Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of 19th century life.  Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. operates Heritage Village Museum in Sharon Woods Park.  Heritage Village is a recreated 1800s community featuring 13 historic buildings that were saved from destruction and moved to their current location.


Our Mission Statement...

Historic Southwest Ohio brings history alive,

focusing on life in the late 1700s through the late 1800s.


William J. Dichtl
Executive Director

Steve Preston
Education Director

  Board of Directors

Robert Q. Carter

Director since 2011

Mr. Carter retired from the Chevron Corporation as Vice President Of Arabian Chevron, Inc.

Current Positions: Mr. Carter serves on the Executive Committee of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. He serves as Chair of the Fundraising Committee and on the Marketing Committee of Heritage Village Museum. He chairs Harvest Fest, a yearly program at the Village. He is a member of the Greater Milford Area Historical Society and a Meals-On-Wheels volunteer for Clermont Senior Services. Mr. Carter volunteers as a Local Coordinator, as an Instructor, and Tax Preparer for AARP Tax Preparation for the Elderly. He volunteers as an Instructor for AARP Driver Safety Training.

Qualifications/Experience: Mr. Carter has been an educator at South Plains College, Texas Technological University and the University of Illinois. At Chevron Mr. Carter held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Strategic Planning and Project Management. Mr. Carter who spent more than 10 years in each Latin America and the Middle East has executive-level experience in international business and significant experience dealing with domestic and international management at all levels in the oil industry. He is multi-lingual.

Education: Mr. Carter holds a BA and MA from Texas Technological University, PhD from University of Illinois, MBA course work from New York University, and extensive training and development from Chevron University.

Roxann H. Diffenbach

Director since 2010

Ms. Diffenbach is a practicing attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she has practiced since 1978.

Current Positions: Ms. Diffenbach serves on the Board of Directors of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She is a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in the State of Ohio and serves on their Board of Trustees as the representative to their National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Board of the Glendale Preservation Society. She is the current President of the Creekwood Condominium Association.

Qualifications/Experience: Ms. Diffenbach has served multiple tenures as a Director on the Heritage Village Board. She brings extensive knowledge of trial practice and practice in the areas of Domestic Relations Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law and Probate Law. With over 30 years’ experience in law practice, Ms. Diffenbach brings leadership and understanding of professional ethics, business governance and people-to-people interactions.

Education: Ms. Diffenbach has a BA from Goucher College, an MA from the University of Cincinnati in Political Science and a Juris Doctor Degree from The Salmon P. Chase School of Law.


Dr. Wayne Purintun

Director since 2009

Dr. Purintun is retired from active pastorates after more than 45 years in the ministry.

Current Positions: Dr. Purintun serves as President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. In retirement he continues to do spiritual direction and consultation.

Other Directorships/Experience: Dr. Purintun served pastorates in Montana, Minnesota and Ohio. He served as the Associate Executive for the Presbytery of Cincinnati and as Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Minnesota Valley.

Qualifications/Experience: Dr. Purintun brings to the Board extensive knowledge of human interactions, senior executive-level understanding of leadership roles and expertise with associations and councils that formulate plans, budgets and membership development. His many years in the ministry equip him to lead and guide Heritage Village according to the highest professional standards for the preservation of the historic structure, the care of the collections and the presentation of exhibitions and programs.

Education: Dr. Purintun has a BA degree from Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, and a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California and a Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan.


E. Marshall Tucker

Director since 2009

Ms. E. Marshall Tucker is semi-retired

Current Positions: Marshall Tucker serves as Second Vice-President of Historic Southwest Ohio, Inc. She serves on several non-profit Boards in Cincinnati, Ohio, has served as President of the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Ohio, as well as on the National Finance Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. She has served on the Board of a publicly traded California Manufacturer of computer systems.

Qualifications/Experience: Marshall Tucker has experience as an elementary school teacher. Ms. Tucker brings to the Board experience in semiconductor/micro computer subsystems sales, inventory control and expertise in bookkeeping and account management. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of electronic component sales, an industry in which spent over 25 years. Her involvement with various non-profit organization, her managerial acumen and executive-level understanding of business serve her well in guiding the future of Heritage Village.

Education: Ms. Tucker has a BA from Hollins College in American History and an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University.

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