Chief Operating Officer
Steve is a Certified Marketing Executive with more than 25 years experience in marketing, fundraising and senior management in the military/government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors.
Following several operational assignments as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, including command of a patrol boat, Steve served in recruitment advertising management positions for the Coast Guard and the Department of Defense before completing his 20-year active duty Coast Guard career.
Since hanging up his uniform, Steve has directed marketing efforts for the AARP Pharmacy Service, American Military University, Army Times Publishing Co., and the National Association for Uniformed Services where he was responsible for membership marketing and fundraising efforts for this national veterans advocacy organization. He joined the Germanna Foundation staff as the Chief Operating Officer in September 2014.
He and his wife Debbie, a newly-retired teacher, live in Locust Grove, VA, and have two adult daughters, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.
Eric Larsen, Ph.D.
Dr. Larsen has more than 25 years of archaeological experience, having worked with the National Park Service at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and for the University of Maryland on sites in Annapolis, Maryland. He directed fieldwork at the Freedmen’s and Contraband Cemetery for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, and most recently assisted with excavations at George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm (near Fredericksburg, Virginia) for the George Washington Foundation. He has taught introductory Archaeology classes and trained numerous students through a variety of Field Schools primarily in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Barbara Bounds joined the foundation in September 2011 after eight years of teaching foreign language in the Culpeper and Spotsylvania public schools.
Prior to that she worked for twenty years as an administrative assistant, an accounting clerk, and in electronics purchasing.
From Pittsburgh, PA, she is married to a Spotsylvania native, Gary, who works for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Together they have six children and three grandchildren. They live at Lake of the Woods and enjoy its community activities.
She enjoys the foundation and looks forward to Germanna’s exciting future. Her co-workers add that Barbara’s good cheer, hospitable nature, excellent organizational and planning skills, and her marvelous baking, make her wonderful to work with!
John Howard, our volunteer coordinator, was born in Seattle and lived in Bremerton, Washington until 1966.
He spent three years in the Army and then worked for the Navy in ship design until retirement 38 years later.
His career took him to Washington DC in 1966, where he lived in Arlington and met his wife Ann. They have two married children and three grandchildren.
John retired in 1993. In 1998 they followed two Falls Church neighbors to Lake of the Woods.
John came out of retirement to work first for the Orange County Visitor Center at Germanna in 2004 and then subsequently stayed with the Germanna Foundation when Orange County transferred its visitor operations.
A valuable resource for our visitors, John keeps the library organized and helps others research their family history.
When he is not working at the Center, he keeps busy stamp and beer can collecting.
Visitor Center Docents:
Wilderness Battlefield Grounds Force (Siegen Forest hiking trails maintenance):