2020 Board of Directors

The directors and managers of the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society are both veterans in the rail preservation and transportation industries among others. Directors each hold a two-year term and elections are held each November.

Joe Knapke, President

Bio pending.

Kelly Lynch, Vice President

Kelly handles marketing, development and event administration for the Society. He has served as Vice-President since 2016 and previously held the positions of Secretary and Communications Manager and been a board member since 2007.

Brian Christophel, Treasurer

Brian has over seven years of experience in the financial services industry and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He is currently employed by Do it Best Corp.

Rich Brinkley, Secretary

Rich has a masters degrees in both education and music and has been a Lutheran teacher and church musician for 40 years.

Zach Hall, Operations Manager

Zach has worked in the railroad industry for 15 years and has been employed by numerous short lines, tourist and mainline operations. He is the current Steam Foreman for the Everett Railroad and Chief Mechanical Officer for Soo Line 1003. A qualified engineer for over 12 years, he leads the Operations Committee in planning and executing excursions with the 765

Steven Winicker, Mechanical Manager

Steve has been a District Forester for the Department of Natural Resources since 1974. He oversaw the 765’s 2000-2005 rebuild and has previously held the office of President and Secretary and has been a member of the Society since 1975.

Wayne York, Senior Excursion Manager

Wayne works in management and civil engineering in the public and private sectors and oversees a variety of the 765's excursions. One of the Society's founding members, York engineered the removal of the 765 from Lawton Park in 1974.

Rick Popp, Merchandise Manager

Rick is a veteran of the sales and marketing industries and a classic toy train collector.

Bill Otter, Director

Retired from the industrial food industry, Bill grew up within sight of the Nickel Plate Road outside Cleveland, Ohio and served as Society President for eight years.

Ex Officio Managers

Ray Kammer, Excursion Manager

Ray is currently employed as President of Operations for Cincinnati Railway Company, having spent his entire life working in the railroad industry, with 20 years specifically in railroad operations. Thanks to an upbringing in a close-knit railroad family, Ray has earned valuable experience in mechanical, operations, advertising and public relations. In his spare time, he remains active performing consulting work for other organizations and is presently serving on the Board of Directors for the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance. Ray joined the FWRHS in 2012.

Brad Morocco, Membership Manager & Passenger Services Supervisor

Bio pending.

Chris Homco, Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Bio pending.

Chris Lantz, Project 358

Chris has been around railroads since a young age and learned to run a diesel locomotive when he was 6-years-old. Since graduating high school, he has have accrued 20 years experience and a perfect safety record as as a conductor, engineer, yardmaster and supervisor for several railroads including the Wheeling and Lake Erie, Ohio Central System, Midwest Rail and the Cleveland Works Railway. Chris first became involved with the FWRHS in 2009, where he joined the operating crew as an engineer. He is currently leading Project 358.

WD Miller, Project 358

W.D. has worked in County Government as an Emergency Management Planner and Assistant Director, been a volunteer firefighter and paramedic for 23 years and currently works as a Sales/Engineer for Lima Radio Hospital, Inc. since 2001. W.D. and his son Carson joined Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society in 2016 and set their sights on Project 358. W.D. has been a lifelong fan of NKP 765, but bleeds diesel fuel. His goal is to see the Society’s EMD SD9 NKP #358 run again and hit the road with the steam locomotive.

Tom Nitza

Bio pending.