Park Commissioners
Denny Jordan, Chair

"I am a naturalist, geologist, and retired science teacher (WHS). I have always had a deep connection to nature. I love all things outdoors and spend time hiking, camping, fishing, exploring, and learning about our amazing nature world. I am focused on nature education and helping kids and adults connect to it along with teaching preservation of the environment and the wide use of natural resources. People likely think I live at the Barnes Preserve as I am out there about every day. I am proud to be a part of the organization that helped make this park a reality and look forward to holding more educational classes this summer."

Joel Berry

Joel Berry is from Shreve and is owner and operator of Twinsberry Tree Farm; specializing in spruce, pine, and fir trees for Christmas. Established in 1974. Joel is a Consulting Forester offering timber appraisals, sales, Forest Management, Tree planting, etc. Joel belongs to various trade associations and is a member of Shreve Christian Church. He has served on the Park District Board since the re-organization in 2011; serving as Chairman for many years.

Donald Gerber, Treasurer

Donald has recently been appointed to his third term on the Park Board and serves as the Board's Treasurer.  Don is a Wayne County native and graduate of Smithville High School and Wayne County Schools Career Center.  After taking off a couple of years to live in Colorado Springs where he spent time hiking the Rockies, he returned to Ohio to attend college.  He graduated with honors from Ohio University, Athens, and went to work for IRS before opening up his own tax office, Gerber Tax Services, in Jan. 1990. Don has a wide variety of interests and talents that come in handy when projects need completed around the park. His vast knowledge of tax law has benefited the Board and Friends of the Park. 

David Armstrong

David is the newest park commissioner.  He graduated from College of Wooster in 2003.  His love of Wayne County brought Dave, his wife and two young kids, back to the area.  His expertise is environmental law.  He has been working to protect and enhance natural environmental resources for several years and is eager to lend his talents to the Board. 

Carole Van Pelt, Secretary

Carole is the longest serving park commissioner and is the daughter of Don and Dorothy Barnes, of whom the park is named. She was excited to serve on the Park Board as she walked the fields and woods in her childhood. Her dream of the Barnes Preserve becoming a destination for visitors with mobility restrictions was a labor of love.  She lives close to the Barnes Preserve and spends hours keeping the park clean and orderly. Carole serves as the Board’s secretary.         

Friends of the Park Officers
Friends of the Park Officers

Friends of the Park 2018/2019 Officers: 

L to R: Sue Zann Johnson, Treasurer; Darrel Barnes, President; Karen Graham, Secretary