BOARD

The 11 Directors of the Henry Ford Heritage Association Board are elected by the members for a 2 year term. The HFHA Board is responsible to make decisions for the day to day operation of the association that are consistent with our mission to:

"Foster interest in the life and accomplishments of Henry Ford, and to preserve and interpret the landmarks associated with his life and family."

Richard Gatza – President
Richard Gatza – President

Richard has lived in the greater Detroit area for most of his life. Hamtramck, Detroit, Shelby Township, River Rouge, Grosse Isle, Farmington, Westland and in and out of Dearborn (5 times). Currently he lives in Dearborn at Henry Ford Village. He also spent some time in Maryland, Colorado, Kentucky and Viet Nam.
Richard first became aware of Henry Ford when his parents bought a new 49 Ford. He went to work for Ford Motor Company in 1962 starting at a parts depot and retired 40 years later from the Rouge Plant as a maintenance supervisor.
His interest in Henry Ford grew and like his wife he became a tour guide at Fair Lane. Upon retiring, he volunteered his time working at The Henry Ford Museum and eventually went to work part time there by becoming a master presenter at the Ford Rouge Plant.
Richard has been a member of Henry Ford Heritage Association for years serving as director on the board and a member of the speaker’s bureu. On August 1st 2016 he became president of HFHA

Dennis Schwecke – Vice President
Dennis Schwecke – Vice President

Dennis is a native of Montana, who moved to Michigan in 1989 to go to work for Ford Motor Company in the Customer Service Division. Dennis, who came to Detroit for the SAE convention in 1988, kept calling Ford until they granted an interview.
Dennis likes to say, ”I was really recruited by Henry Ford Senior.” This claim stems from when Dennis read Mr. Ford’s autobiography “My Life and Work” in a high school study hall. The book began a lifelong interest in, and admiration for, Henry Ford.

In addition to HFHA, Dennis is a sometime volunteer at the Henry Ford Estate, and a frequent volunteer at the Henry Ford Museum, where he works in the operating antique vehicle program. “It’s a thrill to be surrounded by operating Model T and Model A Fords. It’s like having a personal time machine.” In 2000, Dennis was lucky enough to get the chance to fly the Ford Tri-motor that belongs to the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, WI. “I only spent about 12 minutes at the controls, but I’m proud to be one of the few employees to be able to say they have flown a Ford, as well as driven them.”

Mark Campbell – Treasurer
Mark Campbell – Treasurer

Mark Campbell enjoys more than just a passing interest in Ford history. He has a direct family connection, being the great, great nephew of Clara Bryant Ford. Mark was born in Dearborn and graduated from Dearborn High School in 1985. He graduated from Ferris State University in 1990 and married Anne Clabuesch Baldwin in 1993 (Anne is also a Dearborn High School graduate).
Mark has two-step sons, Kyle who is a police officer in Farmington Hills and Sean who is a Sergeant in the Marine Corp., married to Niki who is also a Sergeant in the Marine Corp and has a beautiful daughter Emma that is the apple of her grandparent’s eyes. Mr. Campbell sits on several Boards and Committees. He is the Treasurer the Dearborn Cable Communication Fund , President of the Lake Shore Condominium Association, Treasurer of St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church in Cambridge Junction and is a member of the St. Martha’s Commons planning committee.

Joe Sarich - Secretary
Joe Sarich - Secretary

Joe has been a resident of Dearborn for 55 years after being raised downriver. Retired from IBM after 40 Years. Dad worked at Ford and as kid went on many factory tours. Spent many hours at Greenfield Village learning the history of the Village and the Museum.

Restored 1928 Model A’s (25years), national judge for Model A restorers club. Presenter at Greenfield Village (5 years), Volunteer Ford Highland Park Plant (3+Years},Volunteer Ford Piquette plant (12+years) at present (10+years) a docent. Currently docent at Ford Fairlane (12+years)

Have read most of the books on Henry Ford, currently reading The Fords of Dearborn.

Todd Bryan - Director
Todd Bryan - Director

I was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area and came to SE Michigan to work at GM in 1985. In 1992 I came over to the Blue Oval and was hired in permanently in 1994. I have been married to my wonderful wife Victoria for 17 years and have two beautiful daughters, Martha and Josephine. I sit on the council of the Dearborn First United Methodist Church and am the (soon-to-be former!) treasurer of the Dearborn Recreation Dolphins swim club. I love history, visiting museums, motorsports, camping, motorcycling, and reading.

Ruth Gatza – Director
Ruth Gatza – Director

Ruth was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and moved to Detroit at the age of 18. After attending Detroit Business Institute she worked at J.L. Hudson’s and in 1972 married and had 2 sons Mark and Kevin.

Ruth was an instructor for Detroit Business Institute and then worked for National Teck Team, teaching computers to Ford employees while working at the Ford Design Center. She joined the Thunderbird Ski Club serving as Membership Co-Chairman and Golf Co-Chairman. In 1992 she had an accident and was unable to return to work.
Since then she worked/volunteered time to The Henry Ford (7000+ hours), the Henry Ford Estate (tour guide for 20 years), 14 years with the Senior Players Championship, Divorce Recovery workshop leader at Christ the King church, Secretary of the Dearborn Lions Club and Secretary of the Detroit Historical Memorial Society.
Currently she is Vice President of the Historical Memorial Society, a speaker for the Henry Ford Heritage Association as well as a Director on the Board. She is also the Recording Secretary at the Henry Ford Village where she and Richard now live.

