Our current staff is small as we begin our restoration journey here at Sweet Springs, but we expect it to grow exponentially as we progress! Keep watch as we add key personnel and highlight various volunteers.
Restoration - Project
Ashby has directed major restorations of the Pence Springs Hotel & Mineral Springs Historic District and the Jamestown period Riverside Inn in addition to numerous commercial and private properties and residences. He is an Executive Chef, a hospitality consultant, and a marketing & training specialist for the State and Federal Govt. Ashby is on the Bd. of Directors of the W.V. Hospitality & Travel Assn., Past President of the Food Service Division, Past President & Founder of Southern WV Convention & Visitors Bureau, won a WV Tourism Person of the Year Award, and is on the Historic Landmarks Commission. Ashby's speciality is historic commercial properties.
Millie is a native West Virginian who has returned home and teamed up with her visionary friend & cousin Ashby to take on the massive project of revitalizing the magnificent Old Sweet for all who are lucky enough to visit! She has over 27 years of research experience at major land grant institutions in 3 states (WV, MO, & TX) and over 25 years of experience in management of technical help, supervision and training of undergraduate and graduate students, maintenance of large National Institutes of Health (NIH) and American Heart Association (AHA)) grant budgets, and oversight and reconciliation of purchases for said grants.
Mark B. Carroll, Esq.
Mark, a practicing attorney for 26 years, licensed in WV and FL, was lucky enough to buy one of the oldest homes in Summers County, WV. He met great friends Ashby & Millie who introduced him to the history & adventure of Sweet Springs & its reawakening into a center of cultural life & natural resource for Monroe County & all of WV.
Ricky Lucas, Property Manager/Caretaker
Ricky lives & breathes for Sweet Springs. The Old Sweet has been a part of his life since he learned to swim in the sparkling waters of the pool as a child! He knows every inch, nook, & cranny of the property & buildings & is intimately involved in any & all restoration efforts..
Director of Historical Research/Media Coordinator
Cindie Harper is the Chief Executive Officer of Harpers Global LLC and has over twelve years of experience working within Ambulatory Operations at WVUMedicine. Cindie is currently the Chapter Registrar for the WV Woodburn Chapter of the NSDAR and the NSDAR WV State Chairman of the Patriot Records Project. Cindie has more than twenty five years of experience within the historical research field and has organized events and media campaigns for philanthropic organizations in Virginia, Hawaii and West Virginia for more than twenty years. She earned a bachelor and master of social work from West Virginia University.
Arietta A. DuPre
Arietta, a Native West Virginian, has worked in Public Relations for 30 years. She has supervised imports, served as Director of SCCVB, Worked various jobs in the Mental Health Field, served as Marketing/Activities... Food & Beverage Director.... and Assistant Manager at other Historical Sites. She is a former Cub Scout Leader, 4-H Counselor, local Historian & Local Tour Guide. She is a Train-The-Trainer thru the WV HEAT office and Teacher of Hospitatility Training, and Christian Studies. Arietta is the daughter of the late Rosa Lee Berkley Miller - Ashby's sister and business partner.
Cynthia L. Tilley
Cindy is an art and music teacher of 23 years in Mercer County, WV. She is an accomplished vocalist/entertainer & she serves the local community as a 4-H leader/sponsor, local art and music performance director, and provider of private art and music lessons.