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Jeffrey R. Rodek

Chairman of the Board

BSME and MBA, The Ohio State University. Senior Lecturer, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. Former Chairman & CEO, Hyperion Solutions Corp. Previous executive positions with Ingram Micro and Federal Express. Board member of Accelrys Corp. (San Diego), BriefLogic, LLC, PTS Physicians, LLC, and Resource Interactive, LLC (Columbus). Member of President's Council, Colonial Williamsburg.

O. James Lighthizer

President of the American Battlefield Trust

BA, University of Dayton; Juris Doctorate, Georgetown University Law Center. Former partner, Miles and Stockbridge. Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Anne Arundel County Executive, and member of the Maryland Legislature.

Thomas H. Lauer

Vice Chairman of the Board

BS, University of Minnesota; MBA, Harvard Business School. Was a Managing Partner at Advent International Corporation from 1987 until his retirement in 2013. At Advent, held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and, previously, Chief Financial Officer. Worked at Prime Computer, Inc. where he held several senior positions and at the predecessor firm of Deloitte where he was a practicing CPA. Also served as an Officer in the United States Navy. Currently serves on the Boards of Advent and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.   

Stephan Newhouse


BA, Yale University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Former President of Morgan Stanley & Co. and former Chairman of Morgan Stanley International Inc. Served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1969 to 1972. Worked in the investment banking division of First Boston Corporation from 1975 to 1979. 

William W. Vodra


Graduate of the College of Wooster (Ohio) and Columbia University School of Law. Held numerous significant positions in federal service, including Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C., Assistant Chief Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Associate Chief Counsel for Drugs to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Served on expert panels for the Institute of Medicine and written extensively on food and drug law. Currently Senior Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP and has been instrumental in securing the firm's pro-bono support for preservation issues. First joined the American Battlefield Trust Board in 2005 and currently serving his second term. He and his wife Dru have identified 21 direct and collateral ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

Travis K. Anderson

Yale College A.B. in history, 1977.  Joined stockbrokers  R.Gilder and Co. after graduation, became a partner in 1981.  Now called Gilder Gagnon, Howe & Co.,Travis has been CEO since 2006.  His wife Victoria Phillips Anderson teaches American Cold War history at Columbia University. 

Harrison "Mac" Bains Jr.

BA, University of Redlands; MBA, University of California, Berkeley. Retired Vice President, Tax and Treasury of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. Former Senior Vice President, Chase Manhattan Bank. Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer, RJR Nabisco. He serves on the following boards: the Mercer Funds, the Bank of America Funds, Cara Therapeutics, the University of Redlands, the Park Avenue Armory, and the American Battlefield Trust.

Don Barrett

Graduate of the University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Law School. One of two partners of a 15-lawyer law firm called the Barrett Law Office, P.A. Involved in numerous high-profile law suits on behalf of clients. Awarded the Public Justice Achievement Award by Trial Lawyers for the Public Justice Foundation; provided foundation donation for the University of Mississippi Center for Civil War Research. Active with the University of Mississippi Foundation.

Edwin C. Bearss

Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service. Director's Special Assistant for Military Sites and former Chief Historian at the National Park Service. Winner of numerous history and preservation awards, including the T. Harry Williams Award, the Bruce Catton Award, the Alvin Calman Award, the Bell I. Wiley Award, the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the Field of Civil War History, and the Civil War Preservation Trust Edwin C. Bearss Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominated for the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal (presently under consideration under H.R. 2059).

Terry Beaty, Jr.

Graduate Princeton University and Harvard Business School. Strategic Advisor and a Senior Portfolio Manager for Brown Advisory, an investment management firm. Prior to joining Brown Advisory, he worked in the investment field for 42 years; co-founded Beaty Haynes & Associates, Inc. and served as an officer (President for the last six) of Davidge & Company. He serves on the following: Community Foundation of the National Capital Area, Fort Ticonderoga (Executive Committee), Princeton University History Department (Advisory Board), Montgomery County Historical Society and Decatur House (National Trust for Historic Preservation). An enthusiast of the Revolutionary War, he lives in an historic (circa 1700) home that is now on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally a tavern and stagecoach stop.

