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President: Brad Sturdivant

30 years working with non-profit and community organizations, including helping to start Friends of Bodie, a sub-chapter of the Sierra State Parks Foundation, founding Board Member Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, Board of Directors for the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce 6 years and private business owner for 14 years. Retired after 34 years with California State Parks.  21 years as Supervising Ranger/Superintendent of Bodie State Historic Park, Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve and Grover Hot Springs State Park.


Vice President: Nancy Frye

Mono County resident for 30 years. Recently retired from teaching special needs children in Mono County for 20 years. Active volunteer, president and treasurer for local service groups, PTO and Boosters. First worked in Bodie in 1973, duties included interpretation and artifact cataloging as a park aide for 8 summers. Member Friends of Bodie, Bodie Historical Fire Company and Charter Member of the Bodie Foundation. First came to Bodie in the 60s as a child and loved the people, their stories and the rugged country they lived in.


Secretary: Norm Stump

Recently retired after working 40 years in aerospace manufacturing, the last 10 years as a machine shop supervisor.  A native of Los Angeles, Norm’s interest in Bodie began as a YMCA camper in the 1960’s when a day trip from Mammoth Lakes took them to Bodie and sparked a lifelong passion.  As a volunteer for the last 10 years, Norm has shared his love of Bodie through interpretive talks and tours.  Working with the park staff, he’s assisted in the planning of the annual Friends of Bodie Day for many years.  An avid four-wheeler in his bright red Jeep, he spends spare time exploring historic sites in the eastern Sierras.  Norm is an active community volunteer through his church and other non-profits.


Trustee: Benny Romero

Retired Ranch manager (Sweetwater Ranch Land and Cattle Co.) after 31 years.  Benny has served on many local and regional advisory boards. Living at a former stage stop for travel during the Bodie days has given him a special connection and appreciation for the old mining towns in the vicinity such as Aurora and Silverado. He currently owns the Kirkwood Ranch in Bridgeport which was a livery stable for those traveling to and from Bodie. He feels preservation of this history is a must and it is an honor to serve on the Bodie Foundation Board.


Trustee: Dennis Fisher

Dennis has a love of history, especially the opening of the West, which brought him to Bodie many times since his first visit in 1973.  A “technical” photographer, he currently serves on the Brooks Institute of Photography’s Professional Photography Advisory Board.  He retired from government service as Chief of Optics for the Western Test Range at Vandenberg AFB.  He was the chief of long-range optics for the Emmy Award winning Red Bull Stratos project in 2012 (when Felix Baumgartner did a free-fall from 128,100 feet).


Trustee: Jessica Horn

Jessica comes to us by way of the Mono Lake Committee, where she is employed.  Her love for all things ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder’ has led to a deep appreciation of western history.  She is anxious to apply her time and energy to protect Mono Lake and other eastern Sierra gems like Bodie and Grover Hot Springs.


Trustee: Dick Canton

Dick is a founding member of the Friends of the Bodie Railway and Lumber Co. and is their current treasurer.  He and family have been enjoying the Eastern Sierra region for over 40 years and love Bodie (and its railroad history).  Dick brings extensive management experience to the Board from his time as a high-ranking Los Angeles County manager - now retired.


Trustee: Dr. Dydia DeLyser

Dydia comes to the Board with a wealth of Bodie knowledge.  She was a maintenance worker in Bodie from 1988 through 1997, when she completed her doctoral dissertation on Bodie.  She has volunteered at Bodie since then continuing to do maintenance work.  She has been a Professor of Geography since 1997.


Business Manager/Historian~Guide: Terri Geissinger

Terri has lived in the local area for most of her life and worked at Bodie since 2001. Hired as a Park Aide and Interpreter at Bodie, she immediately fell into place and began interviewing the last surviving residents and descendants which would launch the Bodie Resident Research Project. Through the years, she promoted to Senior Park Aide, Museum Manager, Event Coordinator and Lead Guide. In 2009, her book, Bodie 1859 – 1962 was published. She is currently Business Manager and leads guided tours.