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.

Amy Noel Ellison

Exhibition Curator

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.

Diane Holcomb

Outreach Coordinator

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.

Mark Perry

Rental Sales 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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