Officers and Managers
President & Chief Executive Officer: Barry Busch
Vice President/COO/General Manager: Hank Winn
Chief Financial Officer: Joanie Cole (interim)
Chief Information Officer: Allen Holliday
Corporate Secretary: Heather Garcia
Division Manager, Collections: Rod Fishburn
Division Manager, Operations: Ryan Gallaher
Division Manager, Maintenance: Jason Shoemaker
Assistant Division Manager, Operations: Gary Starre
Assistant Division Manager, Maintenance: Christopher Baldwin
Division Manager, Plant & Facilities: Hank Winn
Accounting and Administrative Manager: Motomi Correa
Southern California Railway Museum is a non-profit 501(c3) founded and governed by a member elected board of directors. Elections are held each year in January.
Board of Directors
Elected Directors (Term expires year shown)
Rod Fishburn, Member #365-L (2020)
Member since 1965. He is the curator of the Museum’s rail vehicle collection and manager of electric vehicle maintenance. His goals as a member of the Museum’s Board include: increasing SCRM’s presence as a valued member of the Perris community, supporting the expansion of our Museum and educational mission for the education and enjoyment of our visitors, increasing our volunteer recruitment efforts, and expanding our volunteer base. Rod is a retired electrical engineer who worked for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Fred Nicas, Member #355-L (2020)
Member since 1965. He has served 21 years on the Museum’s Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Board from 2004 through 2016. He designed and built the new battery containment building. He has served on the Planning Committee, served as Vice President of Collections, was the Project Manager for Grizzly Flats (Engine House #6) 1990 to 1992, and the Thomas F. Gross Archival Facility in 2015. Fred has served as the Hazardous Materials Management Officer, and has been responsible for a large portion of the equipment and collection transportation movements to the Museum. He continues to be involved in numerous restoration projects for the Museum.
John Mobley, Member #9582 (2020)
Member since 2016. John was the BNSF Pilot for our VC-2 for the Perris Valley Line dedication ceremony at the Perris Depot in 2016. He is a volunteer for Emma Nevada project and a student fireman on the Steam Crew. Outside of the Museum, John was the President of BLET Div. 398 San Bernardino, CA and helped extend the partnership with the Museum. John is a 19-year BNSF Engineer/Conductor, and is working with them in the acquisition and movement of rail equipment to the Museum.
Zeke Hastings, Member #3022L (2021)
Member since 1991. He has held three terms as a Director. He has been Vice President of Plant, Special Projects Manager, and a member of the Endowment Committee. Zeke is a retired aircraft mechanic who devotes much of his life to the Museum, spending most of his time with plant and track improvements.
Mary Bovert, Member #8967 (2021)
Member since 2014. Her involvement with the Museum has primarily been in the operations department, where she has received each qualification up to FRA Engineer. Mary assists the operations team in any job that needs to be done, from greasing the loop line to filling in as Yardmaster. She is the Division Manager for Administration where she monitors the utility bills and other administrative expenses of the Museum. During her time here, she eliminated redundancies in the billing and, with the assistance of the operators, conducted electricity usage experiments to make the electricity use on the street cars more efficient. Mary’s additional contributions to the museum include: Run Ones, docent, special events, donation of cleaning supplies, and volunteer relations. She is particularly active in volunteer recruitment, retention, and training and looks forward to working with you when you come to our Museum. Mary is a human resources specialist.
Bill Lamb, Member #1479F (2021)
Member since 1977. Bill has been an active member of the steam crew for 40 years. He is a qualified fireman and engineer on the VC-2 and is a qualified engineer on all our operating diesel locomotives. Bill served as the Museum’s CFO from October 2011 to December 2012 and is a former member of the Finance Committee. Bill serves on the Audit Committee and has taken on the task of sending out personal thank-you notes to those who donate to the Perris Connection project. He represents the Museum at the Perris City Council each month. He works to maintain trees and control weeds in front of Carhouse 4. Bill is retired from the City of Los Angeles Controller’s Office where he was assistant general manager.
Phil Palmieri, Member #831 (2022)
Member since 1969. Mr. Palmieri has served as General Manager of the Museum and had several terms on the Board of Directors. Phil has been an active working member of the Museum since his membership began and is currently lead of Perris extension construction. He constantly supports our onsite track construction. Phil is a freight conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Chuck Painter, Member #2808 (2022)
Member since 1989. He is the project manager of the AT&SF 60; he also worked on the 108 project. Chuck is an active participant in the Special Events Committee and participates in Museum Special Events. He is the scriptwriter and storyteller on the Thomas Train and was the backup entertainment on the Santa Train. He rewrote the new Operator’s Guides for the Pacific Electric and L.A Railway Collections. He serves on the Endowment Committee. He designed and installed new exhibit signage in Carhouse 4 and Cottonwood Station. Chuck is a frequent contributor to the Gazette. Chuck is the president of his own stock brokerage and investment advisory firm.
Jason Shoemaker, Member #3640L (2022)
Member since 1994. He has held numerous Museum positions: Trainmaster, Electric Car Running Maintenance Foreman, Superintendent of Operations Training, Assistant Superintendent of Railway Operations, Division Manager of Maintenance, and Locomotive Engineer Trainer. Jason has been an active member for 24 years, volunteering in collections, restorations, and maintenance. He worked on Track Project 7 to 11,part of the Perris Connection project, and helped lay the Carhouse 7 lead. He has worked on the PE418 and PE498 restoration projects. He became a Project Manager, returning PE332 to service, and is leading the resurrection of PE 1624, PE314, and LATL 1450. Jason is a locomotive engineer for BNSF Railway.