Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Board

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Kathy Ralston, President

Kathy came to visit the Drum Barracks in 1996, and has served as a volunteer from that day on. She serves as the editor of the Reveille, the Drum Barracks monthly newsletter, and manages the Gift Shop which helps support the day to day activities of the museum. Kathy’s interest in Civil War history began when she was visiting Revolutionary War battlefields in Virginia. She then found her great-great grandfather was part of the Stonewall Brigade. Kathy serves as the webmaster for two Civil War Round Tables, and has also given lectures on multiple Civil War topics to many of the Southern California Civil War Round tables, genealogy groups and historical societies. Kathy also serves as chairman for patriotic activities for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sidney Lanier Chapter. Kathy is responsible for the computer systems running at the Smart & Final stores. She has been working in the computer industry for 20 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Wayne Sherman, Vice President

Wayne is a charter member of the West Coast Civil War Collectors, a member of the Company of Military Historians, a re-enactor with Co. A of the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry (the Cal 100). Wayne has researched and resurrected the persona of Los Angeles Civil War hero Charles Jenkins, and has spoken to many Civil War Round Tables throughout Southern California. Wayne is the Steward of Santa Inez Mission Mills State Historic Park in Solvang California as a staff member for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. He has run a successful contracting business in the Santa Barbara area since 1980, and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.
   

Jim Stanbery, Secretary

Jim Stanbery is a history professor at Los Angeles Harbor College and President of the UN Association for Southern California. Jim is past assistant editor of Civil War Regiments and is active in the Civil War Round Tables of San Gabriel Valley and Orange County, as well as the San Pedro Bay Historical Society. He has published articles on western theater Civil War strategy and has spoken widely on Civil War topics in and outside California. Jim has been a frequent speaker at the annual West Coast Civil War Conferences and is very effective in explaining the strategic picture, as well as moderating panels. Jim is the author of The California 2000 Campaign: The Populist Movement with a Meaning for all America and several student workbooks on American institutions. Jim studied for his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley and M.A. at California State Long Beach. He served two years in the Peace Corps, and during his forty years of teaching at Los Angeles Harbor College, he has served as faculty president and won many outstanding teaching awards.

Earl Robinson

Earl’s Civil War memories go back to visiting "John Brown's lookout" and the celebrating the War's centennial as a boy. He is a founding member of West Coast Civil War Collectors, owner of Reunion Civil War Antiques, and a regular exhibitor of original artifacts at national Civil War shows. Earl has also authored articles in North South Trader's Civil War and Military Images magazines and spoken to Civil War Round Tables throughout Southern California. His wife, Cathy, is a Virginian whose great grandfather was General George Pickett's orderly. Earl is the President of Omnica Corporation, and graduated from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Joann Knowles

Joann Knowles has recently retired which gives her more time for her family and hobbies. She is the President of the Orange County Chapter of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861 – 1865, Elizabeth Hill Mills Tent 88, and is a member of the Son's of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Rosecrans Camp 2 Auxiliary. Joann is the Treasurer and Preservation Officer of the Orange County Civil War Round Table. She is a member of the Civil War Book Club that meets at the Drum Barracks and is the Department of CA/NV Daughters of Union Veterans Chaplain. Joann is also a member of Irvine Ranch Chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). Her other interests are quilting and ancestry research. She is a member of the Flying Geese Quilt Guild as well as a friendship quilting group.

Jack Babbitt, Jr.

Jack Babbitt is the President of the California Sulphur Co. He is very involved in the Wilmington community, and is currently serving on the Wilmington Neighborhood Council where he is in charge of several committees. Jack is also active in the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, as past president and current member of the Board of Directors.