Our Employees and Interns
Anna Pivoras, Executive Director
Anna came to the Boone County Historical Museum in January 2015 as the Executive Director, she earned an Associate’s Degree from Kishwaukee College, then went on to NIU in 2007. At NIU, she studied Physical Anthropology and Museum Studies, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2010. Anna has worked and volunteered at many local museums and received her Certification in Museum Collections in 2015
Lonna Bentley, Registrar/Research
Lonna has been with the museum since 2007, she can help you with all your research needs. Lonna keeps all the records for artifacts and her favorite thing to do is displays and exhibits.
Richard H. Nelson
Richard H. Nelson, Maintenance
Richard has been with the museum since 2011 and is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance in the museum as well as using his handyman skills to build items needed to complete a display or exhibit
Bryan Jenks, Intern
Bryan graduated from Belvidere High School in 2014. He is currently a junior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is majoring in history with plans on becoming a history professor. He will obtain his masters at SIU and then go on to get my P.H.D. This summer he is working on creating teacher trunks at the Boone County Historical Society for teachers to use in classrooms to educate students about history.
Leah Bush, Intern
Leah is an NIU graduate of History with a minor in Anthropology, and an emphasis in Museum Studies. She is also a dedicated volunteer at the Byron Museum of History, and is pursuing a career in Archives and Collection Management. Leah is sorting, organizing, labeling, and storing each and every one of the 37,000+ slides in Mildred Banks’s collection!