OBLHS Board of Directors

Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets once a year to report on our status and progress, discuss ongoing projects, set our agenda and mission for the coming year, decide on awards, and welcome our new board members!

 

DIANA CHAPPELL

Vice President

After seeing the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move in July 1999, Diana realized the affinity she had for the beauty, history and preservation of lighthouses.  In 2000, Diana joined OBLHS where she has been involved in many of the society’s projects, as well as serving as treasurer from 2005-13.   She has also been an active member of the Chesapeake Chapter, US Lighthouse Society (CCUSLHS).   Over the years she has also volunteered with her church, the local Habitat for Humanity organization and various other not-for-profit groups.  A licensed CPA, Diana has worked in accounting, compensation and IT positions in the private sector.   She lives with her husband in the Richmond, Virginia area.

RICHARD MEISSNER

President

Richard taught English and Theatre Arts for thirty years at Asheboro High School and was one of the first teachers in North Carolina to be certified in Theatre Arts.  Since 1997, he has been a volunteer at Cape Lookout National Seashore, serving at the lighthouse, Ports-mouth Village, and park headquarters.  He served as Volunteer Coordinator from 1999 until 2013.  He received the Hartzog Award from the U.S. National Park Service for enduring service in 2009.  Richard also volunteered at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 1999 for the lighthouse move.  Currently serving as President of Friends of Portsmouth Island, Richard is a resident of Harkers Island.

NICOLE DaVIA

Board Member

Nicole is a native of Rochester, NY and works as a Physician Assistant.  Ever since she was little, she has loved the outdoors and the ocean.  She is an avid collector of shells and rocks, and has a fascination with Cetaceans (whales).   Her first real “lighthouse” experience was a trip to Maine, and since then, she’s been hooked, fascinated by their structure, unique qualities, and history.  As a board member, Nicole enjoys helping the OBLHS educate the public and sharing awareness about the importance of lighthouse preservation.  She is also a passionate board member of Riley’s Army, www.rileysarmy.com, a support group that helps children with cancer and their families, as she is a 24-year survivor of childhood cancer as well as a recent breast cancer survivor.

ROBERT (Bob) DaVIA

Treasurer

“Bob,” a native of Rochester, New York, now calls Winterville, North Carolina home, and serves as the Treasurer of OBLHS. A veteran of the US Navy, he spent nine years working in Emergency Communications (9-1-1) and nearly ten years as a volunteer fireman. These experiences taught him the importance of responsibility, communication, and community involvement. After earning an Associates Degree in Business Management, he now works in the accounting department of a North Carolina Non Profit organization. His interest in lighthouses evolved into his creating and maintaining a lighthouse website, seathelights.com, where he displays and sells photographs and postcards of lighthouses he has visited as well as of the U.S. Life Saving Service.

JOHN HAVEL

Webmaster

A native of New Jersey, John moved to North Carolina in 1977 to take a position as Exhibit Designer and Curator at the North Carolina Museum of History.  Since 2000, John has worked as a graphic designer with the U.S. EPA in Research Triangle Park. Some years ago, John developed a love for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and found that even though many beautiful and informative books existed, the most photographed, visited, and recognized lighthouse in America had never been the subject of a complete and accurate history -- and so, John determined that that would be his mission.  John lives in Raleigh with his wife, Aïda, a family law attorney, who helps with his lighthouse research and shares his love of the Outer Banks and lighthouses.

CYNDY HOLDA

Board Member

Cyndy, a native of Nags Head, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina–Wilmington and then pursued a lifelong career with the National Park Service.  Her experiences and travels have brought her many interesting assignments.  She served as the Public Affairs Specialist for the Park Service for 11 years on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  She has written hundreds of articles on environmental issues, wildlife and nature topics, cultural resources and photographed everything from scenic landscapes to iconic lighthouses and the visitors who enjoy these great treasures.  Retired now, she enjoys freelancing - writing and photography – from her home on the shores of the Croatan Sound in Manns Harbor, NC.

GAYLE KERESEY

Board Member

Gayle is a native of Brookville, Ohio but has lived in Wilmington, NC, with her wife, Rebecca Taylor, for over 30 years. She is a retired school librarian who loves to spend some of her leisure time reading and using her computer. One of her other passions is her four cats. She is a life member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. Gayle is an avid pharophile. Almost every vacation is planned around which new lighthouses she will visit. She has visited lighthouses in all corners of the U.S., but visiting the North Carolina lighthouses is still her favorite vacation destination. Her other interests include collecting lighthouses as well as books about lighthouses.

