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.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
PRESIDENT: 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 Waterfront Docks Advisory committee for the City of Washington. Raised in a Coast Guard family, he proudly volunteers as a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
VICE PRESIDENT: 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.
SECRETARY: Elaine McClure.
TREASURER: David Conner. Dave moved to Washington in 2007 from Greenville, SC where he taught high school math for fifteen years. He now teaches as an adjunct at Beaufort County Community College. He is the brother of Judy Smith of Washington and has grown children and grandchildren scattered in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, and Indiana. Dave is a member of the Ruritans and enjoys the musical performances of the Choral Society and the Orchestra. He holds a degree in Art History from The University of Pennsylvania.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
TRUSTEE (Chairman): 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.
TRUSTEE: 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.
TRUSTEE: 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.
TRUSTEE: Maryanne Nunley Foy.
TRUSTEE: 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.
TRUSTEE: Leesa Jones. A retired teacher of 35 years and an Ordained Minister for 24 years. Leesa is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Washington Waterfront Underground Railroad Museum and on the Board Of Trustees of the Brown Library. She is also a member of the Historic Bath Commission as well as on the Board of the Washington Harbor District Alliance. She founded Washington's African American Walking History Tours in 2010 and helped to get the first NC Highway Historical Commission Marker for an African American subject in Beaufort County erected in Washington.
TRUSTEE: Billie Jean Mallison. A 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 may affect our future.
TRUSTEE: 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.
TRUSTEE: Fritz Tanner. Fritz is a long time resident of Washington and a graduate of Washington High School and East Carolina University. He is a retired businessman serving as a business partner for Golden Corral Corporation for 18 years and also owning and operating several local businesses including Agape Book Store, The Chopping Block, Jimmy’s Newsstand and Sandwich Shop. Fritz is active in supporting the Washington/Beaufort County community as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and Committee of 100 as well as serving on the boards of F. C. A. Northeastern N. C. and the Washington Tourism Development Authority. He has been an active church member serving as a lay speaker for 35 years as well as a Sunday school teacher for 45 years.
TRUSTEE: 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.