George Minnucci, Board Chair – Lansdale, PA
George Minnucci has been associated with Eastern National since 1977 and has previously served both as the company president and as its board chair. Prior to his affiliation with Eastern National, Mr. Minnucci served in a financial and executive management capacity for a manufacturing conglomerate and he also held an executive level position for an import-export company. He is active in local government, community nonprofit organizations such as scouting, professional organizations, nursing homes, religious institutions, and youth sports organizations.
Gerry Gabrys, Vice Chair – Fairfax, VA
Gerry Gabrys currently serves as President and CEO of Guest Services, Inc. Mr. Gabrys joined Guest Services in 1986 as Vice President/Treasurer. Prior to joining Guest Services, Mr. Gabrys served as Senior Vice President of the Washington Redskins and also Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Orioles, and had previously served on the Board of Trustees of Guest Services, as well as Chairman of the Audit Committee while a member of the Board. Prior to that, he was with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen and Co. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, a Certified Public Accountant, and is fully accredited as a Certified Hotel Administrator. Mr. Gabrys is a fellow of the Culinary Institute of America and a member of the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gabrys is on the Boards of the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Region, The Economic Club of Washington D.C., the Federal City Council, Life with Cancer, Southern Innkeepers Association, the Friends of the Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, Inc., and The Women’s Center’s Corporate Advisory Committee.
Dr. G. Jay Gogue, Ph.D. – Auburn, AL
Dr. G. Jay Gogue began his tenure as Auburn University’s 18th president on July 16, 2007, and is a 1969 AU alumnus. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from AU and a doctorate in horticulture from Michigan State University in 1973. He served as president of New Mexico State University from 2000 to 2003, and was then named chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of the University of Houston. Dr. Gogue worked for the National Park Service from 1973 to 1986, starting as a field research scientist and rising to the position of chief administrative scientist for several regions of the U.S. Park system. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies, Sigma Chi Fraternity, Sigma Xi scientific research society and the National Society of Scabbard and Blade, the honorary military society for all branches of service.
David Harmon – Hancock, MI
David Harmon is a writer, editor, and publications designer with more than 30 years of experience in protected areas conservation. His new consultancy, David Harmon editorial + creative, serves the conservation community across USA and beyond. Mr. Harmon recently concluded a 27-year career with the George Wright Society, the last 19 as its Executive Director, where he was responsible for overseeing the Society’s operations, including coediting its journal, The George Wright Forum, and helping plan the Society’s biennial conferences. He is active in IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. He also maintains an active research interest in the relationship between biological and cultural diversity, having cofounded the NGO Terralingua, which is devoted to that subject. Mr. Harmon has coedited several volumes on protected area conservation, including The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation (with Francis P. McManamon and Dwight T. Pitcaithley), The Full Value of Parks: From Economics to the Intangible (with Allen D. Putney), and, most recently, A Thinking Person’s Guide to America’s National Parks (with Robert Manning, Rolf Diamant, and Nora Mitchell).
Harvey C. Perry, II – Westerly, RI
Harvey C. Perry, II, served for 39 years at the Washington Trust Company in Westerly, Rhode Island, in various capacities, including as head of the Wealth Management Division, head of bank strategic planning, corporate secretary, and director of the office for nonprofit resources. In addition, he served on the senior management committee and the charitable contributions committee. While at the bank, his professional affiliations included serving as president of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Bankers Association and on the membership committee of the American Bankers Association, as well as on the Rhode Island Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of Southeastern Connecticut. Mr. Perry was a charter board member and is past president of the Westerly Land Trust. In addition, he has served as trustee of the Rhode Island Chapter of the Nature Conservancy for 19 years, trustee of Preserve Rhode Island, and commissioner of the Quonochontaug Beach Conservation Commission.
Dusty Shultz – Maple City, MI
Dusty Shultz retired from the National Park Service in 2015 after 42 years, all with the National Park Service. Prior to retirement, Ms. Shultz served as the Superintendent of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan) for 14 years. Her previous assignments included serving as Superintendent of Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial (Indiana), Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield (North Carolina), and Southeast Region Chief of Contracting (Georgia). She also served at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (Tennessee) and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield (all in Pennsylvania). Ms. Shultz served on the National Park Service Advisory Board for Eastern National for 11 years while employed with the National Park Service. She is a life member of Eastern National and a life member of the Employees and Alumni Association of the National Park Service.
Michael A. Walker, Esq. – Philadelphia, PA
Michael currently serves on the board of Eastern National and has served on several other boards including the Friends Hospital , the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce African American business council, the Downtown Club of Pikes Peak Colorado and the Urban League. Michael also served as Pennsylvania Commissioner appointed by Governor Rendell on the Governors Advisory Council for African American Affairs and was named by the United States Presidents Council for the Next Generation Leaders. Michael was awarded the Young Executive of the Year by the Philadelphia Pyramid Club and has been honored as a top litigator and appellate advocate during his years in law school.
Deb Yandala – Peninsula, OH
Deb Yandala serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, a 128 bed residential learning center located in the national park and now operated by the Conservancy. Deb is a graduate of Miami University and has an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan. She is currently the president of the Friends Alliance, a network of national park philanthropic partners. Deb also serves on the National Park Service Advisory Board’s Education Committee. In the community she is on the boards of LMM, a social service agency in Cleveland and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, is a member of the Union Club of Cleveland and is a violist in the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra.