Rich was born in Santa Barbara, CA and earned a degree in History and Economic Geography at the University of California in Berkeley. He married Caroline McGilvray of San Francisco in 1983.
He is currently President of the Candelaria Fund, a private family foundation supporting community organizing, cultural and historical organizations and economic opportunity projects. Most of his previous career was in the railroad industry. In 1972 he joined Amtrak as Planner, where he worked closely with state and local agencies to develop plans for new and expanded rail passenger service. In 1974 he joined the Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation where he was responsible for the planning and implementation of the state rail passenger program. In 1975 he returned to Amtrak as Superintendent of the Detroit District and later the Great Lakes District where he was responsible for passenger train operations in a six-state area.
In 1978 he returned to San Francisco and joined Southern Pacific Transportation Company on the freight side as Supervisor – Car Service. In 1980 he joined Smith Barney Harris Upham as a retail account executive, but returned to the transportation business in 1990 as Chief of Rail Studies for Wilbur Smith Associates, an international planning and engineering firm. Here he was project manager for numerous feasibility and cost studies related to proposed or existing railroad freight and passenger services. Clients included federal, state and local agencies and private railroad companies. During this time, Rich also served on the board of Britrail Travel International, the North American marketing division of British Rail. After retirement from full time work, he joined the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad from 2006 to 2010 as Vice President and Treasurer, assisting in the formation and management of the company awarded the contract to operate the narrow gauge steam tourist line in Colorado and New Mexico.
Rich maintains memberships and volunteers at numerous railroad historical societies and museums. He currently serves as Chair of the Investment Policy Committee for Bay Area Electric Railroad Association and Western Railway Museum, Rio Vista Junction, California and is Chair, Endowment Committee and member of the board of directors for the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, Madison, Wisconsin.
Born and raised in the “Atomic City” of Los Alamos, New Mexico, Mike Hartshorne spent 7 years in a Catholic seminary in Santa Fe where he received a B.A. in Social Work. Mike then changed his mind about that particular calling and abruptly found himself in the Army in 1969, becoming a psychiatric medic working at Ft. Ord, California and Vietnam. Discharged in 1972 he received a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry at the University of New Mexico and started Medical School in 1975 at UNM. He did his post-graduate training at Brooke Army Medical Center starting in 1978 with a residency in Radiology and a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine. In 1988, he became Chief of Imaging at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center.
As a UNM Professor he worked for three decades to train Radiology residents and has collaborated on NIH field studies of radiation induced thyroid cancer in Estonia and Kazakhstan. Mike’s academic accomplishments include development of software based image fusion algorithms with Picker International, FDG imaging for infection and F-18 high-resolution bone scan imaging. Mike was an American Board of Radiology Oral Board Examiner for 29 years. He is now retired from the Army, the VA, and UNM.
Mike currently serves Professor Emeritus at UNM and “pinch hitter” in the Imaging Service at the Albuquerque VA Hospital. Mike proudly serves as President of the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society. Additionally, he has finished two terms as a Trustee for the National Atomic Museum Foundation.
Monique Odom is a native Nashvillian who has been with Metro Government since 2002, most of which have been with the Parks and Recreation Department. Since joining Parks in 2006 Monique’s responsibilities have primarily been focused on the department’s fiscal matters.
Monique was named Parks Director in October 2017. As Parks Director Monique heads one of the largest Parks Department in Tennessee – overseeing almost 16,000 acres of parks property, which includes 185 parks, 85 miles of greenway, 7 municipal golf courses, 7 regional community centers, 19 neighborhood centers, 7 dog parks, 171 sports fields, 4 nature centers, and seven historical sites.
Prior to her employment at Parks she served as the program coordinator for the Metro Human Relations Commission where she supervised all fiscal and administrative functions and oversaw the Commission’s programming efforts.
Monique holds a B.A. from Fisk University and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University’s College of Public Service and Urban Affairs (formerly known as the Institute of Government).
Monique is a certified Diversity Trainer, has been trained in Rule 31 Civil Mediation, and has experience in public utility regulation, non-profit program management, and corporate human resources. She is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, and has successfully completed the National Recreation and Park Association’s two-year Directors School. Monique has recently been selected for the 2018-2019 class of Leadership Nashville.
Bill Ozier is a Nashville native. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1966 and from Vanderbilt Law School in 1969 where he was in the first class of Patrick Wilson merit scholars. He went to work for the Nashville law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims where he spent his entire career— most of it as a labor & employment lawyer representing management. Over his career he represented employers all over the state of Tennessee including both Fortune 500 companies and locally owned businesses. One of his major clients over his career was Vanderbilt University. He represented the University in a wide variety of mostly employment related matters including a number of cases brought by faculty members contending that they had been denied tenure because of their race or gender.
Bill has served several terms on the Executive Committee of Bass, Berry & Sims and 6 years as managing partner. Bill was selected in the first edition of Best Lawyers in America and continued to be among that list for over 35 years . He was also listed in many other “best” lists and was named “Management Employment Lawyer of the Year” for Nashville by Best Lawyers in 2012. He was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2002. Bill served on the Board of Directors of both the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Tennessee Business Roundtable. He was General Counsel of the Board for the Tennessee Chamber from 2008-2011 and Chairman of the Board from 2012-2014. He retired from the practice of law at the end of 2017 and joined the NSPS as a volunteer.
Bill has assisted in numerous NSPS work sessions and has assisted the organization in fund raising activities. Bill has had a long time fascination with railroads and after having model railroads as a child , he returned to the hobby in the early 70’s. After giving up the hobby as his children began to take more of his non-work time, he recently returned to “modeling” along with his efforts on behalf of restoring No. 576.
Mayor of Nashville from 1999 – 2007. After leaving office, Bill Purcell served as the Founding Dean of the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs at Tennessee State University and then became the Director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and served as a Lecturer there. Since returning to Nashville, he teaches the undergraduate course Cities in the 21 st Century (PPS 3890) at Vanderbilt University where he is an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy. From 1986 to 1996 was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, serving as Majority Leader from 1990 until 1996. He is a partner in the law firm of Farmer Purcell White & Lassiter, PLLC in Nashville and serves as Chair of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC.
Henry “Hank” Sherwood
Hank Sherwood joins the NSPS Advisory Committee with a carrer in marketing. Originally from Crown Point, Indiana, Hank attended and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago, St. Joseph College, and the Ringling School of Art. He began his carrer in Chicago working for advertising agencies such as Fulton-Morrissey, Goodyear Truck Tires, U.S. Gypsum Co, Overhead Door Co, and the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad to name a few.
Hank moved to Nashville in 1969 and continued his marketing career serving many noteable clients before co-founding Gish, Sherwood & Friends where he served as Executive Vice President. Starting with only 3 people, upon his retirement, the firm had grow to over 60 employees. His company continues to thrive and is known today as simply GS&F.
Hank has always been a train buff, having a grandfather, T.C. Sherwood, who was an engineer and would take young Hank to the roundhouse and put him in the engineer’s seat of a steam locomotive. Hank is also a member of the Tennessee Central Railroad Museum and the Mid-South Live Steamers. He has built two operatting 1/8th scale steam locomotives and says in building the two engines, he really learned how a steam locomotive worked.