About Us

Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman
Dr. Bert Kellerman


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 developed the Interior Design Program at Southeast Missouri State University and taught the program for twenty-six years.  She has worked professionally as an interior designer since 1974.  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.  In addition, Mary Ann Kellerman was a member of the committee that developed the Missouri Preservation Program at Southeast Missouri State University.  Most recently, the Kellermans restored the Oliver-Leming House which was the residence of Marie Watkins-Oliver, who designed and created the Missouri State Flag. 

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.

Board of Directors

The Honorable Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr.
Dr. Frank Nickell
Mr. Mike Ponder
Ms. Tara Johnston, Student Board Member

Dr. Linda Heitman
Dr. Sarah Holt
Dr. Mary Ann Kellerman
Dr. Bert Kellerman

Mr. John Bry
Mr. David Dickey
Ms. Mindy Golliher
Dr. Art Mattingly

Chairman of the Board - Dr. Frank Nickell


Dr. Frank Nickell was the assistant director of the State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center in Cape Girardeau and an emeritus faculty member of the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University.  He has received numerous teaching and service awards, including the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Missouri Humanities Council Acorn Award for outstanding service, the Jonas Viles Award from the Missouri State Archives for significant contribution to the preservation of Missouri's heritage, and in 2005, was designated as an "outstanding Missourian" by the Missouri House of Representatives.  In 2010 he was the recipient of the Southeast Missouri University "Pride Award" and recently the State Historical Society of Missouri's "Outstanding Service Award." 

As the former director of the Center for Regional history at Southeast, Dr. Nickell edited and published approximately twenty-five books about the history of Missouri and Southeast Missouri.  Dr. Nickell was born and raised on a farm in central Illinois, graduated from Eastern Illinois University, and received his Ph. D in American History from the University of New Mexico.