Board of Directors 2019-2020

Kate McLean

Bill Kearney
Vice Chair

Al Lowe

Mike Sedell

Jessica Arciniega
Betsy Chess
Leslie Leavens
Richard Rush
Jim Scanlon
Tom Pecht
David Fukutomi

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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

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)
David Fukutomi (Board)
Spencer Garrett
Rod Gilbert
Juanita Guzman
Mike Kumazawa
Al Lowe (Board)

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
Banks Pecht
Sally Yount

Advisory Committees

considers potential collections and deaccessions of history related materials.

Alice Sweetland, Chair
Susan Brown
Betsy Chess (Board)
Annie Hollins
Janette Juaregui
Maggie Kimball
Vivian Nelson
Tom Pecht (Board)
Sara Jane Underwood
Ruth Taylor Kilday, Interim Secretary
Ben Todd
Julie Tumamait-Stenslie
Gary Wolfe

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
Bob and Susan Brown
Steve Donovan
Richard Keister
Jim Kirkpatrick
Pete Marriott
Neale McNutt
Susan Peterson
Michael Peterson
Ed Russell
Steve Vacca
Tom Laubacher
Mary McGrath

Docent Volunteer
provides volunteer services to the Museum.

Judi Waters Allen
Mimi Allin
Lila M. Atkisson (Emeritus)
Lynn Arneill-Brown
Barbara Bean
Jane Blackman
Joanne Bowie
Cherie Brant
Gerry Browning
Joyce E. Cantrell (Emeritus)
Glenda Cardona
Connie Casavan (Emeritus)
Marion Cole
Roberta Cordell
Barbara Dupree
Dee Finning
Ross Goodman
Kristine Guzman
Linda Hadlen
Jack Hewson (Emeritus)
Barbara Hillburn
Kay Hill (Emeritus)
Judy Hodson
Jim Holden
Jeanne Hunt

Linda Kimbrough
Robin Lamar
Ilse Lang
Rosemarie Magness (Emeritus)
Harriet McNamara
Suzy Melonas
Teddi Morris
Vivian Nelson
Barbara Niles (Emeritus)
Pat Oberg (Emeritus)
Merle Oberg
Anna Marie Reilly
Joyce Shoppe
Kathy Sisson
Karilyn Steward
Mary Stewart
Barbara Topping
Robert Tovias
Sandi Tovias
Mary Volpe
Peggy Watson (Emeritus)
Tessa Weeks
Dotty Wheeler (Emeritus)
Sylvia Wikholm (Emeritus)
Alberta Word

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

Spencer Garrett, Chair
Chuck Cohen
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

Linda Edison, Chair
Bobbi Dufau
Linda Edison
Kathy Brooks
Nina Butler
Linda Kelly
Leslie Leavens (Board)
Carolyn Menne
Susan Pinkerton
Martha Spriggs
Linda Velthoen

Historical Advisory Committee
provides input into the Museum’s project to relate the full history of the County, from all peoples’ perspectives.

Dr. Richard Rush, Chair
Dr. Frank Barajas
Linda Bentz
Amber de la Cruz
Dr. Colleen Delaney
David Fukutomi
Dr. David Garcia
Dr. Herb Gooch
Jeff Maulhardt
Julie Tumamait

Innovation Committee
explores opportunities to expand and enhance the museum’s programming, educational offerings and use of technology, advise staff in the development of new programs, and assist in outreach to diverse audiences.

Yissel Barajas, Chair
David Fukutomi, Board Liaison
Danny Carmichael
Joshua Chancer
Rebecca Chandler
Kevin Clerici
Patricia Crosby
Mary DiCesare
Cheryl Heitmann
Carmen Nichols
Brian Paumier
Rafael Perea de la Cabada
Banks Staples Pecht
Sabrena Rodriguez
Marieanne Quiroz
Yessica Torres
David Yoshitomi
Lucas Zucker

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

Cliff Rodrigues, Chair
Jessica Arciniega – Board Liaison
Vanessa Acosta
Jose Alamillo
Frank Barajas
Barbara Barraza-Ordonez
Jackie Bermudez
Eric Boys
Rick Castaniero
Joyce Chavez
Catherine De la Torre
Rose Fields
Monica Frazier
Hector Guerrero
Yenelli Law
Dr. Maria Munguia
George Sandoval
Ray Vargas
Roberto Vargas
Doreen Villanueva

Development Committee
provides counsel regarding museum-wide initiatives that reflect community needs and cultural interests.

Bill Kearney, Chair (Board)
Chuck Cohen
John Orr
Dr. Richard Rush (Board)