President - Janet Blauvelt (2016-2019, 2020-2022)
I have been practicing law for 30 years, after graduating from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law in 1986. I have a law office in the historic Livestock Exchange Building in Kansas City's West Bottoms and one in downtown Excelsior Springs.
As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, I chair the committee that manages the Chamber's two trolleys which evolved from helping organize and conducting historic wells tours by trolley during Waterfest.
I have also been involved with the Wells Committee, Friends of the Wells, and the Superior Office Steering Committee, organizations dedicated to preserving the rich history of the springs and wells in Excelsior Springs.
Vice President - Jean Ann O’Dell (2019-2021; 2022-2024)
I was born and raised in Excelsior, and recently moved back "home." I have been volunteering at the Museum for the last couple of years and hope to continue to do so in this new capacity, as well.
Excelsior is so rich in culture and history and I enjoy learning and sharing it with others.
Kerry Amos - Secretary (2020-2022)
Kerrie Amos and her husband, Allen, recently moved “home” to Excelsior Springs. Both are Excelsior Springs graduates and now live and work on Spring Street in an historic building downtown.
Kerrie said she got hooked on genealogical research while she was a sociology major in college. She was a social worker for 16 years before taking off a few years to raise her family. She returned to the work force and has been in her current job as the coding and billing manager for a pediatric clinic based in Blue Springs.
Treasurer - Deb Foster (non-voting)
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term on the Museum board serving as the treasurer and fundraising co-chair. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to work with others who are interested in preserving and telling the history of Excelsior Springs. I love the opportunity to continue serving the community as a member of the Museum Board.
Darryl Couts (2016-2019, 2021-2023)
I have been a volunteer at the Museum for most of the past two decades. I am currently board president and lead tours at the Museum on Fridays. I have served multiple terms on the board including the time when the Francis building was being renovated.
I moved to Excelsior Springs in 1971 from Maryville and taught fifth grade for 27 years in the Excelsior Springs School District. I continue to teach fifth graders during the Optimist Club’s “Just Say No” assembly each year, help lead the Junior Optimists Club, and serve in our church’s veterans’ outreach ministry.
Mary Pierson (2021-2023)
Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Mary Pierson, stepped in to fill a vacant seat on the Museum Board in 2020 and cheerfully agreed to stand for a full term starting in 2021. Mary has volunteered at the Museum for nearly a decade.
Mary was born in England but grew up here and graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1963. She taught high school math before leaving to raise her family. She kept a hand in teaching as a substitute in the local school system and continues today as a Museum educator. She also keeps track of volunteer hours and visitor statistics.
Brenda Kilgore (2021-2023)
Brenda Kilgore is a lifelong resident of the Excelsior Springs area. She and her husband own Kilgore's Antiques and Design. When not working at their shop in Orrick, they travel the country, participating in antique shows and searching for antiques and architectural items for their shop or for customers who ask for their help with design or to find a specific item. The Kilgore home and business were featured in the Spring 2018 Vintage KC magazine.
Brenda has two sons who graduated from Excelsior Springs High School.
Carol Baxter (2022-2024)
Earl Humphreys (2020-2022)
Earl stepped in to fill a vacant seat in mid-2020. He previously was a member of the Museum Board from 2006-2010, during which he served as president (2009) and vice president (2008).
Earl is a member of the Building Committee, and in prior years also served on the Membership and House committees. In 2009, he participated in Missouri Help Program (Hands-on Experiential Learning Project), which provided guidance on museum needs and programs.
Under his watch as board president, the Museum installed its security system (April 2009) and the PastPerfect inventory system (October 2009). He currently takes a regular shift as a tour guide on Tuesdays. Putting his money where his heart is, Earl was an early donor to help establish the Maurer Foundation (which funds larger needs around the Museum) and currently donates to the 50 Year Club (which funds general operational needs.)
Long interested in history, he’d originally planned to be a history teacher but was waylaid by his entrance into the military. After his service during the Vietnam War, Earl took a job as a cost accountant at a manufacturing facility for 35 years, retiring in 2005. He and his wife, Beth, are avid collectors of Excelsior Springs memorabilia. The Humphreys have special expertise in the Redwing stoneware jugs that were used to ship mineral water from here all over the nation.
In 2009, he and Beth were awarded the History Pride Award by the local Kiwanis Club.
Jeanine Stubbs (2022-2024)
I am a 20-year resident of Excelsior Springs. Along with my husband, Stephen, and our two dogs, Toby and Lilly, we love calling Excelsior Springs home.
Five years ago, we opened Four Horses and a Dog Vineyard and Winery to the public, which jump-started our community involvement.
In early 2021, I retired from a career in pharmaceutical sales management. As a result, I can now consider various opportunities to get more involved in the community. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit in St. Joseph, Sisters of Solace, and have recently accepted an appointment to the board of trustees at the Excelsior Springs Hospital. I am excited about joining the board of the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives.
Being a business owner in Excelsior Springs has dramatically increased my exposure to both visitors and residents who often express interest in the history of our town. I look forward to advancing my own knowledge of the history of our great city and to raise awareness about our Museum.
Estella Morrison (Heritage Member)
I was born in Oklahoma, moved to Excelsior Springs in 1946 and became an instructor at the local Job Corp teaching Cosmetology and grooming.
I am an avid genealogist and was involved with forming the Excelsior Springs Genealogical Society, Clay County Archives, and the local chapters of United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Osage Chapter of Daughters of the American Colonists.
I have been involved with the Museum since its inception, officer and member of the board, and curator at different times over the years.