JUDY MOON

Membership Director

 Judy is retired from the Virginia Department of Health, and divides her time between Virginia and the Outer Banks. Her hobbies include making porcelain dolls, stained glass stepping stones, knitting, crocheting, and scrapbooking. She is active in her church and community and enjoys camping and walking on the beach. A lighthouse lover for many years, she attended her first Keeper's Weekend in 1999 as a birthday gift from her late husband, Leslie. She immediately joined OBLHS and now, even when other events are planned, they are changed to comply with a lighthouse function. Her daughter, Kelly, is also a board member and attends the events with her.  

 

BETT PADGETT

Immediate Past President

Bett has served on the board of OBLHS since 1999, both as special events coordinator, and as president from 2004-14. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, she has resided in Raleigh since 1970. She taught guitar at NC State for 29 years and since 1979 has taught music, guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, composition, keyboard and performance privately. She also writes and records songs, and one song about the Hatteras Lighthouse (If a Lighthouse Could Speak) led her to join OBLHS. Sharing the history of all of NC’s towers through stories and songs has become a passion and has taken Bett across the state. She has served on various boards promoting music in the Triangle area and hosts the Little Lake Hill House Concert Series.

BILL PADGETT

Board Member

Bill served as Director of IT at North Carolina State University for 25 years and is now retired. He has advanced degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Statistics and Education, and advanced studies in Physical & Organic Chemistry. As a committed environmentalist, Bill has served on many boards and committees that work to preserve and protect our air, water and land resources. He has been an active member of the groups seeking to transform Dorothea Dix Hospital into an urban park. Mountain hiking, border collies/sheep herding, stock trading/analysis, collecting/research, soccer and family are just a few of his many passions.

CHERYL SHELTON-ROBERTS

Co-Founder & Secretary

Cheryl is co-founder and former President of OBLHS. She has also been the editor of the society’s award-winning newsletter, Lighthouse News, for over 20 years. A native North Caro-linian and former teacher, Cheryl has authored several highly-acclaimed books: Lighthouse Families; Moving Hatteras: Relocating the Cape Hatteras Light Station to Safety; and North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope. Cheryl is also the editor of two books commemorating keepers' descen-dants': Cape Hatteras Keepers: Oral and Family Histories (2001) and Bodie Island Keepers: Oral and Family Histories (2013), both co-written with certified genealogist Sandra MacLean Clunies. She is the recipient of the coveted “Keeper of the Light” award from the American Lighthouse Foundation. She and her husband, Bruce Roberts, live in Morehead City, NC.

BRUCE ROBERTS
Co-Founder

Bruce is a co-founder of OBLHS. A former Director of Photography at Southern Living magazine, Bruce was also a member of the legendary 1960s staff of The Charlotte Observer, which pioneered the use of the 35mm camera and natural light for newspaper photography. For over twenty years, lighthouses have become his favorite subject. His renowned lighthouse photography has appeared in hundreds of books and magazines. “Bruce Roberts has earned the right to be acknowledged as one of our era’s most important photojournalists, and although he seldom displays them, he has a room full of awards to prove it,” says Ray Jones.  He is a recipient of the “Keeper of the Light” award from the American Lighthouse Foundation for his preservation work with OBLHS.

MARJORIE SPRUILL
Board Member

Marjorie is retired from her jobs as elementary school assistant librarian and school bus driver.  She and her husband Dallas of 53 years live on a tobacco farm in the house in which she was born in Hurdle Mills, North Carolina.  She has been a volunteer at Cape Lookout National Seashore since 1994, serving at Portsmouth Village, the park camps, and at the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.  She and Dallas also volunteer at Camp Rapidan in Shenandoah National Park. Her interest in lighthouses inspires her to portray a Keeper’s wife at various events.  Being on the OBLHS Board of Directors is another way for her to serve the lighthouses of North Carolina.

KELLY WALLER

Store Keeper

Kelly’s interest in lighthouses increased when the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was being moved. She found the stories of the lights and keepers to be interesting, and began attending the OBLHS Keeper's Weekends with her mom, Judy, after her dad passed away.  Kelly was quickly accepted into the group and has become an integral volunteer at each event. Kelly lives in Long Island, VA with her husband of 27 years, Eddie, and son Ethan.  She works for the Virginia Department of Health as the Food Safety Consultant for the City of Danville, Counties of Brunswick, Halifax, Mecklenburg and Pittsylvania.  Her interests include gardening and canning produce from her garden and cooking for her family.

Doug Stover retired in 2013 from the National Park Service after 32 years. For the last 13 of those he served as Cultural Resources Manager & Historian at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Among his key projects there was the renovation of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. 

Before coming to the Outer Banks Doug served at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park, National Capital Parks-East, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Acadia National Park. He also served as White House Liaison & Site Manager including work with the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. preserving waterlilies. Doug has authored two books; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and Outer Banks Scenic Byway as well as several Historic Resource Studies. After retirement Doug began as a consultant with the UN World Heritage Sites. Doug and his family make their home in Nags Head, NC.

DOUG STOVER
Board Member