Darrell Couts

President - Darryl Couts (2016-2019)

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.

Steve Schwarz

Vice President - Steve Schwarz (2016-2019)

I am a native of Lawson, growing up on a dairy farm with three brothers and a sister. After graduating from Lawson High School, I earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from CMSU and a master’s degree in math education from UMKC. I taught math and physics in Raytown Public Schools from 1967-2000, retiring in 2000. I still farm and invest in real-estate.

I now live in Excelsior Springs and have been a member of Elks Lodge 1001 for the past ten years. Being a descendant of John S. Lewis, the 2015 Museum's Lewis Founding Family exhibit intensified my connection to the Museum.

Janet Blauvelt

Secretary - Janet Blauvelt (2016-2019)

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.

Deb Foster

Treasurer - Deb Foster (2019-2021)

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.

Jean Ann O'Dell

Jean Ann O’Dell (2019-2021)

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.

Eartha Taylor

Eartha Taylor (2015-2020)

I am serving on my second term on the Museum’s board. As a third generation resident of the Excelsior Springs community, I hope to ensure that the Museum is a viable part of the local community and continues to be a great place to learn.

I graduated from Excelsior Springs High School and earned an associate’s degree from Columbia College, a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell, and an MBA from Baker University in Overland Park. I am currently an accountant for Taliaferro and Browne in Kansas City.

Sandy Wendling

Sandy Wendling (2018-2020)

This is my first term on the Museum Board. I moved back to Excelsior Springs from Kansas a couple years ago after being drawn home by the Class of 1965’s reunion. The planning committee and party was at the Museum in the former Clay County State Bank where I once worked. It just felt like home.

Mike Wilkins

Mike Wilkins (2018-2020)

This is my first term on the Museum’s board. I am a native of Excelsior Springs and graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1975. After graduation I went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and was a rural mail carrier for 37 years, retiring in January 2015. I have three sons and three grandchildren.
I have lived here for over 50 years and wanted to serve on the Museum board  to make sure our local history is not forgotten. There’s a lot of history here!


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 it's inception, officer and member of the board, and curator at different times over the years.