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.
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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 Delaware with his wife of 39 years and two children, all of whom enjoy trains of all sizes. Mark has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.
EDWARD A. LIPKA
Ed is a contract administrator at the DuPont Experimental Station and is very active at his parish church, St. Hedwig, where he serves as a cantor, choir member, parish council member and church historian. He is also a volunteer at Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center. Ed currently serves as president of Brookhaven-Sheffield Manor Civic Association and is president of the Friends of Brandywine Springs. He is also a member of Auburn Heights Preserve and the Delaware Nature Society. Ed can be seen volunteering at the railroad as Narrator and Trainman, or as a docent at the Red Clay Valley Visitor's Center & Museum. Ed has served on the Board of Directors since 2005 and is the chairman of the Special Events Committee.
PAUL H. AMUNDSEN
Paul practiced law in Florida for more than 35 years, representing businesses and industries before government agencies and in the courts. He came to Delaware in 2013 to join Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ petroleum refinery, handling government regulatory issues. Now semi-retired, Paul teaches business law and business ethics as an adjunct professor at Trident University International. He is an avid baseball fan and played the game through college. Paul studied law at Florida State University and received his undergraduate degree from Elon University. Paul and his wife, Jean, live in Bear, DE, with two retired racing greyhounds and two cats.
Bill is a native of Massachusetts. He graduated from Cairn University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science and earned his master's degree in divinity from Columbia International University in 1986, where he met his wife of nearly 40 years. He holds additional advanced degrees from Bethel Seminary (San Diego) and Wesley College (Dover, DE). Bill worked in churches and non-profits for over 20 years, including two years in Taiwan, and has recently been working in commercial maintenance/management while serving on the boards of several Wilmington non-profits. In 2019, Bill became the facility manager for the Patriot Ice Center in Newark, DE. He has two children, three grandchildren, and enjoys gardening, playing guitar, and history.
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 is the co-owner of Town Hair Salon in Newark, DE, where he overseas the office equipment and computer systems. Previously, he spent 25 years at Noramco Inc. in Wilmington, serving as the supervisor of factory operations. In this role, John helped define manufacturing performance standards and continually adjusted them to meet future targets. John attended Christiana High School and Delaware Technical Community College.
Diana has been an elementary technology teacher (grades 1-4) at Caravel Academy for 20 years. Before becoming a teacher, Diana was employed by AstraZeneca, managing data for the FDA. She is a University of Delaware graduate with a Bachelor of Science in animal science, and a master's degree in education from Wilmington University, in addition to a +15 certification in advanced study in applied technology education. For more than three years, Diana was an adjunct instructor in the master's program at Wilmington University's College of Education. She has coached field hockey, basketball, and softball at Caravel Academy, in addition to coaching Special Olympics. Diana and her husband, Mark, have been married for 39 years and have raised two children, Jack and Megan. The North family lives in Delaware and are active volunteers with the Wilmington & Western and the North American Railcar Operators Association.
FULTON OWENSBY JR.
Fulton was born and raised in Delaware, graduating from Concord High School. He studied heavy equipment and truck repair at Lincoln Technical Institute in Philadelphia. In 1987, he started working at the family business - State Line Machine Inc. - and now runs the business along with his son. Fulton has been married to his wife, Pam, for 36 years and they have a set of twins - a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Kelsey. Plus, they have a grandson on the way. Fulton and Pam enjoy gardening, yard work, and taking trips to Florida to see their daughter.
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. 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.