Executive Committee

  • J. Marc Wheat
    PRESIDENT
    J. Marc Wheat
    PRESIDENT

    Marc is an attorney in Washington, DC, and serves as the president of the Germanna Foundation in Orange County, Virginia, which supports archaeological investigations to discover the site of Fort Germanna, the westernmost settlement in the British Empire in 1714 and the earliest German-American archaeological site that remains.   Prior to this work, he served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, & Human Resources. During his tenure there, he lectured at the European Parliament in Brussels; met with advisors to President Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan; and helped manually eradicate a coca field in Colombia. He learned a great deal about the world after joining the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Colin Powell six weeks after 9/11, where he served as Senior Advisor for Senate Affairs.

    In the 1990’s, Marc was Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he worked principally on health care, bioethics, and bioterrorism; while Director of Tax and Budget Policy for Citizens for a Sound Economy, he succeeded in the elimination of $8.1 billion of wasteful spending in May 1992, the largest such rescission since 1982. As founder of the Porkbusters Coalition, Marc’s work was the subject of Adventures in Porkland, a book by Washington Post reporter Brian Kelly and illustrated by political cartoonist Pat Oliphant. A discussion of his anti-trafficking work is found in Robert Goff’s Finding Karishma: Modern-Day Slavery and the New Abolition Movement, and acknowledged in Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. He is a 2006 alumnus of the Congress-Bundestag Staff Exchange Program.

    Marc received his B.A. (Spanish and political science) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, and his Juris Doctor in the Corporate and Securities Specialty Track at George Mason University in Virginia. He is vice-chairman of the board of trustees of Rivendell School, a board member of the Hebron Lutheran Church Foundation (which supports colonial-era German-speaking church in Virginia), and member of the board of visitors of the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems of the Fund for American Studies.

    A member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, the Pilgrims of the United States, the Order of St. John, and the American Council on Germany, Marc and his wife Marie (a former Transatlantic Fellow of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt) raise their son and daughter at Germanna and in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Ron Kosmahl
    1ST VICE PRESIDENT
    Ron Kosmahl
    1ST VICE PRESIDENT
    As First VP Ron works closely with the President, Executive Committee and the Executive Director, focusing on Human resources as well as Marketing and promotional events at the GAHF.  
    Ron is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, and a Business Development and Client Relations executive. While spending over 20 years in Germany working for Lufthansa and American Airlines in management positions, Ron also grew up in New Jersey and Ohio as the son of a German physicist who moved his family to the USA at the invitation of the DOD. Having studied abroad at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany, Ron is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, receiving a BA in International Relations, and German History.
    Ron believes in being a global citizen, is passionate about German History and is active in CSR, environmental and community affairs, working for various social causes. He currently works as a Regional Sales Director for Raptim Humanitarian Travel, and continues to participate and support various German-American Business and Cultural organizations.
     
  • Aaron Lewis
    2ND VICE PRESIDENT
    Aaron Lewis
    2ND VICE PRESIDENT
  • Hardy von Auenmueller
    VP OF FINANCE
    Hardy von Auenmueller
    VP OF FINANCE

    Personal & Mission Statement

    I enjoyed an idyllic childhood "to the manor born." After WW II, our substantial landholdings were confiscated by the Soviet occupation government. We were headed for a one-way ride to Siberia – which we declined by defecting to the West – where we re-settled in a bombed out building on an abandoned airfield. During those formative years, I learned to live frugally. When I came to this country as a young adult – with a business degree and a treaty trader visa in hand – I was privileged to work for a multi-national firm called Hoechst – the superlative of "high" – on the 82nd floor of the Empire State Building. That was indeed the physical zenith of my life! After twenty years of faithful service to that company, I ventured out on my own. Restructuring faltering enterprises became my specialty, in the US and – following the fall of the Berlin Wall – in Eastern Germany. 
     
    Twelve years ago, I recognized an opportunity to apply my trade as a turn-around specialist in the not-for-profit field: first as a Board member, then as President and recently as Chairman of the German Society of Pennsylvania. This 250-year-old cultural institution, the oldest of its kind, has been put on a solid financial footing, expanded its programs, and thus became a beacon in the German-American community of Greater Philadelphia. 
     
