The National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Inc. — generally referred to as the W3R®-US — is a 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the state of Delaware. It is registered as a U.S. federal contractor and as a partner of the National Park Service.

Organization Mailing Address:

W3R-US Headquarters and Information Center
11000 Crain Highway
Newburg, MD 20664

Ellen von Karajan (MD)
Executive Director and
W3R-US primary contact


Larry Abell (MD)
President, National Chair
Shelly Bell
Shelly Bell (NJ)
Vice Chair, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Shared Values
robert bruce donald
Bruce Donald (CT)
Vice Chair, Resource Development
jeff canning
Jeff Canning (NY)
Recording Secretary
Dave meredith
Dave Meredith (VA)
Elaine Lawton (MD)
Corresponding Secretary


Leadership Gallery

The National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R-US) initiates, coordinates, and publicizes the efforts of many affiliates and individuals on projects that enhance the value and enjoyment of the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail (WARO).

Most of the research, commemorations, signage, events and touring are accomplished through W3R’s state affiliates and chapters. Local organizations are vital to the ongoing effort to join the many historic sites and sections of the trail into a coherent whole story of French aid to the United States between 1775 and 1783.

Our Affiliates have provided:

State affiliates have provided research, signage, tours, events and commemorations, and play a critical role in interpreting and preserving historic sites, encampments, waterways and landscapes along the 700 mile National Historic Trail.


Rhode Island

Contact: Christine Jewell, christinepro429@gmail.com
Col. Serge G. Gabriel (Ret.)
Stephen Shaw
Ingrid Wood

New York
Contact: Lynn Briggs, lynn1200@aol.com
John McMenimon – Secretary
Jeff Canning – Treasurer

New Jersey
Julie Diddell – Contact: info@W3R-NJ.org

W3R®-NJ Executive Board
Julie Diddell – Chair
Catherine Paretti – Vice Chair
Galina Chernikova – Treasurer
Brandon Fontanes – Recording Secretary
Thomas D’Amico – Corresponding Secretary

Additional Board Members
Eric Diddell
Mary Swarbrick

Immediate Past Chair
Kathy Faulks

Contact: John Mitchell –  johnfmtc@aol.com

W3R®-PA Board
vacant – President
vacant– 1st Vice President
vacant– 2nd Vice President
vacant – Secretary
vacant– Treasurer

Honorary Board:
Michael Scullin, Esq. – Honorary Vice Chair
Wayne R. Strasbaugh – Officer’s Counsel
Daniele Thomas Easton
Edward Greenawald
F. Russell Greenspan
James W. Marvin, Jr.

Contact: firststateantiquearms@gmail.com

W3R®-DE Executive and State Committee
Bill Conley – President
Peg Tigue – Vice President
Mike Looney – Treasurer
George Widger – Event Illustrator
Jim Stone – Rev War Colonial Army Advisor
Mike Gallagher – SAR Liaison
Sarah O’Donnell – DAR Liaison
Chris Mlynarczyk – First Delaware Regiment Liaison
Michael Prospero – Secretary
Wade Catts – Rev War Historical Advisor
Jeanie Haynes
Matt Williams
Sam Nussbaum
Amanda August
Tina Betz
Loretta Bertuola
Lorraine Bertuola
Marie Dash
Ivan Henderson

Contact: Elaine Lawton, elawton1@verizon.net
Larry Abell
Robert Reyes
Mary Margaret Revell-Goodwin
John Sower
Steve Lampredi
Susan Giddings
Chuck Frascati
Mark Croati

Contact: Dave Meredith, davesam1127@gmail.com

W3R®-VA Board and State Group
Dave Meredith
– President
Amy M. Parker – Secretary
Vacant – Treasurer
Nicole Yancey – President Emeritus
Howard Carson – Board of Directors
Randolph Flood – Board of Directors
James Gallagher – Board of Directors
Carol Meredith – Board of Directors
Timothy Miner – Board of Directors

Washington, D.C.
John Sower, sower1@erols.com


Kim Burdick (DE)
Janet Lee Burnet (NY)
Jennifer Carver (VA)
Sallie de Barcza (NJ)
Veronica Eid (DE)
Kathy Faulks (NJ)
B.J. Gerber (VA)
Roseanna Gorham (RI)
Alan Hoffman (MA)
Blanche Hunnewell (MA)
Scott Keller (NY)
Ellen Lefebvre (PA)
Pierre Lefebvre (PA)
Sal Lilienthal (CT)
Ralph Nelson (DE/NC)
Ann Patten (PA)
Lanny Patten (PA)
Robert Reyes (MD)
Gary Scott (DC)
Janice Showler (PA)
Thomas Showler (PA)
John Sower (MD)
Wayne Strasbaugh (PA)
Rockwell Wagner (CT)
Kurt Zwikl (PA)

Joseph DiBello
Col. Jim Johnson, NY
David R. Wagner
Nicole Yancey, VA
2006 Marchers: David Fagerberg, Michael Fitzgerald, David Holloway†, Rosemarie Morin†, Richard Swartwout, and Damon Rodnac†
2021 Bike & Kayak: Sal Lilienthal and Jeff Canning
Dr. Jacques Bossiere†
Ralph Nelson

Johnny Carawan, Trail Administrator

We are grateful to the following members, each of whom made a significant donation to ensure that the W3R-US would have assets to fund its projects over a long period of time.

Eric Dutaud
Rev. Dr. Jacques Bossiere (2009) ✝
Mrs. Charles G. L. de Barcza
COL Serge Gabriel, US Army Reserve (Ret.)
Blanche M. Hunnewell
Andree King
RADM J. Robert Lunney, Ret.
Ann Patten
Lanny Patten
Ralph Nelson
Kim Burdick
Agnes Mallet

National Advisory Committee
Dr. Robert A. Selig, Ph.D — author, historian, professor
Joseph DiBello

The National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association recognizes that national historic trails are a powerful way to connect with nature, history and culture. These trails cultivate a society that values protection and stewardship for our natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources. We also recognize there are historical injustices that have resulted in barriers that prevent people from accessing this trail and its resources and gaps in the inclusion of the stories of some groups. We perceive these obstacles as moral and strategic opportunities to bridge gaps and expand our capacity to interpret, protect and promote the trail. We are committed to actively overcoming these obstacles and enacting positive systemic change, including access for any individual with a disability consistent with federal guidelines.

W3R will participate in and foster an inclusive national historic trails partner community that values and engages the perspectives and contributions of all individuals beyond social, political, and cultural boundaries. This includes acknowledgement of original inhabitants and their historic legacy with sites and inclusion of their stories in our narrative. We will work to ensure equal opportunities for everyone to access our trail as well as feel valued and represented. W3R will identify barriers that prevent people from accessing the trail and its resources. In turn, we will strive to find solutions to reduce these barriers and aid groups and individuals in overcoming them through direct outreach or other means. As a continually learning organization, we will encourage our members to routinely evaluate and prioritize representation, access, and cultural identity within the programs we offer to the public. We are dedicated to building a broader and more collaborative community.

W3R-US, in partnership with the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, depends on the historic sites on the trail, the website and social media for diversity, equity and inclusion in interpretation. W3R-US will strive always to be a balanced broker of information derived from primary sources. Our concerns are global, as the war was global, and included African Americans, Indigenous Peoples, and the role of Spain, what would become Germany, as well as France, Haiti, the Jews, women and children, and others.

We rely on the facts of history, that which is recorded in primary documents, some of which will require acknowledgment.