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.

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.


b4 Richard Smoot, Past President Dick was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. He held supervisory/management positions in the U.S. Navy (33 years) Beech Aerospace Services and Johnson & Johnson. His interest in history started at the tender age of ten when he loved to map out scenes from U.S. battles. Over the last eight years, to help him learn more about history, he has focused his time by collecting U.S. paper money and coins along with learning Aiken County history as a docent.
Kathy Poirier, Treasurer

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.


b7 Mary Elizabeth Ahern, Director Retired to Aiken in 1990 from Michigan. She and her husband chose Aiken over many retirement areas they had visited for may reasons, among them: the change of seasons, mild winters, good golf courses. All these reminded them of their roots, being from New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

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.



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.

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