The Boone County Historical Society has added four people to its board of directors.
Loreli Wilson, Amy Henderson, Bill Thompson and Nancy Schultz were elected unanimously as the newest members, said Chris Campbell, the society's executive director. Dick Otto, the former past president, was also elected. Each will serve a term of three years.
Wilson was born and raised in Columbia, which Campbell said is helpful when trying to understand local history. She works as the manager of diversity and inclusion programs at Veterans United Home Loans.
Henderson is an attorney working as the vice president and relationship manager at Central Trust Company. Campbell said her expertise on state planning will be key for the society's financial success.
Campbell also said electing Wilson and Henderson will make the board more youthful. In previous years, the board has been made up primarily of people over 65, he said.
The third new board member is Thompson, who recently retired from the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. Campbell said Thompson's passion for African-American history and his own personal experience would enhance the organization.
"For the last 20 or 30 years, the organization has not done a good job in the representation of African-American history," Campbell said.
Shultz is a retired senior director of development at MU. Campbell said her expertise in fundraising will be helpful.
At the annual membership meeting on Dec. 7, the 75 members in attendance chose a fifth member from one of their own.
Otto, who has previously served as the board's president, will have a new spot for another term.
"What Dick brings to us is institutional knowledge," Campbell said.
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