    In late 2009, before our Foundation opened its museum in Washington, I was approached by Bern Deichmann to review the projected budget. It showed a six-figure deficit. As I had no way of estimating the potential revenue stream, my recommendation was to cut operating expenses to the bone. When this was accomplished, I was asked to join the Board – with a subsequent appointment as Vice President, Finance. In that capacity, I helped hone our financial reporting procedures, introduced the 90-day rolling cash flow forecast system and a full cost accounting for our exhibits.  By recruiting a new accounting firm for the Foundation, our auditing expenses were halved. Several intermittent loans were either converted to gifts or partially forgiven. My own personal contributions over the past five years have amounted to more than $60,000.  In 2014, I served intermittently as President for one year. 
  • Megan Lott
    VP OF DEVELOPMENT
    Megan Lott
    VP OF DEVELOPMENT

    Megan Beth Lott is delighted to serve as the Vice President for Development on the GAHF Board of Directors.  Currently, Megan is the Vice President of Development at Accuracy in Media, the nation’s oldest media watchdog organization, where she oversees all aspects of its fundraising operations, and she also serves as a Contributing Editor to the AIM Report newsletter. She brings over thirty years of experience in development within the public policy and charitable communities.  Megan graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government.  Formerly the Director of Development at the Media Research Center, Senior Director of Development at the Center for Individual Rights, and Senior Director of Membership and Development at the American Legislative Exchange Council, Megan has also raised funds for The Lab School of Washington, The National Council for Adoption, The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and The Leadership Institute.  Megan is a Lifetime Member of the Lexington Who’s Who and has raised over $250 million for the causes she passionately believes in.

    An avid reader and history buff, Megan also enjoys travel, music and theater.  A native of Woodbridge, Virginia, and a proud “Navy brat,” she is co-coordinator of her high school reunions and serves as a Class Ambassador for her alumni class at the College of William & Mary. 

    Megan is active in politics at the local, state and national levels and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, the Titanic Historical Society, and is dedicated to the work of the National Safe Haven Alliance.  She was recently honored by Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, the President of Mongolia, for her dedication to women’s and children’s issues in his country.  But her most beloved role is that of being a devoted “Auntie” to her niece, nephews and 26 godchildren.  

  • Rolf Hoffmann
    VP OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
    Rolf Hoffmann
    VP OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

    Rolf Hoffmann has spent his professional career in health care at Eli Lilly and Amgen. He has worked all-around the world in leadership positions, Boards, and community projects. He has run the enterprises for these multinationals in Europe, Latin America, Africa, as well as the US.

    Since his retirement in 2016 he has focused on Board work in Europe and the USA and a professorship at UNC-Chapel Hill.
    Throughout his career Rolf has always been mindful of his heritage, representing German American interests at the highest political levels as well as being an active member and leader of his beloved “Rote Funken” carnival club in his hometown Cologne.

    Rolf resides with his American wife in Switzerland and visits their three children, who all live in the US, frequently.
    He is honored and looking forward to join the Board and contribute to taking GAHF to the next leve

  • Wendy Wurlitzer
    TREASURER
    Wendy Wurlitzer
    TREASURER

    While attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, I majored in German and graduated cum laude.  Marquette University offered a full scholarship for the Master’s Program that I accepted. While there, I instructed beginning German for two years to undergraduate students.

    I then began my career in banking beginning at U.S. Bancorp’s 18-month management training program.  I worked as an Assistant Branch Manager in Milwaukee for two years.  I then joined Citizens Bank of Delavan in WI where I started out as a Cashier.  Eventually I served as Chairman of the Board.  The bank ranked in the 98th percentile in terms of R.O.A., capital and efficiency ratios.

    In 1994, our family moved to Richmond, VA where I worked for Union Bank & Trust as a commercial lender.

    I now serve as Finance Vice-President for the National Society of Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Treasurer for the Old Dominion Theatre Organ Society, and a Director-at –Large for the Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, IL.

    I have contributed to the Byrd Theatre Wurlitzer organ restoration project with Bob Gulledge, the house organist.  The National Association of Professional Women inducted me into their VIP Woman of the Year Circle.  The Continental Who’s Who inducted me as a Pinnacle Professional Member.  These positions reflect my financial aptitude and ability to work with a diverse group of individuals.