Kirk Bradley*

*Chairman Emeritus

Chairman of the Board—BBA, University of Georgia Terry College of Business; MBA, Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Chairman, President & CEO of Lee-Moore Capital Company in Sanford, NC. Board of Directors, Heart Center Board at Duke University Medical Center.

Carlton Crenshaw

MBA, New York University Graduate School of Business. Former Executive Vice President of Finance and CFO at Anteon International Corporation. During his service in the United States Marine Corps, was the recipient of several medals, including the Bronze Star and 2 Purple Hearts. Member of the Marine Corps Association Board of Advisors and Chairman of the Audit Committee. Founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum. 

Jeff Dahlgren

Graduate, University of Southern California. President and CEO of AIRTECH, an international family owned and operated company that manufactures carbon composite products for aviation, aerospace, solar power, race cars, and marine industries. AIRTECH has plants in Los Angles, China, the UK, and Luxembourg. Active lecturer at a number of Los Angeles universities on international business. Heavily involved in two historic sites in Southern California: the Banning Museum House and the Drum Barracks.

Bob Daum

BA, Colgate University; MBA, Harvard University. Retired investment banker and financial executive. Private investor since 2003. Serves on executive committee and board of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Sheltering Arms (a New York based social services agency), the Royal Oak Foundation (the US affiliate of the UK National Trust), the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Association of Lloyd’s Members (represents private capital at Lloyd’s of London).  Former chair of Out2Play which built over 100 playgrounds for New York City public schools.  Passionate about history and has visited most of the major Civil War battlefields as well as iconic battlefields throughout the world.

Vince Dooley

Bachelor's degree and Masters in History, Auburn University. For almost 50 years, has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia (UGA), Southeastern Conference (SEC), and collegiate athletics across the country, serving as head football coach at UGA from 1963-1989 and as the Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. His contributions to coaching and athletics administration are defined by his place as the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The most successful coach in Georgia history and the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history with over 200 wins, including one national championship, six SEC titles, and 20 bowl games. Also the author of several books and an accomplished gardener (namesake for the Dooley Blue Hydrangea).

Lester G. "Ruff" Fant, III

Graduate, Vanderbilt University and Harvard Law School. First joined the Board of the American Battlefield Trust in 1994 and served as Chairman from 1997-1999. An active duty veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who rose to the rank of captain and earned a Navy Achievement Medal for his service. Highlights of his legal career include tenures as a partner at Cohen & Retz and Sidley & Austin, where he sat on the executive committee, as well as 18 years as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Presently the Chairman of Galway III, LLC, a specialty finance firm in Washington, DC. Also serves as a Trustee of Sidwell Friends School and on the Dean's Advisory Board of Harvard Law School.   

William J. Hupp

BA, University of Michigan; MBA, University of Chicago. Recipient of the inaugural 2011 Private Equity Manager Leadership Award. Founding Board Member of the Midwest Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association. Member of the NVCA/CFO Task Force. Partner and CFO of Adams Street Partners, Chicago.

Steve Israel

Attended Nassau Community College and Syracuse University; Bachelor of arts, George Washington University; Learned legislative process on the staff of U.S. Representative Richard Ottinger of New York, 1980-1983; Member of the Huntington, N.Y., town board, 1993–2001; Elected as a Democratic representative from New York’s Third Congressional District to the 107th Congress, and, subsequently, to seven succeeding sessions of Congress. He retired without having sought reelection on January 3, 2017.

Kate Kelly

Smith College, B.A. Writer and publisher of, a website dedicated to telling little-known stories of America’s past. This has led to many stories related to the Civil War. She is also author of Election Day: An American Holiday, An American History, as well as a six-volume history of medicine for the college market. She has collaborated with doctors and business people to write other consumer books. Former instructor at the Osher Institute, University of California at Los Angeles. Served as trustee for LupusLA, the Friends of Smith College Libraries, and the Westchester County Historical Society. 

Duke R. Ligon

Graduate, Westminster College and University of Texas Law School. Currently the owner/manager of Mekusukey Oil Company and represents many other businesses in the oil and gas industry. Formerly General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Devon Energy, Oklahoma City; Partner with Mayer, Brown & Platt, NYC; Senior Vice President, Bankers Trust Company; Partner with Hardesty, Whyte, Hemphill & Ligon, Washington, DC; Partner, Bracewell & Patterson, Washington, DC; and Director with Blueknight Energy Partners, Emerald Oil Company, PostRock Energy Corporation, System One, and Vantage Drilling. U.S. Army, Captain, Military Intelligence, Bronze Star from service in Vietnam. Avid Civil War buff since he was 10, with three ancestors with Civil War lineage.   

