Board and Staff

Voting Board Members

Burl Wheaton, President

Wendy Kirbey, Founder

Rene Miller, Vice President

Dianne Neglay, Secretary

Roger Wylie, Treasurer

Stephanie Newton

Mary Ellen Eagles

Erik Fedler

Ray Kopczynski

Corey Barton

Ruth Sellon

Alex Johnson III

Non-Voting Board Members

Melissa Saylor – Lead Painter

Jack Giles – Lead Carver

Terryl Whitlatch – Lead Artist

Rebecca Bond – AVA Liaison



Dr. Gary Goby

Albany Carousel & Museum Board of Directors


Dr. Gary Goby has retired from the Albany Carousel’s Board of Directors after over 16 years of service.

Dr. Goby was instrumental in making Founder Wendy Kirbey’s dream come true.  He worked tirelessly from the beginning of the project in 2005, taking charge of day-to-day operations during construction, and then continuing with projects and improvements around the building.   Whether we needed a new sign, a new museum space, or fundraising help, no project was out of his reach.

We will always appreciate his interest in everything from woodworking and metallics, to animals, kids, art and music.  He proved time and again that he could do most anything he put his mind to and moved easily from one task to another.  He is an effortless and generous organizer with a get-it-done attitude.  He will be missed.

We wish him well as he continues his endeavors for the betterment of the Albany community, including the Creating Housing Coalition, Hub City Village and the Cumberland Church project.




Our Carousel Staff

Peggy Burris – Executive Director

Joy Johnson - Volunteer Coordinator

Tiffany Holdahl – Marketing Coordinator

Doris Matthews - Party and Membership Coordinator

Gary Miller - Facility Manager

Brandi Franell - Gift Shop Manager

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