MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

FRED SIMON

President

My wife, Karen Steinhoff and I live just outside of New Prague.  I worked at Chart Industries for 34 years in Manufacturing Engineering and Human Resources. I am enjoying retirement and dedicate my time at the Peace Center and at Mala Strana as a Certified Ombudsman Volunteer.

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ART GROGEN

Secretary

Unlike most on this Board I didn't grow up in the New Prague area until I moved here from Jordan in 1986.  I've always had a deep interest in history and genealogy and feel that we can all add to the history of this locality and help preserve this history as a means to gauge where New Prague has come from to the present time.

DENNIS DVORAK

Board Member

My interest in local history began as chairman of New Prague's National Bi-Centennial Celebration in 1976.  In 1981, our group formed the New Prague Area Historical Society. I have a keen interest in recording stories and preserving New Prague's history. My ultimate goal has been to instill a sense of pride and understanding the history of New Prague and surrounding communities.

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TASHA (TOPKA)

KALLAL

Board Member

I grew up in New Prague. Like many, I moved away, married, started a family and found my way back home. I value my deep roots and our community's rich history. Preserving memories of those who trudged the way is important to me. Documenting who we are as a group today is also important. We are Living History!  

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KRISTIN (FRANEK) SCHROERS

Board Member

I'm a RN and my husband and I have four children. Discovering and preserving the history of our community is a passion of mine. I enjoy sharing these stories of the bygone era with fellow historians. 

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KELLY (NASH) 

HENDERSON

Vice President

I grew up just outside of New Prague.

My husband and I are enjoying raising our young daughter in New Prague. I am an attorney. Studying history has always been one of my passions.

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BRUCE WOLF

Treasurer

I grew up on a dairy farm outside of  New Prague. My wife Becky raised our four children in town. I am a retired Community Bank President. Preserving and promoting our local history helps us to build upon our past and strengthen the fabric of our community. 

JAMES SIMON

Board Member

I am a retired teacher and lifelong resident of New Prague. I collect New Prague advertising items and have a strong interest in the events that formed our community. 

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KELSEY (BECKER)

WEINANDT

Board Member

I grew up and currently reside in New Prague. I enjoy learning about the history of New Prague and the surrounding area. To me, it is fascinating to take in the progression of our community through stories from local individuals, as well as photographs and artifacts from the past. 

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TOM VANASEK

Board Member

I grew up in New Prague. After raising our family in Lakeville, my wife Meg and I moved back to the New Prague area a few years ago. Our community has a very rich history and it is important to document and promote it.

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