Jeffrey P. McClanathan

Jeff McClanathan is a partner with Gregory, Sharer and Stuart, CPAs, St. Petersburg, Florida. He serves on the following: Strategic Planning Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Chairman and Board of Trustees President for the HTR Foundation; Board of Trustees, Canterbury School of Florida; Board of Trustees, All Children's Hospital.

Richard Mills

BA, Franklin and Marshall College. A native of Huntington New York, Rich retired from the Marine Corps in Oct ’15 as a Lieutenant General at the conclusion of a 40 year career.  An infantryman, he commanded at all levels from platoon to Force including the historic First Marine Division.  He served in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, as part of Task Force Tarawa during the invasion of Iraq, as Commander, Ground Combat Element, Al Anbar Province, Iraq and deployed to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). In June 2010, he assumed command of the newly-created ISAF Regional Command (Southwest) in Helmand Province and as such was the first Marine Corps General Officer to command NATO forces in combat. Rich also served as a United Nations Military Observer in Palestine, studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London and served on the staff of the U.S. Sixth Fleet, Gaeta, Italy and the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart Germany. His final assignment was as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Forces Northern Command, New Orleans, La. Rich currently serves as President and CEO of the Marine Corps University Foundation and as a Highly Qualified Expert/Senior Mentor for the Department of the Navy. 

John L. Nau, III*

*Chairman Emeritus

BA in History from the University of Virginia. Previously served as the chairman of three top entities in the historic preservation realm: the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission, and, from 2009–2011, the American Battlefield Trust. Benefactor for a new University of Virginia Center for Civil War History, which will bear his name. Also endowed a chair in the History Department of the University of Virginia to ensure top-quality instruction on the subject of the American Civil War (now held by distinguished Civil War Historian Gary Gallagher). President and CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors, LP, the largest Anheuser-Busch distributor in the U.S. Served on a broad spectrum of civic, community, and philanthropic Boards in support of education, health and hospitals, inner city children, and urban parks and conservation, including the National Park Foundation, Greater Houston Partnership, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Texas State Historical Association, and Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

J. Dennis Sexton

Former President and CEO, All Children's Health System, St. Petersburg, FL. Past President, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. Chairman, Child Health Corporation of America. Trustee, HTR Foundation.   

Madhu Tadikonda

Madhu Tadikonda is Chief Underwriting Officer at AIG. He joined AIG from Oliver Wyman, where he was a Partner and led the Corporate Finance & Advisory practice in North America. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in the venture capital industry, most recently as a General Partner at Accretive LLC. Mr. Tadikonda holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford. An amateur historian for decades, he is passionate about Civil War and military history and has visited many Civil War battlefields.

Bob Uhler

BS in Civil Engineering and Military Science, the United States Military Academy; Masters in Environmental Engineering, University of Florida. Registered professional engineer in 14 states. Retired from MWH Global Inc., one of the world's largest water engineering and construction global companies in 2012 after a 36-year career. In his last 12 years of service to MWH, served as the Chairman and CEO and currently holds the title of Chairman Emeritus. During service in Viet Nam, was awarded for combat action two Bronze Stars, six Combat Air medals, and two Army Commendation medals. Presently the President/Owner of The Uhler Group, which provides strategic advice and CEO mentoring for private equity firms' portfolio companies. Also serves on the Board of the Smithsonian's National American History Museum. 

Susan Whitaker

Graduate, Northwestern University. From 2003 to 2015, served as Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, a cabinet-level position to which she was appointed by three consecutive gubernatorial administrations. In 2013, was named National Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association's National Council of State Travel Directors. Also serves as the co-chair of the Tennessee's Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, Board Member for the Franklin Battle Trust, Secretary of the U.S. Travel Association's Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Tennessee State Fair Commission, and Member of the Smokey Mountains Park Commission. Although a Chicago native, she is a direct descendent of Tennessee's first Governor John Sevier.