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, Finance & Administration


Director of Finance & Administration

Hans Wuerfmannsdobler

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Exhibitions & Programs

Revving up the MAH with community events, creative collaborations, school tours, dynamic exhibitions, and powerful youth programs.

Development & Communications

Activating partners, donors, and everyday heroes to plug into our creative community through fundraising, engagement, marketing, and public relations.

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Director of Development & Communications

Nikki Patterson

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Operations & Facilities

Making the MAH run like a well-oiled machine via facility management, guest services, rentals, and sheer enthusiasm.

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  • Libby Kastle

Our Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

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

Carola Barton (Vice President): Nonprofit & Philanthropy Consultant, resident of Santa Cruz

John Dowdell (Vice President): President & CEO, Dowdell Financial Services, resident of Santa Cruz

Laura LaPorte (Secretary): Labor Lawyer (retired), resident of Santa Cruz

Bobbi Burns (Treasurer): Technology Consultant (retired), resident of Santa Cruz


Terry Ballantyne Brezsny: Real Estate Professional, resident of Santa Cruz

Ray Cancino: CEO, Community Bridges, resident of Aptos

Freny Cooper: COO, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership, resident of Santa Cruz

Antonia Franco: Organizational Consultant, resident of Scotts Valley

Frank Hayden: Design Engineer (retired), resident of Aptos

Irene Juarez O’Connell: Program Manager, Food What, resident of Aptos

Anni Lai: Head of Open Source Operations and Marketing, VP of Strategy and Global Business Development for Cloud, Futurewei, resident of Santa Cruz

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

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

Lacy Rieber: CPA & Partner, Rieber, Fohs & Associates, resident of Santa Cruz

Serena Rivera: Bilingual Speech Therapist, resident of Santa Cruz

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

Joanne Sanchez: Community Advocate, resident of Watsonville

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

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.