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.

Executive Director

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.

Empower Team

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

Our Buoyant Board

Executive Committee

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

Jose Gonzalez: VP of Sales at Crestron, Inc., resident of Scotts Valley

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

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


Antonia Franco: Previous Interim ED of the MAH, resident of Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

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

Ashley Spencer: Principal, Spencer Consulting, resident of Santa Cruz, 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.