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Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board of Directors


Red Skelton Museum Board Foundation Members


C. James McCormick, Chairman Emeritus

Experience: Business: Chairman Emeritus,  Bestway Express,  Inc. and  McCormick Inc., Chairman of the Board,  First Federal Bancorp, Chairman Golf Hosts, Inc. (Innisbrook, FL and Tamarron, CO)  

Affiliations: Former Chairman and current member, Vincennes University Board of Trustees, Kiwanis, Shriners, Elks, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, American Trucking Associations

Special Skills: Many years of experience working with trade and fraternal organizations, community activities, multiple positions on Boards of Directors at various organizations and universities  


Bernard G. Niehaus, President

Education: AS Vincennes University; BS Michigan State

Experience: CEO & Chairman Niehaus Companies, Board of Trustees: First Federal Bank & Old National Bank; member of the Vincennes Catholic School Board

Affiliations: President, Indiana Lumber Dealers

Special Skills: Marketing including presenting training sessions; Finance- due to bank board and foundation experience; Fundraising- have headed up three capital campaigns


John Frenz, Vice President

Education: BS, Journalism, University of Saint Thomas

Experience: Restaurant Management 1977-1981, Restaurant Owner/Operator 1981-present, Indiana State Representative 1996-2004

Affiliations: Vincennes/Knox County CVB, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, Knox County Development Corp., Indiana Restaurant Association

Special Skills: I have served on the Board of the Knox County/Vincennes CVB for many years. I have traveled in all 50 states and many countries. I have visited museums around the world and have seen many museum ideas that work and many that could use improvement. One thing is raising the necessary funds to build, staff and open a museum, but we must offer an experience that will educate and thrill the visitors so that they will come back and spread the word to encourage others to visit.



Marilyn McCormick, Secretary

Education: Lake Forest College, University of Guanajuato

Experience: owner, Calico Corners, Director of Culinary, L.S. Ayres and Co., Recipient of  “Key to the City” of Indianapolis.

Affiliations: International Association of Culinary Professionals

Special Skills:  With the Red Skelton Museum project from the beginning, creative problem-solver, planned and designed the Museum Store, Spearheaded re-organization of Vincennes Farmer’s Market.


Michael R. Carney, Treasurer

Education: MS Business Administration

Experience: President Knox County Association of Retarded Citizens

Affiliations:  Board Chair Association of Retarded Citizens of Indiana, Member First Baptist Church; two terms President Knox County Development Corporation; Emeritus Director NISH Board

Special Skills: Entire professional life in non-for-profit leadership, board development, and management, long history of manufacturing to military specifications for numerous product lines


Dale H. Bieber, Board Member

Education: BA Accounting

Experience: software and developer of Accounting Information Systems for Deere & Company and International Shriner’s Headquarters, Budget Analyst for both

Affiliations: Board Member Shriner’s Hospital for Children- Mexico City, Member Shriner’s International

Special Skills: personal friend of Red Skelton, performed for many of Red’s Birthdays, collector of Red Skelton memorabilia and donor of many artifacts to the Red Skelton Museum


John H. Bobe, Board Member

Education: Purdue University

Experience: local trucking and farming

Affiliations: Community United Methodist Church, Lawrenceville- Vincennes Airport Board, VU Foundation Board, Quiet Birdmen

Special Skills: My wife and I have contributed and have solicited and collected major funds for the Red Skelton Museum.


Doug Carroll, Board Member

Education: B.S. Organizational Management, Oakland City University (2006), A.S. Journalism Vincennes University (1977)

Experience: Education Specialist/Outreach Adviser, Project ASPIREE, Vincennes University

Affiliations: Vice-Chairperson of the Red Skelton Festival Committee, President for 10 years of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Knox County, Trustee for the Red Skelton Needy Children’s Christmas Clothing Fund, St. Vincent De Paul Society member, Graduate of Leadership Knox County (2002)                                                                                                                                   

Special Skills: “Since 1990 I have researched and helped to document the life and career of Red Skelton mainly during his years in Vincennes and Indiana for the project, Hollywood Vincennes, plus Vincennes University. I have helped to inventory and sort out items in the Red Skelton Collection at Vincennes University. As a professional writer, I share information about and publicize the Red Skelton Museum and Education Center through my weekly newspaper column published in the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. “



JR Gaylor, Board Member

Education: BS and MS – Ball State University, Social Sciences

Experience:  President/CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Indianapolis

Affiliations: President, Vincennes University Board of Trustees

Special Skills: Industrious and innovative with the ability to create effective teams and coalitions. Well respected among peers, JR creates a positive effect when involved with a project or cause.


Nancy Reynolds Hensel, Board Member, Capital Campaign and Museum Design Committees

Education: BS from University of Washington, Masters from University of Kansas

Experience: Teacher (CA; KS; MS); Program Development Instructor; Planning and Programs Analyst- (Saudi Arabia)

Affiliations: Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana; SIS Women’s TRYathlon Community Foundation Alliance; League of Women Voters of Knox County; Psi Iota Xi Service Sorority; Vincennes Central Business District

Special Skills: Connections with diverse segments of community; enthusiasm for Red Skelton; experience in writing, design, fundraising, education, business, non- profits


Mark Hill, Board Member

Education: Master’s in Social Work

Experience: 30 years experience in Mental Health, directing Children’s Services for Community Mental Health, City Council member for 16 years, Board of Works City of Vincennes, former president of City Council for 9 years

Affiliations: Kiwanis, Knox County Mental Health America, Knox County ARC, Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous, Old Northwest Corporation

Special Skills: Marketing skills for various community events, organizational skills in management, budget skills, involved with numerous community organizations 


