Board of Trustees
Maryhill’s Trustees have diverse interests, live throughout the region —from Seattle to Goldendale, Portland to Ion—and have skill sets ranging from marketing, education, law, and the arts, to business, farming and ranching. What they all have in common is a passion for Maryhill!
LAURA CHENEY, White Salmon, WA
Laura Cheney is a longtime resident of White Salmon and closely involved with the family lumber business. Laura graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Social Science and from The Katherine Gibbs School one-year administrative secretarial program for college graduates in New York City. She and husband John lived in Omaha, Nebraska, where she worked as secretary to the vice president of a brokerage firm while John completed his tour with the Navy at SAC Headquarters. Living in White Salmon since 1972, they raised three children while being active in the Community. Laura volunteered for 10 years with the Boy Scouts of America, holding various positions from den leader to Mid-Columbia District Commissioner. She participated in bringing AYSO soccer to White Salmon as well as PTA, serving as president for 2 years. She served as Klickitat County Chair for the Republican Party from 2001 through 2011. Interested in the arts, she and husband John are members of the Portland Art Museum and involved in a foundation whose focus is gifting to the arts annually.
IAN GRABENHORST, Yakima WA
Ian Grabenhorst is a lifelong educator, his last ten years serving as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Programs at Educational Services District 105 in Yakima before retiring June 2014. Previous to ESD 105, he served as superintendent of schools for Goldendale School District from 1992-2004. It was during his stay in Goldendale that Ian and his wife Cheri became members of Maryhill Museum of Art. During 40 years as an educator in Oregon and Washington, he has been actively involved in civic organizations, and has served on a number of boards. Ian always kept the arts a priority, bringing artist-in-residents into the schools, integrating the arts with academic subjects, and actively pursuing and securing federal arts grants for supporting and developing the arts in the ESD 105 region. Ian and Cheri have three grown, married children and one grandson. One of his favorite memories as a child growing up in his grandmother’s house in Condon, Oregon was her story about meeting Queen Marie from Romania when she visited and dedicated the museum in 1926.
BYRON HENRY, Vancouver, WA
Byron Henry is a retired pharmacist. He worked for over 40 years in SW Washington and NW Oregon and had an instrumental role in the development of Hi-School Pharmacy/Bolger Pharmacy, a chain of drug/variety/hardware stores. He was born and raised in Eastern Washington and attended Washington State University where he met Sue, his wife of 52 years. They have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Byron served on the Clark County Boards of Columbia United Providers and the Human Services Council, as Treasurer of the Native American Art Council of the Portland Art Museum and was also active in the Boy Scouts of America. Byron and Sue have a deep interest in Native American and Pacific Rim culture and art and have been active members of the Portland Art Museum’s Native American Art Council for many years. Byron has an interest in the native people and geological history of the Columbia River Gorge that began at an early age when he observed Indians fishing off of the platforms at Celilo before the construction of The Dalles Dam.
NORM JOHNSON, Yakima / Olympia, WA
Norm Johnson completed his fifth term in the Washington State of House of Representatives on the 14th of January and retired. While in the Legislature Norm represented parts of Yakima and Clark Counties, and all of Klickitat and Skamania Counties. Norm is a lifetime resident of Yakima County. He was born and raised in Toppenish. He graduated from Toppenish High School and attended Washington State University and Central Washington University earning a B in Education and a MA from Fort Wright College of the Holy Names (now Heritage University). He served in the U.S. Army. Norm taught and counseled at schools in Mabton and Toppenish and was principal of Eagle High School in Toppenish. Norm has always been active in civic affairs. He is the past Mayor of Toppenish. He has served on the Mabton Town Council and the Toppenish and Yakima City Council. Norm has served on the Boards of the Toppenish Rodeo and Livestock Association, The Mary L. Goodrich Library, the American Hop Museum. He is a member of the Yakima Downtown Rotary Club. While serving in the Legislature Norm was on the Education Committee Rules and Capital Budget Committees. In addition he has served as a ranking member of the Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, General Government, K-12 Education, Transportation and Higher Education Committee. He also served on the Capital Furnishing and Select Committee on Aging and Long Term Care. Norm first visited Maryhill Museum when he was eight years old. He also was involved with a Friends of Maryhill in the 1960’s. Norm lives in Yakima and has five sons, ten grandchildren and four great-grandsons. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letter from his Alma Mater, Central Washington University.
MATT JOHNSTON, Portland, OR
Matt Johnston is an art historian specializing in nineteenth-century American art and popular culture, with a PhD from the University of Chicago. He has taught at Lewis & Clark College, in Portland, OR, for ten years and has lectured on modern art topics at various Portland-area museums, including the Portland Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Matt is especially interested in prints and publishing, with a BA in printmaking from Yale University and work experience at the Echo Press (an artist’s press in Bloomington, IN) and the University of Chicago Press (in production and design). He and his wife, Dawn Odell (also an art historian), have two sons.
NANCY J. LEAHY, Yakima, WA
Nancy Leahy grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon and graduated from Purdue University in Speech and Hearing Pathology. For seven years she was a speech and hearing pathologist in Walla and Richland, Washington and then moved to Yakima in 1980. Yakima has been her home for 38 years. Nancy taught in the Yakima School District, in health at Central Washington University and then served as Station Manager of KYVE TV (PBS), where she helped with the KYVE art auction. In Arizona, she was Executive Director of Make-A-wish Foundation International and then become coordinator of the Early Care & Education Council of Boulder County, Colorado. In 2004, Nancy became Director of Circle of Success in Yakima – a parent education program for early learning. In 2010, she was named Executive Director of the Yakima Valley Hearing & Speech Center – which was acquired by Sunnyside Community Hospital in 2014. Nancy became the Director of the Sunnyside Community Hospital Foundation which is now called Astria Health Foundation. Nancy is a 20 year member – and former board member- of the Rotary Club of Yakima and a member of the Yakima Rotary Trust Board for eight years. She served on the boards of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Yakima Youth Baseball and as board secretary of the Colorado American Legion Baseball Association. She was an advisory board member of KCTS-KYVE TV (PBS) and has been on the Yakima Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for nine years. Nancy managed educational and fund raising banquets, auctions, tournaments, and numerous community events over the past forty years. Her personal motto: “Where there is a will, there is a way!”
