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Officers and Directors

President, Harv Hisgen Harv taught chemistry and physics for 33 years in Illinois. He organized and chaired the Visitor Center organization at Argonne National Labs in Downers Grove, and published a technical article on detecting poisonous gases while working for the Defense Department at Argonne. He has served as Vice-president for the past 8 years for the American Discovery Trail Society, and chairs the Santa Fe Trail Association/ American Discovery Trail Society Alliance. His two concerns continue to be trail safety and site preservation/interpretation through relational history education. He lives in Conifer CO with wife Bonnie. They have 3 married sons and 8 grandchildren.

President, Harv Hisgen, Conifer CO, Trails/Teacher VP ADTS Chair SFTA/ADTS Alliance

1st VP & Board, Zebulon Montgomery (Monty) Pike, Jr. 1st VP & Board Zebulon Montgomery (Monty) Pike, Jr. Salida CO Past Pres.- Pike Fam. Assoc
Monty is the closest living relative to Zebulon Montgomery Pike, the great, great, great grand
nephew. He has served as Captain in the Army, and has a long commitment to the Pike Family
Association.He loves speaking about his relative with civic and school children as ZM Pike (Of course, he is ZM Pike and loves serving unsalted buffalo, as did his relative.) He lives in Salida CO with wife Grace.
1st VP & Board, Zebulon Montgomery (Monty) Pike, Jr. Salida CO Past Pres.- Pike Fam. Assoc
VP Governmental Affairs & Board, John Murphy John received his BA from Regis College, now Univ., and his JD from Univ. of Wyo. He practiced law for almost 30 years in Colorado and Wyoming. He formally headed the Pikes Peak chapter of the Colo. Mountain Club, and is a noted Pike authority and lecturer. John served on the Pike Bicentennial Commission.“I made it my business to figure out which mountain he climbed in his unsuccessful attempt on Pikes Peak. I did time-space studies on every one of the possible mountain and found that only Mt. Rosa fit his journal, and the real world like a glove. The rest were hopeless and impossible.” He lives in Colorado Springs CO with wife Mary. They have 3 children and granddaughters.
VP Governmental Affairs & Board, John Murphy, Colorado Spr CO Retired Lawyer
Secretary, Dorothy Urban, Silver Cliff CO Dorothy is a resident of Colorado since 1962 and was active in many civic activities in Pueblo before coming to Westcliffe in 1977. Dorothy and her daughter owned their own printing business before moving to Westcliffe. She is a member of the Custer County Historical and Genealogical Society since its beginning, has served as its Secretary and works on the history and data of all the cemeteries in the area from offices in the Wet Mountain Trading Building. Dorothy is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is writing a book on her family roots. She belongs to many Genealogical Societies in Missouri. Added to her activities are the Zebulon Pike Program, State Trails Coordinator for Silver Cliff, Westcliffe, and Custer County. She is Silver Cliff’s Mayor ProTem, and works for the Silver Cliff Museum.
Secretary, Dorothy Urban, Silver Cliff CO, Trustee Silver Cliff & Custer Co Hist Soc
Treasurer, Jim Billingsley James works for Compassion International as a Communications Specialist. He loves the outdoors and learning about Zebulon Montgomery Pike. He lives in Colorado Springs CO with his new bride Laura.
Treasurer, Jim Billingsley, Colorado Spr CO, Communications Specialist


Mike Bandera, Cañon City CO Mike is the superintendent of the Royal Gorge and served on numbers of Pike Bicentennial committees. He serves on the Frémont Co. Tourism Council. He is an avid outdoors person but will not bungy jump off the Royal Gorge suspension bridge.
Mike Bandera, Cañon City CO, Supt. Royal Gorge

Jill has taught English at the University of Hartford [Connecticut], has served as the Dean of the Honors College at Western Carolina University where she currently is a full professor of English.

Her joys include writing, her students and grandchildren. She lives in Cullowhee NC. She has 4 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Dr. Jill Ghnassia, Cullowhee NC, English Professor
Don taught Spanish and history for 34 years in Wichita, Kansas and Wheat Ridge CO as well as at Regis University, Denver, and at Otero Junior College, La Junta, CO. He is responsible for Interpretive Programs at John Martin Reservoir for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as volunteering at Bent’s Old Fort, NHS, La Junta, CO, Four Mile House, Denver, CO, Kit Carson House, Rayado, NM, Fort Uncompahgre, Delta, CO, Boggsville, Las Animas, CO, El Mercado at El Pueblo, Pueblo, CO. He served both the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and Pike Bicentennial Commemoration Committee, presenting Lewis and Clark; and Pike to schools and civic groups. Recent publications include: “Pike’s Southwestern Expedition: Outfitted or Illfated?” [To Spare No Pains; Pikes Peak Library District, Clausen Books]; and “and the Patient Recovered: Medicine on the Santa Fe Trail and at Bent’s Fort” also with the Pikes Peak Lib. Dist.
Don Headlee, Hasty CO, Army Corp of Engineers- John Martin Reservoir Pike Expert
Norm flew jumbo jets for Continental Airlines for 35 years and has flown for 70 years, and is one of only 500 members of the United Flying Octogenarians. His love of flying is matched with a long-standing interest for historic preservation. His well-kept, distinctively yellow, 1889 Victorian home is on the National Register of Historic Places. He lives in Conifer CO. Two of his children
Norm Meyer, Conifer CO, Continental Airline pilot-retired

Rev. Dr. Roy Escott Pike is a retired United Methodist Minister. He has been the President of the Pike Family Association of America, [PFA] since 2000. Roy is a 4th cousin of Zebulon Montgomery Pike.

Currently he is also serving as the Historian and Archivist of the of the Pike Family Memorabilia which is housed at the Salisbury Library in Salisbury, MA. He lives in Maine in the summer and Oklahoma in the winter.

Rev. Dr. Roy Pike, Jenks OK, Pike Fam. Assoc. Pres.- Pike Family Assoc.
Rex has studied the trades and skills of the 19th Century [Scottish and German] for more than 25 years. His strongest interests have been in woodworking and metalwork with axes and other edge tools. He's been involved in restoring and stabilizing many log buildings and other historic structures. Rex is also a long-time student of the music and songs of the 19th-Century American West. His music has also been featured on television and radio. Rex plays many musical instruments: mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, and tin whistle. How 19th-Century Americans obtained their food, shelter, and entertainment is a fascinating study, and Rex eagerly shares his findings during his living-history engagements. Rex builds and services laboratory and research instruments for the Colorado School of Mines. Rex and his wife lives in Conifer CO, with sons, Benjamin and Daniel.
Rex Rideout, Conifer CO, Scientific Instrument Specialist & Musician
Clive Siegle

Clive is Professor of Southwest History at Southern Methodist University and served as Executive Director of the Pike Bicentennial Commission and former Manager of the Santa Fe Trail Association.

He is a Pike specialist, one the Association turns to for knowledge and wisdom.

His passion resides in the education of young folks, often closely fitting engagements with them into his busy

Dr. Clive Siegle, Dallas TX, Pike Specialist, Former SFTA Manager & Pike Bicent. Commission
Will is a Transportation Planner for Jefferson County Colorado, he specializes in Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning. Will is currently developing a Walkability Plan for Conifer, Colorado and is working closely with the Conifer Area Council to fund and implement this very important plan. His education background includes attending Evergreen High School in Evergreen, Colorado and earning a Bachelors degree in Applied Geography from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. Will enjoys Camping, Hiking, Bike Riding, Tae Kwon Do, and growing Bonsai Trees in his backyard.
Will Kerns, Morrison CO, Transportation Expert


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