Officers

Paula Elrod

Paula Elrod

Chair, Board Member

Bio coming soon!
Jessica Spanarella

Jessica Spanarella

Vice Chair, Board Member

Jessica is a fourth-generation Louisville resident, and is a descendant of the DiGiacomo and the Tesone families that homesteaded Louisville in the early 1900’s. She is the granddaughter of Fiori and Mena Tesone, and the daughter of Tony and Judy DeNovellis. She currently lives in the home on Main Street that was built by her grandfather Fiori and great uncle Joe Rizzi. Her great-grandfather Robert DiGiacomo owned the first car in Louisville.

 

Jessica is proud of her family history, traditions, and being a resident in Louisville. She is passionate about persevering this great city’s history, and is committed to honoring her families’ heritage and contributions to the city of Louisville.

When not working in the hospitality design industry, she spends most of her time with her husband Joe, her two children, and enjoys cooking and interior design.

Catherine Wessling

Catherine Wessling

Secretary

Catherine joined the Board in 2014 after moving back to her hometown of Louisville, Colorado. She currently works as the Program Manager for Entrepreneurship at Leeds School of Business at CU Boulder. In her early career, she promoted science and K-12 education in Washington, D.C., through program management and creative design. She spent eight years as a Board Member for EcoWomen, a non-profit organization working to empower women to become leaders for the environmental community. Most recently, Catherine was the Marketing Manager for Haibike USA, an entrepreneurial branch of a German electric bike company launching in the U.S. market. Catherine is a Colorado native and spends her free time exploring our backyard by foot and on two wheels with her husband, daughter, and tiny pup.

Tammy Lastoka

Tammy Lastoka

Treasurer

Tammy has been in the banking industry for 10 years and is currently an Operations Supervisor at the FirstBank branch in Louisville. Tammy is the 4th generation of both the Harney-Lastoka and Hale families, both of which homesteaded here in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. She is now settled in her home in Louisville that has been in the Harney-Lastoka family for over 100 years. Tammy is a mother of a 10 year old daughter who attends Louisville Elementary School. Tammy is very passionate about her family history as well as the coal mining history in and around the area. In her free time, she likes to collect old photos, documents and antiques that her family has obtained throughout the years.

Directors

Nancy Allen

Nancy Allen

Director

Nancy and her husband lived in Louisville for 26 years, and very recently moved to Broomfield. She is retired from the University of Denver, where she served as Dean and Director of the University Libraries for over 25 years and held the faculty rank of full professor. In that position and others, she gained experience with fund raising, grant writing and management, facilities development, technologies, and information services.  She learned a great deal about museums while working in support of an early digitization project focused on collaboration among archives, libraries, historical societies, and museums.  
Missy Diehl

Missy Diehl

Director

Missy is a 4th generation native to Louisville, Colorado. She is the proud grand-daughter of Lawrence and June Enrietto and daughter of Dan and Barb DiSalle. Missy’s love of Louisville’s history resonates from stories her great-grandmother used to share about the “olden days” of mining, working at the Jerico store, and peeping through the fence at Miner’s Field to watch baseball games.  Her grandparents live directly behind the Louisville Historical Museum, so Missy spent many summer days playing in the covered wagon that used to reside on the grounds. Missy is proud to utilize her background in nonprofit fundraising as a director on the Louisville History Foundation, contributing to the preservation of Louisville’s history, and continuing her family’s long-standing commitment to the city of Louisville.
Loren Laureti

Loren Laureti

Director

In 1978-79 Loren served as the Registrar of the Fort Morgan Museum. She moved to Louisville in 1982 where she fell in love with the community and its history. She served as a Board Member of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce for 3 years and President for 1 year. She is currently the owner of Anchor Business Services, a bookkeeping company and enjoys writing, travel and photography.

David Marks

David Marks

Director

David Joined the Louisville History Foundation in 2015. He is a marketing professional with experience in various industries including the hospitality and tourism industry, natural and organic products, and most recently the legal industry. He is currently employed as the Senior Marketing Manager for Dorsey & Whitney, an AmLaw 100 firm based out of Minneapolis. He has also served his community in the past through various board positions such as the Boulder 150 Committee and as Vice-Chair of the 20th Judicial District Integrated Courts. David lives in Superior with his wife Julie and their two young children.
Dan Mellish

Dan Mellish

Director

Dan is one of the founding directors of the Louisville History Foundation. He has served on the Louisville Historical Commission for over 12 years, currently serving as its Chairman. He spends much of his time with his wife, Heather, and 4 kids. He also enjoys travel, eating well, and any outdoor activity around Louisville!. He has worked at Avnet for 8 years, focused on new business development for emerging markets. Dan earned a BA in History from Yale University.

Ex-oficio Directors

Bridget Bacon

Bridget Bacon

Museum Coordinator, Louisville Historical Museum

Bridget has worked for the City of Louisville as the Museum Coordinator of the Louisville Historical Museum since 2004. After having worked as an attorney for Jones Day, a corporate law firm, she moved with her husband and two daughters to Louisville in 1992. She served as a volunteer on the Board of Trustees of the Louisville Public Library for ten years from 1995 to 2004, including three years as Chair. Some of her proudest accomplishments are her advocacy for three successful Louisville ballot issues: the 2002 lodging tax for maintaining the City’s recreational and cultural facilities, the $7.4 million bond issue in 2003 for the construction of the new Louisville Public Library building, and the 2008 sales tax increase to create the Louisville Historic Preservation Fund. Bridget is also a past President of the Association of Northern Front Range Museums. When she isn’t talking with people about Louisville, she enjoys working in the perennial garden of her Louisville yard.