Kelly Lao

Executive Director

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Kelly Lao has her Master of Museum Studies from Western Illinois University and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. She has been with the GAHC since 2011 and has been director since 2016.


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.



The German American Heritage Center is not currently seeking applications for employment at this time.

Erika Holshoe

Assistant Director

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Erika Holshoe is a museum professional with a specialty in the care, management, and curation of historic textile and dress collections. She holds a Masters of Science in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design and a Bachelor of Arts in German and Linguistics- both from the University of Rhode Island.


Board of Directors

Daniel Cabage — President

Mike Motto — Vice President

Dean Kraus — Treasurer

Terri Switzer  — Secretary

Jerry Nieman

Timothy W. Koehler

Kylie Franklin

Wolf Koch

Todd Woeber

Nick Eli

Barb Zimmerman

Tamara Felden



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