Trustees & Staff

The Franklin County Historical Society would not be vibrant organization it is today without the work of trustees, staff members, and volunteers.

Board of Trustees

Trustees serve to establish direction and goals for the historical society.  Trustees are appointed to three-year terms and can be appointed for up to two terms. They represent a variety of fields and skills, but they all share an enthusiasm for Franklin County history.

2022 Trustees:

Tim Van Leiden, President (1st term, ends 2022)
Robbin Kerth, Vice President (2nd term, ends 2023)
Parker Olmsted, Treasurer (Filling partial term, ends 2022, eligible for two additional terms)
Susan Rader, Secretary, (2nd term, ends 2022)
Cyndi Brewer (2nd term, ends 2024)
Sara Caylor (1st term, ends 2023)
Eric Duderstadt (1st term, ends 2024)
John Nichols (2nd term, ends 2024)
Juanita Peckham (2nd term, ends 2023)

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FCHS Staff Members

FCHS staff members are the experts who keep the historical society running on a daily basis. They work to protect, preserve, catalog, and exhibit artifacts, present the history of the county to visitors, create unique events, and embrace new techniques and technology in order to make the collection accessible.


Diana Staresinic-Deane, Executive Director & Museum Manager

Ashley Brannan, Archives & Research Specialist
Nicole Burkdoll, Museum Assistant
Kate Potter, Dietrich Cabin Guide
Stacey Potter, Dietrich Cabin Guide
Katelynn Robinson, Collections Manager
Chuck Tilman, Administrative Assistant and One-Room School Coordinator
Mike Webber, Weekday Museum Assistant Manager

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