Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors represents the diversity of museums in California, which vary greatly in size, discipline, geographical region, and mission.
Current members of the CAM Board of Directors:
Lauren Baines, Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
Carolynn Birilli, Assistant Curator, Museums of Lake County
Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora
David Burton, Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum
Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center (CAM President)
Horacio Correa, Jr., Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center (CAM Treasurer)
John Echeveste, CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Tomoko Kuta, Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, San Diego Botanic Garden (CAM Vice President)
Katrice Lee, Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Art Center Foundation (CAM Vice President)
Kevin McGarry, Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
Delta Pick Mello, Executive Director/CEO, Sacramento History Alliance
Kristen Mihalko, Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
Rick Noguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum
Brittani Orona (Hupa), Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies and Human Rights, UC Davis; Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University (Fall 2022)
Solimar Salas, VP of Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art
Christine Stokes, Executive Director, Coronado Historical Association (CAM Secretary)
Leah Van Der Mei, Director of Public Operations, California Academy of Sciences
W. Richard West, Jr., President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West
(Interim Director, de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University)
Lauren Baines has over ten years’ experience in the arts sector and currently serves as the Interim Director of the de Saisset Museum. Previous positions include roles with Montalvo Arts Center, Palo Alto Arts Center, and several Bay Area performing arts companies. She is committed to social justice, decolonization, and DEAI initiatives within and through the arts sector. Baines served eight years on the Steering Committee of genARTS Silicon Valley and five years on the de Saisset’s Museum Enhancement Board. Baines holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Santa Clara University and Mills College in Art History, Theatre Arts, and Psychology.
(Assistant Curator, Museums of Lake County)
Carolynn Birilli is the Assistant Curator at the Museums of Lake County. Her experience includes both volunteer and paid positions at small sites for the past 11 years, working on events and fundraising. Her background is in fundraising, social media management, and graphic design. Currently, she is completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Graphic Design.
(Senior Director of Education, Museum of the African Diaspora)
Demetri Broxton joined the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in January 2016 as the Director of Education. An Oakland-native, Broxton has over 18 years of experience working in the field of education and the arts. The department he leads helps to connect youth, educators, and the public to the historical, cultural, and intellectual contributions of the worldwide African Diaspora. Demetri graduated from San Francisco State University with an M.A. in Museum Studies with a dual emphasis on Education and Curatorial Practice. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from UC Berkeley in Art Practice and Education.
(Executive Director, Grace Hudson Museum)
David Burton has been a museum professional for over 21 years, nine of those in senior management and executive leadership. Prior to becoming the director of the Grace Hudson Museum in 2017, he led the Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima, Washington, and before that spent 16½ years in progressively senior roles at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, including director of government affairs and senior director of the Autry’s research institute. David has served on the boards of Arts for LA (regional arts advocacy), the Cante Sica Foundation (documenting the stories of Indian boarding school survivors), and two small theater companies. He recently became a founding board member of the Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance.
(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.
(Chief Operating Officer, Fleet Science Center)
Horacio Correa Jr. joined The Fleet Science Center in 2017 and oversees all administrative areas. Previously, Horacio was the Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer at Partners of the Americas in Washington, DC. Horacio has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of finance and accounting, auditing, government grants and contracts, and information technology (with particular emphasis on upgrading IT infrastructures). With a deep understanding of the mechanics of both for-profit and non-profit, Mr. Correa has also acquired substantial expertise in administration and human resources, including the areas of compensation, benefits, insurance, and facilities. A Gulf War veteran, Mr. Correa spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and received an honorable discharge. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems from Washington Adventist University and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Montgomery College.
(CEO, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes)
John Echeveste joined LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in September 2014. LA Plaza is the country’s only museum dedicated to the history, art, and culture of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. John was previously a partner with VPE Public Relations in South Pasadena for more than 25 years. In that capacity, he helped develop public relations programs for major national accounts. He serves on the boards of the Los Angeles County Library Foundation, California State University Fullerton College of Communications Advisory Board, LA Music & Art School, and has previously chaired the boards and led development campaigns for the Wall Las Memorias, East LA YMCA, the Hispanic Public Relations Association, the Public Relations Global Network and others.
(Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, San Diego Botanic Garden)
Tomoko Kuta joined San Diego Botanic Garden in April 2021. In her role as Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services, she oversees public and student programming, visitor engagement, earned revenue opportunities through admissions and the Garden’s membership program as well as fundraising through grants, individual donors, and sponsorships. Previously with The New Children’s Museum from 2011 to 2021, she contributed to that organization’s tremendous growth. Tomoko began her career over twenty-five years ago while living in Japan and has continued her career in art museums and non-profit organizations in the US. She has a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago where she studied the visual arts through the lens of society’s broader culture and history. At the Garden, she leads a multi-faceted and talented team dedicated to sharing plant wisdom and healthy stewardship of our planet.
