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.

Jessica Gordon

Education and DEAI Coordinator


Jessica Gordon comes to us with a background in community organizing and advocacy. A UNI graduate and QC native, her experience is perfectly suited for a new era at the Center & Museum. 


Clare Tobin

Assistant Director

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Clare Tobin is a museum professional with her Master's in Museum Studies from Western Illinois University and her Bachelor of Arts in History and Art History from St. Ambrose University.


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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