Old Miners 2015
Richard Millener, President. Member & volunteer since 1985
As a student journalist at Big Bear High School, Richard started taking photos everywhere he went and has never stopped. College degree in hand, Richard returned to his home town of Big Bear Lake and opened Millener Productions, a portrait photography studio in The Village, where he specializes in old time photographs in sepia tone. He works throughout the community as an event and news coverage photographer and submits photos monthly to two Web based news agencies and several local magazines. Richard has attended Old Miners events for over 40 years and he is the Old Miners Historian. He has also served as the producer and director of the Old Miners Spaghetti Western Melodrama, has been a local radio and television personality, and occasionally performs with a local theater company. Known as the “face of an Old Miner” Richard literally walks the walk and talks the talk each and every day. To help raise funds for OMA, Richard oversees the button program and also organizes friend/fund raising events throughout the year.
Mike Copley, 2nd Vice President & 2013 Heritage Parade Chairperson
Mike earned a Music Degree in 1982 and as a drummer entertained the troops through USO Europe. He served 15 years in the US and is currently the 2nd Vice Commander of the local American Legion. Mike became an active community volunteer after his retirement and he represents Old Miners with ARTEC. Growing up in Big Bear Lake, Mike’s parents once owned the local movie theater, which may have been the catalyst for his entertainment interest and expertise in promotion of concerts, musicians and bands. Fearless and fond of Old Miner traditions, Mike is always willing to make a call and tell our story, whether it is to an influential local or a celebrity connection from Los Angeles. He occasionally acts in local theater. Mike’s wife and high school sweetheart Patti, is also involved as a volunteer with Old Miners Association.
Henry Moreno, 3rd Vice President & 2013 Chili Cookoff Chairman
Henry became involved in 2011 and served successfully as Chairman of the 2013 Chili Cookoff, an International Chili Society sanctioned event put on by Old Miners in Big Bear since 1976. A retired electrician with professional experience as a stage manager for big theater productions, Henry knows event logistics and is highly organized with setting up and tearing down events. Besides working with Old Miners, Henry is the set designer/builder for Big Bear High School theater department, and when he isn’t behind the stage during their performances he can be found volunteering for BB Film Festival or the Horror Film Festival. Because of his father’s passion for Old Miners Days, Henry’s childhood summer vacations were always spent in Big Bear Lake. Today it is still a family affair with wife Veronica volunteering at Old Miners events and their daughter Ariel winning the 2012 Miss Clementine Scholarship Pageant, fair and square.
Rebecca L. Hinton, Board Secretary
Involved since May 2013, Rebecca recently changed careers from banking and management to interior design with a local firm Correy Design. Born in Big Bear, Rebecca never missed an Old Miners Parade during the 1970s and 80s and today she and her siblings still recall Old Miners Days as some of their best childhood memories. Named “2013 Volunteer of the Year” by the Big Bear Chamber of Commerce, Rebecca volunteers year round with the Chamber and also with US Adaptive Recreation Center where she teaches people with disabilities how to ski on snow during winter and on the lake during summer. A Notary Public with keen attention to detail, Rebecca also brings leadership skills in the areas of operations, sales and cash management.
John “Bear” Terranova, Director since 2012
John provides us with thought provoking inspiration at the beginning of each board meeting and provides wonderful auction items whenever called upon. After a health scare, John retired professionally from a 30 year career in truck driving but has never stopped enjoying his keen interest in the history of western apparel and merchandising. He is currently helping develop two programs: 1) merchandising and 2) collections recording and archiving for exhibition purposes. Also an artist, John creates miniature fantasy cabins when he isn’t shaping cowboy hats or repairing leather items. John made a personal introduction to his friend and country singing artist Brent Payne, who was given a 2013 Honorary Life Membership because of the second benefit concert he performed in Big Bear on behalf of Old Miners.