The Motts Military Museum is proud to have several military veterans and community leaders serving on its Museum Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
President/CEO, Inquiry Systems, Inc.
Carey Bowman “Bo” Hindall joined the United States Navy in 1963, serving as an Aviation Electricians Mate, rank PO-3, at NAS JAX at Jacksonville, FL and NAS Glenco at Brunswick, GA. In 1980, after careers including medical equipment maintenance and sales, and machine tool sales, and B2B advertising agency ownership; he founded Inquiry Systems, Inc., which provides marketing support services including direct mail and custom fulfillment services to Columbus area businesses and specialty bindery, finishing, and assembly services to commercial printers.
Mr. Hindall has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years as a Scoutmaster, Committee Member, and Assistant Scoutmaster. He was also a co-founder of the Dublin Villager, a weekly community newspaper, and has been active in local city government and community service projects. He served as a founding board member on the non-profit Dublin Community Improvement Corporation and was a founding member of the original Visual Design and Sign Approval Committee for the City of Dublin’s Historic Downtown District, and he served as a founding board member with The Country Club at Muirfield Village.
Married to Wife Kathy since 1968, they have a son and daughter and 4 grandchildren. Bo has been actively involved with the Motts Military Museum since its inception in 1988 and is a Family Life Member.
GERRIT S. VAN STRATEN, P.E., NCEES
Gerrit S. van Straten is a Professional Engineer registered nationally and individually in 49 states and the U.S Virgins Islands. He has engineering degrees from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and The Ohio State University. He has over 58 years experience in the design of environmental systems, HVAC and plumbing design, plant layout, machine design, electrical lighting and power distribution. His experience includes providing mechanical and electrical designs for schools, medical facilities, shopping centers, nursing homes, commercial buildings, restaurants, hotels and industrial buildings. Within these fields, the experiences have encompassed new innovations with engineering concepts where he has developed new HVAC ideas for buildings to a point where these concepts have become national engineering standards. His work in the lighting design area was rewarded when he was given the award for the best design for industrial facilities. He currently acts as design engineer for all of the Motts Museum facilities. He has served, and is currently serving, on boards of international engineering societies where, during these periods, has served as President of the Research Foundation for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. In this position, he developed the procedure for the testing of plumbing water closets. He has been selected to represent the U.S. at international research conferences. He has authored numerous engineering articles and teaching programs.
In the civic area he has been on the council of two churches where he has served in various positions including president of both churches. For military, he served in the Korean Conflict with the 101st Airborne and the Fourth Armored Divisions. He currently is employed as senior staff engineer with the national A&E firm of WD Partners in Columbus, Ohio.
RICHARD D. MATCH
Richard D. Match was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Parma Senior High School he attended Capital University where he majored in psychology and history. After graduating he attended Trinity Lutheran Seminary and earned his Master’s Degree. He served Lutheran congregations in Franklin Furnace, Arlington, and Columbus, Ohio. After forty years of service he and his wife, Shirley, settled in the Groveport area where he served vacant congregations while they searched for a pastor. Presently he serves as a pastoral associate to the bishop, visiting ill pastors and their wives and also widows of deceased pastors. Richard and Shirley have three sons and five grandchildren. He has officiated high school and small college athletics in five sports for over thirty-five years, and still umpires fast pitch softball. He also sings with the Columbus Maennerchor and is active with the Groveport-Madison Lions Club. He also has been a volunteer at Motts Military Museum where he gives tours as well as creating special show cases and display areas. He has been involved with the Museum for five years.
DAISY N. MOTTS
Daisy N. Motts, a Kentuckian, received her Business Degree before coming to Columbus, Ohio where she obtained a job at Battelle Memorial Institute. Her job required a secret as well as a top secret security clearance in order to work on secret government projects.
Daisy met her husband, Warren, at Battelle. After they married, Daisy put her career on hold in order to raise their two children, Wayne and Lori. After the children were in high school, Daisy obtained her realtor’s license and worked as a realtor for a number of years.
Daisy was also involved in the business management of Motts Photographic Center, Inc. in Grandview, Ohio for a number of years. She has also been involved in the organization and management of Motts Military Museum since its conception.
