Gettysburg Foundation Appoints Five New Members to Board of Directors and New Chair of the Board

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At its May meeting, the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors welcomed five new Directors, honored three Directors with emeritus status and approved the appointment of its new board chair.

 

Joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors for a three-year term are Cynthia Hill; Thavolia Glymph, Ph.D.; Hal Kushner, M.D.; Richard Morin and Charles ‘Cliff’ Bream.

“We are delighted to add five new directors to the Board of the Gettysburg Foundation, each with a unique set of experiences that strengthen our diversity and governance,” said Eric B. Schultz, outgoing chair.

Cynthia D. Hill, a former Board member and Gettysburg Friend since 1996, retired as Chief Program Officer of the District of Columbia Bar, working over three decades to expand its programs and develop its strategy. Hill also served as Director of the Election Services and Litigation Division of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Thavolia Glymph, Ph.D., professor of history and law at Duke University, specializes in nineteenth-century social history in the U.S. South. Glymph is the author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household and The Women’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nation. She is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer, an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society, and currently serves as the 86th President of the Southern Historical Association.

Hal Kushner, M.D., served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1977 as military flight surgeon, retiring from the Army Reserve in 1986 as a colonel. Dr. Kushner spent five-and-a-half years as a POW in Vietnam. He received the Silver Star, the Soldiers’ Medal, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, 3rd award, the Purple Heart, 3rd award, the Army Commendation Medal, and was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in April 2001. Now an accomplished ophthalmologist in Daytona Beach, Dr. Kushner has served as a visiting surgeon in Peru, Turkey, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, India, and Africa.

Richard A. Morin retired as the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer after nearly two decades with Cognex, a leading global provider of machine vision software products. Morin is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on several non-profit boards, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

Charles “Cliff” Bream, whose family goes back eight generations in Adams County, is a seasoned executive and turnaround expert with more than 30 years of experience leading companies in the telecommunications, computer, office products and packaged goods sectors, including Xerox and Epson.

“Richard and Cliff are both enthusiastic citizen-historians who also bring deep business acumen to our board,” Schultz said.

Members of the Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors serve a three-year term and are eligible to serve for three consecutive terms.

“History, law, strategy, education, program development, business expertise—from New England, the Southeast, and the West Coast. This is an extraordinary class of new directors committed to the mission of the Gettysburg National Military Park and our Foundation,” Schultz added.

The Board also named Michael Higgins, Sandra Mellon, and George Will, Ph.D., as Director Emeriti.

“Mike, Sandy and George have all made substantial contributions to the Foundation over the last decade,” Schultz said. “We look forward to their continued close involvement in our mission.”

Completing his seventh year as a Director and third as Board Chair, Schultz was elected at the May meeting to the class of 2023.

“I believe in the work of the Foundation and the Gettysburg National Military Park and look forward to supporting Dr. Moen and our new Board,” Schultz added.

 
 

Schultz is the former Chair and CEO of Sensitech, a former CEO-partner with Ascent Ventures and author of four books, including (with Michael Tougias) King Philip’s War: The History of America’s Forgotten Conflict
and most recently, Innovation on Tap: Stories of Entrepreneurship from the Cotton Gin to Broadway’s Hamilton.

The Foundation’s Board of Directors approved its next Chair, James Hanni. Hanni, a current Board member and member of the Friends of Gettysburg, is the retired Vice President of Public Affairs of AAA Club Alliance, Inc., an affiliate club of the American Automobile Association. Previously, he served as the Chair of the Gettysburg Foundation’s Membership Committee and Board Secretary.

“We are so pleased to be led by Jim Hanni, who brings both corporate and non-profit experience and years of passion for this place as a long-standing Friend of Gettysburg,” said Dr. Matthew Moen, President of the Foundation. “We are so grateful for three years of dedicated service by outgoing Board Chair, Eric Schultz, who ably steered us through a time of transition for the Park and the Foundation alike, helping drive a host of preservation and education achievements.”

“I am so honored to be involved with the Gettysburg Foundation and serve in the shadow of the legacy that the original Board, under the leadership of Bob and Anne Kinsley, launched nearly 15 years ago,” said Hanni. “The partnership created between the National Park Service and the Gettysburg Foundation to ‘enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its National Parks,has been abundantly fruitful for Gettysburg’s parks. We look, with confidence and pride, for new ways to support the Park in the pursuit of the mission. Our Board looks forward to finding those pathways of support together with the Park.”

At the meeting, the Board of Directors also ratified its Executive Committee members.

 
 

  • James R. Hanni, Chair                                
  • Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D., President and CEO      
  • W. Craig Bashein, Vice Chair                     
  • Barbara J. Finfrock, Vice Chair
  • A.J. Kazimi, Secretary
  • Shanon R. Toal, Jr., Treasurer

 
 

The Gettysburg Foundation Board of Directors is scheduled to hold its next meeting in the Fall.

 
 

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