Julia Lovin, President
Gary Hedden, 1st Vice President
Julie Rose, 2nd Vice President
Carole Flores, Secretary
John Beman, Treasurer
Linda Eckols, Eleanor Watanabe, Co-Past Presidents
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.
Janis Ahmadjian-Baer, Ph.D., is former chair of the Los Altos Historical Commission, is a realtor with the Sereno Group and has been a Los Altos resident for 33 years. She received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Janis has two grown children.
Nicole Andrews is a resident of Los Altos Hills, raised in Mountain View and Los Altos. Nikki holds a BA in Art from San Jose State with an emphasis in Digital Media, and double minored in French and Art History. She’s volunteered for multiple arts institutions, including San Jose Museum of Art, the Cantor and Los Altos History Museums. After 12 years as an Engineering Project Manager at Apple, Inc. she now spends her time volunteering for Arts institutions and raising her family.
Ginny Badros, spent her business career in insurance focusing on mass tort litigation, business continuity planning, and structuring employee benefit plans for tech start-ups. She earned dual undergraduate degrees from Georgia State University in Risk Management & Insurance, and in Computer Information Systems. Ginny also has an MBA. Since starting a family, she has organized a Los Altos mother’s group with over 100 members. She lives in Los Altos Hills with her husband, Greg, and three children ages, 3, 5, and 6.
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.
Linda Eckols is Co-Past President and is a member of the 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 Board Secretary and serves as its 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.
Gary Hedden is 1st Vice President 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.
Victoria Holman lives in Mountain View, and taught in a San Jose elementary school for 30 years. She is president of the Santa Clara Reading Council, and led the Reading Conference at Asilomar for four years. Vicki manages Los Altos History Museum’s Store, as well as helps lead 3rd -and 4th-grade school tours. She holds a B.A. in Education from San Jose State with additional studies in Special Ed, and earned an elementary Teaching Credential.
Janet Klinke is the Docent Chair, volunteers as a docent, and serves on the Museum’s fundraising and events committees. 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 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.
Julie Rose is 2nd Vice President having previously served as a 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.
Eleanor Watanabe is Co-Past President, Chair of the Museum’s Partnerships committees, a museum docent, and member of the fundraising 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.