Committees


Like most nonprofits, CAM relies heavily on volunteers to achieve our mission. Each committee’s work is guided by a charter and annual objectives, approved by the Board of Directors. Members of the association are able to serve on "Member Committees". Thank you to all the committee members who volunteer their time and expertise to strengthen and unify California museums.  

MEMBER COMMITTEES

Current CAM Individual, Institutional, and Business Members are eligible to serve on the following committees. Click on "Learn more" below for information on the terms, eligibility, and expectations for committee members. 
 

Collaborative Learning Networks Committee 

The Collaborative Learning Networks (CLN) Committee oversees efforts in creating and fostering collaborative learning networks for the benefit of California museums and museum professionals. The CLN Committee is not currently seeking new members. Learn more
Chair: 
Luanne Kanzawa, Executive Director, Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego


Finance Committee

CAM's Finance Committee reviews financial statements and budgets prior to presentation to the Board of Directors, monitors the organization's financial health, recommends an accounting firm for the organization's annual review, among other responsibiliites. The Finance Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Chair: 
Anthony Brown, VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Members:
Fred Goldstein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Museum Associates, dba Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Michael Shanklin, CEO, Kidspace Children's Museum
Christine Stokes, Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association


Foresight Committee

The Foresight Committee researches current trends, provides findings, and generates and facilitates discussion in order to define strategies for assuring more sustainable futures. The Foresight Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Chair: 
Mark Katrikh, Director of Operations and Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Members:
Ruth Cuadra, Application Systems Analyst, Getty Research Institute*
Lisa Eriksen, Lisa Eriksen Consulting*
Leigh Gleason, Curator of Collections, UCR/California Museum of Photography*
Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Isabelle Lutterodt, Director of Visual Arts, Angels Gate Cultural Center*
Leslie Matamoros, Museum Assistant, Museum of History and Art, Ontario*
Christine Stokes, Musuem Director, Coronado Historical Association
Sam Scott


Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee monitors proposed California legislation that will have an impact on museums, plans advocacy events, and oversee efforts to encourage advocacy from the field. The Government Relations Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Co-Chairs: 
Nicole Myers-Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center 
Michael Shanklin, CEO, Kidspace Children's Museum
Members:
Helen Alonzo, Administrative Assistant, Education Department, Skirball Cultural Center*
Bill Bailor, Vice President of Operations, The Tech Museum of Innovation
Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Arts Center

Fred Goldstein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Museum Associates, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art*
Christine Stokes, Museum Director, Coronado Historical Association
Michael Wall, Vice President of Research & Public Programs, San Diego Natural History Museum
Marcus Wojtkowiak, Science Program and Facility Coordinator, Randall Museum


Green Museums Initiative

The Green Museums Initiative Committee (GMI) was established by in 2006 to inspire California museums to develop green business practices, eco-friendly facility management, and sustainable programming. The Green Museums Initiative is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Co-Chairs: 
Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education and Environmental Programs, Sunnylands Center and Gardens, Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations & Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Members:
Kate Davies, Curator/Writer*
Adrienne McGraw, Executive Director, Gateway Science Museum, CSU Chico*
Jasmin Gonzales, Director, Malki Museum
Jemima Harr, Executive Director-Curator, Humboldt Arts Council/Morris Graves Museum of Art


License Plate Committee

The License Plate Committee supports the promotion and success of the Snoopy special interest license plate. The License Plate Committee is not currently seeking new members. Learn more
Chair: Phil Kohlmetz, Board Member, Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum
Members:
Ileanna Maestas, Environmental Coordinator, California State Indian Museum
Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee promotes CAM membership and supports activities that assist with member acquisition and renewals. The Membership Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Co Chairs: 
Kim Kirkhart, Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo
Bill Bailor, Vice President of Operations, The Tech Museum of Innovation 
Members:
Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art
Jemima Harr, Executive Director-Curator, Humboldt Arts Council/Morris Graves Museum of Art
Caroline Maddox, Assistant Vice President of Development, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ileanna Maestas, Environmental Coordinator, California State Indian Museum
Michelle Powers, Independent Museum Professional


Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committee

The Multicultural and Emerging Professionals (MEP) Committee oversees the organization scholarship programs and professional development activities for emerging and/or multicultural museum professionals. The MEP Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Co Chairs: 
Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts
Marcus Wojtkowiak, Science Program and Facility Coordinator, Randall Museum
Members:
Cristina Gonzales, Assistant Museum Director/Registrar, Table Mountain Rancheria* 
Jasmin Gonzales, Director, Malki Museum
Rebecca Horta, Education Coordinator, Museum of Latin American Art*
Lisa McDermott, Director, Carnegie Art Center Foundation
William Moreno* 
Nicole Myers-Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Michelle Powers, Independent Museum Professional
Joy Tahan-Ruddell, Board Member, Camron Stanford House Museum
Amanda Tello Rawson, Major Gifts Officer, San Jose Museum of Art


Program Committee

The Program Committee supports the success of the annual CAM conference, including the selection of sessions and speakers and the planning of the Host Committee. The Program Committee is accepting applications for new members. Learn more
Co-Chairs: Ruth Caudra, Applications Systems Analyst, Getty Research Institute*

Joy Tahan Ruddell, Board Member, Camron Stanford House Museum
Members: 
Rehena Abbas, Director of Philanthropy, Oakland Museum of California*
Jennifer Caballero, Marketing Director, Skirball Cultural Center
Charlie Castillo, Director of Human Resources & Aministration, Fine Arts Museum San Francisco*
Ryder Diaz, Exhibit Content Developer, California Academy of Sciences*
Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education & Environmental Programs, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
Kanani Hoopai, Director of Education, Mission Inn Foundation*
Doug Jenzen, Executive Director, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center*
Luanne Kanzawa, Executive Director, Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego
Susan Lafferty, Independent Museum Educator*
Cody Lee, Director of Communications, Laguna Art Museum*
Carolin Maddox, Assistant Vice President of Development, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Ileana Maestas, Environmental Coordinator, California State Parks
Joaquin Ortiz, Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts
Michelle Powers, Independent Museum Professional
Stacey Shelnut-Hendricks, Director of Education, Crocker Art Museum*
Amanda Tello Rawson, Major Gifts Office, San Jose Museum of Art
Jennifer Wagelie


STANDING COMMITTEES


Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of the officers of the association and the Chair of the Nominating Committee. They oversee the strategic planning process and the review and compensation of the Executive Director, among other tasks. 
President: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center
Co Vice Presidents: Keasha Dumas Heath, Board member, Museum of African American Art
Mark Katrikh, Director, Museum Operations & Experience, Museum of Tolerance
Nicole Lim, Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Treasurer:Anthony Brown, VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific
Secretary: Ileana Maestas, Environmental Coordinator, California State Indian Museum
Past President: Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education and Environmental Programs, Sunnylands Center and Gardens


Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee annually selects a slate of nominees for election to fill vacant seats on the board. 
Chair: Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Education & Environmental Programs, The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
Members: Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Center 
Phil Kohlmetz, Board Member, Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum

* = Non-Board members

CAM's Executive Director and President are ex-officio members of all committees.