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Our Team

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Education & Programs


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Buildings & Grounds

Brandon J. Anderson
Executive Director & CEO
Brandon is the Executive Director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and is the fifth Executive Director in its 49-year history. Anderson received his B.F.A. in Historic Preservation & Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia. He earned his Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. His professional resume includes working at The History Museum in South Bend, Indiana; Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, North Carolina; The Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida; and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Brandon states that, “Museums are my life and my love. This is all I’ll ever do professionally.” Brandon is an avid museum supporter, serving as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), serving on the Board of the Historic Houses & Sites Network of AAM, peer reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Automobile Museums and works with the community by being on the Boards of the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, and Auburn Main Street.
Heather Miller
Director of Finance & Administration
Heather earned her bachelor degree from Purdue University with a double major in Accounting & Business Management and a concentration in Finance. She joined the museum in January 2018 with an accounting background in tax, distribution, and manufacturing. She loves spending time with family & friends, traveling abroad with her husband, playing tennis, cooking, and flower gardening. As an Auburn native, Heather enjoys and appreciates the opportunity to work for this National Historic Landmark and witness its continued success within the local community and nationwide.
Linda Skelly
Assistant Business Manager
Linda has been employed with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as the Assistant Business Manager for 16 years. She is grateful to be a part of this amazing museum, a historic landmark and home to the most fabulous automobile collection while working together with her museum family. Linda works in the business office and also has been involved in many programs, activities, and projects here at the museum. It is such an interesting place to work, especially with the ongoing tasks of making and maintaining the best automobile museum in the world. Linda says that it seems you learn something new every day! Linda attended college at Indiana University – Purdue University at Fort Wayne and received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University. Linda loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors, whether it’s on the farm where she grew up or the lakefront where she now resides. Linda also enjoys watching college basketball, football, and the NFL. One of her favorite times of the year is March Madness!
Sam Grate
Sam is the Curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. He has an extensive history at the museum working in multiple positions by first being hired in 2009 to work in the museum store, admissions, and events. Between 2013-2014, he moved to Newcastle, England to pursue a master’s degree of Arts in Museum Studies with a focus in Curatorship, of which he passed with Merit. He moved back to Indiana just in time for an opening at the museum and was hired as the Registrar in 2014, then promoted to Collections Manager in 2016, and then promoted to Curator in December 2018. He considers himself both humbled and blessed with his upward movement and with the confidence of the museum that he can do and to be the best he can be in his past and current positions. Sam enjoys cycling, reading, spending time with his fluffy cat, and driving Duesenbergs.
Elyse Faulkner
Education & Programs Manager
Elyse earned her B.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and an M.S. in Biology from Purdue University. After university, Elyse fell in love with informal education and has worked in various museums for over 6 years. She brings her love of science to cars and students every day. When she’s not at work, she loves sculpting, crafting, and hanging out with her husband and their dachshund, Max.
Alishia Iddings
Events Manager
Alishia is a mother of 2 with 4 bonus children and has been married for 8 years. She loves cars, cooking, and serving her community. She lives in Auburn and loves this city! She was born and raised in DeKalb County and was a graduate of DeKalb High School and has worked in the community for many years.Alishia majored in Hospitality at Ivy Tech Community College and continues to teach Culinary classes and cook at the restaurant on campus in her spare time. She has been a chef for 15 years and chose to use the Event Management side of her studies in 2016 when she joined the staff at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum as the Events Manager.  Alishia loves making people happy and finds it rewarding after an event concludes and she knows she was in charge of making their dreams come true.
Cindy Murfield
Development Manager
Cindy has been employed by the museum since 1994 and has worked in many different capacities here. She is in charge of museum memberships and donations. Cindy has seen and experienced the vast amount of positive changes here. She loves meeting and talking with visitors and members from all over the world! She enjoys animals, travel, music, and cooking and hails from Ohio and is an avid Ohio State fan!
