THE FRIENDS BOARD

b2 Frederica Lofquist, President A native of the Northeast, Frederica divided her childhood between Philadelphia (during the school year) and New Hampshire and Maine (during the summer months). Following her marriage to Alden, two children and life in many parts of the United States, she came to Aiken in 1990.
Her interests include her grandchildren, being active in many of the Patriotic Genealogical Societies, travel, reading, knitting, antiques, horses and carriages, and, of course, people. Volunteering at the Racing Hall of Fame and the Aiken County Historical Museum are a constant of her calendar.
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Al Snell, Vice President  Al grew up in Johnston, S.C. He is a veteran, having served 22 years in the Army and retiring in 1990 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1990 he joined Westinghouse, Savannah River Site where he was the manager of Excess and Salvage Operations. He is married to the former Cindy Lominick of Newberry, S.C. They have two children and three grandchildren. He has been a member of the “Friends of the Museum” for many years and especially enjoys the annual lecture series.

 

Kathy Poirier, Treasurer Kathy and her husband Wayne retired to Aiken earlier this year from Michigan where both were born and raised.  We have 2 daughters and 7 grandchildren.  We have been traveling to Aiken since 2001 and retired here for the mild weather, golf and volunteer opportunities.  This position was a perfect transition for Kathy (me) as I worked in the financial services industry for 40 years and was a history major from my early days in high school.  I also volunteer at Acts and am involved with Aiken Newcomers and Cedar Creek Ladies Club.
  Bud Profit, Past President  Born in Detroit, MI and grew up in Glendale, CA, Bud moved quite a lot before settling in Aiken.  From Glendale to the army, to San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and eventually to Rochester, NY, he often said that he didn’t take vacations, he just moved. He was a financial director with Bausch & Lomb for 20 years until his retirement.  With the help of Where to Retire magazine, he and his wife, Elaine, discovered Aiken and have been here for 20 years. His involvement in the Museum began soon after arriving.  He spent years as a docent, member of the Friends board, then Vice-President, and eventually President for 4 years.

In his leisure time, he reads, sits on his back porch, fights with the squirrels, and works part time as a courier for Security Federal.

 

Elaine Profit, Director

Born in Louisiana, graduated from LSU with a BS in Elementary Education. and moved to St. Louis where she met her husband, Bud. From there, they moved to Cincinnati, Chicago, and ended up in Fairport, NY where they lived for 20 years. Although, she gave up teaching early to raise their two sons, she went back to the school system as a secretary and Clerk of the Board of Education. In 1997, she and Bud moved to Aiken and have never regretted this move. After 48 years of marriage, she and Bud enjoy visiting their children and grands.

Elaine favorite pastimes are reading and binge- watching British television, and of course, she’ll visit her children and grandchildren any time she gets a chance. She volunteers weekly at the Christ Central Ministries and at the museum. She does plan to become more active with the Friends.

 

 

Sally Stroker, Director

After a career in advertising, marketing and sales in the New York Metro area, Sally retired and relocated to Aiken in 2011. Her business experience spanned more than 30 years in different industries and companies, and her favorite aspect was new business development. History has been a life-long interest of Sally’s, and she enjoyed searching for colleges with her mother based on historical sites. Partly due to her father’s enthusiasm for Big Ten athletics, she was educated at Northwestern University. Go Wildcats! She remains an avid antiques collector. Sally became a docent with the museum in 2012 and enjoys researching and writing for the Historic Homes Committee. “I continue to be amazed at the wealth of history found in Aiken, and I am so happy to live in this community.”

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Toni Gerstenberg, Recording Secretary Evangeline (Toni) Gerstenberg was born and educated in New York City. She graduated from Mills College of Education, now part of New York University, with a degree in education.
She did graduate studies at Hunter College in Manhattan. As part of her college experience, Toni was an intern at the American Museum of Natural History working in the “Children’s Science Center.” She was a teacher and administrator for thirty-eight years. She has been married to her husband, Robert, (the Museum’s resident pianist) for forty-seven years. They have two daughters living in New York and both are also in education. Toni & Robert have three grandchildren who enjoy visiting Banksia when they are in town. The Gerstenbergs have been living in Aiken full-time for six years but have been visiting Aiken and Banksia for at least thirty years. One of her greatest joys and experiences has been being part of the Banksia family.

 

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Arlene Lane, Director  Arlene and her husband, Bob, moved to Aiken in 1989 for employment at the Savannah River Site where she worked as a computer data analyst. After leaving SRS in 1993, she began various volunteer activities which utilized her experience with personal computers and as a data analyst. She began as a docent at the Aiken County Historical Museum and then became the Friends of the Museum Board Secretary. She helped refine the Membership database before becoming the Membership Secretary and exporting the database to the current PastPerfect software. Arlene received both her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois.

 

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Bob Popiel, Director Robert E. Popiel was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduation from Technical High School, he was offered a position at Harvard University Computation Lab as an electronic research technician where he worked for two years. He then joined Raytheon Company in Missile and Radar Component Research while taking Co-op Courses at Northeastern University where he graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Technology. He was later selected as the Raytheon Project Engineer for the transfer of missile component design know-how involving several missions to European NATO nations. In mid-career, he relocated to South Florida taking a position with Pratt and Whitney. He also later took engineering and management positions with a division of Gulf & Western, Eastern Airlines, eventually retiring from Motorola. Bob and his artist wife, Jane, relocated to Aiken, S.C. in May, 2006 where he became an Aiken County Historical Museum docent that same year. He continues to be an active docent and participant at Banksia to this date. Bob stays active as an enthusiastic gardener and mainly with his interests of history, philatelics, and numismatics and is a member of the CSRA Coin Club.

 

 

Elaine Profit Director 

 

b11 Julia Stenz, Membership Chairperson  Hailing from New Orleans, Julia Stentz moved to Aiken in 2007 because of a job opportunity for her husband, Lynn.  One of their first visits while getting to know their new town was the Aiken County Historical Museum.  Julia was so impressed with the museum and its contents that she promised herself that she would volunteer there after retirement.  After 37 years of teaching on the high school level, she retired in 2012.  She has been a docent since that fall and really enjoys her time at the museum.  Julia and Lynn plan to remain in Aiken – it has become home for them.
 

Judy Romeo, Membership Secretary

Judy (Judi) Dudley Romeo is a fifth generation Texan, her family ties coming to Texas in 1828. In 1974 she married Basil Joseph Romeo and moved to Wall Township, New Jersey. She and Basil lived in New Jersey for twenty-five years moving to Hilton Head Island in 1999 and to Aiken in February, 2009.

Judi’s working career was in Data Technology and Marketing for a major fortune 500 Insurance Company. She retired after working 30 years for the same company with the title of Vice President.

Since retirement, Judi has devoted her time to genealogy research which has led her to publish three family history books which were accepted by several libraries including the Family Research Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the Daughters of the American Revolution research library in Washington, DC.  She is a member of several historical societies and enjoys assisting others in joining patriotic historical societies.

 

(To clear up the question is it “Judy” or “Judi?” . . . legally it is “Judy” but while working at my first job there were five women named “Judy.”  So we were “assigned” a name – one was Judy, three used their middle names and I was dubbed JUDI . . .I prefer Judi and have used that during my working career.)

 

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