Our professional and friendly staff consists of three full and part-time employees who implement programs and oversee the day-to-day operations. Other individuals serve the organization on a contractual basis.
Celeste has over 20 years experience working in the museum field and became Executive Director of CAM in May 2004. While pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Art History at UC Santa Cruz, she was introduced to museum work when she assisted with the development of a mobile art museum that traveled to elementary schools. She became fascinated with the vibrant role museums can play in communities in learning about history, science, and the arts. She interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and the San Jose Museum of Art. Celeste's first [paid] job in the museum field was at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History where she had a hand in both administration and education programs. She worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at a start-up museum, the National Steinbeck Center, where she developed county-wide K-12 programs and cultivated partnerships in a predominately Latino community. Celeste graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies, where she was named the “Outstanding Student of the Liberal Arts Department.” Celeste currently is: on the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program; a Co-Coordinator of Californians Connecting to Collections; a member of the California Alliance of Arts Education's Policy Council; and the Western Representative for the National Alliance of State Museum Associations.
Sarah (Post) Sagouspe
Sarah became the Program Coordinator for CAM in June 2008. She obtained her B.A. from San Diego State University in Classics with an emphasis in Classical Humanities and a minor in Art History. In May 2008, Sarah completed her M.A. in Museums Studies from San Francisco State University. Her master’s thesis was titled Building a Better Board in California Historical Societies. Previously, she worked for the San Diego Historical Society and the San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design and interned with the Hayward Area Historical Society and Wells Fargo Historical Services. Sarah has a deep interest in California museums, especially historical societies and small history museums.
Christina became the Program Assistant for CAM in June 2013. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2012 with a degree in the History of Art with an emphasis on Ancient Mediterranean art history and archaeology. While there, she focused on Bronze Age Mediterranean (specifically Crete, Anatolia, the Levant, and Egypt) and their relationships in the history or art through contact and trade routes. Outside of working at CAM, the City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department and the Surf Museum in Santa Cruz, she is learning Ancient and Modern Greek in hopes of traveling to many different areas in the Mediterranean and returning for higher education someday.