Kelly Lao

Executive Director

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Kelly Lao has her Masters of Museum Studies from Western Illinois University and her Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Iowa.


Samantha Turner

Assistant Director

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Samantha Turner has her Masters of Museum Studies from Western Illinois  University and her Bachelors in History and Anthropology from Augustana College.


Joan Finkenhoefer

Membership & Gifts Coordinator

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Joan is a nearly full-time volunteer in charge of our gift shop as well as memberships, donor recognition, and giving campaigns.


Gloria Fiedler


Gloria is a trained archivist who specializes in textiles. She has been with the Center for over a decade and has organized and accessioned our entire collection.

Olivia Covert

Education and Development Coordinator

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Carol Marquardsen

Administrative Assistant

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Board of Directors

Jerry Nieman — President

Timothy W. Koehler — Vice President

Dean Kraus — Treasurer

Terri Switzer  — Secretary

Daniel Cabage

Kylie Franklin

Wolf Koch

Todd Woeber

Nick Eli

Barb Zimmerman

Mike Motto

Tamara Felden

Spencer Willems