OMA Board of Directors

OMA Board President: Claire Blaylock is the Executive Director of the Clackamas County Historical Society. She manages operations for the organization's two properties: The Museum of the Oregon Territory and The Stevens Crawford Heritage House. Before moving to Oregon Claire 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. Claire was elected to the OMA Board in 2015.

OMA Board Vice President, Program 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: Amy Drake is the Curator of Special Projects at the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Medford. Amy has also spent time at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT; Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, MA; and the Gaston County Museum in Dallas, NC. Amy earned her M.A. in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in New York and her B.A. in History from Grinnell College in Iowa. Amy was elected to the OMA Board in 2011.

OMA Board Immediate Past President: Kathleen Daly has been a part of the museum field since 2004. Her experience includes registration, textile conservation and preventive care, collections management, membership and visitors services, and bookstore buying and management. She has worked with Exhibits Development Group, the Oregon Military Museum, Jantzen Sportswear Archives, Museum of the Oregon Territory, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Museum at FIT, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Benton County Historical Museum, and the OSU Textile Collection. Kathleen received her M.A. in Fashion and Textiles Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice, with a specialization in Textile Conservation from the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York; and her B.S. in Merchandising Management, with a Historic and Cultural Studies option from Oregon State University. Kathleen was elected to the OMA Board in 2011.

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Member-at-Large: 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.

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.

Member-at-Large: Open position

Member-at-Large:  Open position

Member-at-Large: Open position


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