Graduated magna cum laude with a Law Degree from University of London. Emigrated to USA in 1987. Obtained a Masters in Museum Studies from University of Leicester in 2002. In 2001 appointed Executive Director of Old World Wisconsin. In 2007 appointed President of Genesee Country Village & Museum. Appointed Executive Director of Yakima Valley Museum in 2017.
Archivist & Director Emeritus
Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dubuque, Iowa with a BA in mathematics and physics. He then obtained an MA in History Museum Studies from Cooperstown, University of New York. After working as Director of several historical societies, John joined the Yakima Valley Museum as its first professional Director in 1992 and served until his retirement in 2016. He was appointed Director Emeritus at that time and he still works part-time as the museum’s archivist. John oversaw a dramatic expansion of the museum during his tenure and was responsible for the museum being accredited by the Alliance of American Museums. He has received multiple honors and awards.
Director of Development
& Board Relations
Graduated magna cum laude in Education from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Susan’s love of education and history led to a career in history museums in Wisconsin, New York and now Yakima. Her work in Development includes administration of all aspects of development programming, major donors, corporate/institutional support, annual giving campaigns, board relations, grant administration, data management, communications and marketing, strategic planning and special events.
Curator of Exhibits
Acquired an Associate Arts Degree in Graphic Communications, with Honors from Collins College, Tempe, AZ. Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Double Major: Sculpture & Video, cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA. A highly skilled fabricator with extensive knowledge of a wide variety of shop tools. Volunteer: Board Vice President Yakima Maker Space and Commission Member with Yakima Arts Commission.
Building & Maintenance Supervisor
I grew up in lower valley and have lived in Yakima since 2006. I started working at the museum in April of 2018. I have over ten years of experience in the construction industry with electrical being my strength. I have always enjoyed understanding the process how something works and fixing anything that has broken.
Graduated from Washington State University in Anthropology and History. Worked as an archaeologist in Southeastern Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, and in the lithics lab at WSU. Previously worked at the WSU Museum of Art, WSU Anthropology Museum, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, and the North Cascades National Park. Joined the Yakima Valley Museum in 2001. Mike has been a Director on the Washington Museum Association Board and on the Yakima Historic Preservation Commission.
Curator of Collections
Guest Services Manager &
A Jamaican native, Jo-Anne came to Yakima by way of Atlanta, Georgia. Graduated summa cum laude with an MBA in Operations Management, she began her PhD work in 2019, then took a break to take care of family. She is a musician, artist, and writer, with a love for languages, travel and anything unique.