Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Bill Sample, President

Born in Ashland, Ohio, Bill served in the United States Navy Seabees and was Honorably discharged with superior evaluations.

Bill started a custom carpentry business in central Florida. Serving five custom home builders, performing such tasks as custom wood interiors, kitchens, and stair cases. 

He relocated to Ashland in 1991, and started a custom carpentry business expanding his services to custom cabinets, furniture, home restorations and renovations.

Bill has restored several historic buildings and is currently a historic restoration professional for the Ohio State Reformatory. 

He is also the construction coordinator for Housing Partners of Ashland County, a non-profit organization, a Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Trinity Woodworkers Share Group.

Bill is a resident of Ashland and has been Married  to his wife Sharon of 35 wonderful years and together they have a daughter, Natalie.


Paul Smith, Vice President

Paul Smith is the Executive Director of The Historic Ohio State Reformatory. He has been involved with OSR, home of "The Shawshank Redemption", for over 10 years both as an advocate and a board member prior to taking on his current role.

Paul grew up in a Queen Anne home listed on the historic registry. He has been involved in restoration since renovating his first of two homes on the Historic Boulevards in Mansfield , Ohio.

Paul grew up on and behind the stage in the Mansfield Playhouse Theater all through the 1970's and early 80's. He has also performed in several OSU performances during college.

Paul and his wife Pam also own The Happy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro in Historic Downtown Ashland. They are very enthusiastic about the restoration of the theater and what it can mean to the downtown district.

They currently live in Mansfield, Ohio but have many relatives that have lived in Ashland for over fifty years and have many fond memories of the Ashland Schine's theater.


Scott Donley, Executive Director


Andrew Bush, Secretary/Legal Council

Andrew N. Bush is an attorney with an office on Main Street in Ashland. He specializes in business, estate planning, and real estate law.

Andrew attended Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania and University of Toledo College of Law. He was captain of the golf team at Dickinson and remains an avid golfer.

He is married to Kara Bush (formerly Oxley) and they have one son, Ethan Bush. Kara is a teacher at Crestview Schools. Andrew and his family live in Ashland.


David Lee

 David Lee, Retired from being a concrete contractor for 40 years and now focuses on his antique business, rentals, and helping his wife with her coffee shop.

He picks up historical renovation projects and has restored 3 of his own buildings downtown. He enjoys creating re-purposed items from old parts and doing antique restoration.

He is a member of Main Street Inc of Ashland and is always trying to help relocate new businesses downtown. 


John Sidle

Ashland business owner, John Sidle, is known for revitalizing old buildings.   Sidle’s expertise in restoration work is evident at his business, A & M Welding Supply located at 500 East Main Street and the former Ashland Armory, situated at 512 East Main street.     

Not only is John a life member of the Ashland County Historical  Society, he also holds a seat on its board of directors.  Additionally, he is a member of the Ashland Bicentennial steering committee and served for more than twenty years and is a former chairman of Ashland Balloonfest, which included piloting his own balloon during the festival.

Sidle is Ashland born and raised, married to Stacie Sidle - they have five adult children.


Kristen Hovsepian

Kristen B. Hovsepian teaches Marketing and International Business at Ashland University. She has also been involved in small business counseling since she began her teaching career at AU in 1980.

She holds a BA in International Studies and Spanish from BGSU, an MIM from American Graduate School of International Management, and has done doctoral work at both Kent State and the University of Akron.

She has worked in field sales for American Greetings Corp. and started her own small business with her father, Henry Barr. Their company, Ohio Book Fairs, was later sold and became Scholastic Book Fairs.

She and her husband, Jamie, live in Ashland.


Seth Gasche



Tim Baker, Accountant