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  • E. William “Bill” DuVall

    Potentate - 2017

    Bill is a member and Past Master of Queen City Lodge #131, A.F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite Cumberland Valley. He is a member of Ali Ghan Director's Staff (currently serving as president for the fourth year), a member of the Ali Ghan Past Masters Unit and a member of Royal Order of Jesters Cumberland Court #117. He also serves on the Club Operations Committee.Bill graduated from Potomac State College with an A.A. degree in English-Secondary Education, and from Antioch University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Studies and Economics. He recently retired after working for over 44 years in the heavy construction industry, with the last 15 years as a business manager for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.

    Bill has served as the chair for several state, county, and civic organizations and committees. He currently is the chair of the Allegany County Planning and Zoning Commission.

    Bill and his lady, Darcy reside on a farm near Cumberland, Maryland. Their family includes their three children, their daughter-in-law, and their three grandchildren.

    He can be reached at billd1024@yahoo.com

  • George Witherington Jr

    Chief Rabban - 2017

    George was born and raised on the Alabama Gulf Coast. He is a combat veteran of the Persian Gulf War. Afterwards, he enrolled and graduated from the University of South Alabama.

    On leaving the service, George became and officer at the city of Mobile Alabama Police Department. After 6 years, he took a leave of absence and began working for the Department of State as a police contractor in Kosovo assigned to a Counter Terrorism/Counter Intelligence Task Force. Upon returning to Maryland, George began working with the Baltimore City Police Department as an academy instructor. George eventually retired from the Montgomery County Police Department in 2013, serving as a Detective in the narcotic units. George is currently the Owner and President of Witherington & Brooks Investigative Services, LLC.

    Georges wife, Karen is currently a police officer with the Montgomery County Police Department. They have three boys.

    George is a member, and officer, of Friendship Lodge # 84 in Hagerstown, the Scottish Rite of Cumberland, Knights of St. Andrew, the Washington County Scottish Rite Club, the Sayara Unit, the Hagerstown Shrine Club, the Legion of Honor, the Rail Road Unit, and the Hillbilly Clan.

    George can be reached via e-mail at kforlno@yahoo.com

  • Bruce W. Whitaker

    Recorder – 2017

    Bruce is Past Master of Queen City Lodge #131; a member of Esoteric Lodge of Research #237; a member of the Free State Shield & Square Club; York Rite (Super Excellent Degree) and Scottish Rite 32nd Degree.
    Bruce is a member of the Ali Ghan Shrine Legion of Honor and Camper Club.
    Bruce is a Marine Corps veteran, having served in Vietnam.  After military service Bruce joined the Maryland State Police as a Trooper, serving for 31 ½ years, retiring in 2002.
    Bruce and Lady Regina reside in Cresaptown, MD. Their family includes three sons and five grandchildren.
    Bruce may be reached at bruce@alighanshriners.com

  • Mark Puffinburger

    Assistant Rabban – 2017

    Mark was born and raised in Green Spring, West Virginia. He attended Potomac State College with a focus in History.  Mark owns Puffinburger Carpets and Floors.  His wife, Lady Lisa, is a teacher with Hampshire County Schools.  Mark is a part of the following organizations: Clinton Lodge 86, Director's Staff, Scottish Rite of Cumberland, MD, Royal Order of Jesters, Cumberland Court 117, Knights of St. Andrew's, Railroad Unit, Hillbilly Clan. 

    Mark has served as the Chairman of the Green Spring Valley Public Service District and is a graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

     Mark can be reached at markpuffinburger@frontiernet.net

  • Jason Nicol

    Oriental Guide - 2017

    Jason was born and raised in Hagerstown, Maryland.  He attended Hagerstown Community College for Administration of Justice with a minor in Computer Science. Jason M. Nicol is currently employed by Witherington and Brooks Investigative Services LLC., and holds a current Investigator and Security License through the State of Maryland.  Prior to working at Witherington and Brooks Jason was enlisted in, and attended basic training for, the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base.  Upon graduation of basic training, Jason attended the United States Air Force Security Forces Apprentice School.  Jason graduated from this school as a distinguished honor graduate and was assigned to the 167th Air Lift Wing in Martinsburg West Virginia.

    While assigned to the 167th Air Lift Wing, Jason was a team leader who supervised and conducted training with junior personnel for annual performance reviews. While assigned to that post, he conducted security of United States Department of Defense assets, United States Air Force assets, as well as State and Federal assets.  Jason further provided personnel security, life and property protection, crime prevention and law enforcement of state, local and federal laws.  Jason was offered the ability to cross train into a different career field within the United States Air Force as a military firefighter and was reassigned to the 111th Air Lift Wing. Additionally, while in the Air Force, Jason was given the opportunity to attended an Airman Leadership school.  This school covers Combat Leadership, Military Professionalism, as well as the supervision of US Air Force Airmen. This school further teaches active listening and group dynamics, and building effective communications. Formal completion of this school allowed Jason to supervise subordinates and write performance reviews.  

    Jason is a member of Friendship Lodge No.84 in Hagerstown Maryland where this year he will sit in the South as Junior Warden.  Last year Jason was Unit Head Vice President and is currently a member of the Sayara Unit, Railroad Unit, Motor Corps, and Legion of Honor as well as sitting as Membership chair for Ali Ghan.

    Jason can be reached at jaysen71581@yahoo.com