As The Germanna Foundation continues to bring recognition to the people of Germanna and their place in American history, we have looked to experts to help us tell the Germanna story, discover how life was lived in colonial America, and deepen German-American ties.
We asked some special friends of the Foundation to formalize their relationship with us by agreeing to serve as member of our Council of Advisors.
Frank Price serves as Chairman of The Germanna Foundation’s Council of Advisors, and is a descendant of Germanna colonists John Jacob Rector, John Fishback, and the Rev. Henry Haeger. Mr. Price is a member of the National Council of the Arts, and Chairman and CEO of Price Entertainment, Inc., where he has produced films such as Shadowlands and A Circle of Friends, plus Peabody Award winner The Tuskegee Airmen for HBO. Mr. Price began his entertainment career in television, joining Universal Television in 1959 as a producer and writer. In 1973, he was appointed President of Universal Television where his series included Kojak and Columbo. Five years later, he became Chairman and CEO of the motion picture division of Columbia Pictures Industries. Under his administration, Kramer vs Kramer and Gandhi swept the Academy Awards. In 1984, Price became Chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group and President of Universal Pictures. Successful films produced during his tenure included Out of Africa and Back to the Future.
Dr. William M. Kelso
Dr. William M. Kelso is the foremost archaeologist in Early American history. He is the director of archaeology for the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery archaeological project, and the past director of archaeology at Colonial Williamsburg’s Carter’s Grove, Monticello and Poplar Forest. He was also commissioner of archaeology for the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Dr. Kelso has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe and has authored or contributed to numerous books and articles on archaeology, including Jamestown, the Buried Truth (University of Virginia Press) and Archaeology of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: Artifacts of Everyday Life in the Plantation Community (Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Inc., Charlottesville). Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain made Dr. Kelso an Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), an honor awarded for especially inventive and celebrated contributions to the recipient’s field.
Kathleen Kilpatrick is a native Virginian and resident of Goochland County. Ms. Kilpatrick served as Director of the Department of Historic Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2001 to 2014, and Deputy Director from 1994. Ms. Kilpatrick has extensive experience in state and federal government and a broad background in natural and cultural resource policy, having served in State government as Special Assistant for Policy and Legislation to the Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources with oversight responsibilities for historic resources, game and inland fisheries, marine resources, state parks, and recreation. Her federal service includes five years with the U.S. Department of Interior as Senior Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management, and Budget from 1988-93. In 1984, she was confirmed by the United States Senate to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, and served as chairman of the Committee on General Programs with policy and grant-making responsibilities for public programs conducted by museums, historical societies, libraries, radio, and television.
Paul S. Atkins
Paul S. Atkins, prior to founding Patomak Global Partners, Mr. Atkins served from July 2002 to August 2008 as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. During his two terms, Mr. Atkins advocated better transparency and consistency in the SEC’s decision-making and enforcement activities and smarter regulation that considers costs and benefits. He represented the SEC at various meetings of the US-EU Transatlantic Economic Council, the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, the World Economic Forum, and the Transatlantic Business Dialogue. Mr. Atkins is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and a trustee of the American Council on Germany. A German-American, Mr. Atkins speaks French and German.
Helen Marie Taylor
The Honorable Helen Marie Taylor served as the U.S Representative to the United Nations in 1986 and is a native of Waco, TX who has dedicated her life to preserving history through her efforts in museums, organizations, and foundations. She has served as U.S. Representative of UNESCO and the Communications and Cultural Committees. Previously, she worked as a council member for the National Endowment for the Humanities and has served as president for both the James Monroe Memorial Foundation and the James Madison Museum. She has served on a variety of boards including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England.
A lifelong Virginian with a strong background in historic preservation, Mrs. Brantley Knowles is currently President General of the Colonial Dames of America, has been President of the National Society Colonial Dames of America in Virginia, has served on the NSCDA national board for 15 years, and chaired its national properties committee. The NSCDA-VA owns the site of Alexander Spotswood’s Fort Christanna, the fort he built in Brunswick County at the time he settled the families from Nassau-Siegen at Fort Germanna. In 2016 Knowles revived the Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe, a group of descendants that has contributed generously to the work of the Germanna Foundation.
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann is the author and editor of numerous books on German-American history and culture. He has received many awards, including the National Award of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Ohioana Humanities Book Award, the Distinguished German-American of the Year Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Society for German-American Studies, and is listed in Who’s Who in America. At the University of Cincinnati he served as Curator of the German-Americana Collection and Director of German-American Studies, and is well-known as “Mr. German-Americana.” He has been on the board of many national and international organizations and institutions. He serves as Book Review Editor for German Life Magazine, and has edited a monographic series dealing with German-American history: Neue-Deutsch-Amerikanische Studien/New German-American Studies (34 vols.). He also has assisted in the production of several PBS programs, including: “The German-Americans” and “Zinzinnati Reflections.”
Linda “Sunny” Reynolds
Sunny Reynolds is a long-time resident and business owner in Fauquier County. Ms. Reynolds is owner of Biotrek Adventure Travels and Studio 19 Photography. She has served two terms on the Warrenton Town Council and as Vice Mayor of Warrenton. She is an established and well-proven fundraiser with proven success acquiring funding for many local and state-wide organizations. Ms. Reynolds is currently assisting the Germanna Foundation in its fundraising efforts with a focus on the Fauquier County community. Ms. Reynolds is a current board member of Experience Old Town Warrenton (a National Main Street Program Affiliate) and a current member of the Warrenton Chamber of Commerce. She has also served on a variety of local, non-profit boards, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fauquier and Habitat for Humanity, and is a former member of the Fauquier County’s Business and Tourism Advisory Committee.