    My heritage is German in that my grandfather, Raimund Wurlitzer married Pauline Pabst of the brewery family.  Captain Pabst is my great-great grandfather.  I support the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee with their restoration project.

    Wendy Wurlitzer

  • Lucas Pipes
    SECRETARY
    Lucas Pipes
    SECRETARY

    Lucas Pipes is a financial professional covering the metals and mining sector as Senior Analyst at FBR & Co. He was recognized as a "Rising Star of Wall Street Research" by Institutional Investor magazine and is a CFA charterholder. Mr. Pipes has deep roots to Germany, being raised in Freiburg before attending Bard College in New York State. Mr. Pipes is also serving on the advisory board of the The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities as well as the Junior Board and Finance Committee of the Bard Music Festival. Mr. Pipes is looking forward to contribute to and build upon GAHF's initiatives for engagement with young people interested in German-American heritage, culture, and language. His experience in and enthusiasm for spearheading this important mandate will be a valuable addition to the Board.

  • Capt. Hank Stoffel
    REGIONAL VP
    Capt. Hank Stoffel
    REGIONAL VP

    My parents emigrated from Wuppertal, Germany in the mid 1930's, and in 1940, I was born in Patterson, NJ. After moving from New Jersey to New York City, I attended public schools and joined the Lutheran Church.

    I also became active in the New York Turner organization.

    Living in the Big Apple, I developed an interest in aviation. After graduating from high school at age 16, I joined the U.S. Air Force. While in the Air Force I was stationed at Rhein Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany. During my three years in Germany I traveled throughout Europe and North Africa. Upon my return to the United States, I was a flight simulator instructor with Pan American World Airlines. While finishing college aviation studies, I simultaneously operated an air taxi company and taught at a flight safety school. In1966, I joined Trans World Airlines as a Boeing 707 pilot, and continued flying internationally for 34 years – until my retirement in the year 2000.

    After moving to California, I began volunteering at the library culture section of the Sacramento Turn Verein in various capacities, for several years. I also joined the German-American Heritage Foundation. Over the past ten years, I have been active traveling around the United States – visiting many German-American organizations – in an effort to raise funds for GAHF. My mission is to continue campaigning for German American causes.

    I have also been active with many West Coast clubs and the German Consulate in San Francisco, CA. This activity has been very rewarding during my retirement, and I hope to continue so for many years.

    Hank Stoffel

  • Robert L. Fricke
    REGIONAL VP
    Robert L. Fricke
    REGIONAL VP

    I grew up with the German-American organizations of Northern Ohio, and visited and participated in German-American groups throughout the country. The GAHF is one of the very few organizations dedicated to all German culture, and the only German-American organization with a national museum. Its charter and function complement, and do not compete with, other German-American activities and organizations.

    I have been chagrined over the years to witness German-American history and culture denigrated because of the dreadful events involving Germany – not German-Americans – during the last century. Whenever and however I can, I challenge that attitude and delight in sharing my knowledge of German-American culture and history in an effort to interest people in our history and culture. As a member of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), I am also active in attempts to regenerate interest in introducing German language programs in my local school district.

    In my approximately two-year tenure on the Board of Directors I have raised money for the organization, both from my own contributions and contributions of friends and family. I have donated $500.00 above and beyond my membership dues and will pledge another $500.00 this calendar year. Friends and family members have either contributed money or joined the organization at my request.

    In addition to fund solicitation, I have attended numerous German-American social events and venues as representative of the GAHF. I have established relationships with executive officials of the German-American Chamber of Commerce, TEV Edelweiss, Schlarafia, and the Denver Turnverein. In Denver during the spring of 2013, I met with the Honorary German Consul for Colorado/Wyoming. My liaison to date has involved planning to apply GAHF assets and assistance to enhancing local German American events and activities, as well as membership recruitment.

    All in all, I consider the GAHF to be the preeminent and most significant German-American organization in the United States. I desire to grow in my position as Regional Vice President to help the organization flourish. I have enjoyed my service with the organization since 2013 and will always consider it an honor to have served in such capacity.

    It will also entail my serving as a consultant and advisor within the organization regarding German-American culture and activities in our region.

    Bob Fricke

Board of Directors

  • Erich Ast

    I have been a Member of the Board of Directors of the German-American Heritage Foundation, founded as the United German-American Committee of the USA for over 12 years. I have also served as Treasurer for over 6 years.

