2019-2020 Washington Museum Association Board Officers
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.
President Sadie Thayer Director Kittitas County Historical Museum, Ellensburg WA Expires 2022; Not Eligible for re-election, Position 11
Sadie Thayer is currently the Director of the Kittitas County Historical Museum in Ellensburg, a position she has held since 2010. She received a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies with a focus in Collections Management from George Washington University in 2009. Before that, she obtained two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Anthropology with Museum Studies Specialization, and History) from Central Washington University in 2007. She has been very active in the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club, where she served as President, 2017-2018.
1st Vice President Katie Buckingham Curator Museum of Glass, Tacoma WA Expires 2021; Eligible for re-election, Position 10
Katie Buckingham has been a part of the curatorial team at the Museum of Glass since 2012, where she works to develop exhibitions, research collections, and coordinate the Visiting Artist residency program. She provides mentorship to graduate students through UW Museology’s Emerging Curator Initiative. Before working at the Museum of Glass, she worked at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle and has completed projects for Seattle Aquarium, Bellevue Arts Museum, and Woodland Park Zoo. She received an MA in Museology from the University of Washington, and a BA with Honors in Art History from Whitman College.
2nd Vice President Brooke Wagner Registrar Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane WA Expires 2021; Eligible for re-election, Position 1
With over 15 years in the fields of museums and galleries, Brooke is the Exhibits Manager and Registrar at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) in Spokane. She has previously held positions at the Tacoma Art Museum, the Foster/White Gallery, the Burke Museum, and the Priest Lake Museum. She has her Master’s from the Museology program at the University of Washington and has been at the MAC for the last decade in one form or another. She loves keeping track of her thousands of super cool objects and her career goal is to make collections sexy. She resides in Spokane with her husband and son and when she is not working she is hiking, biking, running, reading, or making.
Director Anna Goodwin Executive Director The History Museum of Hood River County Expires 2023; Eligible for re-election, Position 12
Anna Goodwin is the Executive Director of The History Museum of Hood River County. Previously she served as Collections Manager/Registrar at Maryhill Museum of Art for over seven years. She has worked at museums throughout the country, including the Museum of Northern Arizona, Fort Sumter National Monument and the Logan Museum of Anthropology. She received her Master’s degree in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Classics, and Museum Studies from Beloit College.
President Emeritus/Membership Secretary Freya Liggett Curator of History Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Spokane WA Expires 2020; Not Eligible for re-election, Position 9
Freya is currently the Curator of History at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Linfield College. She also serves on the Heritage Capital Projects Advisory Panel and the review committee for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Freya was the Museum Manager at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center (Moses Lake, WA) for over 11 years and the Curator/Archivist at the Bayside Historical Society (Queens, NY) for five years. In 2019 she will celebrate 20 years in the museum field. Freya is passionate about small museums, and the communities they serve. Outside of work Freya enjoys spending time on the water.
Director Richard Beckerman Principal Richard Beckerman Consulting, Seattle WA Expires 2021; Not Eligible for re-election, Position 7
Richard Beckerman is an experienced executive with 30+ years of management experience in museum and nonprofit operations. He is currently the Principal of Richard Beckerman Consulting. Beckerman has also served as the COO of the Seattle Art Museum, Past President of Pacific Northwest Organizational Development Network, Interim Executive Director of the Pacific Aviation Museum-Pearl Harbor, and COO & Vice President of Operations and Director of Operations at the Museum of Flight. He earned his MS in Management, Leadership and Organizational Management from Antioch University Seattle, and his BA in Art and Management is from The Evergreen State College.
Director Nancy Salguero McKay Treasurer Highline Heritage Museum, Burien WA Expires 2022; Eligible for re-election, Position 8
Nancy Salguero McKay is the Executive Director for the new Highline Heritage Museum. Since 2006 has been preserving the stories of the Highline region. She held a position as Exhibit Design instructor for the UW Professional & Continuing Education certificate program for two years. Salguero McKay’s awards include the Exhibit Excellence award from the Washington Museum Association and the Exhibit Award from the Association of King County Historical Organizations. She’s part of the 4Culture Heritage Advisory Committee and has served as a board member on multiple nonprofit heritage and cultural organizations
Director Megan Churchwell Curator Puget Sound Navy Museum, Bremerton WA Expires 2022; Eligible for re-election, Position 2
Megan Churchwell has been the Curator of Bremerton’s Puget Sound Navy Museum since 2014. Her background includes a BA degree in American History from Willamette University (2008), as well as a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Washington (2011). The mission of PSNM, located next to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, focuses on the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest. At PSNM, Megan develops exhibits, assists researchers, and manages the museum’s social media presence.
Director Dylan High Graduate Advisor UW Museology Graduate Program Position 5, term expires 2022
Dylan is the Graduate Advisor with the UW Museology Graduate Program, where he has worked since 2015. Prior to current position, he worked with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and the National Nordic Museum. He has an MA in Museology from the University of Washington and a BA in Anthropology and Music from Muhlenberg College. Dylan currently serves on the board of the Association of King County Heritage Organizations (AKCHO). He is passionate about community-focused museums, informal education, and the potential for museums to help us develop a positive sense of self.
