OMA Board members, March 2019. From left to right: Erika Leppmann, Randall Melton, Sarah Baylinson, Katie Williams, Ann Dowdy, Lynn Orr. In front: Tim Hecox and Nicole Yasuhara. Not pictured: Dan Ruby.
Timothy Hecox, 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 over ten years with previous positions in Outreach and Museum Education, Exhibit and Program Development, Community Engagement, 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). Outside of OMSI and OMA, Tim is an active participant with the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Diversity Committee (DIVCOM) and 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 previous experience working as an Interpretive Ranger Naturalist for the National Park Service in Yosemite. Tim was elected to the OMA Board in 2017.
Sarah Baylinson, OMA Board Vice President
Sarah 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.
Randall Melton, 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 in 2014.
Erika Leppmann, 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.
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.
Ann Dowdy, Board Member, Conference Committee Chair
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, a crisis center, NPR and PBS stations on a university campus, a chamber of commerce, a private school,a foundation, a national nonprofit, a national research institute, and a children’s museum. Ann lives in Florence, OR and is active in the community through her work as a Florence Rotary Club Member, a Member of the Chamber of Commerce and as a Board Member for the Oregon Coast Military Museum. Ann was elected to the OMA Board in 2018.
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.
Nicole Yasuhara, Board Member, 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.
Photo Rosemary Ragusa Photography
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.