About Us

The Fairview Area Historical Society is a non-profit tax exempt organization.

All contributions, memorials, etc., are tax deductible.

MIchael Gallagher

Mike Gallagher was born in Erie but has spent the majority of his adult life living in Fairview Township.

He has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Gannon University and a Master's Degree in Gerontology from Edinboro University.

Mike recently retired as CEO of HVA Senior Living Alliance, an organization he was instrumental in growing under his leadership.  Currently he is CEO of Gallagher Geriatric Care Management, LLc, which acts as guardian, POA or Trustee for numerous clients.

Mike has a great love of history and sees the FAHS as a valuable asset to his community.

Elizabeth Kachel
Vice President
James Getz
Jim is a native of Fairview whose grandparents first established a vegetable farm here.

He is a graduate of Fairview High School and Edinboro University with a degree in Economics.

Jim also spent some years in the U.S. Air Force. He is retired from the Fairview School District in the position of Controller.

Jim has held the position of treasurer with FAHS for several years.
Joyce Getz
Joyce Getz is a native of Fairview and a graduate of Fairview High School. She grew up near the lake and spent her summer mornings picking vegetables for her grandfather's garden stand and her afternoons on the beach.

Joyce is a graduate of Edinboro University in Education and has a Diploma in Nursing. She is retired from the University Hospital of Cleveland.

She has assisted with several fundraisers in the past and is serving in her first official board appointment.
J.R. Freeman
J.R., known by his initials, is an Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University in Mechanical Engineering.

He is a U.S. Army retiree and also is retired from General Electric. He has kept busy by serving on authorities, boards and as a driver and an “attendant” on school buses.

For five years, ending in 2015, J.R. spent many Saturdays working with one other volunteer to transform the second floor of the Sturgeon House into an archive. He has held the position of Maintenance Chairman for several years.
Bill "Rocky" Rzodliewicz
Member- at- Large & Genealogist

Bill “Rocky” Rzodkiewicz is a native of Harborcreek, where he graduated from high school. He has a BA in Art from Mercyhurst College and teaches Art at Seneca High School, a position he has held for 22 years. He and his family live in Fairview Township.

Bill enjoys hiking through the woods with his children, often looking for buried artifacts. His first foray into genealogy was for his own ancestors and that interest has grown into helping others.

Bill has been a member of the Society for several years. He accepted the position of Genealogist, his first board appointment, as well as Member-at-Large and will continue to respond to genealogy requests.

Sabina Freeman
Media Chairman
Sabina is a charter member of FAHS. She is an Ohioan and a graduate of The Ohio State University in Magazine Journalism.

She is retired from EmergyCare Inc., serving as Community Relations Specialist.

Sabina has held many board positions over the years and has researched and written many books and magazine articles on the community’s history.
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