Our Board of Directors represents the diversity of museums in California, which vary greatly in size, discipline, geographical region, and mission.
Bill Bailor is the 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.
Jennifer Caballero, CAM Vice 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.
(Executive Director-Curator, Humboldt Arts Council/Morris Graves Museum of Art)
Jemima Harr is the Executive Director-Curator for the Humboldt Arts Council in the Morris Graves Museum of Art. With degrees in Art History as well as Museum & Gallery Practices from Humboldt State University, Jemima has collaborated on countless museum programs, including with the San Francisco Airport Museum, the Triton Museum of Art, and the Richard L. Nelson Gallery at the University of California, Davis. She was also the North Coast region’s Regional Coordinator for CAM’s California Networks for Collaboration program.
Keasha Dumas Heath, CAM Vice President
(Board Member, The Museum of African American Art)
Keasha Dumas Heath is a member of the board of directors for The Museum of African American Art (MAAA) in Los Angeles, where she helps guide the museum’s communications, member engagement, visitor experience, community outreach, and program development. Keasha currently serves on CAM’s Government Relations and Membership committees, and she has represented CAM at AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Keasha holds an M.A. in English from Howard University and is an alumna of the Getty Foundation’s Multicultural Internship Program.
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, CAM 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.
(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.
(Board Member, Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum)
Phil Kohlmetz, formerly the Executive Director of the Napa Valley Museum, continues to work on behalf of non-profit, public-benefit cultural organizations. Since moving into the museum field in 2003, he helped launch the Snoopy License Plate, raised over $3 million for capital projects focused on artifact preservation and public interpretation, and completed an Organizational Assessment with AAM’s Museum Assessment Program. He is the chair of the CAM License Plate Committee, is a CAM past president, and previously chaired CAM's Legislative Committee.
(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.
Nicole Lim, CAM Vice President
(Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center)
Nicole Lim has earned advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and University of San Francisco School of Law. She is Pomo and has worked for the National Indian Justice Center and the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) since 1996. As Executive Director of the CIMCC,she works to develop exhibits, educational programs and curricular resources that represent Native American perspectives. She founded the Tribal Youth Ambassadors program in 2010, the program received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities in 2016. California Governor Edmund Brown appointed her to the Board of Directors, 4th District Agricultural Association, Sonoma-Marin Fair,where she served from 2013-2017. Nicole currently serves on CAM’s Government Relations committee.
(Director of Advancement and Strategy, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art [formerly the Assistant Vice President of Development, Los Angeles County Museum of Art])
Caroline Maddox recently moved to Connecticut to serve as the Director of Advancement and Strategy at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest public art museum in the country. In her new position, she oversees the development operation and serves on the leadership team. Previously, she had been with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for four years and was the Development Director for the Georgia Museum of Art. At LACMA, she oversaw a set of annual giving programs including membership, Curator's Circle, Avant-Garde, six art councils, three acquisition groups and LACMA's annual fund. In earning her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Art Education, she completed a dissertation on building a culture of philanthropy at LACMA. Caroline also holds a Master's degree in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art and two undergraduate degrees in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Georgia.
(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.
Ileana Maestas, CAM Secretary
(Associate Park and Recreation Specialist, California State Parks)
Ileana has worked at California State Parks for over 13 years. For seven of those years, she was the curator of the State Indian Museum where she maintained a collection of over 10,000 Native American objects and coordinated several exhibits about Native American basketry. In her current position she is a tribal liaison and helps with policy development regarding California Indian access to museum collections at California State Parks. In addition, Ileana is also an environmental coordinator and manages all the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for her park district. She has presented at CAM conferences on the topics of deaccessioning, NAGPRA and museum consultation with Native American tribes. In her spare time, Ileana sits on the board of the West Sacramento Historical Society where she helps with exhibits, collections and fundraising.
(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.
Amanda Tello Rawson
(Exhibition Committee, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles)
Amanda Rawson has participated in the cultural art sector both as an employee and volunteer for more than seven years. For three years, Amanda worked at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles in donor and external relations, as well as at the San Jose Museum of Art as the Major Gifts Officer. Amanda received her bachelor’s in Art History from UC Berkeley. During her time at CAL, she immersed herself in the art practice department and focused her studies on turn of the 20th century British art. Amanda has recently completed the 2017 cohort of EAP/ SFBA (emerging arts professionals/San Francisco, Bay Area) and was involved with the creative cities affinity group that presented public art at BART during the conference Emergence 2017. She is a current steering committee member for genARTS Silicon Valley, Board member of San Jose’s public art non-profit Exhibition District, and Board member for the California Association of Museums.
Joy Tahan Ruddell
(Vice President, Board of Directors, Camron Stanford House Museum)
Joy Tahan Ruddell is a member of the board of directors for the Camron-Stanford House Museum in Oakland, California. She currently serves on CAM’s Multicultural and Emerging Professionals Committee as well as the CAM Program Committee. With over 20 years of museum collections and registration experience, Joy also works with many small museums helping them build capacity through creative problem solving and determining scalable solutions to care for their collections while connecting to their community.
(Executive Director, Explore! Children’s Museum [formerly the CEO of Kidspace 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.