Meet the 2019 Board of the Waterville Historical Society
President: Jim Conrad is serving his sixth term as President. In addition to giving programs for the society and other organizations, he continues to conduct walking tours of both downtown and uptown Waterville, as well as tours for local third graders. He continues to work on our campaign to secure donations for property restoration/maintenance and improvement of our educational programs and outreach.
1st Vice President: Jim Stoma, as part of his duties, selects and contacts speakers for the monthly programs for the Historical Society. He serves as Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, overseeing and directly working on maintenance and renovations for the WHS campus of buildings, including the Wakeman building, Robbins House, Sargent House, Cobbler Shop, Sargent House garage and most recently the former Gas Co. building. In addition, he annually organizes the Attic Treasures Sale and a Chinese raffle for RDB. His coordination of the WHS Christmas Dinner was a successful finish to the 2018 schedule. He has already programs in mind for 2019.
2nd Vice President, Membership Chairman: Steve Lauer was born in Toledo, grew up in Rochester, New York and has a B.S degree in biology from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. He has worked in water treatment and water treatment chemicals for 42 years. Steve and wife Paula were happy to move to Waterville in 1981, a work-related move. They have been members of the Waterville Historical Society since the mid-1980s. Steve has deep family roots in Henry County and the Maumee River Valley. His great, great, grandfather worked on the canal from 1840-1849. His interests are American History, American Presidents, genealogy and birding. He is a co-leader of the Oak Openings Region breeding raptor (hawks, owls and eagles) monitoring project. Steve and Paula have both served on the S.O.S. committee and now retired Steve desires to become more active with WHS.
Recording Secretary: Kathy Saco ~ Since joining the Society in 2011, Kathy has served as a docent in the Robbins House Museum, chairman of the Constitution Revision Committee and corresponding secretary for the Board. She currently serves as the Society’s recording secretary and as a member of the Museums and Historic Sites Committee, helped design and display an exhibit “World War I: The Home Front.”
Corresponding Secretary - DeAnna Bradley, a lifelong Whitehouse resident with a 35+ year career with the Anthony Wayne schools has been elected for the coming year. She credits her father’s recounts of experiences in World War II and the influence of an Anthony Wayne teacher who “brought history alive” for her as her motivation to become involved with the historical society. Mrs. Bradley has already charmed several years of third grade classes at the Waterville school with WHS’s “Suitcase Museum” presentation, and had several roles as ghosts in the Ghostly Encounters series
Treasurer (2018-2020)-Sue Bagdonas has been a CPA for 42 years, retiring in August of 2018. Her last position was Director of Finance at the Toledo Zoo. She has been married to Jim Bagdonas for 42 years and they have two children, a son and daughter-in-law in Perrysburg and a daughter and son-in-law in Columbus. They have four grandchildren. They became docents about a year and half ago. Sue has loved learning about the history of Waterville and is glad that she has this opportunity to be a small part in the preservation of that history.
Board of Directors at large, serving for three years (2018 through 2020)
Scott Duncan has worked tirelessly on many historical society functions over the past years from managing the Society’s ice cream fundraisers and parking at the Wakeman building for the Roche de Boeuf festival to volunteering his skills in restoration and cleanup of buildings and grounds.
Julia Wiley, an attorney and Current President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission has served on a number of Boards. Her hands-on history experience started with local history research in Putnam County, OH, and architectural history and preservation field work in college. She has been actively involved in a number of living history projects, including the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Finding the Fort Project for Fort Jennings, and most recently, the Preservation of the Anthony Wayne Mural; the relocation of a 15' x 25" mural that was almost 90 years old from its original place in the People's Savings Bank in Downtown Toledo.
Board of Directors serving a three year terms ~ 2019-2021
Bill Albert has been a resident of Waterville since 1981. He was an active participant in the 50th Anniversary Committee, organized the first official event in December 2014, and has assumed responsibilities for a number of other events with new and interesting ideas. Among his may interest is stereography, three dimensional photography. Bill has participated in RDB Day for many years. He has volunteered as a docent for the open houses.
Gregory Durivage owns his own Financial Planning practice at Thrivent Financial for 5 years. He graduated from Miami, OH with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a minor in Business Legal Studies. Greg has been a resident of Waterville for 29 years and has a passion for helping others. He is a board member of the American Cancer Society, on the Finance Committee of the Anthony Wayne YMCA, member of the Waterville Steering Committee, is an active volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, and loves going on mission trips to Central America to help build homes for the underprivileged. Greg loves being outdoors racing motocross, snowboarding, cycling, golfing, and soaking up the sun at the lake.
Gary Waugh, has served as Waterville Historical Society treasurer for a number of years updating the treasurer’s books and presenting monthly spreadsheets. He was instrumental in planning for the WHS Foundation as well as creating the ability to pay for a variety of donations through the website. He has decided to step down due to health concern and is now staying on as a Director at Large where his knowledge of the WHS finances will be of value.
Board of Directors elected to a three year term~ 2017-2019
Tyler Madeker, employed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who with his wife Nicole recently relocated to Waterville. He states that he always had an interest in history and loves the historical attributes of Waterville and the surrounding area. He also enjoys collecting and studying early American antiques and furniture. Tyler having been serving on the Campaign Steering Committee.
Standing Committee members, appointed positions:
Bob Chapman, Chairperson of the Museum and Historic Sites Committee is an active member who assists with the building and grounds and also volunteers in the Wakeman Archival Research Center. Bob has served as a docent during open houses and Third Grade visits. He arranges the special exhibits at the Robbins House museum.
Verna Rose, Chairperson of the Archives Committee has organized the Archival Research Center at the Wakeman Building. She has led the search and creation of the WHS website and Facebook. Verna and her husband John have authored five books on Waterville. They have volunteered countless hours to staffing the archives and assisting visitors with research and responds to numerous local genealogy questions. She and her husband maintain the website and Facebook page for the historical society.
Karen Wiggins, Committee Chairperson of the History and Publicity Committee. She has been a Waterville resident since 1957 and retired after 40 years with the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system. Her last 6 years were spent as Manager of Waterville Branch and she credits Lois Waffle, long-time manager, as one of the reasons she became a librarian.