Central Office

Central Office Administrator – JoAnn Bentley

The ABANA Central Office handles the day to day business of the organization answering inquiries, providing member benefits, processing membership requests, website maintenance, supporting affiliates, and serving as the hub of communication for the ABANA Board of Directors.

JoAnn F Bentley has a strong background in business administration, including a Business Administration Degree from James Madison University and 30 years of service as Executive in the U. S. Department of Education.

JoAnn has also owned and operated a 501(c)3 Educational Non-Profit involved in blacksmithing demonstrations in Pennsylvania as well as a retail Blacksmith Shoppe in Tennessee selling items made by numerous blacksmiths including Dan Boone and Doug Merkel. She has been a hobby blacksmith for ten years and has taken several blacksmith classes at John C. Campbell’s Folk Art School.  She is a member of several ABANA Affiliates, where she has assisted with their regional event registrations and has published several articles in their newsletters.

JoAnn currently lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee with her husband, ABANA Board Member, Lance Davis.

Web Administrator – Frank Van Pelt

Frank Van Pelt assists JoAnn in the Central Office. He has also taken over for Bill Clemens as ABANA’s NEW Web Administrator. While his training in the Navy was mess management (yes, he’s an excellent cook!), Frank has taken many business and computer classes through college to help him prepare for today’s technical world. His most recent passion is automotive repair and welding, and an interest in hammering hot iron. Expect to see more of Frank at conferences, hammer-ins and meetings in the future.

Frank will use his technical design and development skills to run the ABANA site. He is continuously updating the blog section and looking for ways to improve the appeal and functionality. His goal is to improve the speed and efficiency of the website. In doing so, he tests the site for design flaws and usability across multiple browsers and operating systems. He has a strong set of problem solving skills, troubleshooting and can resolve complex technical issues. Yes, Frank spends many hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer.

Need to find a specialist blacksmith in your area to repair your wrought-iron table or fabricate a garden gate? Just call 423-913-1022, and the Central Office will connect you with someone in your area who can lead you to the perfect answer to your problem. ABANA has over 80 active affiliates around the world, with members willing to help educate the public on the art of blacksmithing. The Central Office looks forward to assisting ABANA with its mission of preserving and promoting the art and craft of blacksmithing; making a commitment to provide excellent service, honesty and integrity in the performance of our duties.

Central Office Contact Information

ABANA Central Office
259 Muddy Fork Road
Jonesborough, TN 37659

Phone: (423) 913-1022
Fax: (423) 913-1023