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 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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Bob was born and raised and still lives in Chicago today. Bob’s grandfather was a Red Cab driver for the Rock Island Line, who kept a journal of Hollywood stars that came to Chicago. Bob’s dad was a Freight Controller for the 20th Century Line. When Bob was only 17 years old he worked for the Meinhardt Diamond Tool Company handling the mail. He has worked for this company for over 50 years and 10 years ago he bought the company.
When business was down in the 1970’s he enrolled in auto mechanic courses at Oakland University in Chicago, thus began his admiration of the auto industry and its leaders. Henry Ford and Billy Durant are his heroes. Bob belongs to many automotive organizations including The Sloan, HFHA and he is an original donor to the Piquette Plant Preservation Project back in 1999.
Ed Maurus has lived in Dearborn in the same house for 60 years. Ed has been a HFHA Board member since 2011. He is also the President of the Dearborn Historical Society, VP of Programming of the Friends of the Library Dearborn, VP of Programming for the Dearborn Genealogy Society, was Chairman of the Board of the Dearborn Village Credit Union for 20 years, and a Board member of the Detroit Chapter of the Laurel & Hardy Club.
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.
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!
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!
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 was born and raised in Rochester—not the one in Michigan, but the one in New York. Although not from the Dearborn/Detroit area, He have been there many times since an early age, visiting the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village, the Piquette Ave. Plant, the Yankee Air Museum, and have attended many Early Ford V-8 Club events in Dearborn. His wife Milly and he have been active members of the Early Ford V-8 Club for almost 50 years. his father’s love for Fords, and especially the Ford Flathead V-8, rubbed off on me since my earliest days. He owns a 1940 Ford Sedan and a 1951 Ford Pickup and Milly owns a 1937 Ford Sedan.
His career spanned between radio broadcasting and audio recording, having owned a recording studio with my wife for over 30 years. They are now semi-retired, still doing audio/video transfer service after closing our studio. Milly and he have been associated with the Early Ford V-8 Foundation since its inception in 1992. He is the editor of the newsletters for the Western NY V-8 Club, the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum, the HFHA’s Ford Legend, as well as an associate editor of the V-8 Times magazine.