Meet the Members of Our Board

Board members volunteer their time to guide the Rock of Ages Light House Preservation Society. Their commitment of time and talent enables the organization to realize its mission to restore the Lighthouse as a monument to the skilled craftsmen who built it, and for all those who were stationed there.

David Gerth - Director

David founded the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society in 2008 and has been director and volunteer with the organization ever since.  David lives near Duluth, MN and loves everything about Isle Royale and Rock of Ages Lighthouse, especially the beauty, solitude, and rich history of the area. David is a building facility manager for the Duluth Public School District where he has worked for the last 15 years.  He directs the restoration of Rock of Ages Lighthouse and manages the organization.

Nathan Gerth - Assistant Director

Nathan has been a board member since 2008. He lives in Reno, Nevada and from a young age grew to love Lake Superior and the North Shore of Minnesota. He is a digital archivist for the University of Nevada Reno and has worked in the archival discipline since 2012. Nathan maintains the website and conducts historical research for the organization.

Charles Gerth - Treasurer

Chuck is one of the founding board members.  He has enjoyed volunteering a week at the lighthouse every summer since 2014.  Still calling the North Shore home, he currently lives in the St. Louis Missouri area and makes the trip to MN to enjoy the outdoors.  Chuck graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Technology.  Since 2004 he has been working as a foundry Process Specialist at Amsted Rail, specializing in the process control for the manufacture of large steel railroad components.  He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and learning or experiencing the history of people and places.  He is a member of the American Foundry Society and currently serves on a committee to improve the Greensand Process for the industry.

Jessica Gerth - Secretary

Jessica is a founding board member.  She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences and a B.A. in Psychology.  She completed her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) in 2006 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.  She currently works as a licensed SLP for Belleville Area Special Services Coop at Franklin Elementary School.  Jessica specializes in working with students with Autism to improve their communication and quality of life by using technology and practical lessons. She looks forward to the day when she gets a chance to spend time at Rock of Ages.  She enjoys traveling, reading, working on crafts and spending time with family.

Heather Gerth

Heather has been a board member and volunteer at Rock of Ages  since 2016. In 2017 she led volunteer trips for Rock of Ages for 7 weeks. She lives with her husband, David, and Black Lab, Bella near Duluth, MN and enjoys hiking, birding, camping, and anything outdoors. She is an ecologist/interpreter/environmental educator and has a strong background in non-profits.  Heather manages the membership database, writes and manages grants, performs bookkeeping, and helps coordinate volunteers.

Carne Andrews

Carne is a first year volunteer and board member in 2017. From the moment she heard of the Rock of Ages Lighthouse restoration, she knew she wanted to be actively involved. Her love and appreciation of the Isle Royale National Park environment spans several decades. Her favorite activities include hiking, camping, paddling and birding in, around and on Lake Superior. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner living in Boulder Junction, WI. Being involved in ROALPS has provided an opportunity to be more involved with National Park Service, the greater Isle Royale community and to share the unique beauty and history of this Lake Superior gem with others.

Richard Kaufman

Richard is a new member to the board of directors. Along with his wife, Rachael, he joined the board in 2017, after their first work-trip to the Rock of Ages lighthouse. Richard has visited Isle Royale 17 times. His other volunteer activities include helping with trail maintenance for the Superior Hiking Trail, serving on the City of Superior Tree Board, and volunteering at the local VFW. His passions include anything outdoors: alpine skiing, biking, hiking, and camping. Along with his wife, they also enjoy traveling and drinking good beer and eating great food. His full-time profession is a Project Manager for the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth, MN.

Rachael Holden-Kaufman

Rachael has been a board member and volunteer with Rock of Ages since 2017. Though new to the board, she has a long history with Isle Royale National Park and has been visiting “the island,” as it was called at her house, since she was a child. She lives in the Twin Ports with her husband and their pets and enjoys reading, hiking, drinking good beer, and traveling. Rachael has a background in education and communication and is looking forward to the opportunity the Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society provide for sharing her love of all things Isle Royale with a larger audience.