Rick Linenburg, Board Member

Education: BA University of Evansville; numerous John Deere University Management degrees; Dale Carnegie

Experience: CEO/CFO/GENERAL MANAGER/VP; Vincennes Tractor Inc.:A John Deere Dealership;

Affiliations: Fraternal Order of the Elks; Moose Lodge; Vincennes Area Builders Association; Mid America Equipment Retailers Association; Fraternal Order of Police; ATA – Amateur Trap Shooters Association; Knox County Chamber; Federated Insurance – Dealer Advisory Council; FASTLINE Magazine – Dealer Advisory Council; Commissioner, State of Indiana; IPSC – Integrated Public Safety Commissioner; Knox County E-911 Board; Safety Director, Vincennes Community Foundation – Tri Race               Special Skills: Bringing Groups together to achieve similar goals, IPSC – POLICE – FIRE – EMS – EMA INTERPRETATIONAL PLANS at Federal, State, and Local levels; Out of the Box Approach, National Watermelon Drop – Promote Knox County; Management and Accounting Principles; Asset Management, Vincennes Tractor Inc. 15 Million Dollar Inventory, IPSC  100 Million Dollar Network of Communications equipment, State Wide; HR Management Vincennes Tractor Inc.; IT – Infrastructure  Management, Wired, Wireless, Voice – VoIP, Data, RF – Radio Frequencies, V-Sat – Satellite, GPS Systems, Remote Control Systems

Marc McNeece, Board Member

Education:  Vincennes University

Experience: President, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, Local small business owner

Affiliations: President, PACE board of directors, two years, President, Vincennes Redevelopment Commission

Special Skills:  Festival organizer


Jim R. Osborne, Board Member

Education: AS Degree Vincennes University; BS Degree Indiana State University; JD Degree Indiana University School of Law

Experience: History Teacher; Attorney; Deputy Prosecutor; Judge

Affiliations: Vincennes University Foundation Board; Old Northwest Corporation Board; Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences History Committee; Indiana Military Museum Board; Association of Indiana Museums; Knox County Bar Association; Indiana Judges Association; Kiwanis; and Indiana National Guard Reserve

Special Skills: Curator and Board Chairman of Indiana Military Museum, Vincennes; Vincennes Life-long resident of Vincennes, fan of Red Skelton since childhood


Phil Rath, Board Member

Education:  AS – Vincennes University, Business Administration; BS – Indiana University, Business Accounting; MS – Ball State University, business administration, Certified Public Accountant

Experience:  Vice President, Financial Services, Vincennes University

Affiliations: Knox County Development Corporation, Knox County Leadership Coalition, National Association of college and University Business Officers, Central Association of college and University Business Officers, Indiana CPA Society, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants


George Rehnquist, Board Member

Education: BA- DePauw; JD- Indiana University

Experience: Attorney- 40 years

Special Skills: On several boards for museums; have designed many museum exhibits; have a private military museum


George S. Ridgway, Board Member

Education: AS Vincennes University; BS and MS Indiana State University

Experience: 15 years Asst. Professor at Vincennes University; 32 years registered architect; 28 years registered Land Surveyor ; Sigma P

Special Skills: Architectural review, space planning review, fundraising


Anne Rinderle, Board Member

Education: BA Psychology Albright College, Reading PA

Experience: Teacher, Social Worker, Behavioral Specialist, Innkeeper

Special Skills: Years of experience working with kids, creativity



Shirley Rose, Board Member

Experience: President of the Vincennes City Council for 12 years; member of the tourism and promotion committee of the city council.

Affiliations:  Vice President of the Downtown Merchants Association; Treasurer of the Urban Enterprise Zone; Member of the Grouseland Foundation Board and Chair of the First Families committee; Executive officer for the Vincennes Builder’s Association; Member of the DAR; Member of Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Delta chapter; involved with Relay for Life for 17 years

Special Skills: Very strong community involvement.


Bob Shetler, Board Member

Education: University of Southern Mississippi

Experience:  President, Shelter Moving and Storage, Atlas Van Lines, Evansville, IN

Affiliations:  Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra board, 13 years; Evansville Museum board, 11 years; Boy Scouts board, 3 years; Evansville Chamber of Commerce; Chairman, Indiana Motortransport Association; President, Indiana Household Goods Movers Association, 23 years,

Special Skills: Skilled with logistics, moving and rigging and financials, owner of five companies


Donald B. Villwock, Board Member

Education: BS Purdue University

Experience: President/CEO Villwock Farms, Past Ag. Liaison for Senator Richard Lugar, Past State Executive Director Ag Stabilization and Conservation Service, Current Vice Chair of Farm Bureau Bank Board of Directors, Vice Chairman American Ag Insurance Co. (AAIC), Vice Chairman American Farm Bureau Insurance Co.

Affiliations: current President Indiana Farm Bureau Inc.; Indiana Corn Growers and Indiana Soybean Growers Association (past state board member and current member); 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason; Shriner; Knights Templar and Master Mason; Past President Purdue Ag Alumni Association; Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana  

Special Skills: life-long resident of Knox County and a long history of community involvement; Knox County Chamber of Commerce; Knox County Economic Development Commission; numerous fund raising committees at the local and state level


Jerry Zeigler, Board Member

Education:  Vincennes University and Indiana State University

Experience:  Vice President, Ewing Printing Company

Affiliations:  Board Member Vincennes University Foundation, Board member, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, past member, Knox County Community Foundation, member Vincennes Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board member Indiana Military Museum,  member, Knox County Leadership Coalition

Special Skills:  “I bring the experience of working with public corporations as well as non-profits on marketing themselves to the general public. I have worked with trade show displays and museum exhibits in the past.”