OMA Board members, zoom meeting, April 2020. From left to right. Top row: Kyle Weismann-Yee, Dan Ruby, Nicole Yasuhara. Middle row: Lynn Orr, Sarah Baylinson, Eleanor Sandys. Bottom row: Randall Melton, Tim Hecox, Katie Williams. Not pictured: Zachary Stocks, Stephanie Craig, Janice Crane. Note: Kyle and Dan's photos are pasted in this screen shot.
Timothy Hecox, Board President
Tim Hecox is the Board President of the Oregon Museums Association and Federal Grants Manager at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon. Tim has been in the museum, parks, and cultural sector for over seventeen years with previous positions in Museum Education, Exhibit and Program Development, Project Management, Community Engagement, and Strategic Fundraising. Throughout his time at OMSI, he has provided leadership over federally funded projects supported by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Tim has held past committee positions with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Association for Science-Technologies Centers (ASTC), and prior to OMSI worked as a Park Ranger Naturalist for the National Park Service in Yosemite. Tim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation from Humboldt State University. Tim was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.
Sarah Baylinson, Board Vice President
Sarah Baylinson is the Collections Manager at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR. Previously, she was the Collections Manager at the Bowman Museum in Prineville, OR and 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.
Kyle Weismann-Yee, Board Treasurer, DEAI Committee Chair
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.
Nicole Yasuhara, Board Member, Membership Committee Chair
Nicole Yasuhara is the Deputy Museum Director 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.
Photo Rosemary Ragusa Photography
Zachary Stocks, Board member
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.
Katie Williams, Board Secretary, Programs Committee Chair
Katie Williams has been in the museum field for over 13 years. 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. She has years of experience in interpretive techniques and creating engaging, 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.
Dan Ruby, Board Member
Dan Ruby is Executive Director of ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum in Ashland. He was with the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno, for more than 12 years, serving as Director in 2014. He has been an active participant and leader of state and national museum associations. Most recently he served as the Chair of the Coalition of State Museum Associations Foundation (COSMA) and the President of the Nevada Museums Association. He is passionate about working with youth and inspiring their love for STEM. Dan joined the OMA board in 2019.
Eleanor Sandys, Board Member, Conference Committee Chair
At the Oregon Arts Commission, Eleanor serves as collections manager for Oregon’s Percent for Art Collection and coordinates the Art in the Governor’s Office program, which features the work of contemporary Oregon visual artists. Over the course of her museum and nonprofit administration career, Eleanor has worked and interned at a variety of arts and cultural organizations in the West, including SCRAP PDX, FOR-SITE Foundation, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 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.
Stephanie Craig, Board Member
Stephanie Craig is the Collections Registrar for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde’s Chachalu Tribal Museum and Cultural Center in Grand Ronde Oregon. She is also a 7th generation traditional basket weaver and tribal member. She has worked the last 10+ years as a private contractor for Tribal museums, state and county historical museums helping develop and implement Native American exhibits, interpretation, education and curation. She has a BA degree in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on Northwest Native American cultures, and an interdisciplinary MA degree in cultural anthropology, museum studies and folklore studies.
Janice Crane, Board member
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.