I have been a Member of the Board of Directors of the German-American Heritage Foundation, founded as the United German-American Committee of the USA for over 12 years. I have also served as Treasurer for over 6 years.
During this period I was actively involved in the acquisition of Hockemeyer Hall including the establishment of the headquarters of our organization and its museum. As such, I am completely aware of our Mission, History and By-Laws. In all those years I have regularly attended almost all board and special meetings. I have been a Council of 1,000 member for a long time and have supported the Organization financially.
We must now strive to put the organization on a sound financial footing without encumbering Hockemeyer Hall with a mortgage. I have proposed that we promote the GAHF and its museum nationally by advertising in German-American publications with regular ads. We have started with one ad but should lay out a program for ads in magazines for a full year.
I will continue to be an active board member as I have clearly demonstrated in the past.
Michelle currently serves as the Head of Policy and Advocacy, US at Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Centre (Uniting) continuing her work in the global health sphere by advancing key advocacy messages and policy recommendations on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in the U.S. and across Europe.
Prior to joining Uniting, Michelle was the Policy Director for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute and from 2002 to 2009, Michelle served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush Administration working at the U.S. Peace Corps as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Congressional Relations. In her capacity, as the Deputy Chief of Staff, she oversaw the departments of Congressional Relations; Communications and Press; AIDS Relief; Strategic Information, Research and Planning; and Private Sector Initiatives, and assisted in the daily management of this independent federal agency. She also focused on issues such as food security, global health, and orphans and vulnerable children and in 2006 led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Development Service (DED).
Before her work at the U.S. Peace Corps, Michelle was Vice President of Government Relations for the Council of Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) in Washington, D.C. She has extensive experience in advocacy, coalition building, fundraising, and political grassroots development at the federal, state, and local level.
Born to a German mother and American father, Michelle grew up in Southern California, has a bachelor’s degree in international management, and a passion for soccer.
An educator for twenty-nine years, John Carroll has taught elementary and middle school, served as vice principal, and participated in archdiocesan curriculum mapping projects. He has immensely enjoyed working with children, parents, and colleagues. Currently, he teaches fifth grade at Our Lady of Czestochowa School, a Blue Ribbon School, in Jersey City, NJ. John also works as an instructor at Saint Peter's University in the Reading Center of its School of Education.
In addition to professional pursuits, John's avocations have an educational side. He has volunteered at several National Park Service historic sites. John has served as a Boy Scout leader for many years, at present he is active with his church's Cub Scout Pack.
John's German heritage lies on his mother's side. His grandfather always described himself as "Pennsylvania Dutch". His family came to America in the eighteenth century. John's grandmother was Vistula German, and her family arrived in the United States in the 1890s. He is a proud member of Deutscher Club of Clark, NJ and Germania Park, Dover, NJ.
I have been involved with the German-American Foundation of the USA®, chartered as the United German-American Committee of the USA, Inc., since the end of 2002. I served as President for ten years providing the leadership to acquire Hockemeyer Hall, Washington, DC. This permitted us to establish the first national German-American Heritage Museum of the USA™ in our Nation’s Capital.
I offer to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for another term, should the membership elect me. I will continue to be an active Board Member. This will be either by attending Board meetings in person or via the telephone conference. To the best of my ability and time I will continue to devote my time to special projects. I feel that I can be of assistance to the foundation due to my extensive leadership experience with the foundation and many years of corporate and manufacturing experience not only in the United States but also Overseas. For the latter I served as the Managing Director of a manufacturing operation with over 300 employees and $40 million in sales in the Netherlands for five years.
I was delighted to be honored by the GAHF as the 2013 Distinguished German-American of the Year™ in September 2013 and now serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee as President-Emeritus.
I, Fred Hansen, hereby declare my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors of the German American Heritage Foundation of the USA.
I am completely familiar with the Foundation's Mission Statement and by-laws, having been a contributor to the original formulation of these by-laws and having participated in discussions and deliberations in formulating these by-laws as well as the Mission Statement.
I am intimately knowledgeable about the organization's history, present operation, challenges and future plans. I was present at the initial meetings of our organization which were held both in Philadelphia and subsequently in the Casino of Schuetzenpark in North Bergen, NJ. Therefore I have been a part of this organization since its inception. I am a founding charter member of the organization. I am very familiar with the present operation and with the current challenges and the future plans. I attend the meetings of the Executive Committee on a regular basis.
I attend all quarterly meetings of the Board, usually in person, either in Philadelphia or in Washington D.C., travelling hundreds of miles in order to accomplish this task.
I make annual contributions to our organization for the past several years that has been $1,000 per year. I am an original Council of 1000 member.
I participate in discussions and deliberations which lead to our fundraising plan.
I attend special events of our organization whenever possible and inform others of these upcoming events and encourage them to attend as well.
During the past three years I have contributed substantially to the purchase of Hockemeyer Hall ($25,000). Without the help of numerous others, this purchase of the museum building would not have been possible. Those of us who contributed, including myself, realized the importance of establishing the museum in a visible location in our nation's capital and therefore I was happy to contribute to this cause. If elected, I intend to contact friends to encourage them to contribute towards our museum and foundation. I will also contact former contributors in order to encourage them to once again make a contribution towards our museum in order that we may continue our operation. I believe that through joint efforts of all Board members, we can succeed in fulfilling our goal to continue to promote our German American culture and heritage in the United States of America.
Erik Hotmire is a Partner at the global communications consultancy Brunswick Group LLP. As co-lead of Brunswick’s global Financial Institutions Group, Erik advises clients on crisis, litigation, corporate reputation and regulatory matters with a focus on strategic counsel, media handling and public affairs.
Erik has counseled clients including Barclays, BNP Paribas, Santander, Bank of America, The Clearing House, HSBC, Standard Chartered, AIG, Prudential, Moody’s, Microsoft, Restaurant Brands International (Burger King/Tim Hortons), the Semiconductor Industry Association and several alternative investment firms. He has advised Facebook on its $16 billion IPO, Lending Club on its $900 million IPO and Nokia on its $17 billion acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.
Prior to joining Brunswick, Erik served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Special Assistant to the President and White House spokesman, Director at public affairs firm Clark & Weinstock, and US Senate Communications Director. He began his career as a radio and television journalist. Erik is a member of the Board of Visitors of the Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems and serves on the Board of Directors of the German American Heritage Foundation.
I, Peter Knapp, was born in Romania (Klein Betschkerek--Banat Region) to ethnic German parents, Donauschwaben, on August 29, 1939. We fled Romania in 1944 and settled in Austria. I attended school there from 1st to 7th grade. Our family of 6 immigrated to the USA in June 1952, to New Brunswick (NB), NJ where my mother was born in 1911. I attended school there from 8th to 12th grade. When I was 16, I joined the German Aurora Singing Society Chorus in NB and sang with them for about 3 years.
I graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology (BS Electrical Eng.) in 1961. During my career in engineering I worked for Ingersoll-Rand Co., Westinghouse, RCA, Thomson (French company) and several other companies. I retired in 2005.
I am married to my wife Constance (Connie) for 50 years. We have 2 children: Deborah married to Ric Zimmerman (no children) and Douglas married to Cyndi (4 children). Through the years, I have played amateur soccer with teams from NJ, Indiana, Texas, NY and PA. Since 1969, we have lived in Lancaster County, PA. I have been a member of the Lancaster Liederkranz (LLK) since 1969 and served as president of the club 4 one-year terms. I have also had numerous other positions and responsibilities at the LLK. I have been a member of the LLK Hobby Chor since its founding in 1978. My wife Connie and I danced with LLK Alpenrose Schuhplattler group for several years. I am also a member of two German clubs in the Reading, PA area...Evergreen (Heimatbund) Club and the Reading Liederkranz and the Danube Swabian Club in Philadelphia.
My knowledge of German is still good enough for me to read German newspapers, although I do have to consult the dictionary occasionally.
I will continue to support the mission of GAHF as stated in the GAHF publication "The Ambassador". If elected for another term of the Board of Directors, I would like to improve the status of the GAHF in particular:
Help make GAHF the first place to consult when it comes to German-American matters, e. g links to G-A clubs, events, history, ethnic German groups – Donauschwaben (try DVHH.org), Sudetendeutsche, Volgadeutsche etc.
Help with "Supporting cooperative efforts among German-Americans and their organizations.
Help find more benefits that GAHF could offer members.
Promote G-A organization members to also join GAHF.
Founding Partner, West End Resources LLC. Previously at Lucent Technologies Advanced Technology Business Consulting Group, concentrating on financial evaluations of prospective takeover targets and in-house business units. Prior to Lucent Technologies, worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, leading a variety of projects related to Digital Communications and Network Operations Planning. Prior to AT&T service, worked for the IBM Corporation in basic research in the physical sciences. Member of the International Leadership Council, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California. MBA, Finance, Columbia University; Ph.D., Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Yale University. Member of the GAHF Board of Directors since 2007.
Living and working six months in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany and the other half in Northfield, Minnesota since 1992. After teaching as a Professor of German at St. Olaf and Carleton College my firm deus GmbH, INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS, is finding, facilitating and incubating new business connections between the US-Midwest & the Baltic Sea region. Two heartlands. de.us —by the way it is pronounced "deuce"; no comment on the Latin- navigates your transatlantic expansion. Born and raised in Flensburg, I finished 13 years of school with the German Abitur. Studies at the Universities of Kiel and Bochum combined with research trips to the US. I finished with a historical Ph. D. thesis on Schleswig-Holstein’s immigrants in America. I have organized many group tours from the USA to Northern Germany and vice versa. Published several books on the immigrant issue. Member of German-American organizations. Married with Gitta.
As the child of German immigrants, I have had a life-long appreciation of Germany. Growing up I was a member of the German-American Club of Rockland County (NY), where my parents were very involved with the club. I have fond memories of marching in New York City’s Steuben Day Parade, attending the Christmas party, and participating in other club activities.
I studied German in school, and as a history/international relations major tailored many term papers to a German-related theme. In 2000 I lived for three months with relatives in Bavaria, and am fortunate to be able to travel back to Germany regularly.
Living in Washington, DC provides many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Germany. I am a long-time member of the Friends of the Goethe Institut, where I’ve enjoyed numerous programs and events. The German Embassy; German Meet-Up; World Affairs Council of Washington, DC; and German Language Society, are just some of the organizations through which I’ve furthered my knowledge of German history and culture.
It was through the “Buddy Baer” contest in 2013 that I became an active member of the German-American Heritage Museum (I won Buddy who now sits proudly in my apartment). Over the past few years I’ve attended many programs including Frühschoppen, World Cup game watching events, exhibit openings, and lectures.
I serve as the Public Affairs Specialist with the National Capital Planning Commission, a federal agency in Washington. Previous volunteer roles included president of the Bucknell University Alumni Clubs in Cleveland and Washington. I am a graduate of the Urban Land Institute Washington Regional Land Use Leadership Institute.
As an active board member I support the efforts of the foundation and the museum to the best of my ability, particularly in regards to outreach efforts and furthering the museum’s presence in our nation’s capital.