The Germanna Foundation Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that Steve Hein, Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation since Sept. 1, 2014, will be leaving to pursue other opportunities in the fall.
“Steve quickly became well-known in Orange and Culpeper Counties and among the region’s
other historic preservation organizations and business community as a professional, competent
and likeable leader,” said J. Marc Wheat, President of the Germanna Foundation. “He is a
real team player, and a champion for our members and the historic preservation community at
large. The Germanna Foundation has certainly benefited from his experience and leadership. We
are very sorry to see Steve leave, and wish him all the best.”
Germanna Foundation Trustee Bruce Davis of Fredericksburg echoed Marc’s comments adding, “Steve’s efforts on behalf of Germanna during the Rappahannock River Region’s Community Give online fundraising event last May resulted in the Germanna Foundation being in the top five for total money raised out of the 180 nonprofit organizations participating. He has helped place the Foundation on a path toward continued growth and financial stability.”
During his tenure, Steve worked to raise funds and supervise Foundation efforts that included
hiring a full-time staff archaeologist, stabilizing the previously excavated areas of the Fort Germanna/Enchanted Castle archaeology site, and restarting archaeological exploration of the
site to search for the boundaries of the 1714 fort. He helped manage the Foundation’s ongoing
transition to an international base of support for this important historic landmark.
At the Germanna Foundation’s Salubria, located in Culpeper County, Steve continued the Foundation’s preservation and restoration efforts, including the search for Lady Spotswood’s burial site thought to be located on the property. He also worked to expand public access to the Foundation’s Siegen Forest property and trails, and enhanced working relationships with other
historic preservation and community organizations. He deepened the Foundation’s reputation
with local, regional and State officials, including the Germanna Community College, Orange
County, the University of Mary Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
“It has been a privilege to serve the Germanna Foundation, our international network of Germanna descendants, members and other supporters, our distant cousins and members in Germany, and our regional neighbors in this position. I hope my efforts to expand the interest in this important piece of history right here in our own backyard will continue to support the Foundation’s efforts for many years,” said Steve.