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About the ACHS

Our vision at the Ashland County Historical Society is to provide a fascinating destination for visitors of all ages. 

Meet Our Staff

As stewards of our historical locations and collections, we hope to preserve, educate, and inspire continued generations of involvement. Our staff serves the Ashland community alongside dedicated volunteers, members, and trustees.

  • Jennifer Marquette

    Jennifer Marquette

    Executive Director

    Jennifer Marquette was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio. Her family roots go back to the 1800’s when her family arrived here from Lancaster County, PA. Jennifer graduated from Ashland High School and Ashland College. She has worked for many years as a Human Resources professional and credits much of her professional experience to Ashland Companies such as Archway Cookies and the Garber Company – where she got her start. Jennifer is married to Tom Marquette, who is retired from the Ashland City Schools and they have two grown sons, Scott and Ryan.  They all reside in Ashland.

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  • Wendy Brisbine

    Wendy Brisbine


    Wendy Brisbine grew up in Wooster, Ohio. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and her Master’s Degree in Art History from Kent State University. While attending Kent State, she worked in the collections department of the Kent State University Museum, which led to her employment at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College and the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization. Wendy has a love of history and research, and in addition to her background in historical costume, has a keen interest in antique glass and china. Wendy currently lives in Wooster with her husband, Jeff. They have two sons, Cameron and Riley.

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  • Sydney Miller

    Sydney Miller

    Event Manager

    Sydney Miller is a native of Galion, Ohio. She is a 2019 graduate of Ashland University where she studied Integrated Social Studies Education. She has had a love of history since grade school and spent much of her high school and college years volunteering at the local historical society in her hometown. She spent her college summers working as a tour guide at the Ohio State Reformatory. Upon graduation, she moved to South Carolina where she taught for two years. She returned to her college town when given the opportunity to work again with a historical museum. She and her husband, Robert Miller, spend their free time exploring other museums around the country and loving their pets.

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  • Tommy Hriesik

    Maintenance Supervisor

    Tommy joined the Ashland County Historical Society on June 7, 2021. He is a graduate of Lexington High School, in Lexington, Ohio. After high school, he began working at Mansfield Plumbing Products. His experience in many different departments gave him the skills needed to maintain a property such as the Ashland County Historical Society. His business experience as Nashville Village Council President gave him an appreciation for preserving historic landmarks and artifacts. Today, Tommy maintains all properties for the ACHS and oversees the management of youth and adult volunteers who are interested in maintenance activities.   

  • Cecilia Fonseca

    Cecilia Fonseca

    Marketing & Media Coordinator
    Cecilia Fonseca was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. She is a current senior at Ashland University where she studies political science and history as an Ashbrook Scholar. Studying with Ashbrook, Cecilia has had the chance to learn from some of the most brilliant historical minds in Ashland and she credits most of her interest in history and politics to her professor, Dr. Mcbrayer. Cecilia has also had the opportunity to work as a Senate Page for Senator Mark Romanchuk. Outside of work and school, she enjoys relaxing with her cat, Juna.

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Meet Our Board of Trustees

Megan Steffen


Lori Gribben

Vice President

Tim Rowsey


Marty Schmitz


Dennis Blake

Member at Large

Brian Kellogg

Member at Large

Jeff Reep

Member at Large

Josh Coffy

Member at Large