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Bodie Foundation Board Members & Staff

Friday
May122017

President: 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.

Friday
May122017

Vice President: Jessica Schneider

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.

Friday
May122017

Secretary: 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.

Friday
May122017

Treasurer: Dave Swisher

 Dave was born and raised in Southern California but has traveled to the Mono Basin and Bodie for 38 years. He was raised with a construction background and can use that experience to help at Bodie. His love for the area started with the Bodie Railroad and spread from there to the town. He retired two years ago and lives only 14 miles from Bodie. He has traveled extensively in the hills around Bodie in a 1942 Ford WW II Jeep that is still original. Dave is also a member of the Mono Basin Historical Society and he can provide history of the basin and how it involved the town of Bodie.  

Friday
May122017

Trustee: Jon Elliott

 

 

Jon has resided in Bridgeport, California for 52 years. For 33 of those years he has lived and worked on the Hunewill Ranch, which has historic ties to Bodie’s early days, with his wife Betsy Hunewill Elliott and her extended family. As a child, he remembers going to Bodie on a house call with his father, a local physician. Helping to preserve and share the history of the area has always held his interest and he looks forward to continuing doing so with this Board.  

Friday
May122017

Trustee: Paul Friesen

A California native, Paul is an avid volunteer focused on preserving the old west in his home state. He has spent the past decade exploring the eastern Sierra on horseback and loves riding in Bodie and the surrounding region. He owns a construction management company and has spent the past 25+ years building commercial and non-profit structures around the globe.

Friday
May122017

Trustee: Douglas Urbani

Doug retire in 2009 after 34 years as a State Trooper for the Nevada Highway Patrol and Investigator with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles.  He and his wife enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  Doug is thankful for the opportunity and looks forward to serving on the Board of Trustees and assisting Bodie, Mono Lake and Grover Hot Springs in as many way as possible.

Wednesday
Nov072018

Trustee: Beth Olsen

An avid outdoors-woman, Beth has been fishing, camping, hiking and riding the Eastern Sierra for over 30 years.  She first visited Bodie in the late 1980s and has been fascinated with the history of this area ever since.  She travels to the area year-round, and delights in discovering hidden treasures off the main roads while exploring either by horseback or hiking with her Labrador — imagining the stories to be told behind an overgrown abandoned building, or wondering where a dirt road leads, keeps the area fresh and new with each visit. Beth has a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations and has worked in Tourism and Hospitality since 1988 with several resort hotels in Santa Barbara, CA.  She has an extensive background in destination marketing, sales, and special event planning. 

Thursday
Nov082018

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.

Thursday
Nov082018

Executive Director: 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.

Thursday
Nov082018

Programs Manager: Shayla Geissinger

 

Shayla Geissinger, who has been projects manager since 2015, will take on more of the day-to-day operations of the Foundation as Program Manager. “My first Bodie experience was FOB 2011,” said Shayla  “I continued to learn about Bodie and volunteer, until I started to work for the Foundation in 2015. I look forward to continuing to preserve Bodie, sharing its stories and growing the Foundation.” Shayla, her husband and two children live in Smith Valley, NV.  They enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, and watching their kids race motocross in their spare time.

Thursday
Nov082018

Office Assistant: Betty McCunniff

 

Betty McCunniff, office assistant since 2016, will now be the Bodie Lead.  Betty first arrived in Bodie for Friends of Bodie Day, 2011.  Though she didn’t know it at the time, she was bitten by the Bodie Bug, and returned every summer, first as a volunteer, and then as a Bodie Foundation Staff member. Betty currently is leading tours, working in the museum/bookstore, scheduling photo workshops and private tours, and providing visitor services and information.

Thursday
Nov082018

Editor & Tour Guide: Chris Spiller


Chris Spiller, currently the Foundation’s newsletter and calendar editor and, one of our tour guides, will continue in these jobs, plus helping publicize the Foundation. She joined the Bodie Foundation staff in 2015, having previously worked for California State Parks at Bodie and two other parks.

 

Thursday
Nov082018

Lead Clerk & Membership Coordinator: Tamara Woollard


Tamara Woollard, who joined the staff in spring to work at the new Bodie Mercantile, is now the membership coordinator and lead clerk at the Mercantile. She is new to Mono County, having lived in the Fresno area her whole life. She is a Reedley College graduate and newly married. “I am so grateful to be a part of the Bodie Foundation and working alongside of Bodie State Historic Park staff,” said Tamara, “I am excited for what the future holds in my time with the Foundation.”

 

Friday
Apr052019

Historian/Guide: Terri Geissinger

Terri has lived in the local area for most of her life and worked at Bodie for the last fourteen years. 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. As an author, she has written several articles on local history. In 2009, her book, Bodie 1859-1962 was published. She was “boots on the ground” in helping create the Bodie Foundation and placed as Business Manager. Terri, served three years as Bodie Foundation Business Manager from 2009 to 2012. She returned in 2013 to assume duties as described above. In 2014 she assumed the role of Retail Manager. After the resignation of our Business Manager, fall of 2015, Terri has assumed the duties of Business manager once more. She retired as Business Manager in 2018 and returned as Historian and Tour Guide in 2019

Friday
Apr052019

Web Master: Mark Pupich

Retired in 2007 after 30 years as a California State Park Ranger. Served at Malibu and San Luis Obispo area before arriving at Bodie in 1989 where he worked for eight years. Subsequently served at Grover Hot Springs from 1997-2007. While at the latter two parks, worked with cooperative association on budgeting, membership, special events, fund raising and interpretive projects. As a park ranger he was devoted ot the protection of California’s unique natural and cultural resources, and enhancing the visitor’s experience. As Bodie Foundation staff he is proud to continue that effort.