    During this period I was actively involved in the acquisition of Hockemeyer Hall including the establishment of the headquarters of our organization and its museum.
    As such, I am completely aware of our Mission, History and By-Laws. In all those years I have regularly attended almost all board and special meetings.
    I have been a Council of 1,000 member for a long time and have supported the Organization financially.

    We must now strive to put the organization on a sound financial footing without encumbering Hockemeyer Hall with a mortgage. I have proposed that we promote the GAHF and its museum nationally by advertising in German-American publications with regular ads. We have started with one ad but should lay out a program for ads in magazines for a full year.

    I will continue to be an active board member as I have clearly demonstrated in the past.

    Erich Ast

  • Michelle K. Brooks
    Michelle K. Brooks

    Michelle K. Brooks

    Michelle currently serves as the Head of Policy and Advocacy, US at Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Centre (Uniting) continuing her work in the global health sphere by advancing key advocacy messages and policy recommendations on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the U.S. and across Europe.

    Prior to joining Uniting, Michelle was the Policy Director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and from 2002 to 2009, Michelle served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration working at the U.S. Peace Corps as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Congressional Relations. In her capacity, as the Deputy Chief of Staff, she oversaw the departments of Congressional Relations; Communications and Press; AIDS Relief; Strategic Information, Research and Planning; and Private Sector Initiatives, and assisted in the daily management of this independent federal agency.  She also focused on issues such as food security, global health, and orphans and vulnerable children and in 2006 led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Development Service (DED).
     
    Before her work at the U.S. Peace Corps, Michelle was Vice President of Government Relations for the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) in Washington, D.C.  She has extensive experience in advocacy, coalition building, fundraising, and political grassroots development at the federal, state, and local level.
     
    Born to a German mother and American father, Michelle grew up in Southern California, has a bachelor’s degree in international management, and a passion for soccer.

  • John Caroll
    John Caroll

    An educator for twenty-nine years, John Carroll has taught elementary and middle school, served as vice principal, and participated in archdiocesan curriculum mapping projects. He has immensely enjoyed working with children, parents, and colleagues. Currently, he teaches fifth grade at Our Lady of Czestochowa School, a Blue Ribbon School, in Jersey City, NJ. John also works as an instructor at Saint Peter's University in the Reading Center of its School of Education.

    In addition to professional pursuits, John's avocations have an educational side. He has volunteered at several National Park Service historic sites.   John has served as a Boy Scout leader for many years, at present he is active with his church's Cub Scout Pack.

    John's German heritage lies on his mother's side. His grandfather always described himself as "Pennsylvania Dutch". His family came to America in the eighteenth century. John's grandmother was Vistula German, and her family arrived in the United States in the 1890s. He is a proud member of Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ and Germania Park, Dover, NJ.

  • Bern E. Deichmann
    President Emeritus
    Bern E. Deichmann
    President Emeritus

    I have been involved with the German-American Foundation of the USA®, chartered as the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc., since the end of 2002. I served as President for ten years providing the leadership to acquire Hockemeyer Hall, Washington, DC. This permitted us to establish the first national German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ in our Nation’s Capital.

    I offer to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for another term, should the membership elect me. I will continue to be an active Board Member. This will be either by attending Board meetings in person or via the telephone conference. To the best of my ability and time I will continue to devote my time to special projects. I feel that I can be of assistance to the foundation due to my extensive leadership experience with the foundation and many years of corporate and manufacturing experience not only in the United States but also Overseas. For the latter I served as the Managing Director of a manufacturing operation with over 300 employees and $40 million in sales in the Netherlands for five years.

    I was delighted to be honored by the GAHF as the 2013 Distinguished German-American of the Year™ in September 2013 and now serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee as President-Emeritus.

    Bern E. Deichmann

  • Guntwin Gallesky
    Guntwin Gallesky
  • Fred Hansen

    I, Fred Hansen, hereby declare my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors of the German American Heritage Foundation of the USA.

