Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. ensures
that the Estes Park Museum is the premier local history museum in Colorado.
Bobbie Heisterkamp, Vice President
I’ve lived part-time in Big Elk Meadows since 1971 when my late husband and I built a house on Hickory Drive. I started collecting postcards of the area in 1993, and have since grown the collection so that it is extensive enough to create a book, “Shared Moments” co-authored with Historian Laureate Jim Pickering.
Millie Miller, Secretary – Treasurer
With her considerable Board experience, the Friends are fortunate to have Millie Miller join its Board. She retired from her position as dispatch supervisor for the Longmont Police Department and, with her husband Jerry, moved to the historic Fort Morgan area of Estes Park where they had previously remodeled an old cabin.
Millie is active with the Estes Park Restorative Justice program, serves on the board of the Estes Park Lions Club and is completing a term as president of the Estes Valley Victim Advocates.
Millie said,” I joined the board because of my interest in both this Town and its history. Since my husband Jerry was raised here and we both are Colorado natives, it just follows that I’d have an interest in the history and want to preserve it.”
Tara Moenning, Tablesetting/Scaping Chair
In 2016 my hiking group and I became hooked on the Tablesetting Event. While out on the trail we would brainstorm about out entry each year. Each person added something to the setting from their collection of dishes, memorabilia of Colorado and scraps of material. On the 100th anniversary we decided to recreate a 16th birthday party for Mary Katherine White. Researching her history with Estes Park was so much fun and informative. Her love of horses inspired the gift or three model horses, and her love of sketching was included with a small sketching book showing some of her drawings. We were able to incorporate our love of tablesetting with the wonderful history of our area. Needless to say we have enjoyed participating all three years. This year I am privileged to serve as an adjunct Board member representing the Tablesetting Committee. We have already begun the preparations for the 2019 event to be held at the Stanley Hotel, Nivember 15-17. I am excited to see all the creativity in our community come together to delight Estes Park and raise funds for the Estes Park Museum.
Neal Standard came to Estes Park July 2015 after living near the Black Hawk/Central City area for 24 years. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Gilpin County Historical Society as Vice President for 14 years. He loved portraying various Gilpin County historical characters and specialized in portraying Henry Teller who was the first Colorado congressional senator upon Colorado becoming a state in 1876. Neal’s college degree was in Social Studies, and he spent 24 years as a Labor Relations Specialist with the Federal Government and taught at the Gilpin County School for 15 years.
Cheryl Pennington was born in Emporia, Kansas. She moved to Colorado in 1970 and began her teaching career, retiring in 2001. Cheryl has lived in the Estes Park/Allenspark area since 1978. She has always been interested in history and photography. Handcoloring historic Estes Park area photos became her new hobby. She has hand colored covers for four historic books, hand colored black and white photos for numerous books and calendars and has her artwork displayed at The Old Gallery in Allenspark and The Golden Leaf Gallery, Inc. in Estes Park. She is glad to be back on the EPMF&F Board and looks forward to working with them.
Marna Rehage, Co-President
I have spent much of my working career in the museum field and have a deep appreciation for the contributions museums provide to their communities. As the Assistant Director of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Director of The Heritage Center of Marion, I was involved in all aspects of museums: administration; public relations; and educational outreach through programming and exhibitions. I am very pleased to join the board of the Estes Park Museum Friends, and I am looking forward to working with the board, staff and volunteers as they continue their outstanding work.
Carl Pomranka, Membership Chair
My family has lived in Colorado since the 1880s, thus I have an interest in Colorado history. I am a retired Air Force officer and a retired high school history teacher. My wife and I moved to Estes Park in February of 2016.
Judy Heider, Co-President
Prior to retirement, I worked in education and health care. I fell in love with Estes Park over the Fourth of July 1989. I realized my dream of living here full time in June of 2009. It is an honor to serve on the Board of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. to help preserve and share the history of this wonderful place.
Michelle Fanucchi, Publicity Coordinator
I am a research scientist and professor of public health, and I spent years, before moving to Colorado, working with communities in Alabama to address their environmental justice concerns. When we moved to Estes Park in 2018, I wanted to become involved in the community and the museum, and we found each other. I started out as a gift shop volunteer and loved the stories that the locals and visitors would tell me when they visited the museum. I am also involved with the membership committee and with publicity for the Friends. I am excited to be on the board and to continue to learn more about the Estes Valley!