We've got a core crew of amazing folks volunteering tirelessly to provide our community with a downtown museum showcasing our heritage, covering everything from 1776 to the twentieth century.

CHAIR: Rick Zablocki.  Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer on an international research ship, followed by a second career as a government contractor  in security operations worldwide.  Retired to Washington 2003. Former volunteer director and VP for the Pamlico Tar River Foundation (now Sound Rivers), ongoing volunteer with Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Caring Christian Carpenters and Emergency Response Teams.   Lifelong boater both power and sail.  Committed to sharing of local maritime history virtually as well as creating downtown brick and mortar resources to enrich our business and cultural environment.

VICE CHAIR: Ray Midgett, MEd.  Retired after 32 years as a public school educator where he served as a teacher and information technology professional. Moved to Washington in 2005 and worked with the City of Washington as the Information Technology Director until 2011. Is a history buff, collects stories about Coastal North Carolina and shares them through a history blog and newspaper articles. Serves on the Recreation and Waterfront Docks Advisory committees for the City of Washington. Raised in a Coast Guard family, he proudly volunteers as a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.


TREASURER: Billie-Jean E. Mallison.  Resident of Washington Historic District for 33 years, President Eureka Square Condo Association; retired Beaufort County Social Worker 25 years, MIT degree Early Childhood Education, Interests Local History, how the past effects the present, greater understanding my affect our future.

SECRETARY: Mickie Zablocki. 20 year Navy Wife raising a family in worldwide locations.  20 year contractor computer specialist, testing and installing secure communications systems at worldwide military installations.  Current volunteer and past officer, Pamlico River Quilters Guild, volunteer First United Methodist Church women’s circle, altar guild, choir, bell choir, and bereavement team.

DIRECTOR: Blount Rumley. Born in Washington in 1941, his family roots in the region date from the eighteenth century. He was infused with the area's history by the stories of friends and relatives, and through their written accounts. After retiring from the family auto and industrial supply business, he enjoyed over seventeen years as Manager of the North Carolina Estuarium. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Maritime History Council, and he is now fully involved in archival and literary pursuits.

DIRECTOR: Ken Carpenter. A 15 year career in international construction followed by a 22 year career as a Professor of Construction Management, Ken and wife Janet have lived  locally on Swan Point for the past 28 years. He has served on numerous industry and academic advisory committees and industry foundation boards, some of which he is still actively working with. He is an avid history buff and is devoted to seeing HPOW become a fully functioning maritime museum.


DIRECTOR: Keith Hackney. Keith is a general practice attorney serving Washington since 1975. Mr. Hackney practices corporation and business law, real estate law, environmental law, wills, trusts, estate planning and probate law

DIRECTOR: Gill Hookway-Jones, MBA MPH. Inspired at a young age learning to canoe and sail on the Pamlico River at Camp Leach and  Camp Hardee, she has a deep life-long appreciation for Beaufort County’s maritime  and architectural heritage. After a Fortune 500 career in classic marketing and product promotions and a health care career in SC and Florida …she  eventually returned to NC to be a development partner of a new venture in Elon.  She now lives in a 100 year old home in little Washington. She volunteers with HPOW, the Historic Bath Site, and serves on the City of Washington Planning Board.

DIRECTOR: Bobby Roberson. City of Washington City Manager appointed by Washington City Council to manage the day-to-day operations of municipal services and government. The manager serves as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for implementing and enforcing policies and ordinances of the City Council, developing the city budget, and hiring and supervising department heads.

DIRECTOR: David McLawhorn. Retired President of BCCC, Dr. Mac has been active in civic life in Beaufort County. He has served as chairman of the Beaufort County Partnership for Children, as president of the Washington Rotary Club and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Beaufort County United Way and the Washington-Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. He is a life member of the N.C. National Guard Association and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Washington.

DIRECTOR: Pat Vore. A 20 year resident of Beaufort County with a love for Washington and it’s rich history.  Retired after practicing as a registered nurse for 40 years. Currently an amateur historian and volunteer librarian for the First United Methodist Church, Washington, and member of Beaufort County Choral Society.  

DIRECTOR: Beth Byrd. Beth and her husband Bob were drawn to Washington in 2005 by historic architecture and the Pamlico river.  Beth views HPOW not only as a means to keep Washington's rich history alive, but also as a heritage tourism  economic development tool. Now a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers she serves on the Washington Tourism Development Authority Board, the Washington/B.C. Retire NC Steering Committee, the Washington Park Planning Board and is a Washington Chamber of Commerce Ambassador.

DIRECTOR: Janet E. Carpenter CPA CFP.  Janet has been a North Carolina CPA since 1989 with offices in Greenville and a home office in Washington. She has an extensive accounting background including employment with one of the “Big 4” a large international accounting firm now known as Ernest and Young; a regional firm, of which she was a partner, and currently as a sole practitioner.

DIRECTOR: Rick Brass. City of Washington Downtown Waterfront Dockmaster. Strong technical background in industrial equipment and material handling. Many years of sailing experience, in his spare time enjoys his own 38 foot sailboat and sailing on the 72 foot “Jennie B” schooner and crewing aboard the 85 foot “Belle” giving local river excursions.

DIRECTOR: Michael McClure PhD.  Dr. Mike is a lifelong learner, educator and coach.  He retired to Beaufort county after a research career with the EPA, Duke University Health System and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  His many volunteer causes include disadvantaged children with the Beaufort County Police Activities League, STEM-based Robotics Competitive League teams.