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OMA Committees


OMA Board members on Zooom call, May 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.  [first two photos pasted in]

The OMA Board of Directors is a working board with seven committees. Committees do everything from creating and presenting professional development and networking events; to supporting members; to promoting OMA and our members online; to ensuring we remain strong financially, organizationally and ethically.

OMA welcomes involvement from members. If you would like to serve on one of our committees, please fill out the volunteer application.

In-person Workshops Committee

Orr photoThe In-person Workshops Committee provides professional development, networking, and learning opportunities through an annual workshop. Lynn Federle-Orr, chair.

Specific duties:

  • Organize an annual regional workshops.
  • Determine time, location and host institution for regional workshops.
  • Invite presenters and coordinate logistics for workshops.
  • Work with Administrative and Communications Coordinator to update OMA website with event details.
  • Coordinate with Online Programs Committee for potential recording of workshops or collaboration.
  • Create and implement evaluation plan for each event.

Composition: One (1) Board Member appointed as Chair by the President, and up to three (3) Members. Committee members should demonstrate the geographic diversity of the state and pull from the varied areas of museum specialties and professions.

Online Programs Committee

Williams photoThe Online Programs Committee provides professional development, networking, and learning opportunities through a online webinars, meet ups and other virtual events. Katie Williams, chair.

Specific duties:

  • Organize several webinars or other online programs per year.
  • Create annual calendar for online programs, coordinating with Conference and In-person Workshop Committees to prevent overlap.
  • Invite presenters and coordinate logistics.
  • Research and provide expertise for online meeting software.
  • Work with Administrative and Communications Coordinator to update OMA website with event details.
  • Coordinate with In-person Workshops Committee for potential recording of workshops or collaboration.
  • Create and implement evaluation plan for each event.

Composition: One (1) Board Member appointed as Chair by the President, and up to three (3) Members. Committee members should demonstrate the geographic diversity of the state and pull from the varied areas of museum specialties and professions.

Conference Program Committee

Sandys photoThe Conference Program Committee organizes and implements the professional development, networking, and learning opportunities at OMA’s annual conference.  Eleanor Sandys, chair.

Specific duties, all related to the annual conference:
  • Organize workshops and educational programs:
    • Develop and publish call for workshop and session proposals.
    • Along with the board, solicit proposals for workshops and sessions as
    • needed.
    • Investigate and determine options for pre-conference tours.
    • Review and select workshops and sessions, with input from the DEAI Committee.
    • Inform applicants regarding accepted and not accepted proposals.
    • Communicate with presenters to improve sessions, combine presentations, or otherwise enhance program offerings.
    • Create evaluation forms for workshop and session participants, and present evaluation findings to the board.
  • Organize networking opportunities in conjunction with Conference Logistics Committee.
  • Implement inclusive practices and broaden diversity of voices represented:
    • Work with local Indigenous and/or other culturally specific organizations and communities to shape OMA offerings in their area; provide compensation as appropriate.
    • Increase DEAI in program content (keynotes, speakers, proposal forms, evaluation).
    • Recruit non-board members to serve on committee.
  • Create schedule, daily agenda and content for conference program.
  • Work with Administrative and Communications Coordinator to update OMA website with session details.
  • Promote annual conference among OMA members and non-members in the Oregon museum community.
  • Create a report to share with the board about successes and lessons learned.

Composition: One (1) Board Member appointed as Chair by the OMA Board of Directors, up to three (3) Board Members, and up to three (3) volunteer community representatives (OMA members). Committee members should demonstrate the geographic diversity of the state and pull from the varied areas of museum specialties and professions.

Conference Logistics Committtee

The Conference Logistics Committee provides professional development, networking, and learning opportunities through OMA's annual conference. Sarah Baylinson, chair.

Specific duties, all related to the annual conference:

  • Organize the annual conference.
  • Solicit and collaborate with any co-hosts.
  • Along with Board of Directors, determine location, host institutions(s), and theme.
  • Reserve conference venue, catering, local lodging and dining options.
  • Develop conference sponsors, silent auction donors/items and scholarships.
  • Support the Conference Program Committee to solicit and decide on sessions for the conference.
  • Develop pre-conference tours and events.
  • Work with Administrative and Communications Coordinator to update OMA website with event details.
  • Promote annual conference among OMA members and non-members in the Oregon museum community.
  • Evaluate conference and share results with board, attendees and members.

Composition: One (1) Board Member appointed as Chair by the President, up to three (3) Board Members, and up to three (3) volunteer community representatives (OMA members). Committee members should demonstrate the geographic diversity of the state and pull from the varied areas of museum specialties and professions.

Membership Committee

Yasuhara photoThe Membership Committee encourages, promotes, and supports membership in the Oregon Museums Association. The Membership Committee Chair reports the status of OMA membership to the Board of Directors and makes recommendations for improving the membership program. Nicole Yasuhara, chair.

Development Committee

Hecox photoThe Development Committee secures resources for the financial sustainability of OMA programs and operations. Tim Hecox, chair.

Specific duties:

  • Create fundraising strategy and annual goal.
  • Develop relationships with funders and sponsors.
  • Solicit sponsors for annual conference, workshops, webinars and other OMA activities.
  • Build partnerships with funding agencies.
  • Communicate with OMA Treasurer and Executive Committee quarterly to review finances and fundraising goals.

Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (DEAI) Committee

Williams photoThe Diversity, Equity, Access and Inclusion (DEAI) Committee cultivates and endorses the DEAI goals of the Oregon Museums Association. Katie Williams and Kyle Weissman-Yee, co-chairs.

  • Honor and demonstrate excellence in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Seek, create, and implement DEAI best practices within all aspects of the organization.
  • Communicate and educate OMA membership on DEAI best practices that may impact museums in Oregon.
  • Contribute website, social media, and newsletter content; posting uWeissman-Yee photopdates and calls to action as needed.
  • Meet every two months or as needed via phone/video conference.
  • Plan educational programs and activities.

Composition: One (1) Board Member appointed as Chair by the President, and up to three (3) members. Committee members should demonstrate the geographic diversity of the state and pull from the varied areas of museum specialties and professions. Experience with advocacy preferred.


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