NEW BUFFALO — The Board of Directors of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum recently voted to add four new Board Members to its roster, each with terms beginning January 1, 2022.

Joining President Vanessa Thun, Vice President Todd Van Buskirk, and Secretary-Treasurer/Volunteer Administrator Katha Kissman are Therese Donnelly, Sherri Kerhoulas, Rich Knoll and Lori Schlundt Peterson.

Donnelly grew up in New Buffalo and graduated from New Buffalo High School. She currently resides in Three Oaks but works in New Buffalo and continues to be part of the community with volunteer activities and family ties.

Kerhoulas who has lived in the area since 1989 after moving from the east side of Michigan/metro Detroit area. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. She is returning to the Board of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum where she had served for many years at Treasurer. She also served four years as New Buffalo Township Treasurer and then went back to her family’s insurance and real estate business. Today she runs those businesses with her husband Ted while building a travel business for her retirement years. She enjoys spending off time with our daughter, son-in-law and new grandson … and visiting wineries!

Knoll returns to the Board of the New Buffalo Railroad Museum after a hiatus of a few years. Rich attended River Valley High School and now lives in New Buffalo with his wife Lisa, a long-time teacher at New Buffalo. He is recently retired from CSX Railroad. Rich has served as a New Buffalo Area Schools Board Member and he and his wife are active volunteers at their church.

Petersen is a lifelong resident of New Buffalo. She is a volunteer at Hesston Steam Museum, working as a conductor on the narrow-gauge railway. She is also a founding member of Military Railroad Society, and a volunteer for Operation Lifesaver. She has three daughters Katie, Kristen, and Emily. She also has a five-year-old grandson who calls her Gramma Choo Choo. For the past year she has been a volunteer with the New Buffalo Railroad Museum, including serving as the Museum’s liaison with the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers. She is very happy to be able to serve on the Board of New Buffalo Railroad Museum and looks forward to serving her community in this way.

The Museum will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 2, 2022, and will be open through October 30, 2022 on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional open dates may be announced. Watch the Museum’s Facebook page for postings( railroadmuseum).

For additional information about the New Buffalo Railroad Museum, please contact Katha Kissman, Board Treasurer/Volunteer Administrator, at ask@thenewbuffalo

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