OMA Board of Directors, October 2022. From left to right: Ariel Peasley, Janice Crane, Eleanor Sandys, Zachary Stocks, Peter Kukla, Katie Williams, Amanda Coven, Jennifer Fang. Not pictured: Tim Hecox, Kyle Weismann-Yee.
Peter Kukla, Board President, Conference Committee Chair
Peter Kukla is part of the Eugene Science Center team in Eugene, OR as their Planetarium Manager. He has over six years of experience in the museum field, having worked in education, guest services, volunteer management, and public programming. Peter is passionate about the museum field and creating equitable access to informal education. Peter is also currently serving on the Program Committee for the Western Museums Association. He has a BA in Physics from Occidental College with internship experience at organizations ranging from OMSI to NASA.
Ariel Peasley, Board Secretary
Ariel Peasley was born and raised in Oregon, but earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Montana, Missoula and her Master's degree in Anthropology and Museum Studies from California State University, Chico. She has worked in museums since 2013 and returned home to Oregon in 2017 which ultimately led to her current position at the Coos History Museum in Coos Bay, OR. Ariel is passionate about public and community education and the important part that museums and other non-profit organizations do to provide this service to their communities. She hopes to continue to aid in this endeavor in her role on the OMA board and is excited about other opportunities to help serve fellow museum professionals across Oregon.
Amanda Coven, Board Member, Membership Chair
Amanda Coven is the Director of Education at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. She leads the museum in developing dynamic programs for diverse audiences across the state of Oregon, trains volunteers to engage visitors, students, and community groups in conversational and thought provoking programs, and facilitates professional development opportunities for educators. Amanda helped draft the content for Oregon’s Holocaust and Genocide bill (SB664), and since its unanimous passing, works closely with the State Department of Education to prepare educators for its implementation.
Eleanor Sandys, Board Member
At the Oregon Arts Commission, Eleanor serves as Visual Arts Coordinator, managing the state's Percent for Art in Public Places Program and grant programs for individual artists, as well as continuing to fulfill her previous position as collections manager for the Oregon's public art collection. Over the course of her career, Eleanor has worked and interned at a variety of arts and cultural organizations, including SCRAP PDX, FOR-SITE Foundation, Japanese Museum of Oregon, Portland Chinatown Museum, Portland Japanese Garden, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, the Museum of Contemporary Craft and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Eleanor has a Master’s in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology from Reed College. She believes in the power of museums and the arts to present diverse experiences, generate critical conversations and encourage new perspectives.
Zachary Stocks, Board Member, Programs Committee Co-Chair
Zachary Stocks is the Executive Director of Oregon Black Pioneers and lives and works in Astoria. Zachary has 10 years experience as a public historian and museum professional and has interpreted Pacific Northwest History at Historical Seaport, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, and the Northwest African American Museum before coming to Oregon Black Pioneers. He has a BA in History from the College of William & Mary and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington.
Janice Crane, Board Treasurer
Mt Hood/The Gorge
Janice Crane is the Executive Director of the Friends of the Cascade Locks Historical Museum in the fabulous Columbia River Gorge. She entered the museum industry in 2010 and has served in primarily operations and education capacities. Janice’s Oregon museums career includes work at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and the Washington County Museum (now Five Oaks Museum) in Hillsboro, and the Douglas County Museum of Natural & Cultural History in Roseburg. Originally from southwest Florida, Janice has an MA in Folklore Studies with an emphasis in Historic Preservation from Western Kentucky University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Portland.
Katie Williams, Board Vice President, Programs Committee Co-chair
Katie Williams is the Senior Manager - Education & Programs at Pittock Mansion. Most recently, she served as the Education Manager at World of Speed Motorsports Museum in Wilsonville, OR. 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. 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.
Jennifer Fang, Board Member, DEAI Committee Chair
Jennifer Fang is the Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement at Pittock Mansion and an adjunct professor at the University of Portland where she teaches Modern U.S. History and Asian American History. With a passion for historical interpretation and fostering community-centered values in cultural institutions, Jennifer has held roles at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Portland Children’s Museum, and the Portland Chinatown Museum over the course of her museum career. Jennifer earned a PhD in US History from the University of Delaware and specializes in race and immigration during the Cold War. She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and the Board of Directors of the Western Museums Association.
Timothy Hecox, Board President ex-Officio
Tim Hecox is the Experience Director at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR. Tim has been in the museum, parks, and cultural sector for over eighteen years with previous positions in Museum Education, Exhibit and Program Development, Project Management, Community Engagement, and Strategic Fundraising. Over the course of his career, he has provided leadership over numerous large-scale projects supported by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Tim is also currently on the board of the Coalition of State Museum Associations and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, and has previously served on committees for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and Association for Science-Technologies Centers (ASTC). Tim was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.
Kyle Weismann-Yee, Board Member
Kyle Weismann-Yee has over a decade of experience coordinating community-based programs and making grants to rural communities and communities of color. He is passionate about using history and museums as community building and social change-making catalysts to help communities envision a more just future. He has led community programs that use public history as the foundation for understanding and being active in social change.