(Senior Director of Development and Grants, San Diego Natural History Museum)
Katrice Lee has been a fundraising professional for over 15 years and has been at The Nat for six years. Prior to her current role, she worked in university development securing research funding for UC San Diego and Northwestern University. Katrice is a founding member of The Nat’s committee on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. This important work builds upon her past service as a board member of the UNCF San Diego Council, and as a member of the UC San Diego Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. Katrice received a BA in English from Spelman College and an MA in Writing from DePaul University.
(Director, Carnegie Art Center Foundation)
Lisa McDermott was raised in Turlock, CA, and earned her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1983) and her Master’s Degree in Art History at Boston University (1986). She worked in collections management and curatorial roles at several museums 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 was named Director of the Foundation in 2014. She has juried and curated numerous exhibitions of artists from Central California since 2002. Lisa has also taught Museum Studies as an adjunct professor at Tufts University, and Art Appreciation at Boston University and Modesto Junior College.
(Associate Director for Public Engagement, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation)
Kevin McGarry holds advanced degrees in history and education, and has worked in the field of education for fifteen years—first as a high school history teacher, and later as Director of Student Tours & Teacher Training at the Holocaust Museum of Los Angeles. At SBTHP, Kevin oversees the Visitor Experience, Programs, and Curatorial departments, as well as the Presidio Research Center’s archives and library. He is managing editor of the SBTHP’s bi-annual publication, La Campana, and has helped recently craft and implement SBTHP’s new Strategic and DEI plans.
(Executive Director/CEO, Sacramento History Alliance)
Delta Pick Mello manages the Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento Living History, Old Sacramento Visitors Center and the popular Old Sacramento Underground Tours, as well as provides support for the Center for Sacramento History. She has been in the Museum Management field for nearly 30 years having worked as Marketing and Community Relations Director for the Sacramento Zoo, Membership and Development Director for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and Executive Director for the California Automobile Museum. She is passionate about Sacramento, its history, and its Museum community and she is currently the Chair for the Sacramento Area Museums which produces Sacramento region’s annual Free Museum Day.
(Director of Operations, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership)
Kristen Martinez Mihalko is the Director of Operations for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, where she manages internal operations and oversees several collaborative programs, including the Parkwide IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) Working Group. An advocate for career development and personal growth, she currently serves on the board of Western Museums Association and Balboa Art Conservation Center. Past service includes: Treasurer and Secretary, Rising Arts Leaders San Diego; President, San Diego Emerging Museums Professionals; and Secretary, National Emerging Museum Professionals Network. She has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from National University and leadership certificate from University of San Diego.
(Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum)
Rick Noguchi oversees the strategic direction of the Japanese American National Museum, including the programming, marketing and communications, and finance and facilities. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors having worked at The James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and the Arizona Humanities Council. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Cultures’ Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative and on the Steering Committee for the Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy—Los Angeles Chapter. He is the author of two collections of poetry and a children’s book. He received an MFA from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
(Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies and Human Rights, UC Davis; Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, San Diego State University)
Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights at UC Davis. She currently works as Tribal Affairs Program Manager for the California Department of Parks and Recreation and helps set policy surrounding Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Memorandums of Understanding involving traditional ecological knowledge in State Parks, and large-scale land use projects. She works closely with federally and non-federally recognized tribes to highlight the continued environmental stewardship, survival, and resilience of California Indian people.
(VP of Museum Content and Programming, Museum of Latin American Art)
Solimar Salas has worked on 100+ exhibitions in different aspects including bilingual content development, interpretive programming, and web content management. She oversaw the successful creation of a bilingual online database for Puerto Rican artists at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Solimar served as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Association of Museum of Puerto Rico and as part of the National Program Committee for the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA. She also participated in the Smithsonian Visiting Professional Program and has spoke on diversity in museums and technology. Solimar holds an MA in Museum Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, an MBA in Management of Information Systems from the Universidad del Sagrado Corazon, and a BA in Biological Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
(Executive Director, Coronado Historical Association)
As the director of the Coronado Historical Association and 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. 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.
(Director of Public Operations, California Academy of Sciences)
Leah Van der Mei has over 15 years of experience in non-profit cultural institutions. Leah joined the Academy in 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the overall experience for the 1.3 million visitors annually. A large portion of her responsibilities include overseeing the budget as well as managing a diverse team of over one hundred staff members. As a longtime advocate for inclusive employment, she has been a Board Member of The Arc of San Francisco; ADA Coordinator for the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability; Bay Area Arts Access Steering Committee Member; Chair, Quality Teacher Education Act; and the developer of the Museums4Inclusion initiative, a unique museum career pathway model for individuals with disabilities.
(President and CEO, Autry Museum of the American West)
W. Richard West, Jr. serves as the President and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles and is Director Emeritus and Founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He is a citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and a member of the Southern Cheyenne Society of Peace Chiefs. Rick currently is a member of the Board of Directors of ICOM-US, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, and Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums. He previously served on the Boards of the Ford Foundation, Stanford University, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. He also was Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Museums (1998-2000) and Vice President of the International Council of Museums (2007-2010).