Our Board of Directors represents museums of varying sizes, disciplines, locations, and diverse missions. The board meets quarterly in various locations across the state and terms of service are for a two-year period, beginning at the annual meeting in February or March. Below is a list of CAM's current Board of Directors.
One of the benefits of membership in CAM is the opportunity to vote on our Board of Directors. If you are a current individual or institutional member, you will receive a ballot in early January 2014.
Executive Director, Charles Paddock Zoo
Alan Baker has worked in the zoo field for over 25 years. After spending several years at the Sacramento Zoo as zoo supervisor, he became the director of the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. He has instituted the zoo's new master plan based on Biodiversity Hot Spots. The zoo is striving to create a unique conservation/education experience for its visitors. Alan promotes Green design and practices in both zoo facilities and construction as well as the highest quality animal care.
Director of Marketing and Communications, The Broad Museum
Alex Capriotti oversees a range of projects for The Broad, including marketing, public relations, visitor services, online properties, social media, and more. She was previously the Director of Marketing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She started her museum career at the Skirball Cultural Center, has served on CAM’s Program, Membership, and Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committees, and has been a Getty Scholarship recipient through CAM for the past four years. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, J. Paul Getty Trust
Stephen Clark has worked in art museums most of his life, starting at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and a year as Assistant Director of the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Art and Design). After law school, he was in private practice in Manhattan for several years before returning to MoMA as Assistant General Counsel. Stephen left MOMA as Deputy General Counsel in 2008 to accept his current position with the J. Paul Getty Trust. He served on the Board of the Museum Association of New York, including two terms as President, and has served for many years on the faculty of the annual ALI-ABA conference "Legal Issues of Museum Administration." He has spoken frequently about legal aspects of art and museums.
Susan Bernstein Enowitz
Susan Enowitz recently retired from her position as the Executive Director of the Coronado Museum of History & Art. She has a master’s degree in Anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas, Mexico. Previously she worked for the San Diego Museum of Man for 16 years as the Education Coordinator. Susan has previously served on the board of CAM, the Western Museums Association, and the American Association of Museums (AAM)’s Education Committee. She has received the AAM Education Committee’s Award for Excellence, five Kellogg Fellowships, and a Fulbright Foundation Fellowship.
Director of Education and Environmental Programs, Sunnylands Center and Gardens
Michaeleen Gallagher has been working in the field of non-profit science education for over 20 years, and 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. She is now the Director of Education & Environmental Programs at Sunnylands, developing science and art programming, and sustainability policies. Michaeleen currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA.
James R. Gilson - VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President and General Counsel, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Administrator, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
James Gilson oversees legal, insurance, and regulatory matters for the largest natural and cultural history museum in the Western United States. He also manages the world famous La Brea tar pits and Page Museum and the William S. Hart Museum. He has overseen numerous major projects, including the Museum’s reaccreditation, the spin-off of the Petersen Automotive Museum, and the $85 million financing for the Museum’s renovation project.
Assistant Museum Director/Registrar, Table Mountain Rancheria
Cristina Gonzales is the Assistant Museum Director/Registrar for a Central California Tribe where she cares for an extensive ethnographic collection. She is a Core Advisor for the California Indian Heritage Center, which will replace the State Indian Museum in Sacramento, and the former Archivist for the Tulare Historical Museum. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy University’s Museum Studies program.
Senior Director of Exhibits & Design, California Academy of Sciences
As head of Exhibits and Design, Robin Groesbeck is responsible for providing vision and developing innovative strategies of public engagement through leadership of the Exhibits and Creative Studio Departments. She was formerly Deputy Director for Art & Programs at the Asian Art Museum, where she led curatorial, education, collections management and exhibition programs. At The Field Museum, Chicago, she was Director of Exhibitions with a staff of 110. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Supervisor, Museum Sevices and Archives, Archaeology, History, and Museums Division, California State Parks
Paulette Hennum, a collections management professional for over 25 years, is a Curator with California State Parks. She is an active member of the American Association of Museums, the Western Museums Association, and CAM. She has served as an officer, board member, program advisor, peer reviewer, collections care assessor and grant reviewer.
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 a founding member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and currently serves on the Balboa Park Committee, San Diego Museum Council, and various committees in Balboa Park. 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.
Executive Director, Palo Alto Arts 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. Kienzle has held curatorial intern positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 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 CAM’s Leaders of the Future training in foresight strategies.
Director, National Ag Science Center
Michele Laverty has been working in the museum field for over ten years. She manages all aspects of the new science center project including the recent launch of Ag In Motion, a mobile agricultural science classroom which has reached over 15,000 students in its first year of operation and was awarded the 2012 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Outstanding Visitor Experience by the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) . Michele is passionate about sharing the connection between science, agriculture and careers. She has been an active member of the Association of Technology and Science Centers and has served on CAM’s Legislative and Program Committees. She has been an advocate at both the state and federal level for science and museums. Michele has presented at professional conferences on topics ranging from teacher professional development to legislative advocacy.
