Our professional and friendly staff consists of full time, part-time, and contractual employees who implement programs and oversee the day-to-day operations.


To reach a staff member by phone, dial 831-471-9970 and enter their extension when prompted. 


Celeste DeWald

Executive Director / x102

Celeste has nearly 25 years of experience working in the museum field. 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 and assisted with a merger between two organizations. She worked as the Director of Education and Public Programs at a start-up museum, the National Steinbeck Center, where she developed K-12 and public programs and cultivated partnerships with social service organizations in a predominately Latino community. Celeste has a Master's Degree in Museums Studies from John F. Kennedy University. She became Executive Director of CAM in May 2004 and has enjoyed being an advocate for museums and helping them become more relevant and effective organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of CalNonprofits and the Coalition of State Museum Associations, haven previously represented the museum field on the Steering Committee of the California Preservation Program and the California Alliance for Arts Education' Policy Council. 


Sharon Layman


Sharon Layman was employed in the Daycare, Preschool and After School Care field as a Center Director for over ten years.  She handled enrollment, staffing, curriculum and bookkeeping. She has been employed as the Children's Ministry Director, Bookkeeper and/or Church Administrator at local churches for over 15 years. Sharon also operated her own Home Daycare for several years.  

Carey Lin

Communications Manager  / x103

Carey joined the CAM team in June 2017 with experience in membership, marketing, and community engagement for nonprofit cultural organizations. Aside from her role with CAM, she is an Adjunct Educator for SFMOMA’s Education and Public Practice department and co-directs Stairwell’s, an itinerant collaborative social practice project with dynamic programs throughout the Bay Area. Carey developed her strong skills in fundraising, membership, and communications through former posts at the Exploratorium, California College of the Arts, Southern Exposure, and the Royal NoneSuch Gallery. She moved to San Francisco in 2008 after earning her M.F.A. at the University of Chicago and her B.A. at New College of Florida. As a visual artist, Carey makes paintings, installations, and ceramic donuts under the moniker Donut Depot. 

Jessica Monahan

Program Manager / x105

Jessica grew up in Chicago and has spent her career in the zoo and aquarium community. She began her career at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and most recently worked as the Director of Public Programs and Guest Engagement at Lincoln Park Zoo. During her tenure, she launched a variety of creative fee-based programs including the adult lecture series, Wine and Wildlife, the family program Sleep Under the Skyscrapers, and Yoga at the Zoo. She has experience in grant-writing and developed interpretive signage and innovative program carts as part of an IMLS Museums for America grant. Jessica has a Masters Degree in Public Service Management (with a concentration in Philanthropy and Volunteerism) from DePaul University and a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Sarah Post Sagouspe

Membership Manager / x106

Sarah has over 15 years of experience working in the California museum field, including nearly 7 years as CAM’s Program Coordinator from 2008–2015. She earned her M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, focusing on membership and fundraising, and her B.A. in Classics with a minor in Art History at San Diego State University. As an undergraduate student, Sarah was first introduced to museum work while serving as a docent for the Villa Montezuma and Marston House in San Diego. She has also held positions at institutions around the state, including the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, the Hayward Area Historical Society, and the National Ag Science Center. Sarah enthusiastically rejoined the CAM team in June 2018 with a new focus on membership. 


Lacey Lieberthal

Administrative Coordinator / x101

Lacey Lieberthal grew up in Santa Barbara, California, but now calls San Francisco home. She received her B.A. in Art History/Arts Management, with a Minor in French Studies, from the University of San Francisco in 2013, and completed a dual M.B.A./M.A. in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in June 2017. Connecting her passion for people and stories, Lacey’s master’s project explored the ways in which museums educate and support staff to prepare for emotionally-charged exhibitions. Prior to joining the CAM team in August 2018, Lacey worked at The Society of California Pioneers, supporting the organization’s operations, membership services, strategic initiatives, and board relations. Lacey brings this experience to serve and advocate for California museums as CAM’s Administrative Coordinator.


Pamela Zielske

Advocacy Manager / x104

Pamela has been managing CAM's government relations and advocacy program since January 2014. She studied law at the Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania and was a practicing attorney in Minnesota and Colorado, most recently serving as an Assistant County Attorney for Dakota County (in St. Paul). Pamela has experience advocating for nonprofit organizations, including drafting legislation and lobbying for the passage of a bill on behalf of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In California, Pamela has experienced firsthand the vital role museums play in communities and schools. 

Mailing Address:

California Association of Museums
P.O. Box 1455
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1455

Shipping Address:

California Association of Museums
115 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, CA 95060