience gained from nearly four decades of technical and business positions in global industry, leading diverse teams of people, and collaboration with other groups to help ARHS in its strategic and operational objectives. I will contribute my organizational skills to provide professionally conducted Board and Membership meetings, and dedicated leadership to ensure ARHS survives and thrives.

My vision for ARHS in the future
As the incumbent President of ARHS, my vision is to lead the evolution of the organization into one of the premiere railroad historical groups in North America. ARHS has five established areas of interest: Archival Preservation; Publications/Internet; Equipment Restoration; Modeling; Sales/Outreach. During the next five years I envision ARHS will establish secure housing of its archives (photographic and materials); grow its publication of Anthracite related materials; complete restoration of its fleet of rolling stock; build partnerships with the leading model manufacturers to leverage our archival resources; grow sustained membership to over 1,000; and create a larger, deeper, and geographically dispersed team of volunteers representing all age groups and interests.

Kermit Geary, Jr.

Location of Residence
Walnutport, Pennsylvania 

Autobiography
Long-time member of the Society involved with restoration, archives and sales; property manager of Lehigh Gap archive center; Board of Directors member for many years, two years as president

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
Sales, archive scanning, restoration

My vision for ARHS in the future
A vibrant Society with an active archive center, increased membership participation, and a positive reputation of integrity

Richard Jahn

Location of Residence
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Autobiography
BS degree in Geology
Experience working in printing industry
Trained in electrical drafting
Experience with desktop publishing
Experience in railroad mechanics
Retired after 37-year career working at Philadelphia Refinery

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
Graphic arts and computer skills, magazine production, railroad restoration, painting, problem solving

My vision for ARHS in the future
Sustainability, preserving history

Kirsten Jahn Richardson

Location of Residence
Ambler, Pennsylvania

Autobiography
The ARHS has been a part of my entire life. As a young girl, I played with Matchbox cars in the dirt while my father worked to restore the Society’s F units. It was through this experience that I learned about desktop publishing and design, and found my career in user experience. It's also why I have a fondness towards our restoration efforts. Today I work as a user experience designer for a healthcare marketing company. I’d consider myself pretty technically savvy and enjoy working on the computer. My main love outside of work is coaching a high school robotics team and traveling around the country to compete each year.

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
I’ve served as the Board of Directors’ secretary since 2013. My skills are largely technical. Recently I have converted the Society’s website over to a new platform and work to maintain it with other Board members. When the pandemic hit last year, I encouraged the Board to conduct virtual meetings over Zoom, which I host and manage for the Society. I’ve also started editing the membership meeting entertainment and making that available via Vimeo to our members.

My vision for ARHS in the future
My hope for the ARHS’ future would be to obtain newer and younger members to sustain it for the long term. I think it's important to preserve this history and make it accessible to others in the future. I think it will also be important to bring together our members from across the world, which has become immediately apparent through the feedback we’ve received on our Zoom membership meetings.

Charles Liggett

Location of Residence
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

Autobiography

Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

Retired Senior Computer Scientist and Project Manager,Computer Sciences Corporation and Lockheed Martin

Founding Owner, Jenkintown Train & Hobby

I grew up in Wyncote, Pennsylvania at the busy Reading Jenkintown station. After high school I attended the University of Pittsburgh on a two-year Army scholarship earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a commission as an Infantry officer in the United States Army. I served twenty-five and one-half years in a combination of active and active reserve status covering the Vietnam and Gulf War periods.

After active duty in Europe and the 101st Airborne Division, I did graduate study in Computer Science and then spent nineteen years in the computer industry on both commercial and military projects. I also became a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.

I left the computer industry to become one of the founders of a local hobby ship in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Although the business was ultimately unsuccessful, I gained valuable experience and contacts in the retail hobby industry; especially in the model railroad segment.

In retirement I earned a second Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering, with distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University. This has given me knowledge of current computer design and manufacturing techniques including 3D printing and CNC machining.

I have been a member of the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society intermittently since the 1980s and continuously for the last ten years.I am also a member of the Reading Technical and Historical Society.

I am married with two adult children and one grandchild.

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?

·  I have been the ARHS Modeling Chair for the last two years and the Online Sales Chair since last summer

·  I currently serve as the liaison between ARHS and the Reading Prototype Modelers for their annual Modelers Meet at the Reading Railroad Museum

·  My professional experience has given me the ability to build teams and lead them to success

·  I am able to quickly adapt to new environments

·  I have a working knowledge of Auto CAD programs, 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining

·  I know and have personal contacts in the model hobby industry

My vision for ARHS in the future
To have the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society become the premiere railroad historical society. With almost 1,000 members in the United States and internationally the society needs to continue its outreach efforts to include as many members as possible in society activities such as the current monthly Zoom meetings. Additionally, the ARHS should seek to maximize the use of its equipment at Steamtown, as soon as conditions permit, to achieve maximum member visibility and enjoyment. The society should seek to maximize use of the Gap House for archival and research activities. I would also seek to increase the frequency of introducing Anthracite railroad specific models to the members and public at large.

