Alexander Barker Ross, President of The Barker Welfare Foundation, and Susan M. DeMaio, Executive Director of The Barker Welfare Foundation are pleased to announce that Long Beach, Indiana resident Kim Olesker has accepted the position of Director of Museum Operations at The Barker Mansion in Michigan City, Indiana.
Built in 1857 and expanded in 1905 by railroad industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker, the thirty-eight room English Manor house containing original furnishings and artwork was home to John H. Barker’s family and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. Today the Barker Mansion serves as a museum and event space.
Kim Olesker says, “At present the Mansion is going through a two-million-dollar restoration. I’m honored to have been chosen to shepherd this truly breathtaking mansion through its next, exciting chapter in its fabled history. We look forward to The Barker Mansion’s soft opening in late fall, as well as the Mansion’s beloved annual holiday tradition in which it is decorated in festive Christmas splendor to be enjoyed by its many visitors.”
The Barker Welfare Foundation’s President Alexander Barker Ross, grandson of Catherine Barker Hickox, and Executive Director Susan M. DeMaio determined Kim Olesker to be the ideal leader to oversee and execute the vast array of responsibilities and duties that come with her new position.
Kim Olesker, Director of Museum Operations
Olesker will be responsible for Operations Management, directly overseeing the Mansion’s physical facilities, as well as providing oversight and training to staff, ensuring a safe and efficient operation. Her responsibilities will also include generating new methods of fundraising and coordinating events held at the Mansion.
Olesker has a more than two decades-long award-winning record of success and accomplishments in non-profit business leadership. She garnered the respect of two Indiana Governors while serving on their Early Childhood-Development Committees, and is equally respected by regional educators, fellow non-profit executives and prominent business leaders in the private sector.
Olesker began her career in non-profits as National Housing Director for Alpha Xi Delta Sorority’s more than sixty houses. After a stint with American Cancer Society, Olesker took the position of Regional Director for Early Childhood Development with United Way of Porter County, where she rose to become President & CEO, a position she has served in for five years.
Educated at the University of Nebraska, Olesker was one of twelve Presidents chosen from more than 1,800 United Way offices worldwide to participate in United Way’s Executive Leadership Development Program, which was taught at Harvard University and Deloitte University. Olesker also holds an MBA in Non-profit Business Administration.
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