He has been married for 23 years and has a daughter and a son, both in college. Steve and his family moved to Roanoke in 2013 and feels that Roanoke is a great fit because of his love of the outdoors. Going back to his high school days where he hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley to his family’s property in northern Ontario, Canada, Steve is enjoying working in Roanoke and getting back to the mountains after being in the “flat lands” of the Midwest.
Martha’s government work experience spans 33 years at 11 National Park Service sites and one National Wildlife Refuge. She began her career as a seasonal park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1978. Other seasonal assignments took her to Everglades National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Monument. Her first permanent job came in 1982 as a dispatcher at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In 1987, Martha served in the position of interpretive specialist at the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginning in 1992, she served as the Chief of Visitor Services at Carl Sandburg National Historic Site before accepting an assignment as Superintendent of Congaree National Park in November 1995. She was Congaree’s superintendent until October 2005 when she moved to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Martha also served as Acting Superintendent at Virgin Islands National Park and Assistant Superintendent at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Mammoth Cave National Park and Independence National Historical Park.
Martha currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is enjoying spending time with friends and family, traveling, and reading.
Kyle has sharpened her drawing skills and improv presentations, entertaining at association conferences, providing therapeutic humor to the elderly in assisted care facilities and veterans, and presenting her wit and wisdom to rooms full of kindergarten children to university students. Kyle’s home studio is in Roanoke, VA., where she creates illustrations for corporations and books.
Humphries began pursuing photography in 1980 and has become known for his photography of the South, particularly North Carolina. He has photographed across Canada and the U.S. and, even in Southeast Asia. His books of photography include: North Carolina: Images of Wildness, N.C. Wildflowers, N.C. Reflections, Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and N.C. Christmas. His images have appeared in many magazine publications, including, Wildlife in N.C., Our State, and Southern Living. Through his photography Humphries wishes to convey to others his love of nature. He hopes his photographs serve as reminders of what is irreplaceable in nature and that they stir people to be better stewards of the land.
In addition to pursuing photography, George taught history at T.C. Roberson High School in Buncombe County for thirty-four years, before retiring. Linda, also a retired teacher, taught Special Education at Enka High and Middle Schools in Buncombe County for 34 years. Currently, George, currently teaches history at Mars Hill University where he has taught for 23 years.
Perry Keys is a 22-year solution-selling senior account executive with vast experience domestically and internationally closing enterprise software deals within Fortune 1000 companies. Perry’s primary focus is on cloud and mobile software solutions targeted at manufacturing companies to help them streamline plant maintenance, increase asset reliability, reduce costs and drive significant revenue streams.
Perry has spent the majority of his life hiking, mountain biking and backpacking the mountains of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Parkway. His favorite part of the Parkway is the Shining Rock Wilderness area which can be accessed between the Graveyard Fields look off area at Milepost 418 and the Devil’s Courthouse look off area at Milepost 422.4.
Bill serves as the chief executive officer of Heritage Management X, Inc., Heritage Properties Management, Inc., and Heritage Management VII, Inc., corporations which own and manage commercial buildings and multi-family residential complexes throughout Virginia. He has also served as an adjunct professor of business at Ferrum College and as an instructor in federal income taxation at Virginia Western Community College. He lectured as an instructor for Becker CPA Review course on commercial law and corporate tax matters. He is a former member of the legal staff of Norfolk Southern Railway, where he was employed as a tax attorney.
He has been in the private practice of law in Roanoke, Virginia, since 1974.