WARREN E. MOTTS
Warren E. Motts, a native of Ohio, and graduate of Groveport-Madison High School, joined the Ohio National Guard at the age of eighteen. He received basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After his training he was sent to Ft. Monmouth, NJ where he was trained as a photographer. He was in the ONG for nine years obtaining the rank of Staff Sgt. in charge of the Photographic Section, HQ & HQ, 37th Infantry Division. He also obtained a job in the photographic department at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, receiving a secret and top secret security clearance working on government projects. At Battelle he met Daisy Blair and they were married. They have two children Wayne and Lori, three grandchildren Brittney, Taylor, and Lexi. He was the owner of Motts Photographic Center, Inc. for 25 years. He is past president of The Professional Photographers of Ohio, The American Society of Professional Photographers, and The Professional Photographers of America and has many degrees and awards from these organizations. He founded Motts Military Museum Inc. in his home in 1988 and moved to the present location in 1999, where the museum continues to thrive and expand.
RONALD L. ALBERS
Aide de Camp
Colonel, Ohio Air National Guard, Ret.
Col. Ronald L. Albers was on active duty with the USAF from 1969–1974 and flew 111 missions over Vietnam. From 1974–1994, he was a “traditional part-time Guardsman” in the Ohio Air National Guard while working in downtown Columbus (16-1/2 years at Borden, Inc.) From 1994-2003, he was full-time with 121st Air Refueling Wing at Rickenbacker as the Chief of Safety, Operations Group Commander, and Vice Wing Commander. Col. Albers is a KC-135 pilot, entire USAF and ANG career, and is a Desert Storm and Balkans veteran.
RICHARD A. ISBELL
Veterans Affairs Coordinator, Columbus, Ohio Mayor’s Office
Richard Isbell is a proud American Veteran of the US Air Force. He became the Veterans Affairs Coordinator for Mayor Michael B. Coleman in December of 2004. Rick has the distinction of being the first full-time Veterans Affairs Coordinator for a City municipality in the State of Ohio. His main goal is to be a truthful and reliable liaison for the City of Columbus, to be a provider of information and services to people with disabilities, those employed by the city who are serving in the US Armed Forces, veteran organizations and the community at large.
Rick served in the Air Force from 1986-1993 and was part of Operation Desert Storm. He is a Disabled Veteran and proud of the fact that he was able to rehabilitate and be able to join the workforce and provide for his family again. He went through Vocational Rehabilitation where he received his degree in 2004 from the Columbus College of Art & Design. Although trained in art, graphics, and some management, the call to help his brothers & sisters in arms was too great and he went on to serve others like himself. Before coming on with the City, he spent six years as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist with the State of Ohio, helping veterans look, prepare and find gainful employment.
Although originally from Dayton, Rick is proud to call Columbus his home. He is married to his wonderful wife Yvonne and a father of three rather talented children – Devyn, Ricky & Ravyn.
He believes in this quote: “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.” –Anon
JEFFERY J. MILLER
Executive Director, Fairfield / Hocking County Chapter of the American Red Cross
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Akron and Ohio Dominican College, Jeff began his career serving in the Sheriff’s Department of Summit County, Ohio from 1976 – 1982. Jeff continued his law enforcement career and retired from the Columbus Division of Police where he served in several capacities of law enforcement for 27 years. In his service with the Columbus Division of Police, Jeff was decorated with two Silver Cross Medals for extraordinary heroism. He was elected mayor of the Village of Canal Winchester in November 2003. He served on the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission regional growth committee, and policy committee. Jeff was also selected as chair of the Central Ohio Municipal Council which is involved in regional economic development with the State Route 33 growth alliance, and the Rickenbacker intermodal facility. He has been selected to testify before House and Senate committees supporting home rule and public safety issues. Additionally Jeff volunteers his time as a board member of the American Red Cross. Currently, Jeff is serving as interim executive director for the Fairfield/Hocking county chapter of the American Red Cross.
NEIL W. MOTTS
Neil Motts & Associates, Inc., Graphic Design Consultants
Neil W. Motts is a life long resident of Franklin County, Ohio. Graduated from Groveport Madison High School and attended the Columbus College of Art and Design.
He was a Sergeant in the Air National Guard, 160th Air Refueling Group.
