We are so excited for our summer staff to join us. Summer staff will start the end of May and provide their support and expertise during the summer months. These couples are an integral part of our success. Please stop by and welcome them!
Kathy & Bob Ransom
Bob and Kathy met while serving in the US Army in Germany and married in Switzerland in 1980. After 4 years in the Army, Bob went on to serve 26 years with the US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Federal Prisons from which he retired a Facilities Manager. His career included building, maintaining and managing federal prison buildings, as well as serving as a weapons instructor, and led us to live in 7 states.
Kathy left the Army Medical Corps in 1983 and worked in nursing, elder care, home health and finally in hospital software installations and administration.
Bob retired in 2011 and Kathy retired in 2013, at which point they moved to an "Active Over 55 Community" in the Arizona desert. In our spare time, they like to camp and spend time in the outdoors on their jeep or motorcycle. Our other hobbies have included beekeeping, organic gardening, Great Dane breeding and golf.
Leon and Lillian Farmer
Leon and Lillian were career postal employees. Leon spent 32 years with the Postal Service covering positions from mail clerk, supervisor, Quality Control expert and Postmaster. Lillian served 34 years as an executive secretary, Personnel Director, Unit Manager, Assistant Postmaster and Postmaster. They have been married for 34 years and have been involved with numerous community organizations and activities. They are currently members of the First United Methodist Church as well as the Runaway Bay Golf & Country Club. They are active members of the Lone Star Ramblers and the Indian Nation travel clubs. Leon has been a member of the Masonic Lodge for 48 years and the Lions Club for 33 years. Lillian is a member of the local Garden Club, the Ladies Golf Association and serves as a hostess for their church. Since retiring they have traveled in their RV in 46 of the 48 states. Their first volunteer adventure was at a state historical site, the Thumb Octagon Barn on the thumb of Michigan. They were there three out of four years, taking off one summer to travel through Canada and Alaska. They also volunteered for three years at a golf resort. This will be their fourth year in Pinedale at the Visitor Center! The first three years after their retirement they camped in Pinedale at Lakeside Lodge. They made a lot of friends and it was wonderful to find a volunteer position that felt like "coming home". Looking forward to another great year in the Winds.
Bill & Lynette Gerweck
Bill grew up in South Orange, NJ and attended Transylvania College in KY and Upsala University in NJ, graduating with a degree in Business. Bill’s college days were interrupted by a stint in the US Marine Corps.
After finishing college, Bill began working in the family propane business before working as a real estate developer in FL. Bill then ran his own construction company, closing shop in 1999.
At that time, Bill’s college roommate recruited him to manage a growing standard bred farm named Winbak, located in Chesapeake City, MD. Under Bill’s management, the farm grew to include farms in DE, PA, NY and Canada.
Bill retired from the farm in 2006 and has spent the last twelve years volunteering in various capacities, some of which include:
- Cecil County MD Liquor Board
- Cecil Community College Board of Trustees
- MD Racing Commission (governor appointed)
Since 2012, Bill has been volunteering in many capacities around the country. Most recently, he volunteered for the Army Corps of Engineers at the Bonneville Dam site in Cascade Locks, OR. Bill has spent time volunteering for the FL state park system in various positions, from maintenance to campground host. Bill enjoys exploring this terrific country and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the community of Pinedale, WY.
Lynette grew up in Clark, NJ and graduated from Kean College with a degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. Lynette worked as a special education teacher in NJ for 26 years, retiring in 2013.
Since retiring, Lynette has enjoyed volunteering around the country with her husband. Her volunteer experience began in earnest after spending a summer volunteering on a golf course in Hillman, MI. That was such an enjoyable experience, that as soon as she retired, she committed herself to exploring this country through volunteering.
Lynette has enjoyed volunteering for the Florida State Park System in many capacities, running the information and admission gate, to serving as a campground host assisting visitors. Lynette has also volunteered with the Army Corps of Engineers at the Bonneville Dam, Cascade Locks, OR by working in the visitors information desk and gift shop.
Lynette looks forward to serving the community of Pinedale and its visitors.