Meet Our Team
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a non-profit, four-state Partnership created in 2005 to ensure the unparalleled American historic, cultural and natural resources from Gettysburg, PA through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, WV to Jefferson's Monticello in Albemarle County, VA, are preserved to inspire future generations. The JTHG Partnership’s efforts have resulted in the designation of this region as the 38th National Heritage Area in the County, as conferred by The President and The U.S. Congress. In addition the JTHG Partnership sought and secured recognition of The Old Carolina Road (Rt. 15), which serves as “the spine on the chapters of our American heritage”, be designated by the Secretary of Transportation as the 99th road in all of America as a Nation Scenic Byway. More, the JTHG Partnership has created nationally award winning educational programs to civically engage students, teachers and visitors of all ages. We invite you to become involved in our innovative programs and encourage you to contact us at 540.882.4929.
William Sellers, President , The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership
William Sellers, a lawyer and nonprofit executive, has a proven track record in fundraising, building partnerships, and managing resources. Recently, he spent five years as President of Wentworth Military Academy and College in Lexington, MO, which was founded in 1880. During his tenure, he led the $11 million nonprofit institution, which was on the verge of closure and bankruptcy, to record enrollment. Among other achievements, his tenure at Wentworth was marked by increases in fundraising of more than 50%; his leadership in strategic planning; his oversight of over $1 million in facility upgrades; the expansion of the campus footprint through the purchase of five adjacent properties; and increasing international enrollment through the establishment of an international department with recruiting initiatives in multiple countries. Sellers received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Harvard University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. Prior to his presidency at Wentworth, he spent several years in private practice. Sellers has served in leadership roles in a broad range of organizations. Among other positions, he has served as President of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States; on the Presidential Advisory Committee to Missouri’s Coordinating Board of Higher Education; on the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society of Missouri; and on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. Sellers has also been active in managing, and fundraising for, several political campaigns.
Director of Communications
Shuan Butcher has more than 15 years of management experience in the nonprofit and government sector He most recently served as executive director of the Frederick Arts Council in Frederick, Maryland. His efforts there helped garner state and national recognition for the city's thriving arts community. In addition, he has worked for a national youth civic engagement initiative, a historic state park in West Virginia, and other organizations. Butcher is a graduate of West Virginia University and earned a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University. He has written or published two booklets as well as numerous articles for local, state, and national publications. He serves on the board of the Tourism Council of Frederick County and the Frederick County Business Development Advisory Council.
Michelle Kellogg, Director of JTHG National Heritage Area
Michelle Kellogg holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a Master’s degree in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where her dissertation focused on sustainability in museum collections care. While working toward her degree, Michelle completed an internship with the National Trust for Scotland at Hill of Tarvit Mansion House where she wrote eight guidebooks to train volunteers at the home. From 2010 to 2013, Michelle served as the Production Manager at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, where she managed merchandising, served as the administrator for the CTA hospitality training course, and assisted with event planning. In 2013, she was promoted to the Director of Regional and Strategic Partnerships. In this capacity, she worked closely with JTHG partners to plan annual awareness and fundraising events. In 2014, Michelle was promoted to Director of JTHG National Heritage Area.
Blaine Horton , Director of EXTREME Journey Camps
Blaine is from North Fork, Virginia in Loudoun County and has lived there his whole life. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from Shepherd College (now University) and an M.A. in American History from George Mason University. His fascination with history began while on visits to Civil War battlefields with his Dad and was further cultivated in Mrs. Arlene Washington's fifth grade classroom at Lincoln Elementary. Inspired by many great teachers and professors, he pursued various careers in education in an attempt to promote the importance of studying the past. Blaine has taught at various schools and worked with kids from many different grade levels before finding his way to the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership to serve as its Director of Extreme Journey Camps.
Debra B. Jenkins, Executive Assistant to the President
Debra B. Jenkins is a lifelong resident of Loudoun County and joined the JTHG Team in July 2012. Debra serves as the Executive Assistant to the President, supporting the office of the JTHG Partnership President and Board of Trustees.
Ashley Abruzzo, CTA, Special Events & Marketing Coordinator
Ashley Abruzzo grew up in Rockford, Illinois and received her B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Springfield and her M.A. in Applied History from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. An avid traveler and Civil War buff, Ashley has always dreamed of living in Virginia since she was a teenager, and her dream came true when she moved to Leesburg in 2013 to become a Museum Educator for Morven Park. She became a Certified Tourism Ambassador that same year and joined the Journey team in 2015. Ashley is excited to promote our vastly historical and cultural region to visitors from all around the world.
James A. Percoco, Teacher-in-Residence
James A. Percoco is a former high school history teacher with 32 years of classroom experience and a national recognition as a leader in the area of history education. The author of three well received books, Percoco has an active interest in public history and public memory. His book, A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History received the 2000 James Harvey Robinson Prize from the American Historical Association.
In 1993, he was named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year at the Walt Disney Company American Teacher Awards. That same year, he received the Archivist’s Achievement Award from the National Archives and Records Administration. In 1998, he was named to the ALL – USA TODAY Teacher Team, in 2010 was named as Virginia History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, in part for a project he developed with the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, and in 2011 was elected to the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas.
In addition to his duties at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership he also serves as the Teacher-in-Residence for the Civil War Trust. He was a member of the Advisory Board for the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and serves on the Education Committee for the National Park Service Advisory Board as well as the National Park Service’s Centennial Advisory Board. A dynamic speaker, Percoco often leads teacher tours at numerous historic sites or battlefields, and lectures widely on a variety of issues pertinent to history education.
Katherine G. Wilkins, Advancement Officer
Katherine Grayson Wilkins has worked for many years for a wide variety of issues, including education, historic preservation, and the environment. In all of these areas she has enjoyed connecting people with causes and especially working with volunteers.
Before joining the Journey staff, Katherine worked as Director of Development for Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free mental health care to veterans, active duty service members and their families; and in the development office and Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC. Katherine serves on the boards of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton,VA, and All Hallows Guild in Washington, DC. She received a BA in history from Yale University. Katherine is married with three adult children and is a partner in her family’s Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Virginia.
Ed started with the Journey at its beginning and manages its computer needs. Ed works for the Journey on an as needed basis and lives Waterford. Earlier in his life, he was a chemist and then marketed technical information and computer data for the U.S. Government.