The Lincoln Special Board

Ed Ernstes


Ed Ernstes was born and raised in a large, Catholic family in Greensburg, Indiana. A decorated Army veteran, he had the opportunity to travel extensively while stationed abroad in the 70s. In his civilian career, Ed received degrees in radio and television from Ball State and San Diego State; he then excelled as a TV reporter

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Emily Cranfill


Emily Cranfill’s journey is steeped in American history; she earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Gettysburg College, during which time she worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the American Museum in Britain. Emily then...

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Shannon Brown


Shannon is a historian and researcher whose lifelong fascination with Abraham Lincoln led her to join the team that re-created the world's only full-scale replica of the entire Lincoln Funeral Train.

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Margaret Petza


Margaret is a member of SAG-AFTRA’s National Women’s Committee and Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and board member of Washington-Mid Atlantic SAG-AFTRA local.

Margaret was also a Production Assistant for President Barack Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Lincoln Memorial Concert.

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C. Ellen Connally


C. Ellen Connally served as a law clerk for the 8th District Court of Appeals and magistrate for  the Cuyahoga County Probate Court before her election to the Cleveland Municipal Court in 1980, where she served until 2004.  In that election she became the first black woman in Ohio to be elected judge without first being appointed.

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Kathy Cookerly

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After a twenty year career in the world of ballet she joined the Indianapolis Zoo as part of their Institutional Advancement team.

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