MARK NORTH President
For the past 25 years, Mark has been a construction superintendent for Robert C. Peoples Inc., located in Bear, Del. 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, Del., with his wife and two children, all of whom also enjoy trains of all sizes.
JOSEPH J. FARNAN III, Esq. Vice President
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). For the past seven years, J.J. has been an attorney with Phillips, Goldman and Spence. His community service activities include being a volunteer firefighter with Good Will Fire Co. No. 1 of New Castle, Del., 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 firefighter 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 Fairfax with his wife and three children, who share his love of trains and the Wilmington & Western.
J. HARRY FELDMAN Vice President/Secretary
J. Harry has lived in Delaware since 1979 and is a longtime member of HRCV. In 1997, he became a volunteer with Delaware's tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, helping lead its public relations efforts and designing the international ceremonies for the ship's launching and commissioning. He was also a volunteer visitor counselor at the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau (GWCVB). J. Harry joined the GWCVB in 1998 as its full-time media & public relations coordinator, and in 2003 he became the organization's executive director, serving in that position until retiring in 2007. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and serves on the Wilmington & Western's marketing committee.
ROBERT B. TAYLOR, Ph.D. Treasurer
Bob is a retired manager at DuPont and has a doctorate in biology from John Hopkins University. He has held national office in the American Chemical Society and has authored numerous papers, patents and textbook chapters. Bob volunteers on the Wilmington & Western as a conductor and engineer. He served as an HRCV vice president between 1996 & 1999 and has been a member of the HRCV Board of Directors since 1991.
DAVID G. CARPENTER JR.
Dave has been employed with New Castle County for 17 years, and has been the director of emergency management since July 2007. His tenure with New Castle County includes positions in the finance office and in airport operations. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and a master's degree in public administration from Wilmington College. He currently holds national certifications as a certified emergency manager (CEM), a hazardous materials technician, a swiftwater rescue technician and is a nationally registered emergency medical technician. Dave is also a FEMA-approved instructor for terrorism awareness, terrorism planning and the Incident Command System. He is also a licensed amateur radio operator.
CLAYTON S. FOSTER
Clay is retired from DuPont and is currently chairman of the city of Newark board of adjustment. He is an active volunteer and a former Trainmaster of the Wilmington & Western Railroad. Clay resides in Newark, Del.
JOHN M. IWASYK, D.Sc.
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, as well as a director of the Delaware Museum Association. John serves as a track inspector on the Wilmington & Western and is a former president and vice president of HRCV. He has served on the HRCV Board of Directors since 1966.
EDWARD A. LIPKA
Ed is a chemist at DuPont and is very active in his church, working with many youth groups in the community on a weekly basis. He is currently the vice president of The Friends of Brandywine Springs, and is also a member of Greenbank Mill and other local civic associations. Ed can often be seen working at the Red Clay Valley Visitor's Center or volunteering on the Wilmington & Western.
WILLIAM B. OATES
Bill is a longtime member of HRCV and is employed by the Union Pacific Railroad as director of locomotive management. He began his railroading career as a volunteer on the Wilmington & Western. Bill holds a degree on industrial engineering from Drexel University. He resides in The Woodlands, Texas, and participates via teleconference.
ROBERT C. PEOPLES JR.
Bob is a Delaware native who is a partner in several prominent family-owned businesses. He has over 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 high 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 life-long member of the Historical Construction Equipment Association and is an active member of the North American Railcar Operators Association.
A graduate of Boston University's College of Communication, Chris grew up in an entertainment industry family. He spent much of his childhood in and around Studio 3B at NBC's Rockefeller Center studio. Once in college, his attention shifted to art direction, and upon graduating, he went to work for several New York City firms. In 1990, Chris opened CGP Video Pictures Inc., applying his experience in commercial art direction to create advertising for small, local clients. CGP worked with industrial clients in higher education, and developed projects for network television and independent films. After 14 years, Chris was wooed away by Wilmington College to run their in-house production studio. He grew the department into a complete in-house advertising/marketing agency and was appointed director in 2004 of what became known as University Relations. Under his leadership, he ran promotional and advertising campaigns that took Wilmington College into new locations in New Jersey. He also designed the PR campaign that helped the college transition to university status. In 2009, Chris was promoted to assistant vice president and is currently the editor-in-chief of Wilmington University's Magazine.
Mary is a configuration management specialist for Computer Sciences Corporation and works on the Cobham and Raytheon accounts. She grew up in Wilmington and has lived in Landenberg, Pa., with her husband for 36 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 new book, Landenberg's Forgotten Railroad. Mary is the railroad's assistant volunteer coordinator and serves on the marketing/special events committee.
MARK F. SYLVESTER, D.Sc.
Mark is a corporate research fellow in the Core Technology Organization at W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. During his time at W.L. Gore, Mark has had numerous publications and 27 U.S. patents issued in his name, with others pending. Prior to joining W.L. Gore, Mark was on the faculty of the mechanical engineering department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in materials science, a master's degree in mechanical engineering, and a Doctorate of Science in polymer science & technology, all from MIT. Mark is married with two stepsons, ages 25 and 27, and has lived in Landenberg, Pa., since moving to the area in 2002. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, home repair, restoring antique machinery and flying. Mark volunteers regular on the railroad in train and engine service, and led the restoration effort to repair and install the historic Baltimore & Ohio semaphore at Greenbank Station. To reward his dedication, Mark was named the Wilmington & Western's Volunteer of the Year for the 2012 operating season.
SCOTT A. TOLLEFSON
Scott is a senior electrical engineer at Jacobs Engineering. He has extensive and diversified experience in railroad electrification, including light and heavy commuter rail and subways. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware with a minor in computer science. He is a member and former chairperson of the Wilmington Ski Club and is also a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
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, and served as president for five years. Horace and his wife, Janice, live in Wilmington.
MAX B. WALTON J.D.
Max is an attorney and litigation partner at the firm of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, and is a frequent lecturer for the University of Delaware's Institute for Public Administration where he gives seminars on various topics, including land use law, constitutional law and election law. Max is also the editor of and frequent contributor to the Delaware Government Legal Quarterly, and is the chair of the firm's library committee. Max has significant lead counsel experience in matters involving commercial, constitutional, land use, construction, election and insurance coverage matters in Delaware state courts. He acts as outside counsel for numerous state, county and municipal governments and agencies. Max holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Washington College and a Doctor of Law from the Widener University School of Law.
THOMAS C. MARSHALL JR. Lifetime Vice President
Tom is retired from Marshall & Greenplate Travel Associates and is a former owner/operator of two local Holiday Inns. He is a director of Friends Boarding Home in Kennett Square, Pa.; Mercersburg Academy; Wilmington Savings Fund Society; and the Red Clay Valley Association. Tom has the distinction of being the founder and first president of HRCV. He served as general manager of the Wilmington & Western between 1966 and 1970. Tom attended M.I.T. and Beacom College, and held the rank of 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946. He served on the Board of Directors from 1960 to 2008.
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 the railroad. He is a three-term past president of HRCV and is the editor of The Lantern, the HRCV newsletter. Bob served on the Board of Directors from 1980 to 2009.