Board and Staff with all kinds of great personalities

 Meet the staff

  • Lea Filson

  • Executive Director

Lea (pronounced Lee) is responsible for the general management, fundraising, daily operations overseeing programming, community events and the strategic direction set by the LCHS Board of Directors. Her background dovetails well with the requirements of the position. For twelve years prior to her appointment as LCHS Director, Lea was the Director of Communications for the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. She has also worked as a journalist in radio, television and print. More recently, she served as Governor General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Other experiences include serving on the Board of the Urban League New Orleans, Development Director for the New Orleans Symphony and marketing for the Historic New Orleans collection. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, along with an education degree, and Masters with honors from Eastern Illinois University. Lea has deep roots in Lake County. Her husband, Ron Filson, is from a third generation family from Leroy Township. Lea considers it an honor and a privilege to help Lake County residents preserve and learn their local history.

  • Lynn Vandevort

  • Director of Museum and Library Collections

Lynn Vandevort began working at the History Center in 2010 after working as the Grant Program Coordinator for the College of Southern Maryland. She is known nationally for her architectural drawings and has her Bachelors Degree from Frostburg State University. Lynn has overseen the development of the museum collections database and the creation of the Online Collections.  She has lived in Lake County for 17 years.

  • Tonya Busic

  • Director of Programs and Events

Tonya Busic was hired in 2012 to join the History Center. Tonya has developed new youth education programs and has updated the Pioneer School Program.  She is a very active member of the Lake County community and is a resident of Mentor.

Meet the Board of Directors

Judy Hempel, President

Josh Pennock, Vice President

Mark Wise, Treasurer

Kathy Lupold, Secretary

Keith Fauver

Dick Frey

Rev. Gerald Kalb

Elizabeth Komar

David Lamiell

Marian Redmond


Margot Baldwin

Dick Purmal

Become a Member of the Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of community leaders with a passion for local history.  They are dedicated to preserving our history through our museum collections and exhibits, our adult and youth education programs, our Pioneer Village, and our many community activities held on site as well as throughout the whole of Lake County.  If you are interested in serving on the Lake County Historical Society Board, email your resume to the Executive Committee at