Our Board of Directors represents the diversity of museums in California, which vary greatly in size, discipline, geographical region, and mission.
(Chief Operating Officer, Community Action Partnership of Orange County)
Bill Bailor is the former CEO of Muzeo, a children's museum in Anaheim. He was the Vice President of Operations at The Tech Museum of Innovation from 2006 to 2018 and oversaw numerous functions—from evening programming and guest services to the Tech Store, volunteer services, and human resources. Bill worked with the State Department of Education on high school curriculum and led a team to pass legislation to assist in career path education for students not necessarily going directly to a college or university after graduation. In addition to sitting on high school academy boards, he recently launched The Tech into two endeavors: adopting an entire local elementary school to make them a STEM-focused school and participating in the California After school Network.
Anthony Brown, CAM Treasurer
(VP of Finance/CFO, Aquarium of the Pacific)
Anthony Brown has been with the Aquarium of the Pacific since 2010. Anthony’s background includes twenty-plus years of progressive accounting and finance related experience for non-profit as well as publicly held corporations. He has an accounting degree from the University of San Francisco and earned his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Anthony is a Southern California native and currently resides in Torrance, CA.
(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.
Jennifer Caballero, CAM President
(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.
Horacio Correa, Jr.
(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. The organization provided overall service and guidance to 80 Community Chapters and three Student Chapters in 35 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries. 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.
Mark Katrikh, CAM Vice President
(Director, Museum Operations & Experience, Museum of Tolerance)
Mark Katrikh is responsible for the day-to- day operations as well as the experiences of staff and visitors in the Museum of Tolerance. Prior to these responsibilities, Mark lead the team that develops and delivers professional development training programs at the museum. He has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, with a focus on Management and Organizational Behavior, and completed his graduate studies in Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida. Mark is a graduate of CAM’s Leaders of the Future training in foresight strategies.
Karen Kienzle, Past President
(Director, Palo Alto Art Center)
Karen Kienzle has provided vision and direction for the Palo Alto Art Center, a vibrant community organization that serves 140,000 people annually, for ten years. 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. 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 the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, and CAM’s Leaders of the Future training in foresight strategies. She is a lecturer in the museum studies department at San Francisco State University.
Kimberly Kirkhart, CAM Secretary
(Director of Membership, Santa Barbara Zoo)
Kimberly Kirkhart has worked at the Santa Barbara Zoo since 1996. She is responsible for the Zoo’s Membership Program, including strategy and budget, direct mail, database administration, sales, coordination of the Zoo’s e-communications, and service to more than 15,000 Member households. In addition to CAM, Kim has co-chaired a group for membership professionals in Southern California and is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Alliance of Museums.
(Deputy Museum Director, New Children's Museum)
Tomoko Kuta has been with The New Children’s Museum since 2011 and oversees the programming for visitors including the exhibitions, art and STEAM studios, educational content, and community outreach initiatives. Part of the leadership team, she contributes to the strategic growth of the organization, fulfilling the museum’s unique mission of providing all children and families with access to engaging contemporary art. Tomoko began museum work over twenty-five years ago while living in Japan and has continued her career in art museums and other arts-focused 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. In her current role as Deputy Museum Director, she leads a large and talented team of non-profit professionals who deeply value museums.
Lisa McDermott, CAM Vice President
(Director, Carnegie Art Center Foundation)
Lisa McDermott was raised in Turlock, CA, and earned her BA in Art History from UC Berkeley (1983). She worked as an intern in the curatorial departments of the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibition Service and at Hearst Castle, before moving to complete her Master’s Degree in Art History at Boston University (1986). She worked in collections management and curatorial roles at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (1987-93), the Davis Museum at Wellesley College (1993-2000), and the San Jose Museum of Art (2000-01) 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 served as the Foundation’s Assistant Director beginning in 2010 and was named Director in 2014. Among the major exhibitions she has coordinated at the new Carnegie are Alphonse Mucha: The Golden Age of Art Nouveau and Childhood Classics: 100 Years of Original Illustration from the Art Kandy Collection. 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.
Delta Pick Mello
(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.
(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.
Joaquin Ortiz, CAM Vice President
(Director of Innovation, Museum of Photographic Arts)
Joaquin Ortiz specializes in learning design, visitor engagement strategies, and digital media. He holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in learning design and technology. In his time at MOPA, Joaquin oversaw the development of the educational outreach program Seniors Exploring Photography, Identity, and Appreciation (SEPIA) that reaches older adults throughout the county through hands-on art making and appreciation experiences. He also led MOPA’s initiative to increase technology interactive exhibits within the museum’s exhibitions, including one of the nation’s first crowd-sourced exhibitions, Soapbox! The Audience Speaks. He has presented at regional conferences, national technology conferences, and diverse industry conferences. He currently directs the Department of Visual Learning, a united department of all MOPA education, exhibitions, and curatorial staff.
(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, kidSTREAM Children’s Museum)
Michael Shanklin is a native of Los Angeles and joined the Explore! Children’s Museum as the Executive Director in October of 2019. Explore! Children’s Museum is a startup museum that will be located in the Fort Totten area of Washington, DC and is part of a vibrant community redevelopment plan. Michael was previously the CEO of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena where he led his team on a $13M capital campaign to rejuvenate the museum, significantly increasing attendance, earned revenue, and access for low to moderate income families. He held leadership positions with The Discovery Science Place and was on the senior leadership team for the $29M expansion of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Michael involves himself deeply in local and national causes, having served on the Association of Children’s Museum Board, the California Association of Museums Board, Junior League of Pasadena Advisory Board, and the Smith County Child Welfare Board. He also volunteers his time as an American Alliance of Museums Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program.
(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.
Leah Van Der Mei
(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.
W. Richard West, Jr.
(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).