Jeff Wimer
Buildings & Grounds Manager
Born and raised in Auburn, Indiana, Jeff has been an entrepreneur most of his adult life and has been involved in many businesses in the area. He has been married to his lovely wife Gloria for the past 46 years and has two children, several grandchildren and yes, he even has 11 great grandchildren and two boxer dogs. Jeff loves the outdoors and the beauty of nature. Jeff came to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in April 2015 as the Grounds & Building Manager and oversee the safety and maintenance of all property ensuring that these properties are compliant with all applicable regulations. Recommending and coordinating improvements to the properties as needed to ensure a safe, functional, and appealing space.
Teresa Sutton
Visitor Experience & Museum Store Manager
Teresa joined the museum in June 2019. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, she was a frequent visitor of the museum growing up. Now living in Rome City, Teresa is married with 2 children, her daughter in California and her son in Fort Wayne with her first grandson. Teresa brings her love of everything creative and new to the store and the visitors to the museum. Being the Visitor Experience & Museum Store Manager is the perfect place for her to be with her background in printing, marketing, and retail. Recently earning her a degree in Business from Indiana Wesleyan University has taken up a lot of her time, but in her spare time, she has taken up fishing, is a long time member of Steeler Nation, and a regular at the Fort Wayne Komets Hockey games. Stop by the store and say hi to Teresa and let her know if there is anything new or different you would like to see there!
Harold Ramsey
Building Maintenance Manager
Harold is a very familiar face at the museum, having been employed here since 1996. Harold is a native of Auburn and grew up in the city’s historical railway junction. His father was employed as a night watchman after the Auburn Automobile Company's Administration Building became an industrial warehouse, which is now home to the museum. Harold has always been around old cars and always been fascinated by them. Harold enjoys fishing, mushroom hunting, and spending great times with friends and family.
Jenn Kurtz
Volunteer Coordinator
Jenn earned her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Tri-State University. Jenn has 15 years of experience working in the Social Service world. These experiences led Jenn to the Volunteer Coordinator’s position. Jenn brings her expertise for listening and connecting individuals with their passion and enjoys watching those relationships and interests develop and grow. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her son, family, and friends. Jenn also enjoys all things sports, especially Notre Dame football. Jenn considers her role a privilege as she gets to work alongside Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Volunteers and witness their true hearts in helping to preserve a piece of American history, where automotive history comes to life every day!
Eleanor Ford Cord
Chief of Staff & Morale
Eleanor Ford Cord has been in the museum field her entire life. She was born on May 6, 2021 at the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum to her mother Clara Ford. After receiving a solid grounding in museum life and Ford automobiles, she saw fit to expand on her knowledge and joined the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum on July 14, 2021. While working at the Ford V-8 Museum, she attended the Feline College of Advanced Cat Curriculum with a degree in Feline and Human Services. Eleanor has quickly fit into her new position as Chief of Staff & Morale at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Her roles include assisting with typing, playing with toys, demanding attention and food, loud purring, and boosting morale around the entire office. In her spare time, she enjoys napping in her favorite chair, eating, and patrolling the office. She is very friendly and playful and willing to meet new people. Eleanor lives and works in the private staff offices of the museum.
Jose Ortiz
Marketing & Communications Manager
Jose is the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Jose immigrated from Mexico in May of 1998 to Plymouth, Indiana with his parents and brother, and lived there until August of 2011. Jose earned his BFA in Visual Communication & Design, with a concentration in Graphic Design, from Indiana University Fort Wayne in 2016. After college, Jose decided to set roots in Fort Wayne along with his wife and son. When not working, he enjoys watching F1, golfing, sim racing, drifting his BMW, and spending time with his wife and son along with his 3 cats and dog.
Madison Auten
Collections Manager
Madison is the Collections Manager of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. She earned her B.A from Penn State University and her M.S in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with graduate certificates in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management. Madison has worked with many different collections at several institutions such as Milwaukee Public Museum, Field Museum, UWM Union Art Gallery and Penn Museum. When she’s not working, Madison enjoys continuing her research on ancient tattooing and spending time outside with her husband, daughter, and dog.