Linda Eckols, Co-President
Eleanor Watanabe, Co-President
Julia Lovin, 1st Vice President
Gary Hedden, Secretary
John Beman, Treasurer
Marcia Adams is a member of the Museum Board and volunteers with its Oral History Project. She has lived in Los Altos since 1983, was Corporate Counsel for HP and previously served as a board member of Kara, a Palo Alto grief support non-profit. Marcia holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
John Beman is Board Treasurer, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee and as a docent. He moved to Los Altos in 1973 to a lot that still had eight apricot trees, and has been active in civic affairs in support of his children, raising funds for local schools and Little League. John is a retired financial executive, and joined the Museum through teaching 4th grade history classes focusing on California history. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Robin Chapman is a native of Los Altos with a 30-yr career in television news as a reporter and anchor, including KRON-TV in San Francisco and the ABC-TV news station in Washington D.C., before returning home in 2009. She now writes full time, including a new history column for the Town Crier, and is the author of four books, most recently, California Apricots: the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. Robin holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Linda Eckols is Co-President and is a member of the PR/Marketing and Fundraising Events committees. She is a former elementary school administrator in the Cambrian and Los Altos School Districts. Pursuing her interest in education, she serves on the Museum’s Education Committee, is Board Vice-Chair of the Mentor Tutor Connection, and regularly volunteers in a classroom at Covington School in Los Altos. Linda holds a M.Ed. and Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.
Carole Flores is Membership Chair. She is a former elementary school teacher in the Los Altos School District and student teacher supervisor at San Jose State University. She is a member of the Museum’s Education Committee and is a docent at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Carole holds a B.A, in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Gunilla Follett has actively served on several nonprofit boards, including Music for Minors which she helped found 41 years ago, El Camino Hospital Foundation, Pathways Foundation, and El Camino YMCA. In recognition of her long service, she received the Los Altos – Los Altos Hills Joint Community Service Award in 2016. Gunilla, educated at the Southern Methodist University in Texas, is a professional event planner.
Gary Hedden is Board Secretary and is Editor of the Museum Newsletter. A Los Altos resident since 1972, he spent 37 years in pharmaceutical research. He’s served on several exhibit committees. He serves as Commissioner of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, Director of Natural Resources with the League of Women Voters, on the Leadership Team for GreenTown Los Altos, and the Steering Committee for the Community Center Alliance. Gary holds a M.S. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A in Chemistry from University of Oregon.
Janet Klinke volunteers as a docent for the Museum’s fundraising events. A Los Altos resident since 1982, she was a Scout leader and St. William School Board member before embarking on a 30-year career in the healthcare field, initially for a local business owner, and then for the County of Santa Clara managing IT systems and solutions for Valley Health Plan. Originally from Chicago, Janet holds a B.A. from St. Xavier University.
Larry Lang serves on the Los Altos Historical Commission. A Bay Area resident since 1991, he moved from New Jersey to join Cisco. His current work focuses on start-ups, most recently as CEO of Quorum. He enjoys traveling with his family, including visits to many U.S. Civil War battlefields, and serves a chair of the finance committee at Saint Nicholas church. He holds engineering degrees from Stanford and Duke.
Julia Lovin is Board 1st Vice President, Chair of the Museum’s Lean In Circle program and previously served as the Board’s Treasurer. She has managed Engineering and Engineering Operations at Tandem, HP, and Juniper Networks, and worked at TechSoup Global. As a community volunteer, she actively supports TechWomen, Technovation, The Volunteer Center, and fosters kittens for the Humane Society. Julia holds a M.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Math with a Computer Science minor from Santa Clara University.
Dwight Matthews has a distinguished career in engineering, management, and small business ownership, and today works as an insurance agent for State Farm in Los Altos. He is active in various local nonprofits, including Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, Mentor Tutor Connection, Alta Vista High School, SIR Mid-Peninsula Branch, and Los Altos Rotary. He contributed his story to the Museum’s oral history collection. Dwight grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and holds an Engineering degree from Detroit Institute of Technology.
John Ralston is an Administrative Associate with University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. A historian, author, and educator, he serves on a number of Bay Area historical boards including San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, San Francisco History Association, Palo Alto Historical Association, and Los Altos Hills Historical Society. John holds an A.B. in History with a minor in English from University of California, Berkeley and a standard secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University.
Julie Rose rejoins the Board having served as a prior board member for two terms and as President of the Los Altos History Museum from 2005-2006. She is extremely active in Los Altos civic organizations, having served as President of the Chamber of Commerce since 1996 as well as on the boards of the Los Altos Rotary Club, and the Junior League of Palo Alto. She enjoys international travel, theatre and music. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.
Brandon Smith is First Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Los Altos. He is a member of the museum’s Finance Committee. Originally from Sonora, he lives in Los Altos with his wife and 4 children, is an active member of the Los Altos Rotary Club, and an avid player in the Palo Alto Adult Soccer League. He holds a B.A. with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University.
Eleanor Watanabe is Co-President, Chair of the Museum’s Partnerships committees, a museum docent, and member of the PR/Marketing Committee. She is a past president and founding executive director of the Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF). She has played an active leadership role in support of educational and environmental programs in the community, serving on a number of boards including Hidden Villa, Rotary Club of Cupertino, and Euphrat Museum of Art. Eleanor holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University.