OMA Board of Directors

OMA Board President:  Timothy Hecox is the Federal Grants Coordinator at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, OR. Tim has been with OMSI for eight and half years with previous positions in Outreach and Museum Education, Exhibit and Program Development, and Project Management. Throughout his time at OMSI he has worked on a wide-variety of federally funded projects supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Since 2014, Tim has been the co-chair for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Diversity Committee (DIVCOM) and actively involved with the Association for Science-Technologies Center’s (ASTC) Advocates for Diversity community of practice. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University and five years of previous experience working as an Interpretive Ranger Naturalist for the National Park Service in Yosemite National Park. Tim was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.


OMA Board Vice President, Conference Committee ChairSarah Baylinson is the Collections Manager at the Bowman Museum in Prineville, OR. Previously, she was the Museum Manager at the Log House Museum in Seattle,WA. Sarah has worked in a variety of museum related fields including exhibit preparation for King Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs and fine art handling for Artech Fine Art Services. She has had the opportunity to work and volunteer with many Puget Sound museums including Hibulb Cultural Center, The Nordic Heritage Museum, and The Island County Historical Society. Sarah has a Certificate of Museum Studies from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


OMA Board Treasurer: Randall Melton is the collection Curator for Tamastslikt Cultural Institute located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.  he is an enrolled member of the Seminole nation of Oklahoma and a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a B.S. in anthropology/sociology.  Randall has worked for Tamastslikt since 1996 and as the Collection Curator since 2004. Randall is also one of the mentors for Oregon Heritage Commission's MentorCorps. He's excited for the opportunity to work with other museum professions from across the state and provide a tribal and eastern Oregon voice to the conversation. Randall was elected to the OMA Board is 2014.


OMA Board Secretary: Erika Leppmann is the Director of the Schneider Museum of Art and Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Acting as Director since Fall 2011, Leppmann has curated almost a dozen exhibitions for SMA.  She was the chair of the photography program at Ohio University prior to moving to Ashland, and has taught at the University of Michigan, Oberlin College, and Bowling Green State University. As a visual artist, Leppmann has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to Iceland; an Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Individual Art Award; Individual Art Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission; and many institutional grants for creative work and continuing education. Her work has been shown in numerous venues across the US and earned a number of awards. Leppmann holds two graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. 


OMA Board Immediate Past President: Claire Blaylock earned her MA in History with a certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her BA in History from The College of Wooster. In addition to her academic experience Claire has a broad background in museum and non-profit work. As a consultant with History Associates, Inc. Claire served a collections processor, exhibit developer, and litigation researcher. She has worked on projects at The Smithsonian, National Archives and Records Administration, The Emily Dickinson Homestead, and the Trustees of Reservations. She is the former Executive Director of the Clackamas County Historical Society, where she managed operations for the organization's two properties: The Museum of the Oregon Territory and The Stevens Crawford Heritage House. Claire was elected to the OMA Board in 2015.


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Member-at-Large: Ann Dowdy is a native Oregonian. She earned her undergraduate degree in Nonprofit Management and Communications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Ann holds nonprofit management certifications from the Texas Association of Nonprofits and Austin Community College. She has worked for an art museum, two science museums, crisis center, NPR and PBS stations on a university campus, chamber of commerce, private school, foundation, a national nonprofit, national research institute, and a children’s museum. Ann has recently left her position as the Executive Director at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum in Ashland and is currently residing in Florence, Oregon. She is active in the community through her work as a Rotary Club Member and a member of the Chamber of Commerce among others.

Member-at-Large: Elaine Murdy-Trucke is Executive Director of the Cannon Beach History Center & Museum in Cannon Beach, OR. During her seven years there she has overseen a wide range of activities, including planning and executing special events, organizing the museum's historic archives and library, curating and researching exhibits, museum accessions, database maintenance, and contributing articles to local publications. Elaine graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University with dual degrees in Anthropology and Sociology with a focus on Museum Studies. She has served on the Boards of the Cannon Beach Children's Center (2012-14) and the Seaside Historical Society (2013-14). Elaine was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.


Member-at-Large: Dr. Lynn Federle-Orr is currently Executive Director of The History Museum of Hood River County. Previously Curator-in-Charge of European Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, she oversaw the permanent collection and galleries of San Francisco’s Legion of Honor. Lynn also served on the NEA’s Domestic Indemnification Program advisory panel. With a University of California Ph.D., she has lectured and published widely on the 17th and 19th centuries. While in the Bay Area, she was invited to teach at Stanford University (Art and Art History Department and Continuing Studies Program), the University of California, Santa Cruz (Department of History of Art and Visual Culture), and the University of San Francisco (Department of Art and Architecture). Lynn was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.


Member-at-Large: Katie Williams is the Education Manager at World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville, OR where she manages school tours, adult education programs, summer camps, and much more. Prior to joining World of Speed, Katie was the Education Manager at the Northwest African American Museum in Seattle, where she also served as the Programs Officer for the Museum Educators of Puget Sound. She has years of experience in interpretive techniques and creating fun, experiential learning opportunities for students of all ages.  Katie earned her MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and her BA in Art History from Lewis & Clark College and has completed internships at the Wing Luke Asian Museum, Oakland Museum of California, and the Asian Art Museum, among others. She is excited to be back in the greater Portland area and to serve on the OMA board.


Member-at-Large, Membership Committee Chair: Nicole Yasuhara is the Collections Manager at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland. Nicole graduated from University of Hawaii with a BA in Anthropology and then received her MA from George Washington University in Museum Studies with a focus on Collections Management. She has served at the Oregon Historical Society in many functions since 2008. Nicole was elected to the OMA Board in 2015.


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