 

Olev Taremae

Location of Residence
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Brief Autobiography
Railroad photographer and historian since the early 1970’s. Member ARHS since start. Author of books re: Reading & Northern, SEPTA and Conrail. Numerous articles in magazines. Myriad photographs published in books, calendars, and magazines.

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
Membership services. Using my wide range of contacts, I arrange for presenters at ARHS meetings. General assistance with acquisitions, book sales. Assistance with organizational matters such as by-law revisions.

My vision for ARHS in the future
Continue ARHS as a viable organization. Return to in-person meetings once COVID restrictions allow for safe meetings. Once live meetings return, ARHS needs to utilize virtual technology so that the content of the meetings can be shared with everyone who has been able to join us virtually.

Robert Taylor

Location of Residence
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Autobiography
Retired purchasing agent/storeroom supervisor for 23 years in a local foundry, in charge of purchasing a wide variety of goods and services

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
I have been involved with the F3s for over five years, helping with book sales at the Gap house and train shows

My vision for ARHS in the future
To promote the ARHS to young people to bring new blood into the group

Ed White

Location of Residence
Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Autobiography
I was born and raised in Doylestown, PA and have resided the last fourteen years in Perkasie, PA, my wife’s hometown. I have been married 18 years. I am the first generation in my family to not work for a railroad, as my great-grandfather and grandfather both worked for the Reading and my father worked for CSX. I am also the first generation of my family to go to college as I have a BS in Finance and Management with minor in Management Information & Decision Support from the University of Delaware. I attained graduate degrees from Temple University, MBA in Health Administration and MS in Health Care Financial Management. I have worked at Merck & Company in West Point, PA the last 12 years in Clinical Development, Project Management, Finance, and Pricing & Access. I presently am the lead for late-phase research business intelligence. I have certifications in Project Management and Business Intelligence & have been the treasurer for the ARHS since 2007, providing financial guidance and controls as well as overseeing the last five fundraising campaigns for the Society.

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
I have formal and professional training in corporate finance and accounting. In collaboration with our Board of Directors, provide differentiated expertise in the areas of finance and accounting to ensure a high degree of stewardship of our financial and non-financial assets.

My vision for ARHS in the future
My future vision for the ARHS is primarily centered on ensuring the long-term viability of the organization while, at the same time, adhering to our mission. To ensure the organization has long-term viability, we need to maintain membership and community engagement, both in terms of financial support as well as volunteerism. A key component of the ongoing success of the organization is continuing to adhere to the Society’s differentiated mission of preserving and interpreting the history of Anthracite Railroading and the communities these railroads served.

Bob Wise

Location of Residence
Coulters, Pennsylvania

Autobiography

I am Robert J. (Bob) Wise and I am running for re-election to the Board of Directors of the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society. I have been a Society member since the Society was founded in 1975.

During my early years with the ARHS, I authored or organized numerous articles that appeared the Society magazine Flags, Diamonds &Statues. I was involved in the original formation of The Anthracite Extra newsletter for Society news. I served as the Society’s first membership secretary. I chaired the Society’s Calendar Contests from 1986 through 1988,where members were invited to submit slides for possible inclusion in an ARHS calendar. I have manned show tables for the Society from time to time.  My particular interest is the compilation,organization and distribution of archival materials. I have been serving as Deaccession Committee Chairman for the past year, charged with taking non-ARHS photos, slides and memorabilia in collections willed to the Society and distributing this material to other rail and historical societies, where it can be put to better use. In this manner, I have built new relationships for ARHS with nearly 20 other railroad historical groups and have facilitated the responsible transfer of over 5,000 negatives and slides to these groups. I have served periodically as a Board Member since the 1980’s and my most recent tenure began in 2017.

What skills / contribution will I bring to the ARHS Board of Directors?
What I offer to the Board and the Society is a moderate and behind the scenes approach to manage a volunteer-based organization. I enjoy being assigned tasks or assisting whenever I can. Dependability is important, and my attendance at Board meetings via Skype or Zoom has been almost 100% since 2017.

My vision for ARHS in the future
The ARHS should be the go-to association for photos, research and information about our six subject rail lines. Virtual meetings resulting from the pandemic have actually increased our exposure by allowing more members to have regular contact. With this increased exposure, we have the opportunity to obtain and draw on more members to do more tasks that promote the growth and goals of the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society.

I would appreciate your consideration in this year’s ARHS Board of Director’s election.