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Education & Programs
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Buildings & Grounds
Executive Director & CEO
Brandon J. Anderson is the Executive Director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and is the 5th Executive Director in its 45-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 Committee 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 the community by being on the Boards of the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival.
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.
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; 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, it seems you learn something new every day. Linda attended college at Indiana University – Purdue University @ 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 and football; and the NFL. One of her favorite times of the year is March Madness!
Sam is the Curator of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. He has an extensive history at the museum working in multiple parts by first being hired in 2009 to work 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 finally 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 two fluffy cats, and driving Duesenbergs.
Diane began her museum career as a tour guide at the Robert R. McCormick Museum in Wheaton, IL. During this time, she pursued a Certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern University. After completing her certification, she was accepted into the Masters in Historical Administration program at Eastern Illinois University, graduating in 2016. Before joining the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum team, she was the Collections Manager for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington Ohio. Diane also served as a board member for the Columbus Historical Society. Currently, she is a member of the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network survey committee and is an annual guest speaker for the Aurora University Museum Studies program where she focuses on museums and the law.
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 is a mother of 2 with 4 bonus children and has been married for 8 years. She love 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 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!
Years of working in the financial world led Lynne to a Volunteer Coordinator’s position at a non-profit. Quickly realizing the value and tremendous worth of Volunteers for an organization, Lynne brings her expertise for connecting volunteers with their passion and enjoys watching those relationships develop and grow.Life at the lake and all things water related is a must for Lynne. Her affection for classic wooden boats has expanded the family collection to include a 1957 Chris Craft and a 1949 Lyman.She 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!
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.
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 and 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!
Marketing & Communications Manager
Walter Fisher is the Marketing and Communications Manager of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Walter joined the museum team in August of 2019 and brings with him a passion for history, a love of automobiles, and a desire to connect the public with both. After graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing he went to work in advertising at Fort Wayne Newspapers and KPC media in Kendallville before taking on the Director of Marketing role for Dr. David Painter & associates P.C. He is truly humbled to be part of a team that is responsible for preserving the history and legacy of the most beautiful cars made in the United States. Walter enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running, reading, and a good documentary.