    1.  I am completely familiar with the Foundation's Mission Statement and by-laws, having been a contributor to the original formulation of these by-laws and having participated in discussions and deliberations in formulating these by-laws as well as the Mission Statement.
    2. I am intimately knowledgeable about the organization's history, present operation, challenges and future plans.  I was present at the initial meetings of our organization which were held both in Philadelphia and subsequently in the Casino of Schuetzenpark in North Bergen, NJ. Therefore I have been a part of this organization since its inception.  I am a founding charter member of the organization.  I am very familiar with the present operation and with the current challenges and the future plans.  I attend the meetings of the Executive Committee on a regular basis.
    3. I attend all quarterly meetings of the Board, usually in person, either in Philadelphia or in Washington D.C., travelling hundreds of miles in order to accomplish this task.
    4. I make annual contributions to our organization for the past several years that has been $1,000 per year.  I am an original Council of 1000 member.
    5. I participate in discussions and deliberations which lead to our fundraising plan.
    6. I attend special events of our organization whenever possible and inform others of these upcoming events and encourage them to attend as well.

    Mission Statement:

    During the past three years I have contributed substantially to the purchase of Hockemeyer Hall ($25,000).  Without the help of numerous others, this purchase of the museum building would not have been possible.  Those of us who contributed, including myself, realized the importance of establishing the museum in a visible location in our nation's capital and therefore I was happy to contribute to this cause.
    If elected, I intend to contact friends to encourage them to contribute towards our museum and foundation.  I will also contact former contributors in order to encourage them to once again make a contribution towards our museum in order that we may continue our operation.  I believe that through joint efforts of all Board members, we can succeed in fulfilling our goal to continue to promote our German American culture and heritage in the United States of America.

    Fred Hansen

  • Erik Hotmire

    Erik Hotmire is a Partner at the global communications consultancy Brunswick Group LLP. As co-lead of Brunswick’s global Financial Institutions Group, Erik advises clients on crisis, litigation, corporate reputation and regulatory matters with a focus on strategic counsel, media handling and public affairs.

    Erik has counseled clients including Barclays, BNP Paribas, Santander, Bank of America, The Clearing House, HSBC, Standard Chartered, AIG, Prudential, Moody’s, Microsoft, Restaurant Brands International (Burger King/Tim Hortons), the Semiconductor Industry Association and several alternative investment firms. He has advised Facebook on its $16 billion IPO, Lending Club on its $900 million IPO and Nokia on its $17 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.

    Prior to joining Brunswick, Erik served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Special Assistant to the President and White House spokesman, Director at public affairs firm Clark & Weinstock, and US Senate Communications Director. He began his career as a radio and television journalist. Erik is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the German American Heritage Foundation.

  • Peter Knapp

    I, Peter Knapp, was born in Romania (Klein Betschkerek--Banat Region) to ethnic German parents, Donauschwaben, on August 29, 1939. We fled Romania in 1944 and settled in Austria. I attended school there from 1st to 7th grade. Our family of 6 immigrated to the USA in June 1952, to New Brunswick (NB), NJ where my mother was born in 1911. I attended school there from 8th to 12th grade. When I was 16, I joined the German Aurora Singing Society Chorus in NB and sang with them for about 3 years.

    I graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology (BS Electrical Eng.) in 1961. During my career in engineering I worked for Ingersoll-Rand Co., Westinghouse, RCA, Thomson (French company) and several other companies. I retired in 2005.

    I am married to my wife Constance (Connie) for 50 years. We have 2 children: Deborah married to Ric Zimmerman (no children) and Douglas married to Cyndi (4 children). Through the years, I have played amateur soccer with teams from NJ, Indiana, Texas, NY and PA. Since 1969, we have lived in Lancaster County, PA. I have been a member of the Lancaster Liederkranz (LLK) since 1969 and served as president of the club 4 one-year terms. I have also had numerous other positions and responsibilities at the LLK. I have been a member of the LLK Hobby Chor since its founding in 1978. My wife Connie and I danced with LLK Alpenrose Schuhplattler group for several years. I am also a member of two German clubs in the Reading, PA area...Evergreen (Heimatbund) Club and the Reading Liederkranz and the Danube Swabian Club in Philadelphia.

    My knowledge of German is still good enough for me to read German newspapers, although I do have to consult the dictionary occasionally.

