Featured Volunteers

July, 2018

Rudy Norton has been a Volunteer Guide at the Historic Odessa Foundation for the last ten years. He began this third career in 2008. Like many of the foundation’s volunteer staff Rudy is a former educator.

September, 2017

Rita & George Ryor, Historic Odessa volunteers, began their partnership in 1960 in Michigan. They arrived in Middletown, Delaware in 2005… via Dalgren Virginia, Bowie Maryland, Morristown, NJ, and finally Smithville. Rita was a Teacher/Librarian and George was a computer programmer…although he now is considered woodworker extraordinaire by everyone here at the Foundation!

March, 2017

John Goodier was first introduced to Odessa when he married Marjorie Loven in November of 1963. John claims that when he met Margie, he knew instantly he was going to marry her. That was 53 years ago. However, as John eventually came to find out, his connection to Odessa really began in the early nineteenth century. John’s mother was a Jefferis and it was one of her ancestors that married David Wilson of Cantwell’s Bridge in 1808!

September, 2016

All of the staff and volunteers at Historic Odessa know Jeff Pyle!  On any given day he is easily identified wearing a tricorn hat during a school tour or one of his many baseball caps.

March, 2016

The old adage “if you want something done… ask a busy person” aptly describes Historic Odessa Foundation volunteer Alison Matsen.  She always seems to find the time to help out whenever called upon!

August, 2015

Tom was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania and raised in Lancaster County.Tom is a Purple Heart recipient who served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans of America, and was the 1990 Delaware Disabled “Veteran of the Year”.

February, 2015

Karen Wood was born in Virginia, where she later returned to attend the University Of Virginia School Of Nursing after her graduation from John Dickinson High School in Delaware. Karen’s professional career included working as an OR nurse, Public Health Nurse, and finally as a School Nurse for the Appoquinimink School District. She is married to Ron Wood and they have two sons and three grandchildren.

August, 2014

John Bansch was born in New Jersey and attended North Bergen High School. He studied engineering and computer science at Newark College of Engineering and afterwards moved to Virginia where he met and married his wife Alana.  Over the years John worked in a multitude of professional positions; Computer Programmer Analyst; Data Processing Manager; Information Processing Director; and lastly as Senior Analyst Programmer for the Airline Pilots Association.

March, 2014

His name is Salvatore Scarpignato, but around Odessa everyone knows him as Sam.  He is one of those special people that you feel like you have known forever.  Sam is friendly and outgoing and always ready to assist anyone with anything, you needn’t ask twice!  He is the go to guy you can count on, a Site Volunteer at the Historic Odessa Foundation, and a real jack of all trades.

June, 2013

Ellen joined the Historic Odessa Foundation’s volunteer family in our very first year as a new organization. Just slightly overwhelmed…

April, 2013

Meet Ted Rowe! Ted came to the Odessa, Delaware area with rich background and diverse experience.