Director Langston Collin Wilkins Director Center for Washington Cultural Traditions Position 15, term expires 2023
Langston Collin Wilkins is the Director of the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, a collaboration between Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. He received his PhD in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University in 2016. Prior to joining Humanities Washington, Langston worked as the traditional arts specialist for the Tennessee Arts Commission and a program officer for Humanities Tennessee.
Director Brianna Kosowitz Executive Director Bainbridge Island Historical Museum Position 9, term expires 2023
A newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, Brianna originally hails from Upstate New York. She fell in love with museums after an internship with her hometown’s Corning Museum of Glass. She spent five years with Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. and is now leading the team at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum as their Executive Director.
Under her direction, the Museum has evolved a great deal. An expanded mission statement together with a clear vision and new core values have afforded her team the opportunity to embrace flexibility and out-of-the-box thinking. Together, they are working to elevate the museum experience and develop more diverse and innovative exhibits, digital communications, programs, and collaborations. Brianna is thrilled to be on the Board of the Washington Museum Association.
Director Sarah Sampson Collection Manager Renton History Museum Position 4, term expires 2021
Sarah Samson has been with the Renton History Museum since 2006, first as the Collection Manager and currently as the Curator of Collections & Exhibits. Previously she interned at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture and worked in archaeology in South Dakota. She received her Master’s degree in Museology from the University of Washington and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of South Dakota. Sarah is a University of Washington Museology affiliate faculty member, teaching collections care and serving as a host site for their exhibits class.
Director Jessica Rubenacker Exhibit Director Wing Luke Museum Position 13, term expires 2021
Jessica Rubenacker is currently the Exhibit Director for the Wing Luke Museum, where she provides leadership and oversight of the community-based exhibit development process. She returned to the museum after managing the City of Redmond’s Arts Program — overseeing the City’s public art collection, new public art commissions, and public programming. Jessica previously worked for The Wing as Visitor Services Manager and Exhibit Specialist and has also held positions at the Henry Art Gallery and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. She sits on the board for Historic South Downtown, a state-created agency responsible for preserving and supporting the cultural identity of Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Jessica holds an MA in Museology from the University of Washington and BFA in both Painting and Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Director Lynn Bethke Collections Manager Museum of Culture and Environment Position 3, term expires 2023
Lynn Bethke has been the Collections Manager at the Museum of Culture and Environment at Central Washington University (CWU) since 2007. As the sole staff member, she manages the collection, the gallery, and is deeply involved in all aspects of museum work. She has also taught in the Museum Studies program at CWU regularly since 2010. Lynn earned her Master’s degree in Museology from the University of Washington, and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of museum work, she enjoys reading, knitting, and roller derby.
Director Brad Richardson Executive Director Clark County Historical Museum Position 6, term expires 2023
A life-long Clark County resident, Brad Richardson has spent the last 10 years engaging the public in the gathering, saving, and sharing history at the Clark County Historical Museum.
He completed his Masters in Public History from Portland State University (2015), and his Bachelors at Washington State University Vancouver (2012). He was nominated for the 2017 George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award and recognized as a 2015 Visit Vancouver USA Tourism Ambassador. He also serves on the board of trustees for Humanities Washington.
Currently, the Executive Director at the Clark County Historical Museum (CCHM), Brad has served as the Museum Curator, Museum Experience Coordinator, and Visitor Services Coordinator. However, he started his career at the museum as a volunteer in 2010. During his tenure at the CCHM, he has greatly expanded the Museum’s Walking Tour Program, launched the History on Tap series, spearheaded the creation of the Historic Routes mobile walking tour app, designed exhibits, and managed the Museum’s collection. Brad stepped into the position of Executive Director for the CCHM in August of 2017 and is the head fundraiser and administrator for the organization.
Ex-Officio Chieko Phillips Heritage Lead 4Culture, Seattle WA
Chieko Phillips is the Heritage Lead at 4Culture, the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington, where she manages the program that supports organizations and practitioners who preserve and share the history and material culture of King County, Washington. Previously the Director of BlackPast, an online resource for global African and African American history, she has also held positions at the Northwest African American Museum, the United Negro College Fund, and Photographic Center Northwest. Chieko currently serves on the City of Seattle’s Arts Commission where she is a member of the Facilities and Economic Development Committee. She also sits on the boards of the Washington Museums Association and Association of King County Historical Organizations, both organizations that serve the cultural sectors in Washington and King County. A graduate of Davidson College, Chieko holds a BA in History and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Washington.
Ex-Officio Allison Campbell Heritage Outreach Manager Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma WA
Allison Campbell is the Heritage Outreach Manager at the Washington State Historical Society where she coordinates programs to support history and heritage sites across the state. She earned her MA in Museum Studies from New York University and began her career in education at the Tenement Museum and Ellis Island Immigration Museum before moving on to the Riverside Metropolitan Museum in California, Museum of Life and Science in North Carolina, and Fort Nisqually Living History Museum in Tacoma. Allison has developed award-winning public programming aimed at engaging new audiences including Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually and Homespun Happy Hour.
Ex-Officio Erika Bentley-Holland Puget Sound Emerging Museum Professionals, Seattle WA