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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.
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.
Amy Noel Ellison is the Museum’s Exhibition Curator. Born and raised in the Central Valley, she received a B.A. in History from Fresno State. She went on to get her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2016, writing her dissertation on the 1775-1776 American invasion of Canada. She was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia, where she curated an exhibition celebrating the Society’s 275thanniversary. She has also worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art researching American silversmiths.
As the Museum's Outreach Coordinator, Diane Holcomb generates all publicity, manages communications and oversees the membership database. Previously she managed programs for Music for Minors and Hidden Villa, and was the book buyer for East West Bookshop in Mountain View. She also freelances as a copywriter for entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Diane has an A.A. degree in Theater Arts from Foothill College, and attended the American Conservatory Theater training program.
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.
Luis Ambriz was the exhibit coordinator for Inspired by Juana: Doña de la Frontera. Luis was born in Stockton, California and received his Bachelor's in History with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis. Aside from his interests in history, he is a certified instructor for The Princeton Review and also independently tutors for SAT and GRE courses around the Bay Area. Luis is currently finishing up his final semester in the Masters in History program at San Jose State University and is interested in pursuing his Ph.D. after graduating.
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.