ROBERT C. PEOPLES JR.
Bob is a Delaware native who is a partner in several prominent family-owned businesses. He has more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry as a partner in the family-owned construction firm of Robert C. Peoples Inc., which has built several thousand homes in local communities. He has many years of experience as an educational leader as an owner and board member of Caravel Academy. Other ventures include commercial real estate, most notably Peoples Plaza. Bob has a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Delaware, and while there, he traveled the east coast installing large sculptures, including a 20-foot-tall Delaware Blue Hen (which he created) at the University of Delaware. Bob's interests include scuba diving, travel, and any activity that is mechanically oriented. He is a lifelong member of the Historical Construction Equipment Association and is an active member of the North American Railcar Operators Association.
Sue works with her husband, Ed, at Deltrans Inc. She previously served as the director of the Delaware School for the Deaf, and most recently was the president of the non-profit Jobs for Delaware Graduates. She grew up in Carney's Point, NJ, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University, a master's degree from Gallaudet University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Delaware. Sue met her husband while scuba diving, and they have been married for more than 35 years. She loves the beach and also spends time enjoying her husband's hobbies of competitive horseshoe pitching, riding speeder cars and riding high wheel bikes.
For the past 25 years, Mark has been a construction superintendent for Robert C. Peoples Inc., located in Bear, DE, and now has his own construction business. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware, and holds a Bachelor of Science in general agriculture. Mark is an active volunteer on the Wilmington & Western, and is a problem captain for Odyssey of the Mind. Mark was born in Cumberland, MD, where his father, Jack, was employed with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Mark is a member of the North American Railcar Operators Association and lives in Middletown, DE, with his wife of more than 25 years and two children, all of whom enjoy trains of all sizes. Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.
HORACE A. WAHL JR.
Horace is an active and successful area businessman. He has led his own company, Quality Heating and Air Conditioning, since 1965. He was elected president of Delaware Contractors and president of Associated Builders and Contractors, and has chaired that organization's National Insurance Trust. Horace has had a lifelong interest in railroading and is a member of the Train Collectors Association, the Lionel Operating Society, the Toy Train Operators Society and the Lionel Collectors Club of America. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2001. Horace and his wife, Janice, live in Wilmington.
JOSEPH J. FARNAN III
J.J. is a graduate of Westtown School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in government and politics from Widener University (1995) and a Doctorate of Law from Widener University School of Law (1999). His business career includes running the day-to-day operations of Mid-Atlantic Construction Consultants for six years, and helping with the family business on the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. His community service activities include being a volunteer firefighter with Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of New Castle, DE, where he serves as the public information officer, treasurer and assistant chief. He has received several life saving and unit citations for his work as a firefighter. He is also on the New Castle County Dive Team, the marine firefighting committee, the county Emergency Operations Group and the swift-water rescue team. J.J. is a lifelong Delawarean. His family's property backed up to the Wilmington & Western when he was younger, and he volunteered on the railroad while in high school. He currently lives in the Fairfax community of northern Delaware with his wife and three children, who share his love of trains and the Wilmington & Western.
Tom has been a member of HRCV for more than 30 years and worked as shop supervisor on the first paid staff of the Wilmington & Western between 1984 and 1986. Tom formerly worked as a stationary engineer at the former Ciba Specialty Chemical plant in Newport, DE. Since 2000, he has worked as a teacher at Delcastle Technical High School - first as the instructor of the power plant technology career area and currently as a special education math and social studies teacher. Tom has volunteered at the Wilmington & Western in many capacities through the years, most recently as lead education of the annual Railroading Summer Camp and as the organizer of the Red Clay Valley History Talk Series. Tom is a lifelong resident of the area and a passionate researcher of local history. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.
GENE F. GIULIANI
Gene worked for more than 40 years in the construction industry for James Julian Inc. and JJID Inc. He supervised highway, bridge, sewer and water projects in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Gene retired in 2010 and now spends time with his grandchildren in all their sports activities, and working on wood projects at home. He is fascinated by the Wilmington & Western and all it can bring to the residents and visitors of Delaware.
JOHN M. IWASYK
John is a retired chemical/polymer research fellow at DuPont. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in chemical engineering from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate of Science from M.I.T. He is the vice president & general manager of the Wilmington & Western Railway Corporation, which is the freight operator on HRCV's line. He is a director of Delaware Greenways, a director of Red Clay Scenic Highways, a director of North Mill Creek Association, a director of Hockessin Planning Partnership, as well as a director of the Delaware Museum Association. John also serves as advisory committee chairman of the New Castle County Parks and Recreation Board. John serves as a track inspector on the Wilmington & Western and is a former president and former vice president of HRCV. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1966 and is the current chairman of the Archives Committee.
EDWARD A. LIPKA
Ed is a chemist (associative investigator) at DuPont and is very active in his church, St. Hedwig, and a volunteer mentor at Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center and The Ferris School. He is currently the vice president of The Friends of Brandywine Springs and serves as president of Brookhaven-Sheffield Manor Civic Association. He is also a member of Greenbank Mill Associates. Ed can often be seen working at the Red Clay Valley Visitor's Center or volunteering on the Wilmington & Western. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2005.
Paul is currently employed by Industrial Valco in Bridgeport, NJ, as their regional sales manager. In this role, he has guided this branch to record sales during a booming economy and has minimized losses during a down market. Paul grew up in rural South Jersey and attended Clemson University where he studied both mathematics and mechanical engineering. He is an active member of The American Supply Association, the PVF Roundtable and the Iron League of Philadelphia. Paul is married to his wife, Annmarie, and has three sons and three grandchildren. He and his family appreciate the Wilmington & Western's place in history, and he strives to work with the railroad to advance its goals.
Al currently works in the accounting department of D'Angelo Bros. Co. Inc., and is responsible for their payroll and employee benefits. He graduated from Penn State in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, and has worked in the accounting field for nearly 30 years. Al attended the Wilmington & Western's Rail Road 101 course in 2015 and has been a volunteer in our mechanical shop ever since. He brings accounting and volunteer experience to the Board of Directors.
Mary is a retired configuration management specialist for Computer Sciences Corporation. She grew up in Wilmington and has lived in Landenberg, PA, with her husband for 40 years. She served two terms on the board of directors of Paws for People, a non-profit pet therapy organization. Mary began volunteering with the Wilmington & Western in June 2007, and has since become qualified as a trainman, brakeman, diesel fireman and conductor. Mary has spent many hours combing the hills of Landenberg, along with other volunteers from the railroad, in search of any remains of the Wilmington & Western in that area. The results of her efforts can be seen in a book, Landenberg's Forgotten Railroad, which is available for purchase in our Gift Shop. Mary serves as chairman of the Museum Committee.
ROBERT H. SPENCER
Honorary Vice President
Bob is a retired staff engineer from the Boeing Co. and is a member of the American Helicopter Society. He has authored numerous papers and reports on rotorcraft acoustics and has a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Maryland. Bob is an active volunteer at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, PA, and can often be found working the ticket counter at Greenbank Station. He is a three-term past president of HRCV and was the long-time editor of The Lantern, the HRCV newsletter. Bob served on the Board of Directors from 1980 to 2009.