About Us

Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman have been committed to and involved in preservation since 1971.

Both were professors at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman taught Interior Design and was instrumental in the development of the Historic Preservation program. Dr. Bert Kellerman was in the College of Business and served as Chair of the Marketing Department from its inception in 1976. In 1994, he became the Associate Dean in the Harrison College of Business.

After successful careers in higher education, Mary Ann and Bert Kellerman, at the urging of neighbors, friends and colleagues, created the Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation as a means to leave a legacy of historic preservation for Southeast Missouri.

The Kellermans have restored both commercial and residential structures in the area. They have also received local and state awards for their preservation efforts.

Bert and Mary Ann were the 2014 winners of the McReynolds Award for Historic Preservation in recognition of their work on the preservation of the Oliver-Leming House in Cape Girardeau and the establishment of the Foundation. ​

Our Board

Mr. John Bry

Mr. David Dickey

Ms. Mindy Golliher

Mr. Bill Hart

Dr. Linda Heitman

Dr. Sarah Holt

Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman

Dr. Bert Kellerman

Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr.

Dr. Frank Nickell

Mr. Mike Ponder