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The Lifeblood of the Museum

Without our dedicated staff, docents, volunteers, board and friends, the Drum Barracks could not exist

Drum Barracks Garrison & Society Board


Kathy Ralston, President

Kathy visited the Drum Barracks in 1996, and has served as a volunteer from that day on. In addition to President she also serves as newsletter editor and Gift Shop manager.  Kathy’s interest in Civil War history began when she was visiting Revolutionary War battlefields in Virginia. She then found her great-great grandfather was part of the Stonewall Brigade. Kathy lectures on multiple Civil War topics to Southern California Civil War Round tables, genealogy groups and historical societies. Kathy also serves as chairman for patriotic activities for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sidney Lanier Chapter. Kathy holds a BS in Business Administration and has worked in the computer industry for more than 20 years.   She was previously a director for Smart & Final.


Jim Stanbery, Vice-President

Jim Stanbery is a history professor at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he also served as faculty president and won many outstanding teaching awards.  Jim is past assistant editor of Civil War Regiments and is active in the Civil War Round Tables of San Gabriel Valley and Orange County, as well as the San Pedro Bay Historical Society. He has published articles on western theater Civil War strategy and has spoken widely on Civil War topics in and outside California. Jim is the author of The California 2000 Campaign: The Populist Movement with a Meaning for all America.  Jim holds a B.A. (UC Berkeley) and M.A. (CSU, Long Beach). He also served two years in the Peace Corps.


Wayne Sherman, Treasurer

Wayne is a charter member of the West Coast Civil War Collectors, a member of the Company of Military Historians, a re-enactor with Co. A of the 2nd Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry (the Cal 100). Wayne has researched and resurrected the persona of Los Angeles Civil War hero Charles Jenkins, and has spoken to many Civil War Round Tables throughout Southern California. Wayne is the Steward of Santa Inez Mission Mills State Historic Park in Solvang California as a staff member for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation. He has run a successful contracting business in Santa Barbara since 1980.


Dean Smith, Secretary

Dean Smith is a third generation Los Angeles native. He earned his B.A, (1968), and M.A. (1970), degrees in Political Science, from the University of California, at Riverside. He had a 34-year career in public service, with Los Angeles County, and has been retired since 2004. Dean is a member of the Civil War Trust; office holder in the Gen. W. S. Rosecrans Camp No. 2, of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; and, is President of the Los Angeles Civil War Round Table.



Jack Babbitt, Jr.

Jack Babbitt is the President of the California Sulphur Co. He is very involved in the Wilmington community, and is currently on the Board of Directors and Chair of the Building and Grounds Committee for The Friends of Banning Museum.  Jack is also active in the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.


Ron Hyde

Ron is a grandfather and longtime volunteer at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum. He assists with the volunteer training class, and serves as the President of the Orange County Civil War Round Table. In addition, Ron travels around the country with FEMA helping with disaster relief efforts. 


Michael L. Oddenino

Michael L. Oddenino is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. When not practicing law, he gives history lectures on Civil War topics such as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, Dred Scott, Slavery and the Origins of the U.S. Civil War and the Gettysburg Address. He is on the Board and Program Chair of the Pasadena Civil War Round Table. In addition to conducting lectures, he also delivers Patrick Henry’s speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”


Earl Robinson

Earl’s Civil War memories go back to visiting "John Brown's lookout" and celebrating the War's centennial as a boy. He is a founding member of West Coast Civil War Collectors, owner of Reunion Civil War Antiques, and a regular exhibitor of original artifacts at national Civil War shows. Earl has also authored articles in North South Trader's Civil War and Military Images magazines and spoken to Civil War Round Tables throughout Southern California. His wife, Cathy, is a Virginian whose great grandfather was General George Pickett's orderly. Earl is the President of Omnica Corporation.

Michael Sorenson

Michael Sorenson has been a building contractor for 35 years and was named by the Association of Spa and Pool Professionals as one of the top 50 builders in the nation in 2014. He is married with four children and four grandchildren. He has been a collector of Civil War artifacts for 30 years and has a special interest in uniforms. In addition he is interested in the California Hundred and the California Battalion.