Jeff Gebauer – Director
Jeff Gebauer – Director

Jeff was born in Pontiac and raised in Waterford where he lives today. He attended Oakland University in Rochester where he received a degree in History. Jeff’s interest in the Ford family began to grow as a result of a college paper on the city of Dearborn that included research about its hometown hero.
Following graduation, his interest in the life of Henry Ford, the man, as well as his significant contributions to American society continued. Genealogical research has been an avid hobby of Jeff and, as a result, he produced an extensive compilation of the Ford family history.

For the last few years, he volunteered at The Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane as a docent contributing well over two thousand hours. Jeff presently is involved as a presenter at the Henry Ford with the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. He looks forward to keeping the mission of the HFHA alive through his involvement on the board promoting an appreciation of Henry Ford’s life and accomplishments.

Jim Guibord – Director
Jim Guibord – Director

I was born and raised in the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights area with no plans to go anywhere soon. I think this is the best place to live in the U.S. I graduated from Riverside High School in 1970 and then Henry Ford Community College with an associate degree in automotive technology. I have been working as a engineering/mechanical technician for various companies in the Detroit area for the past 36 years. The first being Holley carburetor and the latest Freudenberg-NOK. I’ve been lucky in that time, never being without a job and truly enjoying what I do.
Ever since being able to read I been fascinated by stories of Henry Ford and his life. I like the idea of helping others find that same fascination
with Henry Ford and his life.

I enjoy working on and restoring classic automobiles (especially Fords). My current project is a 1963 Ford Ranchero.

Having no children of my own so I keep busy with my nephew’s and niece’s from my 7 brothers and sisters.

Edward Maurus - Director
Edward Maurus - Director
Julie Petschler - Director
Julie Petschler - Director
Tony Wade - Director
Tony Wade - Director
Mike Skinner – Past President, T-Plex Representative
Mike Skinner – Past President, T-Plex Representative

Edsel Ford II has said of Mike Skinner, “He knows every tree that my great grandfather ever planted.” Mike is the ultimate “Fordophile” He is past President of the Dearborn Historical Society and the Grosse Pointe Historical Society and a founding member of the Henry Ford Heritage Association.
Since 1978 Mike has been a Volunteer tour guide at Henry Ford’s – Fair Lane Estate. Mike is Human Resources Director for Production Tool Supply Co. of Warren Michigan.

Dick Folsom – Past President
Dick Folsom – Past President

Richard (Dick) Folsom was raised in Livonia, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Eastern Michigan University in 1978. While in college he worked at the Edison Institute as a Greenfield Village guide. There he met fellow guide, John Berger. This meeting and their interest in Henry Ford led both to become guides at the Henry Ford Estate.
In addition to giving tours, Dick conducted interviews with over a dozen relatives and acquaintances of Henry and Clara Ford for the Estate. These conversations, which were audio and videotaped and transcribed for inclusion in the Edison Institute Archives, have added significant details to our knowledge of the life of Mr. and Mrs. Ford.

Additionally, Dick has been friends with many more people who knew Henry Ford. He was President of the Henry Ford Heritage Association for eight years, leading the association from a small group with less than 100 members, mainly in the Detroit area, to a worldwide organization with over 1100 members. He owns a extensive collection of Ford memorabilia and books. This collection contains many one of a kind items.

Dick and his wife, Sheila, have two children, Rebecca and Patrick. Dick is an HFHA Director. Note: On December 31 , 1999, Dick took the children to visit Mr. Ford’s grave “so that they would be the last people to visit Mr. Ford in the 20th century.” What a Fordophile!

Joe Adams – Past President
Joe Adams – Past President

A native of St. Louis Missouri, Joe Adams has always been an avid fan of automobiles, and at age 3 was able to identify the make and model of any car that passed by. Joe’s interest in Ford Motor Company, and in particular of Henry Ford, was spurred by his Grandfathers. One would drive only a Ford, the other worked for Ford in the 30’s. A history buff, Joe hopes to share the importance of Henry Ford in American culture and help preserve the Ford legacy!

Joe is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1104, and a member at First United Methodist Dearborn. A proud father of four, Joe resides in Dearborn with his wife, their three children and their rescue Pit Bull, Boston!

Carrie Adams – Membership Secretary
Carrie Adams – Membership Secretary

Carrie Adams grew up in the Dearborn area, and shares her interest in the Henry Ford Heritage Association with her husband, Joe. Carrie grew up with an appreciation for Henry Ford and his impact on her family’s lives . Her Grandfather and Mother both worked for Ford Motor Company. On top of that, both her Parents Fran and Leonard Nagi, were docents at Fair Lane.

Carrie is currently a paralegal for a law firm in Detroit. In her spare time manages to raise three children, their rescue Pit Bull, Boston, and her husband, Joe. Carrie is thrilled to be a part of the Heritage Association, and is proud to work on the Legend as well as serving as Membership Secretary.

Frank Gasiorek - Historian
Frank Gasiorek - Historian

Frank Gasiorek was a past member of the HFHA as program chair. In addition Frank was president of the Dearborn Historical Society. Recently Frank has been involved as a trainer of new docents at Henry Ford Estate – Fair Lane.

Frank Scheidt - Editor The Ford Legend
Frank Scheidt - Editor The Ford Legend
Steven Stanford - Speaker Bureau Chair
Steven Stanford - Speaker Bureau Chair

Steve Stanford serves on the Henry Ford Heritage Association and can deliver the Henry Ford – Life and Times presentation he developed for the Henry Ford 150 Project. Steve also operates H is for Henry Publications in Howell Michigan with his wife Becky. An avid researcher on all things Henry Ford, Steve has presented both talks and tours centered on his favorite subject. Steve was a presenter for the Henry Ford 150 Project in 2013 and over the years has presented more than 100 times to groups of every description. Steve wrote much of the text for our audio tour and his articles have been featured in our own newsletter, The Legend, and other publications as well.