Our Stellar Staff

Together, our terrific team create an ignited space that draws the Santa Cruz County community together to enjoy art, history, and each other. Meet the crew that keeps the red ball rolling.

Fuel Team

Activating partners, donors, and everyday heroes to plug in to our creative community through fundraising, engagement, and social media.

Engage Team

Revving up the MAH with community events, dynamic exhibitions, and powerful youth programs.

Gabe Fun

Abbott Square Music Coordinator

Gabriel Kittle-Cervine

(831) 429-1964 x 7048

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Empower Team

Making the MAH run like a well-oiled machine via facility management, exhibition design, data, and sheer enthusiasm.


  • Laurel Maxwell
  • Michelle Mogollón
  • Miguel Peña
  • Jennifer Villegas-Naranjo

Event Sparks

  • Citlalli Aparicio
  • Melissa Bañuelos
  • Jessie Camarena
  • Kevin Hoshiko
  • Alanis Khemphomma
  • Nolan Mitschke
  • Brian Palma
  • Joselyn Reyes

Our Buoyant Board

Executive Committee

Laura LaPorte, President: Labor Lawyer (retired) and Community Volunteer, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Ken Doctor, Secretary: Media Analyst and Author, resident of Aptos, CA

David Jacobs, Treasurer: Accountant and Owner, Chiorini, Hunt & Jacob, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Ashley Spencer, VP of Development: Principal, Spencer Consulting, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Peter Orr, President Emeritus: President, Pacific Gold Farms, resident of Santa Cruz, CA


Bella Babot: Principal, Director of Marketing Harrell Design + Build, resident of Aptos, CA

Carola Barton: Consultant to Nonprofits and Philanthropists, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Bobbi Burns: Technology Consultant (retired) and Community Volunteer, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Darrin Caddes: VP of Corporate Design at Plantronics, resident of Soquel, CA

Ray Cancino: CEO of Community Bridges, resident of Aptos, CA

Angela Chesnut: Analyst for County Supervisor John Leopold, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

John Dowdell: President and CEO, Dowdell Financial Services, resident of Sacramento/Santa Cruz, CA

James Emerson: Retired judge, resident of Aptos, CA

Antonia Franco: (former) Executive Director SACNAS, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Jose Gonzalez: (former) VP of Global Sales Plantronics, resident of Scotts Valley

John Graulty: Dean of Visual, Applied and Performing Arts at Cabrillo College, resident of Aptos, CA

Chris Murphy: President, Santa Cruz Warriors, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Irena Polić: Managing Director Humanities Institute at UCSC, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Jose Reyes-Olivas: General Manager Quarry Amphitheater at UCSC, resident of Watsonville, CA

Alison Ruday: VP and Chief of Staff, Canyon View Capital, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Serena Rivera: Bilingual Speech Therapist, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

Joanne Sanchez: Community Advocate, resident of Watsonville, CA

Heather Stiles: Branch Manager, Raymond James Financial Services, resident of Capitola, CA

Current Positions

We have lots of ways to get involved in the art and history community. See our list of open job positions, internships, and volunteer opportunities.