Friends of Drake Well, Inc.

Friends of Drake Well, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization, ensures that Drake Well Museum and Park continues to grow and succeed in its educational mission.

Members make it possible for Friends of Drake Well to support educational programs, maintain favorite exhibits, and create new experiences. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Friends of Drake Well, learn about member benefits.


  • Emily Weaver, Executive Director
  • Toni Brown, Administrative and Curatorial Assistant
  • Mark Entwistle, Bookkeeper
  • Vickie Ruppersberg, Museum Store Manager
  • Frances "Corky" Fulton, Museum Store Clerk
  • Gene Hale, John Hetrick, Dave Mock, Seasonal Replica Operators

Board of Directors


  • Barry E. Cressman, President - President, Crawford Heritage Community Foundation
  • Emily Altomare, Vice President - Communications & Tourism Manager, Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry, & Tourism
  • Alfonso Rickerson, Secretary - Private Consultant
  • Megan R. Sternagel - Office Manager, Northwest Bank


  • Joseph H. Carter, Jr. - retired, Carter Orthopedics Ltd.
  • Robert J. Felton - retired, Shafer Law Firm
  • Lawrence Fledderman - retired, Farmers National Bank
  • Art Jennings - retired educator
  • Gerald Knickerbocker - retired, Titusville Area School District
  • Tamera Ochs Rothschild - Attorney-at-Law
  • Jason Ruggiero - Owner, Spark Community Capital
  • Joseph Thompson - Owner, Franklin Street Dispensing Co.
  • Michael Knecht, PHMC Site Administrator for Drake Well Museum and Park (ex officio)

View our Annual Report for FY 2022-23 here!

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Members of the Friends of Drake Well Board of Directors gather at the Annual Meeting.