Joseph Eaves, President
Joseph Eaves serves as the lead lobbyist for a major business trade association located in the Washington, DC metro area. His work is primarily focused on energy and energy efficiency policy where he is constantly communicating policy recommendations to Congress, federal agencies, and state government officials. His background includes working with several members of Congress where he established and led the Congressional Heritage Area Caucus, leading the government relations department for the National Park Foundation, and working as the lead House lobbyist for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association. His policy areas include energy, environment, appropriations, science, technology, and interior. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA. He currently lives in Springfield, VA.
Maureen Finnerty, Vice President
Maureen Finnerty retired in January 2005 after 31 years with the National Park Service (NPS). During her tenure with NPS, she worked in three national parks, a regional office and completed two tours of duty in the Washington office of the Park Service. Her park assignments included being superintendent of Olympic and Everglades National Parks, where she established the Washington National Parks Trust and the South Florida National Park Trust, respectively. She also held the position of associate director of park operations in Washington, DC (1994-2000), and associate regional director of operations in Philadelphia. Maureen is a recipient of the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award (1996) and the Department’s Distinguished Service Award (2016). She currently serves on the board of the Shenandoah National Park Trust. She lives in Haymarket, VA.
Jon Hickox, Treasurer
Jon Hickox is the owner of The Winery at Bull Run and the Stonebridge Equestrian Center, which border the Manassas National Battlefield Park near the historic Stone Bridge in Centreville, VA. The Winery at Bull Run is the largest working farm left in Fairfax County and is focused on growing premium Virginia grapes and crafting fine Virginia wines. The winery is also a tribute to the history and preservation of 19th century pastoral Fairfax County and takes its guests back to a much simpler time in our nation’s history. As a neighbor of the beloved Manassas National Battlefield, Jon hoped to find a way to help honor and protect the land and support the National Park Service, which is how he came to be one of the founding members of the Manassas Battlefield Trust. Jon grew up in Western Fairfax County and attended George Mason University to study business, math, and history. While attending college, Jon worked for a remodeling firm where he would learn more about home construction, architecture, and the hard knocks of business. By his senior year in college, he started his own business- Colonial Remodeling -and spent the next 20 years building his firm, from the ground up, into what is now one of the largest remodeling companies in Northern Virginia.
Donald J. Hellmann, Secretary
Don Hellmann is the former assistant director for legislative and congressional affairs for the National Park Service. Don ended his 40-year career working with Congress at the beginning of 2017, which included the last 22 years with the National Park Service. Don joined the National Park Service in 1994 and was responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of its legislative affairs program. Prior to his position with the National Park Service, Don was vice president for conservation and legislative counsel at The Wilderness Society from 1988 to 1994, where he directed the conservation advocacy program before Congress and coordinated the litigation agenda of the organization. . Don also worked on Capitol Hill as legislative counsel to House Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-CA) from 1985 to 1988 and in several positions, including aslegislative assistant, to U.S. Senator Walter D. Huddleston (D-KY) from 1977 to 1985. Don began his career by teaching and English to junior high school students in Kentucky from 1973-1976. Don is a native of Kentucky who received a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Thomas More College in Kentucky, a master’s degree in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from the University of Baltimore. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and holds a life certification as a secondary education teacher from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
John Stirrup, Board Member
John T. Stirrup is a Partner at Alcalde & Fay, an influential lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. that has helped corporations, individuals, municipal governments, foreign governments, associations, and alliances meet their government affairs goals. John has enjoyed a distinguished career of managing government affairs practices, leading grassroots efforts, implementing winning public affairs strategies, and achieving successful legislative and public policy goals.
John served as a political appointee in the Reagan Administration, serving in Congressional Relations positions. Subsequently, he served as Chief of Staff to then- Representative Dr. Tom A. Coburn, during which John was named a John C. Stennis Fellow. Since leaving Capitol Hill, he has represented private and public sector clients before Congress, the Administration, the Virginia General Assembly, regulatory agencies, local governments and international organizations.
John was elected to serve on the Prince William County, VA Board of Supervisors, representing the Gainesville District, in 2003 and he was re-elected in 2007. His colleagues elected him Vice-Chairman in 2008. Upon leaving the Board of Supervisors, he was appointed, by the Governor, to the Virginia Commission on Local Government.
A frequent lecturer at George Mason University’s Graduate School of Public Policy, he is often asked to address audiences on current public policy issues. He has appeared on multiple news outlets including all the major national and local television networks to discuss public policy issues of the day.
His philanthropic work includes serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and serving on the boards of the Manassas Battlefield Trust and the Heritage Hunt Golf Classic.
John L. Nau, III, Board Member
John L. Nau, III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P., the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products which employs over 1,400 employees that serve 16 counties in Texas.
John’s commitment to service is demonstrated through a broad spectrum of participation in civic, community, and philanthropic organizations in Houston and throughout the country. This currently includes service as chairman of the Texas Historical Commission, and as a member of board of directors of the National Park Foundation, the Civil War Trust, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation,. John also serves on the Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Board of Trustees, and the University of Houston Board of Visitors,. John is an honorary trustee of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Texas Heart Institute, an honorary state trustee for the San Antonio Parks Foundation and an advisory council member to the Center for Big Bend Studies. He also serves as a board member for Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, the Houston Police Foundation and the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. Additionally, he is chairman of the Steering Committee for the proposed Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and from 2011 through 2015 served on theboard of visitors, a position appointed by the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is founder and president of The Nau Foundation.
Adam Gillenwater, Advisor
Adam Gillenwater is one of two staff on the Civil War Trust’s Government and Public Relations team who focuses on state and local relations. On the state level, Adam is responsible for covering issues affecting Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia; on the municipal level, he handles issues of concern to Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Petersburg, Northern Virginia, and the Shenandoah Valley. Prior to joining the Trust, Adam was a senior associate on the Family Self Sufficiency team at ICF International, where he worked in federal and state relations on workforce development and poverty alleviation projects. He received his bachelor’s degree in government and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Virginia.
Brandon Bies, Advisor
Brandon Bies is the superintendent of Manassas National Battlefield Park, where he manages the historic meadows and woodlands of the 5,000-acre park, which draw more than 500,000 visitors annually. Before taking the helm at Manassas in March 2017, Bies served as the legislative coordinator for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service (NPS). During that time (2014 – 2017), he also served as the regional project manager for the rehabilitation of Arlington House, Robert E. Lee’s historic home, made possible by a $12.35 million donation from philanthropist David M. Rubenstein. Bies began his NPS work in 2001 as an archeologist at Monocacy National Battlefield. He has served as the cultural resources specialist for George Washington Memorial Parkway and on assignments as the site manager of Great Falls Park and in the Washington Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, and held the position of site manager of Arlington House from 2010-2014. Bies holds a master’s degree in applied anthropology and bachelor’s degrees in American history and anthropology.
Christy Forman, Membership and Outreach Coordinator
Christy Forman spent twelve years working for the National Park Service at Civil War sites. She has worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield, and spent nearly four years as an interpretive park ranger and education coordinator for Manassas National Battlefield Park. During her time with the NPS she served on the management teams for seven different Civil War Sesquicentennial events. After her son was born in 2016, she decided to leave her full-time position, with the hope of finding a way to remain involved in her passion of preserving and sharing the history of the Civil War. As such, she was thrilled to accept a position with the Manassas Battlefield Trust. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and historic preservation from Shepherd University, and a certificate in museum studies from Northwestern University.