Our Board of Directors represents the diversity of museums in California, which vary greatly in size, discipline, geographical region, and mission.
(Vice President of Operations, The Tech Museum of Innovation)
Bill Bailor has been the Vice President of Operations at The Tech Museum of Innovation since 2006 and currently oversees numerous functions—from evening programming and guest services to the Tech Store, volunteer services, and human resources. Bill worked with the State Department of Education on high school curriculum and led a team to pass legislation to assist in career path education for students not necessarily going directly to a college or university after graduation. In addition to sitting on high school academy boards, he recently launched The Tech into two endeavors: adopting an entire local elementary school to make them a STEM-focused school and participating in the California After school Network.
Anthony Brown, CAM Treasurer
(VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific)
Anthony Brown has served as the vice president of finance and chief financialofficer for the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2010. Anthony’s background includestwenty-plus years of progressive accounting and finance related experience fornon-profit as well as publicly held corporations. He has an accounting degreefrom the University of San Francisco and earned his master of businessadministration with an emphasis in accounting. Anthony is a Southern Californianative and currently resides in Torrance, CA.
(Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center)
Jennifer Caballero creates and executes both general and targeted marketing initiatives to promote the Skirball Cultural Center and its programs. She is responsible for multimedia promotion, cultivates in-kind and paid sponsorships, and oversees strategy on community-based marketing, branding, and market research. Jennifer has particularly deep experience in promoting a culturally specific institution to a broad audience; prior to joining the Skirball, she was Manager of Marketing, PR, and Audience Development at the Pacific Asia Museum. She holds a BA in American Studies from Scripps College.
Michaeleen Gallagher, CAM Past President
(Director of Education and Environmental Programs, Sunnylands Center and Gardens)
Michaeleen Gallagher has a B.A. in Art History and a M.S. in Evironmental Policy & Management. She has developed curriculum and programming at the Reuben H. Fleet Science and Technology Center in San Diego, The Living Desert in Palm Desert, and the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in North Carolina. She spent three years teaching in Japan, has been a symposium speaker for wildlife organizations in NC and VA; and has two published teacher guides for the IMAX™ films, The Magic of Flight and Everest, and in 2014 published the book Art & Nature: The Gardens of Sunnylands. She is now the Director of Education & Environmental Programs at Sunnylands, developing science, art programming, and sustainability policies.
(Director, Malki Museum)
Jasmin Gonzalez served as Director of the Malki Museum from August 2014 through September 2017. While serving as director of the Malki Museum she launched a series of projects that included exhibit updates, archival development, and the development of an educational program. Jasmin has also work as an Oral History consultant for small museums and cultural centers. Jasmin received her BA in History, from California State University, San Bernardino in 2014. She is currently working on her Master’s in Education.
(Executive Director-Curator, Humboldt Arts Council/Morris Graves Museum of Art)
Jemima Harr is the Executive Director-Curator for the Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art. With degrees in Art History as well as Museum & Gallery Practices from Humboldt State University, Jemima has collaborated on countless museum programs, including with the San Francisco Airport Museum, the Triton Museum of Art, and the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis. She was also the North Coast region’s Regional Coordinator for CAM’s California Networks for Collaboration program.
Keasha Dumas Heath, CAM Vice President
(Board Member, The Museum of African American Art)
Keasha Dumas Heath is a member of the board of directors for The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) in Los Angeles, where she helps guide the museum’s communications, member engagement, visitor experience, community outreach, and program development. Keasha currently serves on CAM’s Government Relations and Membership committees, and she has represented CAM at AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Keasha holds an M.A. in English from Howard University and is an alumna of the GettyFoundation’s Multicultural Internship Program.
(Executive Director, Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego)
Luanne Kanzawa has been with the Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego since 1999. She is serves on the board of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Balboa Park Committee, and North American Japanese Gardens Assocation. Luanne has a B.S. in Psychology, in addition to obtaining certification in Professional Grant Writing and Masters in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of San Diego.
Mark Katrikh, CAM Vice President
(Director, Museum Operations & Experience, Museum of Tolerance)
Mark Katrikh is responsible for the day-to- day operations as well as theexperiences of staff and visitors in the Museum of Tolerance. Prior to theseresponsibilities, Mark lead the team that develops and delivers professionaldevelopment training programs at the museum. He has a degree in BusinessAdministration from the University of Southern California, with a focus onManagement and Organizational Behavior, and completed his graduate studiesin Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida. Mark is a graduateof CAM’s Leaders of the Future training in foresight strategies.
