Governing Body

The governing body has always been composed of individuals representing the great cultural diversity of the Seminole County population. It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to ensuring the success of its vision through a combination of ethnological programming and educational outreach.


Barbara Butner, President
Melanie Lewis, Vice President
Bryan Cain, Treasurer
Mary Richardson, Secretary



Tammy Drawbaugh
Lisa Duncan
Dan Houser
Melanie Lewis
John R. Norman
Kay Wallace
Andrea Ruedy
Amber Esselstrom
Mark Schell
Jeff Hargrave


Richard Ellwanger, Executive Director
Betsy Bender, Gift Shop Manager
Ryan Bunyan, Accounting
Donald Harjo, NICOA Participant
Caitlin Maddox, Collections Manager
Houston Tiger, Jr., Maintenance and Grounds
Ted Underwood, Cultural Programing
Concetta Stone, Intern/Weekend Staff
Kaynaan Henry, Summer Intern
Leslie Peterson, AARP Participant
Dana Tiger, Housekeeping