    1. I will continue to support the mission of GAHF as stated in the GAHF publication "The Ambassador". If elected for another term of the Board of Directors, I would like to improve the status of the GAHF in particular:
    2. Help make GAHF the first place to consult when it comes to German-American matters, e. g links to G-A clubs, events, history, ethnic German groups – Donauschwaben (try DVHH.org), Sudetendeutsche, Volgadeutsche etc.
    3. Help with "Supporting cooperative efforts among German-Americans and their organizations.
    4. Help find more benefits that GAHF could offer members.
    5. Promote G-A organization members to also join GAHF.

    Peter Knapp

  • Joachim Reppmann
    Joachim Reppmann

    Living and working six months in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and the other half in Northfield, Minnesota since 1992. After teaching as a Professor of German at St. Olaf and Carleton College my firm deus GmbH, INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS, is finding, facilitating and incubating new business connections between the US-Midwest & the Baltic Sea region. Two heartlands. de.us —by the way it is pronounced "deuce"; no comment on the Latin- navigates your transatlantic expansion. Born and raised in Flensburg, I finished 13 years of school with the German Abitur. Studies at the Universities of Kiel and Bochum combined with research trips to the US. I finished with a historical Ph. D. thesis on Schleswig-Holstein’s immigrants in America. I have organized many group tours from the USA to Northern Germany and vice versa. Published several books on the immigrant issue. Member of German-American organizations. Married with Gitta.

  • Jim Sack
    Jim Sack
  • Stephen O. Staudigl
    Stephen O. Staudigl

    As the child of German immigrants, I have had a life-long appreciation of Germany. Growing up I was a member of the German-American Club of Rockland County (NY), where my parents were very involved with the club. I have fond memories of marching in New York City’s Steuben Day Parade, attending the Christmas party, and participating in other club activities.

    I studied German in school, and as a history/international relations major tailored many term papers to a German-related theme. In 2000 I lived for three months with relatives in Bavaria, and am fortunate to be able to travel back to Germany regularly.

    Living in Washington, DC provides many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Germany. I am a long-time member of the Friends of the Goethe Institut, where I’ve enjoyed numerous programs and events. The German Embassy; German Meet-Up; World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; and German Language Society, are just some of the organizations through which I’ve furthered my knowledge of German history and culture.

    It was through the “Buddy Baer” contest in 2013 that I became an active member of the German-American Heritage Museum (I won Buddy who now sits proudly in my apartment). Over the past few years I’ve attended many programs including Frühschoppen, World Cup game watching events, exhibit openings, and lectures.

    I serve as the Public Affairs Specialist with the National Capital Planning Commission, a federal agency in Washington. Previous volunteer roles included president of the Bucknell University Alumni Clubs in Cleveland and Washington. I am a graduate of the Urban Land Institute Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute.

    As an active board member I support the efforts of the foundation and the museum to the best of my ability, particularly in regards to outreach efforts and furthering the museum’s presence in our nation’s capital.

    Stephen Staudigl

  • John M. Manoyan, Ph.D.
    John M. Manoyan, Ph.D.

    Founding Partner, West End Resources LLC. Previously at Lucent Technologies Advanced Technology Business Consulting Group, concentrating on financial evaluations of prospective takeover targets and in-house business units. Prior to Lucent Technologies, worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, leading a variety of projects related to Digital Communications and Network Operations Planning. Prior to AT&T service, worked for the IBM Corporation in basic research in the physical sciences. Member of the International Leadership Council, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. MBA, Finance, Columbia University; Ph.D., Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Yale University. Member of the GAHF Board of Directors since 2007.

Advisory Board

  • Waltraud E. Prechter
  • Joachim Reppmann, Ph. D.
  • Dr. Jürgen Ruhfus
    German Ambassador (ret)
  • John P. Schmitz, Esq
  • Dr. jur. Immo F.H. Stahreit
    German Ambassador (ret)

Honorary Presidents

  • Bernhard J. Freitag †
  • Frederick Hess Jr.
  • Hermann A. Voss
  • Al Wurz
  • Helmut Krueger

Honorary Directors

  • Frieda Bayer
  • Rudolph Bayer
  • Dr. George Beichl †
  • Karl Dziggel †
  • Wolfgang Hamel
  • William Handeler †
  • Bruno Karnas
  • Albert Kemper
  • Hans Trustorff †
  • Peter Vassilliere