Karen Kienzle, CAM President
(Director, Palo Alto Art Center)
Prior to her appointment at the Palo Alto Art Center, Karen Kienzle served as Assistant Director for Exhibitions, Education, and Community Outreach at the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Karen Kienzle provides vision and direction for the Palo Alto Art Center, a vibrant community organziation that serves 130,000 people anually. She received her B.A. in the history of art from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in museum studies from San Francisco State University. Karen is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute and CAM’s Leaders of the Future training in foresight strategies. She is a lecturer in the museum studies department at San Francisco State University.
(Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo)
Kimberly Kirkhart has worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo since 1996 and currently serves as the Director of Membership. She is responsible for the Zoo’s Membership Program, including strategy and budget, direct mail, database administration, sales, coordination of the Zoo’s e-communications, and service to more than 15,000 Member households. Kim has co-chaired a group for membership professionals in Southern California, is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Alliance of Museums, and currently serves as chair of CAM’s Membership Committee.
(Board Member, Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum)
Phil Kohlmetz, formerly the Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum, continues to work on behalf of non-profit, public-benefit cultural organizations. Since moving into the museum field in 2003, he helped launch the Snoopy License Plate, raised over $3 million for capital projects focused on artifact preservation and public interpretation, and completed an Organizational Assessment with AAM’s Museum Assessment Program. He is the chair of the CAM License Plate Committee, is a CAM past president, and previously chaired CAM's Legislative Committee.
Nicole Lim, CAM Vice President
(Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center)
Nicole Lim has earned advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and University of San Francisco School of Law. She is Pomo and hasworked for the National Indian Justice Center and the California Indian Museumand Cultural Center (CIMCC) since 1996. As Executive Director of the CIMCC,she works to develop exhibits, educational programs and curricular resourcesthat represent Native American perspectives. She founded the Tribal YouthAmbassadors program in 2010, the program received the National Arts andHumanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on Arts andHumanities in 2016. California Governor Edmund Brown appointed her to theBoard of Directors, 4th District Agricultural Association, Sonoma-Marin Fair,where she served from 2013-2017. Nicole currently serves on CAM’sGovernment Relations committee.
(Assistant Vice President of Development, Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
Caroline Maddox joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2015, after working as the Development Director for the Georgia Museum of Art. She oversees a set of annual giving programs including membership, Curator's Circle, Avant-Garde, six art councils, three acquisition groups and LACMA's annual fund. In earning her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Art Education, she completed a dissertation on building a culture of philanthropy at LACMA. Caroline also holds a Master's degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and two undergraduate degrees in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Georgia.
(Director, Carnegie Art Center Foundation)
Lisa McDermott was raised in Turlock, CA, and earned her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1983). She worked as an intern in the curatorial departments of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service and at Hearst Castle, before moving to complete her Master’s Degree in Art History at Boston University (1986). She worked in collections management and curatorial roles at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (1987-93), the Davis Museum at Wellesley College (1993-2000), and the San Jose Museum of Art (2000-01) before returning to her hometown. She served as the City of Turlock’s Arts Facilitator from 2001 to 2009, providing administrative and curatorial support to the Turlock City Arts Commission and managing the operations of the original Carnegie Arts Center. Lisa coordinated plans for the restoration and expansion of the Carnegie following a devastating fire in 2005, and assisted in the transfer of responsibility for the new center’s operations from the City to the non-profit Carnegie Arts Center Foundation. She served as the Foundation’s Assistant Director beginning in 2010 and was named Director in 2014. Among the major exhibitions she has coordinated at the new Carnegie are Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau and Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection. She has juried and curated numerous exhibitions of artists from Central California since 2002. Lisa has also taught Museum Studies as an adjunct professorat Tufts University, and Art Appreciation at Boston University and Modesto Junior College.
Ileana Maestas, CAM Secretary
(Associate Park and Recreation Specialist, California State Parks)
Ileana has worked at California State Parks for over 13 years. For seven of those years, she was the curator of the State Indian Museum where she maintained a collection of over 10,000 Native American objects and coordinated several exhibits about Native American basketry. In her current position she is a tribal liaison and helps with policy development regarding California Indian access tomuseum collections at California State Parks. In addition, Ileana is also an environmental coordinator and manages all the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for her park district. She has presented at CAM conferences on the topics of deaccessioning, NAGPRA and museum consultation with Native American tribes. In her spare time, Ileana sits on the board of the West Sacramento Historical Society where she helps with exhibits, collections and fundraising.
(Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts)
Joaquin Ortiz is the Director of Innovation at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego. He specializes in learning design, visitor engagement strategies, and digital media. He holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in learning design and technology. In his time at MOPA, he oversaw the development of the educational outreach program Seniors Exploring Photography, Identity, and Appreciation (SEPIA) that reaches older adults throughout the county through hands-on art making and appreciation experiences. He also led MOPA’s initiative to increase technology interactive exhibits within the museum’s exhibitions, including one of the nation’s first crowd-sourced exhibitions, Soapbox! The Audience Speaks. He has presented on learning, technology, and visitor engagement at regional conferences, such as the Western Museums Association, technology conferences, such as Museums and the Web, and diverse industry conferences, such as the UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Annual Conference
Amanda Tello Rawson
(Major Gifts Officer, San Jose Museum of Art)
Amanda Rawson has worked in a variety of positions at the San Jose Museum of Quilts &Textiles (SJMQT) since 2015, starting as a collections intern and gaining responsibility in organizational and fund development initiatives. Prior to SJMQT, she worked at MACLA in San Jose and received her bachelor’s in Art History from UC Berkeley. Amanda served on the 2015 Western Museum Association’s Host Committee, is actively involved in genARTS Silicon Valley, a public art non-profit titled Exhibition District, and Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA.
Joy Tahan Ruddell
(Board Member, Camron-Stanford House Museum)
Joy Tahan Ruddell is a member of the board of directors for the Camron-Stanford House Museum in Oakland, California. She currently serves on CAM’s Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committee as well as the CAM Program Committee. With over 20 years of museum collections and registration experience, Joy also works with many small museums helping them build capacity through creative problem solving and determining scalable solutions tocare for their collections while connecting to their community.
(CEO, Kidspace Children’s Museum)
Originally a native of Los Angeles, Michael joined the Kidspace Children’s Museum team as the CEO in August of 2011. Since then the Kidspace team has increased attendance by 59% and earned revenue by 82%, while significantly increasing museum access to low income families. In 2016 Kidspace served over 60,000 low income families with free and reduced admission programs. Several new exhibit experiences have been opened recently including the Galvin Physics Forest, the Imagination Workshop maker space, the S. Mark Taper Foundation Early Childhood Learning Center, the Arroyo Adventure, and most recently the Storyteller’s Studio. Kidspace was recently honored by the mom blog “Hula Frog” as the #1 child-friendly museum in thenation.
Prior to Kidspace, Michael held leadership positions with the Discovery Science Place, the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, the Science Museum Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Flight Academy, and the Aerospace Science and Technology Education Center .Michael holds a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from California State University, Northridge. He serves on the board of directors for Zanshin-Do Ministries and Community Bank Board of Community Advisors. Michael is also a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museum’s Museum Assessment Program and serves as a field and grant panel reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
(Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association)
As the Director of the Coronado Museum of Art and History, Christine Stokes oversees the Coronado Historical Association's museum, archives, and research library. She manages the museum's exhibitions, history publications, and community heritage program and awards. Christine serves on CAM’s Government Relations and Green Museum Initiative Committees. She received her B.A. in history from U.C. Santa Barbara and her M.A. in history museums studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
(VP of Research and Public Programs, San Diego Natural History Museum)
Michael Wall has been with his current institution since 2006. He currently serves as Vice President of Research and Public Programs. He has a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate and Master’s work at Auburn University in Alabama. He has extensive experience as a teacher, lecturer, and published author.
(Science Program and Facility Coordinator, Randall Museum)
Driven to increase science understanding in our communities, Marcus Wojtkowiak is a dedicated Museum Education Program Manager specializing in public engagement and interdisciplinary collaboration. Marcus began performing informal educational shows and demonstrations at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where he was inspired to advance his career. In 2010 Marcus moved to San Francisco to complete his Masters’ in Museum Studies and Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University. He now manages science programs at Randall Museum, a public/private art and science center, where he is the Science Program and Facility Coordinator. Currently Marcus is thrilled to be involved in the Randall Museum’s $7.5M facility and exhibit renovation with the California State Nature Education Facilities Program.