OMA Board members, September 2019. From left to right: Nicole Yasuhara, Katie Williams, Tim Hecox, Dan Ruby, Sarah Baylinson, Lynn Orr, Ann Dowdy, Randall Melton, Deana Dartt. Not pictured: Kyle Weismann-Yee, Eleanor Sandys.
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.
Randall Melton, 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 in 2014.
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
Kyle Weismann-Yee, Board Member
Kyle Weismann-Yee is a program coordinator for Oregon Humanities and committed to prioritizing programming and funding based in and led by rural communities and communities of color. Prior to joining OH, he worked with community based grantmaking and advocacy organizations working for social and racial justice. He is passionate about using history and museums as community building and social change making catalysts to help communities envision a more just future.
Katie Williams, Board Member
Katie Williams is 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.
Lynn Federle-Orr, PhD, Board Member
Mt Hood/The Gorge
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.
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.
Deana Dartt, PhD, Board Member
Deana Dartt, PhD is the owner of Live Oak Museum Consulting, a business committed to bridging the divide between Native people and the arts institutions that represent them. She is Coastal Chumash and Mestiza, descending from the indigenous people of the Californias. Her scholarly and professional work strives to address the incongruities between public understanding, representation and true acknowledgement of Native peoples, their cultures, histories and contemporary lives. She earned her MA and PhD from the University of Oregon (go Ducks) and has held curatorial positions at the Burke Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the Portland Art Museum as well as teaching appointments at the University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Northwest Indian College. She recently completed a writing fellowship at the School for Advanced Research where she revised her book manuscript for publication titled: Subverting the Master Narrative: Museums, Power and Native Life in California.
Eleanor Sandys, Board Member
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.