Janet Blauvelt

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.

Jean Ann O'Dell

Vice President - 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.

Jean Ann O'Dell

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.

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.

Darrell Couts

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.

Mike Wilkins

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.

Brian Smarker

Brian Smarker (2019-2021)

Brian Smarker was appointed to the Board in 2019 to fill a vacant position. He has taught Computer Technology at the Excelsior Springs Area Career Center since 2004. He also coaches Excelsior Springs High School distance runners as the Head Coach for Cross Country and as an Assistant Coach for Track & Field.

An avid genealogist, his research into the Civil War Battles of Fredericksburg, which took place near the Excelsior Springs Golf Club, yielded an unexpected connection when he discovered an ancestor had participated in the battle. His interest in the Civil War stems from being a member of Westport Camp #64 of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War of which he is the Past Department Commander. He is also a charter member of the Captain Daniel Morgan Boone Chapter of The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Missouri. Brian is a member and the current Genealogist of the Harry S Truman Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Jean Ann O'Dell

Macy Way (2020-2022)

Macy Way is a mortgage and commercial banker at Goppert Financial Bank in Lawson. Originally from Cameron, he and his family now live in Kearney. He has a deep interest in history, following in the footsteps of his antique dealer father, who also instilled in him a strong belief in community service.

He  and his wife have two sons. With the boys active in multiple sports, he stays busy coaching youth sports. The family also enjoys hunting and fishing on the family farms in Pure Air, Missouri, now avanished small town.

Mike Wilkins

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.


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.