VP Government Relations and Special Projects, Aquarium of the Pacific
Barbara Long has been with the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2000, and is responsible for government relations and major projects including Shark Lagoon, the LEED Platinum watershed classroom, the Ocean Science Center, the Molina Animal Care Center, and the retail store renovations. She oversees a NASA-funded program and the Whales: Voices in the Sea project, an interactive exhibit placed in seven museums. Long also oversees the Aquarium’s sustainability programs, will chair AZA’s 2013 national Green Summit in South Carolina, and is on the steering committee of the Los Angeles Regional Collaboration on Climate Change Adaptation (LARC). Long serves as the Aquarium’s corporate secretary and is an e-Rotarian.
Shawn E. Lum - SECRETARY
Executive Director, Vacaville Museum
Shawn Lum has been the Executive Director of the Vacaville Museum for over 11 years. In addition to a degree in costume history, she has experience in administration, public programs and education. She currently serves on the CAM Executive Board as Secretary and co-chairs the CAM Collaborative Learning Networks Committee along with service on the CAM Program Committee since 2007. Previously she served on the CAM Board of Directors in 2001, and co-chaired the CAM Program Committee in 2008 and 2009. Her other professional affiliations include current service as Treasurer on the Vacaville Conference and Visitor's Bureau Executive Committee.
Director, UC Davis Design Museum
Tim McNeil is also the chair of the Department of Design and a design professor at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches exhibition planning and design. Tim is an advocate for greener museums and exhibition environments, and a partner in the Los Angeles based design firm Muniz/McNeil. Previously, he was a senior exhibition designer for the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center and Getty Villa.
Executive Director, Children’s Creativity Museum
Michael Nobleza has been with the Children's Creativity Museum (CCM) in San Francisco for over six years, serving as the Director of Development & Marketing prior to becoming Executive Director. Prior to CCM, Michael managed the school services for the Zimmer Children's Museum's youTHink outreach program, which engages K-12 students throughout the greater Los Angeles area in dialogue about social issues through art. Michael is passionate about nonprofit organizational development and diversity training/community engagement.
Ed Prohaska - PRESIDENT
CFO and Vice President of Enterprise Development, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ed Prohaska joined Monterey Bay Aquarium as CFO in 2002, following nine years with museums in and around Los Angeles, including Japanese American National Museum and Pacific Asia Museum. At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Ed oversees financial operations, information services, and business enterprises. Ed has an MBA and a master’s degree in history, and is a CPA. Ed started his career in public accounting and corporate banking. Ed co-chaired the Program Committee for the Western Museums Association 2009 Conference, with a theme of Sustainable Practices. Ed also serves on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee KQED, Public Media for Northern California.
Grace Celestina Stanislaus
Executive Director, Museum of the African Diaspora
A trained art historian with a Masters Degree in Art History from Columbia University, Grace C. Stanislaus was curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Executive Director of the Museum for African Art in New York, and President and CEO of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York before assuming the position of Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora. She was trained through the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Museum Management Institute and has lectured nationally and internationally.
Luke Swetland - TREASURER
President & CEO, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Museum
Luke became the President & CEO Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Museum in 2013. Previously, he was the interim head of the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles. Prior to the Autry, Luke Swetland served as Senior Manager of Bibliographic Services & Editor-in-Chief of AATA Online for the Getty Conservation Institute. He was previously Senior Vice President & Deputy Director at the Japanese American National Museum and Head of Research and Access Programs at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Michigan.
Karen Graham Wade
Director, Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum
Karen Graham Wade has been with her current institution since the 1980s. She holds a MA degree in art history from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, where she focused on museum studies and American architectural history. Previously, she worked in preservation and served as Director of the Gallier House Museum in New Orleans. Karen is involved in various professional organizations, including the American Association for State and Local History for which she currently serves as Mentor Committee chair. She is a graduate of CAM's Leaders of the Future training and serves as co-chair of the Foresight Committee.
VP of Research and Public Programs, San Diego Natural History Museum
Michael Wall has been with his current institution since 2006 as the Director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, Interim VP of Research, and Curator of Entomology. 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.
Director of Marketing, California Academy of Sciences
As Marketing Director at the California Academy of Sciences, Tiffany Zarem leads efforts to drive attendance and cultivate key influencers for the museum, and played a crucial role in the re-branding and launch of the new Academy in 2008. Prior to joining the Academy, Tiffany worked in Marketing & Development at Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum). Tiffany is a graduate of Tufts University and began her career in the advertising industry before the fortunate discovery that she could combine a marketing career with her lifelong passion for exploring museums.