Milan Museum Board of Directors
Raymond and Linda BaurleyMilan, IN
Ray is a lifelong resident of Ripley County, IN and a Milan, IN resident since 1970. Was a teacher and coach for 38 years in the Milan Community Schools. Wife Linda was born and raised in Milan and was a teacher for 29 years in the Milan Community Schools.
Tony ClarkMilan, IN
Tony is a 1989 graduate and a basketball alumni of Milan High School. He is employed at SEI Communications as the CEO & General Manager. Tony also serves as a member of the board of directors for Hoosier Hills Regional Water District. He and his family live in Milan where he is very involved in the community and coaches youth basketball.
Phyllis CoeMilan, IN
Born in Dayton, OH. Mother’s family from Milan, IN. Phyllis was educator in California and moved to Milan in 2004 where she is retired and involved with various activities in the Milan, IN Community
Linda CombsMilan, IN
Daughter of assistant Coach Marcus Combs of the 1954 Milan High School State Basketball Championship team, Linda is a graduate of Milan High School. Now retired from teaching in Cincinnati, OH, is again a resident of Milan, IN, and an active member of several area-wide community organizations.
Tom KohlmeierNoblesville, IN
Born and raised in Milan, graduated from Milan High School in 1969. Currently, Chairman of the Board for SEEMAC Incorporated, a Carmel, IN based company.
Ron J. NiessValparaiso, IN
Born on Long Island, NY. A graduate of the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, with an extensive background in Trade Show Marketing, Mobile Marketing, and Museums. Currently a Trustee on the Porter County (IN) Heritage Corporation. Also has active relationships with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the CAF Red Tail Project, a flying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
Actor in the movie “Hoosiers”
Noel HouzeAurora, IN
Noel grew up in the city of Aurora just 15 miles east of Milan but he and his wife have lived in Milan since 1987. Both of Noel’s daughters attended Milan Schools from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Noel served 30 years as an Indiana State Trooper before retiring in early 2015. He is a past member of the Milan Town Council where he served as President for three years. He is active in his church and the community having served on many committees and boards. Noel has served on the Milan 54 Hoosiers Museum Board since November, 2018.
Susan CottinghamMilan, IN
Susan is a lifelong resident of Milan where she and her husband raised their two children. She graduated from Milan High School in 1967 and received her teaching degree from Indiana State University in 1971. Susan taught at Sunman Elementary School for 34 years until her retirement in 2005. Following retirement she began volunteering at the Milan 54 Hoosiers Museum and currently works at the museum three days a week. She is active in her church and is a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.
Special Consultant to the Board
Katherine TaulVersailles, IN
Katherine has been the Ripley County Tourism Bureau Executive Director since 2001. She is the past editor of two weekly newspapers, and has done freelance writing, design, and photography. She is no longer amazed at the number of contacts from around the world about the Milan ’54 Indians and the movie “Hoosiers”.
Katherine has since retired.
Kea, a native Hoosier, moved to Friendship in 1976 and since 2009 has worked part time for the Ripley County Tourism Bureau. A former director of the Ripley County Health Coalition, Cert. Medical Assistant, DMT, Aquanaut and Diving Specialist, she now serves on the Board of the Hayes Branch Animal Refuge. She began volunteering at the Milan 54 Museum in 2012 and felt an immediate connection. It wasn’t until 2018 that she discovered her uncle had been one of three Purdue students who built the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Tournament bracket, which currently hangs in the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum.