Board & Committees

Honoree Jackie Reynolds and former board president Carol Burdette holding PHF’s 2015 Miles Award

The Pendleton Historic Foundation is governed by an 17-member Board of Directors and managed by our Foundation Director and a staff of volunteers. The Board of Directors meets at Woodburn on the 3rd Monday of each month, February to November at 5:30 p.m. In addition, a half-day planning retreat is scheduled in early January of each year, often followed up with a mid-year reassessment session in July. 




Board of Directors


  • Powell Hickman, President
  • Chuck McCuen, Vice President
  • Jackie Reynolds, Treasurer
  • Tim Drake, Secretary
  • Pam Patterson, Vice Secretary 


  • Cathy Campbell
  • Danielle Elliott
  • Ingrid Jackson
  • Mary Bess Johnson
  • Eric Lapin
  • Wendy McGuff
  • Rick Owens
  • John Perkins
  • Brian Powell
  • Lee Garrison Smith
  • Catherine Watt
  • Dave Werth

Standing Committees

The following committees are open to all volunteer members and are typically led by a board member. The purpose of these committees is to help meet the Foundation’s needs and work towards the objectives that promote educational services and help preserve the homes. Below is a brief explanation of each committee’s responsibilities. If you would like to volunteer to a committee, please contact us through our e-mail or phone number located in the Contact Us page.

  • Ashtabula and Woodburn Site Committee – Responsible for structural preservation projects, annual maintenance, site planning, and caring of the collections at the Foundation.
  • Site Interpretation and Education Committee – Accountable for house tours, volunteer training, and scheduling/developing projects in order to educate students about plantation culture and knowledge about the houses.
  • Finance and Planning Committee – Facilitates developing annual, financial, organizational plans, and budgets. It also manages grant development, financial oversight for other committee activities, as well as general financial reporting and stewardship for the Foundation.
  • Programs, Special Events, and Marketing Committee – In charge of organizing seasonal events like our annual “Ghost Walk” and “Christmastime in Olde Pendleton” and other educational events held at Ashtabula and Woodburn. This committee also assists in gift shop sales and the site and grounds marketing.
  • Historic Pendleton Committee – Responsible for community outreach on historic preservation issues. It provides education and assistance on development of preservation/conservation easements on local historic structures. This committee also works with related organizations to provide education about historic preservation to the community.