About Us


The Reunion at the Cradle is led by Dave Jolly and Sid Haggard. During the past year, a number of Retirees have generously volunteered their time to lead and participate on the Reunion Committees. 

The Reunion Web page is led by web master, Russ Chaffin.  He is working with Sonny Cudabac and Alan Pigg.  We fully expect the web page to change and grow, as the work of the Reunion progresses. We intend for this web page to be the site where Reunion participants go to seek the most recent information on Reunion registration. In addition, the web page will endeavor to share the updates on resource history, culture and social aspects of Asheville and the Southern Appalachians.

In the future, web page content contributors will be a shared collaboration of Executive team, Committee Chairs and interested individuals who wish to share their experiences and knowledge. This first Version 1.0 (December 2016) was created by web manager, Russ Chaffin with support by Alan Pigg. Much thanks to Alan for hosting our site prior to our official website going live.

The Reunion at the Cradle is the first US Forest Service Reunion to be held East of the Mississippi and in the South.  We welcome you to the site!

Here is a list of our committee and chairs as they exist currently:


Executive Group

Chair: Dave Jolly
Deputy Chair: Sid Haggard

Manages all aspects of the reunion planning and operations; makes all  major decisions; approves  and signs all contracts; approves all expenditures, jointly oversees all committees.



Chair: Joan Golden
Members: Jimmy Reeves

Continuous development and presentation of updated budget estimates based on projected needs; primary liaison with NMFSH per MOU; coordination with Registration, Fundraising, and Facilities committees to maintain fiscal integrity; ensure non-profit paperwork and requirements are met.


Reunion Operations (including Venue Management)

Chair: Mac Gramley
Deputy Chair: Jim Holbrook
Members: Mike Shipley

Monitor contract compliance; advise Executives about GO/NO decisions; design space allocation plan; approve menus; signage; table décor; allocation of comp rooms; audio / visual. 



Chair: John Lamb
Members: Joyce and James Keith, Jim Holbrook

Management registration process including receipt of forms and payments. Work closely with the Crowne Plaza Resort on room reservations. Works closely with Executive on fees and policies. Oversee Registration Desk.


Fundraising and Exhibits

Chair: Charlie Richmond

Make initial contacts for pledges; arrange for donor contributions and appropriate recognition; sell advertising and exhibit space; seek a few, high end donations; maintain appropriate records for auditor; determine exhibit space needed, working closely with Venue Manager.


Silent Auction and Reunion Store

Chair: Bobby James
Members: Gordon Small, Lewis Kearney

Articulate and publicize criteria and process for collecting auction articles; Arrange for collection and security of articles received; organize the bid process; design orderly $ collection process; manage the reunion store.


Communications / Public Relations

Chair: Sonny Cudabac

Members: Alan Pigg, Russ Chaffin, Don Hansen

Provide information updates to retirees nation-wide through email messages, web-site, and newsletters; coordinate and provide for audio-visual needs at the event; provide for high quality sound systems; provide internal communication devices; arrange for design and printing of final program; design and manage an internal communications system between meetings through Reunion Website.


Banquet Entertainment

Chair: Keith Lawrence

Selects and recommends entertainment for the Thursday night banquet.


Field Trips

Chair: Linda Brett

Member: Laura Lipe

Select 2 - 4 day-long trips; develop accurate itineraries; arrange for competent docents; work with AC&VB to get bids.



Chair: Vacant

Recruit volunteers for registration desk, red vest assistants, etc.



Chairs: Dave Jolly and Sid Haggard
Master of Ceremonies: Dave Hammond

Finalize program content and agenda; work with Master of Ceremonies and Venue Manager to develop the final “script” for the delivery of the reunion


Additional Members/Sub-Committees

Recording Secretary: Joyce Keith
Southern Region Lead: Frank Beum and Christopher Ford
Southern Research Station Lead: Cheryl Jefferson