Board & Staff
The 15-member Board of Directors of HeritageRail Alliance is a governing body elected by the members of the association. The Board sets the future vision and priorities for the organization and oversees implementation of the vision. Members wishing to serve on the Board of Directors are invited to make their interest known to the Nominating Committee. Board members serve three-year staggered terms. The Board of Directors meets twice annually in person and as necessary via electronic means.
Don Evans is President Emeritus of the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He has been active with WCRA for 37 years, and during this time has held various positions including President & CEO, Chairman and Executive Director - as well as active member and volunteer. In these roles, he has led the creation and development of the group's operating museum, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Don is a past director of the Association of Railway Museums, and served many more years as an advisor and strategic planner to ARM. Recently, he facilitated the merger of the two organizations, working with both boards in the creation of ATRRM, and was awarded TRAIN's Cook Freeman O'Brien Award in 2012.
G. Mark Ray
G. Mark Ray is a member of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to the merger of the Association of Railway Museums (ARM) and the Tourist Railway Association, Inc.(TRAIN) to form the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM), Mark served as a Director for ARM and TRAIN. After the merger, Mark was elected as the first President of the Association and he continues to serve as President. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers where he serves on two ASME Standards Committees. He is also a member of the Engineering Standards Committee and the National Board Inspection Code Subgroup on Locomotive Boilers.
Scott Becker has been Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington, PA, for 22 years. His major responsibilities are overseeing a professional staff of 3 full time employees, fund raising & development, project management, and overall supervision of the Museum’s programs. He has been involved in railway museum field since 1972 having served as Executive Director at the Connecticut Trolley Museum and as Vice President at both the Railroad Museum of New England and the Shore Line Trolley Museum. The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (PTM) has made significant progress over the past 20 years with over $5,000,000 in capital projects completed. These include construction of new exhibit and storage buildings, reconstruction of existing buildings, restoration of a number of streetcars, and nearly doubling the length of the museum’s trackage. During this time PTM has also experienced dramatic growth in volunteerism and visitation base. During 2014 over 25,000 hours were donated by 165 different people and over 32,000 visitors came to the museum, the most in its history.
Linn Moedinger has been involved with Strasburg Rail Road for 56 years. His parents were among the founders of the tourist railroad in 1958 when a group of rail enthusiasts in Lancaster, PA worked to save the old railroad. As President and Chief Mechanical Officer, Linn places maintaining a quality work environment, ethical business practices, and the value of workmanship among his most proud accomplishments. Linn has held a number of leadership roles with TRAIN, ARM, and now with ATRRM.
Richard is the Executive Director of the Northwest Railway Museum, a position he has held for 15 years. Prior to that, he served as the Museum's Curator of Operations for six years. And prior to joining the Museum as its first full-time curator, Mr. Anderson served as a volunteer and as a member of the board of trustees.
Steven Butler is now Superintendent of Railroad Operations for Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum. Steve started with Mt. Rainier in 2016 as CMO and Assistant General Manager and is the former General Manager of the Texas State Railroad in Rusk, Texas, part of the Iowa Pacific holdings family of railroads. Steven transferred to the Texas State Railroad in August of 2013, where he initially served in the capacity of Chief Mechanical Officer. He was elected to the board of TRAIN in the late 1990’s and served on the board until the creation of ATRRM.
Robert (Bob) H. LaPrelle has been involved in museum administration and historic railway preservation for over 35 years. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of the American Railroad in Dallas since 1988. Bob served as president of ARM from 2009 to 2012 and served on its board starting in 2006. During that period, he was responsible for the implementation of several initiatives including the transition of association management responsibilities to the executive director position, developing railway museum advocacy in conjunction with AAM, and increasing ARM's role in RSAC/FRA activities and issues. Bob led the 50-year-old association through the two-year merger process with TRAIN, creating ATRRM (now HeritageRail Alliance) in 2012 and currently serves on its charter board. Bob chairs HRA’s Recommended Practices revision committee and serves on the finance and marketing committees. He also serves as vice-president and board member at the London-based World Association of Tourist Trams & Trains (WATTRAIN).
Craig Sansonetti is a charter member of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Preservation Society. From 1988 to 2014 he was secretary of the Society and currently he serves as its president. He has been involved in a wide range of activities including track maintenance, oral history, docent training, archives, grant writing, historical research, and exhibit development. Craig has overseen the Society's ongoing Strategic Planning and has been particularly concerned with establishing a sustainable model for the continued development of the Society beyond the lifetime of its founding members. Craig's association with ARM began when he attended a mid-Atlantic regional meeting at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in 1999. The opportunity to meet and talk with volunteers and staff from other area museums was exciting and broadened his perspective on rail preservation.
Jim Vaitkunas has been a member and active volunteer of the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and its predecessor Minnesota Transportation Museum (MTM) since 1995. During this span of 18 years, he has served as General Superintendent (CEO) and V.P. Traction, Director and Chair of the MTM Finance Committee, Director and Chair of the Board, Superintendent of Operations for MSM’s two demonstration railways, Corporate Secretary, and Newsletter editor.
As Chair of the Campaign for Como-Harriet fundraising program, Jim led a team of volunteers that raised over $130,000, allowing for the complete rebuilding of the track of MSM’s Como-Harriet Streetcar Line. He was Chair of the working group formed to manage MSM’s successful and amicable separation from the Minnesota Transportation Museum in 2005 and the formation of the new Museum.
James D. Schantz
Randy began his professional career in both accounting and information technology at National Forge Corporation, Blackstone Corporation, and Valeo Engine Cooling. His railroad career began as a Transportation Analyst for Northwest Engineering Inc. in 1992. He attended his first TRAIN annual meeting in Reno, NV that year and has attended every annual meeting of the organization since then. A rail-focused Stone Consulting & Design was incorporated in 1996 with Randy becoming Vice President, and when Stone Consulting was purchased by TranSystems in 2007, he became Operations Manager of the Warren, PA office. When Stone Consulting resumed its independence in 2010, Randy then became both an owner and VP Operations. Stone Consulting continues their nationwide efforts to support the excursion and museum rail industry with engineering, consulting and advisory services, specializing in economic impact assessments, bridge and structural work, and historic streetcar projects.
G. Mark Ray
Donald Tallman began his 11th year as Executive Director of the Colorado Railroad Museum in October. Mr. Tallman has worked closely with local and state tourism agencies to help them understand the important economic impact of tourist railroads and railway museums to the Heritage Tourism market. Donald is a community leader and serves on several Boards, including the Budget and Audit Committee for the City of Lakewood, and on the Golden Visitor Center Board. He is known and respected by both city officials and legislators. Mr. Tallman is a strong proponent of the power of collaboration and works closely with other cultural organizations in the region to develop opportunities to collaborate on programs