The Washington Museum Association was established to represent and serve museums of all types and sizes throughout Washington State.
Encourage and facilitate the use and development of the highest professional standards.
Further the role of museums as community partners in education.
Act as a clearing house and communication network for information of special interest to museums.
Constitute a statewide voice for a diverse constituency and display leadership in supporting cultural diversity and the open expression of ideas.
Serve as a statewide advocate for museums and actively promote the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of historic, scientific, artistic and cultural material, sites, practices, and ideas.
WaMA is operated through the efforts of an all-volunteer Board of museum professionals and supporters from across Washington. Board meetings are hosted each quarter by different museums throughout the state.
2013-2014 Washington Museum Association Board
President, Eric Taylor
WaMA Annual Conference Committee
Eric Taylor began his museum career at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana; moved to Washington in 1979, joining the staff of the Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham. Relocating to Seattle in 1983, he opened his museum consulting firm, Taylor’d Exhibits, serving a clientele of primarily community-based heritage organizations in King County and statewide, often in collaboration with the Washington State Heritage Resource Center. Eric was director of the Museum of Snohomish County History in Everett, before assuming his current position as Heritage Lead at 4Culture in 2007. He holds a degree in Museum Exhibit Design from Western Washington University and a Certificate in Genealogy and Family History from the University of Washington.
Vice President, Maya Farrar
UW Museology Graduate Program
WaMA Annual Conference Committee
Maya is the Operations Manager for the University of Washington Museology Program. She holds an undergraduate degree in art from Lewis and Clark College and a graduate degree in Museology from the University of Washington. Maya is passionate about the work of museums and is interested in the way ways in which technology can improve non-profit operations in service of their missions.
Secretary, Cyndi Upthegrove
Managing Trustee, Highline Historical Society
Cyndi Upthegrove is Managing Trustee for the Highline Historical Society in Burien, where, as a volunteer, she oversees the organization’s operations and capital building campaign. Cyndi came to the Society after retiring as President of Seattle-based KC Enterprises, Inc., an international marketing and fundraising consulting firm. Beginning in 1992, Cyndi provided strategic planning, development and marketing support to nonprofit and for-profit clients. For eight years prior to KC Enterprises, Cyndi served on the professional staff at the Museum of Flight, where her duties ranged from Volunteer Coordinator to Marketing Manager, and included management and fiscal responsibility for the museum’s annual airshow. She also represented the Museum as its registered lobbyist in Olympia, securing a $1,000,000 challenge grant for exhibit development.
Treasurer, Brenda Abney
Director, Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center
At Large Members
Executive Director, Island County Historical Society Museum, Coupeville, WA
WaMA Conference Committee
Rick has been in non-profit business management for over 20 years. He has served as the Executive Director of the Island County Museum, in Coupeville, on Whidbey Island, since 2006. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad, for the Western Forest industries Museum, in Mineral Washington. Rick and his wife, Carol – both Washington natives – live in Greenbank, and cherish the beauty and rich history of their island community and the Pacific Northwest.