The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA oversees a wide variety of Friends’ initiatives in support of the battleship and its activities.  These initiatives include recruiting Friends’ members, fundraising, training programs for docents and ambassadors, community outreach, and general support of the ship’s events, programs, and activities.

Friends Board of Directors

Frank Glossl – Chairman                                                                        Dave Carpenter – Board Member          
Michael Zalob – Vice Chair                                                                    Jon Cook – Board Member
Susan Mason Carter – Secretary                                                           Pat Cummings – Board Member
Don Loftin – Treasurer                                                                           Tom Finley – Board Member
Ronnie Rhodes – Exec Committee Member-at-Large                         Floy Hamilton – Board Member
Daryl Millard – Exec Committee Member-at-Large                             Bruce Tingle  – Board Member
Ron Henderson – Exec Committee Member-at-Large                        David Keefe – Board Member
John Whitley – Past Chair/Liaison to Commissioners                         Doug Kesling – Board Member
Nancie Giacolone – Scuttlebutt Editor                                                 Geoff Kirby- Board Member
Mike Wortham – Board Member                                                           Bob Rossi – Board Member

Through the various activities managed by the Board of Directors, we hope to attract more visitors to the ship, increase the number of Friends memberships, and encourage community participation.

All Friends members are eligible to apply to be members of the Board of Directors. The Board needs expertise in areas such as finance, membership recruitment, nominating, marketing/publicity, naval heritage, tourism, and education.

Board Members are expected to:

  • Join the Friends at a level of their choosing
  • Attend meetings with regularity
  • Promote, attend and assist with Battleship functions
  • Promote the Friends by spreading the word about membership and events
  • Provide sound advice in their fields of expertise
  • Suggest ideas for, encourage, assist, or develop one major annual fund raising event

If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please email or call 910-399-9117.


The Battleship receives no funding from federal, state or local governments for its operations. Friends of the Battleship North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and acts as the fundraising arm for the Battleship.  The Ship’s primary revenue sources are admissions, gift shop sales, rentals, donations and Friends memberships.