Elisabeth I. Ward

Executive Director

Elisabeth Ward is the Museum’s Executive Director. Most recently she was Director of Pacific Lutheran University's Scandinavian Cultural Center, with a collection of over 3,000 artifacts and numerous original exhibitions. A frequent history lecturer and course instructor, she has provided advisory services to other exhibitions and shows. Elisabeth holds a Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.A. in Anthropology, and Accredited Concentration in Museum Studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in Scandinavian Languages and Literature from University of California, Berkeley.

Heather Farquhar

Deputy Director

As Deputy Director, Heather Farquhar is responsible for the Museum's Collections. Previously she was the Collections and Historic Properties Manager at the Hayward Area Historical Society. Earlier she worked for the Oakland Museum, and the Names Project. She is Co-commissioner and Treasurer of Clan Farquhar, CA., assists Farquhar USA curating popup exhibits, and educates descendants on their history at Scottish festivals. Heather has an A.A. degree in Humanities from Diablo Valley College, a B.A. degree in History with a European emphasis from CSU Hayward, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University.

Deepti Devanagondi


Deepti Devanagondi is the Museum's Bookkeeper. She was born and raised in southern India, studied accounting and came to the United States in 1993 with her husband, an engineer and entrepreneur. They live in Saratoga and have two daughters, one in college and one in high school. Previously she volunteered with the PTAs in Saratoga, helping them with the books and their audits. Deepti received a Masters in Accounting from Cal State Hayward, now Cal State East Bay.

Mark Perry Facility and Rentals Manager

Mark Perry

Facility and Rentals Manager

Mark Perry is the Museum's Facility & Rentals Manager, coordinating weekend weddings and special events. In addition, he serves multiple sales executive roles at SunWize Power & Battery and SunWize Technologies, as well as VP and CFO at Lux Image Agency. Mark holds a B.S in History, Art History, and Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara.

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