He is currently the Owner and Creative Director of Neil Motts & Associates, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. A Graphic Design Communications firm specializing in corporate identity / branding programs, creating interactive web sites with marketing and sales material to enhance branding.
Neil’s firm has designed the museum’s exhibit spaces, created several museum promotion pieces and created the museum web site.
Neil has also been an instructor and periodic guest lecturer in the Industrial Design Department at Ohio State University. He is an active member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a founding member of the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts and has won numerous national awards in recognition for design excellence in Corporate Image programs and Innovative Package Design. He has also served as a member of the Columbus Symphony Grand Ball Committee.
Neil has two brothers Dwight and Warren and Sisters-in-law Doris and Daisy. He is single with a daughter Kelly, Son-in-law Hani, a son Michael and 4 grand children.
MICHAEL J. POHORILLA
WWII Navigator, B-17 Marketing Executive, Ret.
Canal Winchester, Ohio
M. J. (Mike) Pohorilla, is a WWII veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an Aviation Cadet in 1942 when he was only 18 years old. He earned his commission and navigator wings and was assigned to the crew of a B-17G bomber, serving with the 385th Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force in England under the command of Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle. During 1944 he completed 35 missions. His aircraft christened “Sky Goddess”, suffered severe battle damage on his 18th mission while bombing Germany’s major synthetic oil refinery. The crew walked away from the subsequent crash landing in liberated Belgium when they ran out of fuel. Mike left the service in 1945 as a 1st LT. Upon resuming civilian life, Mike earned a M.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He married while a sophomore and had two sons. Now a widower, he was married for 55 years. His professional career, first in research in the oil industry, was highlighted by the awarding of eight patents for lubricants and polymers. Most of his career, until 1986, was spent as a marketing executive in the chemical industry.
DWAYNE R. SPENCE
Spence Funeral Homes
Canal Winchester, Ohio
A first generation licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer for more than 40 years, he founded the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home in Canal Winchester, Ohio in 1969 and opened a second in Pickerington, Ohio in 1984. Dwayne is a founding partner in S&S Management Co., Fairfield Real Estate Ltd. Co., and Capitol Support Services Inc. Dwayne has been married to his high school sweetheart Patty, for 48 years, they have three children and eleven grandchildren they are members of the Lithopolis United Methodist Church and the Canal Winchester Historical Society. He is a member of Lithopolis Lodge #169 F&AM, A.A.S.R., and Aladdin Shine, Reber Chapter #161 O.E.S., Moose Lodge #2321 and is a Kentucky Colonel. He is also a member of the American Motorcycle Association and local H.O.G. Dwayne was elected to serve eight years on the Bloom-Carroll School Board with three years as President. He served over twenty years as Secretary-Treasurer of Wagnall’s Memorial Foundation and was recently elected to the Fairfield County Foundation and currently serves on regents of the International Museum of Funeral History in Houston, TX. Dwayne served as President of the Ohio Funeral Director Association in 1999 and serves as NFDA President 2002-2003. He is a member of Academy of Professional Funeral service Practice, the Ohio Crematory Operators Association, CANA, an ICF, and is a 1961 graduate of Groveport-Madison High School an a 1966 Graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Service, and a proud recipient of the Groveport-Madison Hall of Fame award.
Swisher & Son’s Painting
Carl W. Swisher serves as President of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission, representing the American Legion (AL). He served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964 serving as E-3. He currently holds Life Memberships with the following Veterans Organizations: American Legion, AMVETS, VVA, Navy League Association and Masons. He serves on the Armed Forces Community Council, Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, Mayor Advisory Board as President, Milvets, Operation Flag and Ohio Educational Training Foundation, Resolutions Committee, National Finance Committee and National Executive Committeeman Department of Ohio American Legion. Carl has served as Chairman on the following Committees and Boards: the Special Olympics, Americanism & Government and Buckeye Boys State. Carl was Commander 1st and 2nd Vice Commander and Assistant Sergeant at Arms, Department of Ohio American Legion. Carl grew up in Columbus and has been a resident of Franklin County since birth. Carl works in the painting business and has served on the Veterans Service Commission since 2005. His term will expire in 2015.