LOCUST GROVE, VIRGINIA (August 12, 2014) – Today the Trustees of the Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc. (the Germanna Foundation) announced the appointment of Steven L. Hein as Chief Operating Officer of the foundation effective September 2, 2014.
“In the search for the new Chief Operating Officer, the Trustees found in Steve Hein a leader who can help propel the remarkable colonial-era sites of the Germanna Foundation to national prominence,” said Germanna Foundation President Marc Wheat. “We are delighted to welcome him aboard.”
Steve brings more than 30 years of management and leadership experience to his new position, having served in positions in the government, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
Following a 20-year active duty career as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, which included command at sea and assignment as Director of Recruitment Advertising (where he was also responsible for managing the Coast Guard’s recruitment budget), he was appointed Marketing Director of the AARP Pharmacy Service, a privately held not-for-profit corporation with nearly $400 million in annual sales.
Steve has held other senior executive positions with the American Military University, Army Times Publishing Company (Gannet), and most recently with the National Association for Uniformed Services where he led membership marketing and fundraising efforts for the national nonprofit veterans advocacy organization.
“It’s a great opportunity to join the Germanna Foundation team at this important moment in the Foundation’s history,” Steve said. “I’ve been fortunate to spend my career in a variety of positions that really make a difference in people’s lives, and I’m excited about working with the Germanna Foundation and its members and supporters to continue to explore the lives and tell the stories of these early colonists and their families. Not many organizations or families can say ‘this is where it all began’ – but the Germanna Foundation can.”
With the 2013 acquisition of the 62-acre Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle archaeological site in Orange County, the Trustees sought a candidate who could build to national prominence the Foundation’s legacy of preserving the heritage of the German colonists who started arriving in Virginia 300 years ago and were settled on the western frontier of the British Empire along the Rapidan River (about 20 miles west of modern-day Fredericksburg) by Alexander Spotswood, Queen Anne’s lieutenant governor of Virginia and patron of the Germanna colonists.
“Our members are dedicated to investing significant additional resources into the exploration, interpretation, and conservation of the Fort Germanna and Enchanted Castle site,” said Marc Wheat, President of the Board of Trustees, and a Germanna descendant. “For us, this means accelerating the growth of the Foundation from its regionally-known, genealogy-centered roots to a Foundation nationally-known for its focus on the Germanna cultural landscape associated with German-American colonial families and their English neighbors. Bringing Steve on board is an important part of realizing this vision.”
The Germanna Foundation owns some 240 acres of the original Germanna settlement, maintains a 100,000 person descendant database, and has published histories and genealogies about Germanna and her families as it has since 1956. It operates a Visitor Center (which includes a small library, museum, and memorial garden) on Foundation land that surrounds the Germanna Community College’s Locust Grove campus, whose property was donated by the Foundation to build the campus in 1969. The Foundation also owns a nearby 18th century mansion, “Salubria” (built by Lt. Gov. Spotswood’s widow) in Culpeper County, and the Hitt Family cemetery in Fauquier County.
The Germanna Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1956 with a mission to preserve the early German-American heritage that began in colonial Virginia through lively programs of: (1) Land conservation; (2) Preservation of historic structures, sites, and cemeteries; (3) Education of the general public as well as the tens of thousands of descendants of those early settlers, and (4) Development of strong relationships with counterparts in Germany. For more information, visit www.germanna.org and www.facebook.com/GermannaFoundation.
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Contact: Steve Hein, 703-851-2095