Board of Directors 2019-2020

Kate McLean

Bill Kearney
Vice Chair

Al Lowe

Mike Sedell

Jessica Arciniega
Yissel Barajas
Betsy Chess
Leslie Leavens
Richard Rush
Jim Scanlon
Tom Pecht
David Fukutomi
Peter Zierhut

Read Board Member Bios Here

Special Liaisons and Advisors

George S. Stuart
Curator Emeritus

Linda Kimbrough
Docent Volunteer Council Chair

Cheryl Heitmann
Ventura City Council

Rod Gilbert
Special Advisor

Nan Drake
Special Advisor

Chuck and Eloise Cohen
Special Advisor

Community Involvement

The Museum depends on the volunteer time and talent of many dedicated community members to offer the programs and exhibits it provides each year. We welcome community members who are interested in joining our team to volunteer for one of these committees:

Committees Of The Board

Development Committee oversees fundraising activities to ensure that the Museum has the financial resources to reach and support its mission and annual programs.

Bill Kearney, Chair (Board)
Chuck Cohen
John Orr
Peter Zierhut (Board)
Dr. Richard Rush (Board)
David Fukutomi (Board)

Audit ensures that the Museum’s financial systems are audited regularly by a qualified entity to ensure that they are accurate and meet professional standards.

Jim Scanlon, Chair (Board)
John McConica
Tom Wolfe
Peter Zierhut (Board)

Finance and Investment ensures that the Museum acts as a responsible steward in managing its financial resources to accomplish its mission in an effective and efficient manner, and to adhere to all legal requirements and accounting principles to ensure fiscal responsibility and build public trust.

Mike Sedell, Chair (Board)
Spencer Garrett
Rod Gilbert
Juanita Guzman
Mike Kumazawa
Al Lowe (Board)

Governance reviews the Museum’s leadership and management infrastructure and refines the policies, procedures and legal documents that support best practices for nonprofit organizations and ensure that MOVC moves into the future with the strongest building blocks.

Kate McLean, Chair (Board)
Jim Scanlon (Board)
Caryn Bosson
Sue Chadwick
Sally Yount

Advisory Committees

Accessions considers potential collections and deaccessions of history related materials.

Alice Sweetland, Chair
Bill Bowie
Susan Brown
Annie Hollins
David Leach
Vivian Nelson
Betsy Chess (Board)
Sara Jane Underwood
Gary Wolfe
Ruth Taylor Kilday
Staff: Deputy Director, Collections Manager Curator and Library Director

Agriculture Advisory and Farm Implements advises in the operation of the Agriculture Museum (Ag Museum) and for the development and maintenance of the farm implement collection.

Ag Advisory:
John Lamb, Chair
Yissel Barajas (Board)
Bill Bowie
Susan Brown
Jim Finch
Gordon Kimball
John Krist
Leslie Leavens (Board)
Richard Pidduck
Edgar Terry

Farm Implements:
Bill Bowie, Co-chair
Ken Merideth, Co-chair
Phil and Mimi Whipple Allin
Calvin Beeker
Bob and Susan Brown
Steve Donovan
Richard Keister
Jim Kirkpatrick
Larry Lindgren
Pete Marriott
Neale McNutt
Susan Peterson
Michael Peterson
Ed Russell
Steve Vacca
Tom Laubacher
Mary McGrath

Docent Volunteer provides volunteer services to the Museum.

Linda Kimbrough, Chair
Judie Waters Allen
Mimi Allin
Lila M. Atkisson
Lynn Arneill-Brown
Ruth Austin
Barbara Bean
Jane Blackman
Joanne Bowie
Cherie Brant
Gerry Browning
Ernie Calvillo
Rosalee Calvillo
Joyce E. Cantrell
Glenda Cardona
Connie Casavan
Marion Cole
Roberta Cordell
Richard Dodd
Chris Drucker
Loretta DuBois
Barbara Dupree
Elenor Fishburn
Terri Fulton
Nancy Gallagher
Wendy Gayner Wood
Ross Goodman
Kristine Guzman
Linda Hadlen
Angie Heald
Jack Hewson
Barbara Hilburn

Kay Hill
Judy Hodson
Jim Holden
Jeanne Hunt
Linda Kimbrough
Saria Kraft
Robin Lamar
Ilse Lang
Rosemarie Magness
Marcia Marcus
Pat Masterson
Harriest McNamara
Suzy Melonas
Teddi Morris
Vivian Nelson
Barbara Niles
Merle Oberg
Jeanne Pruitt
Anna Marie Reilly
Ron Rodriguez
Beverly Russel
Joyce Schoppe
Mary Schwabauer
Louise Sharp
George Short
Kathy Sisson
Karilyn Steward
Mary Stewart
Barara Topping
Marian Totheroh
Robert Tovias
Linda Velthoen
Mary Volpe
Peggy Watson
Tessa Weeks
Dotty Wheeler
Sylvia Wikholm
Alberta Word

Endowment creates a strong and stable base of continued support for the MOVC through Endowment Funds

Chuck Cohen
Spencer Garrett
Bill Kearney (Board)
John Lamb
Tom Laubacher
Marshall Milligan
John Orr
Richard Pidduck
Jeff Smith
Esther Wachtell

Fine Arts promotes interest, appreciation, education and research in art through exhibits, collection, conservation, and preservation of fine and decorative art for the edification of the Museum audience

Pam Small, Chair
Linda Edison
Bobbi Dufau
Kathy Brooks
Susan Brown
Nina Butler
Gail Faulkner (on hiatus)
Linda Kelly
Marcia Marcus
Carolyn Menne
Susan Pinkerton
Martha Spriggs
Linda Velthoen
Leslie Leavens

Latino Advisory provides counsel regarding museum-wide initiatives that reflect community needs and cultural interests.

Cliff Rodrigues, Chair
Jose Alamillo
Rick Castaniero
Joyce Chavez
Catherine De la Torre
Monica Frazier
Hector Guerrero
Roberto Vargas
Doreen Villanueva