KATHLEEN MARQUART, Portland, OR
Kathleen Marquart is Alaskan Native, a member of the Tlingit-Haida Central Council. She was raised in Wrangell Alaska, the eldest daughter of a commercial fisherman. Summers were spent on the beaches in her family’s fish camp, or on seiners looking for jumpers. Her professional career was as a Certified Physician’s Assistant in Indian country, providing medical care on reservations in South Dakota, Arizona, and New Mexico, and Oregon, as well as in Urban Indian medical clinics in Seattle, Portland, and Oklahoma City. She worked hand in hand with people from many tribal backgrounds, especially Lakota, Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni, all of whom she lived and worked among. She developed and supervised a Maternal/Child Health Program, using local community outreach workers and a mobile clinic unit to assure prenatal care in small, distant communities like He Dog, and Upper Cut Meat, SD. The Urban Indian clinics served a multitude of Tribes. For example, the clinic in Oklahoma City had active patients from 126 Tribes. Kathleen has been a member of numerous committees and advisory groups on the local, state and national levels, involving rural and maternal, child health Issues. She has served as Diversity Chair on her professional associations committees. Currently Kathleen is Vice Chairperson and Representative of the Portland Area (WA, OR, ID) of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center.
JIM McCREIGHT, Beaverton, OR
Jim McCreight has served as president of the Beaverton Arts Commission, Beaverton Arts Foundation, Beaverton Chamber of Commerce and is President/Chairman Emeritus of the Museum Trustee Association. He served as a trustee at The High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon 2005-2013. Service on Maryhill committees includes Executive, Finance, Strategic Planning and Development. Jim joined the Maryhill Board of Trustees in 1995, served as treasurer in 1998 and was president from 1999 to 2002. He retired from board service in 2004 but again returned to service from 2005 to 2014. He retired again and returned to service on the Board of Trustees in 2015. Jim has a B.S. degree in history from Portland State University. He is currently Director of Strategic Partnership, Oregon Technology Business Center in Beaverton, OR.
ROBERT A. MOCO, Goldendale, WA
Robert A. Moco is a long-time resident of Klickitat County, a retired teacher and administrator for the Goldendale School District. He is a former advisory member of the Columbia Gorge Community College Electronic Engineering Program, the Tri County Workforce Development Youth Council and the Goldendale Head Start Grantee Board. For over 35 years, he has been a civic leader and volunteer, particularly with the Goldendale Kiwanis and Jaycees. Bob holds several degrees from Central Washington University and is Past President of the CWU Alumni Association Board. He is also chair of the Klickitat County Board of Equalization. Bob is the Treasurer of Maryhill Museum of Art, serves on the museum’s Executive Committee and Ranchlands Committee. He is the current President of the Goldendale Golf Club. Bob and his wife, Kathy, have been Maryhill Museum members since 1990.
KAREL LEE MOERSFELDER, Portland, OR
Karel Lee Moersfelder and her husband, Edward, are recent residents of Portland after moving from the Midwest to join family who migrated to this area. She was born in Oakland, California, and split her precollege years in California, the Chicago area, and outside of New York. She returned to the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she obtained the degrees of J.D. (1973), a Master of Science Education, (2014), and a B.S. in Education (1970). She and her husband moved to Minneapolis upon graduating from law school, and she practiced criminal law there for thirty-three years, originally as a Public Defender and then as a Prosecutor for Hennepin County. As an attorney in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, she acted as a trial attorney, a Senior Attorney, and a Managing Attorney. Her responsibilities included overseeing staff attorneys, heading up Trial Divisions, and serving on the Management Team for four different County Attorneys. She is currently retired. She has put in many hours volunteering in schools and women’s community groups. Her hobbies include reading, making and collecting miniatures, attending theatre and visiting museums, travelling, quilting, and spending time with her family.
LAURA MUEHLECK, Yakima, WA
Laura Muehleck first visited Maryhill Museum of Art in 1983 when she and her husband, Stephen, moved to Yakima. Laura values volunteer activities with an educational, fundraising, or organizational focus. She has served on numerous committees and boards of local organizations such as Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima Valley Museum and Historical Society, the former St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center and was appointed a Yakima Regional Planning Commissioner. Longtime interests in art, history and culture have taken Laura to many international museums and galleries over the years where she has developed an appreciation for exhibits of art and artifacts in their historical context and with an educational component for the viewer. Laura appreciates Maryhill Museum of Art not only as an exceptional world-class museum but also as a timeless treasure for generations to come.
MICHAEL OROS, Aloha, OR
Michael Oros is originally from Transylvania, Romania and has called Oregon home-base since 1990. An avid traveler of 6 continents and 80+ countries forms the foundation which further fuels his passion for people, culture and history. Michael is the President of Romanian-American Society (non-profit org), and has a long history of community involvement dating back to college as a student Ambassador and even high school days where he started the English Second Language Buddy program in Oregon. For more than 20 years Michael has been a leader in revolutionary technologies and initiatives at SNIA as Executive Director, at Intel and with the industry, serving as advisor to the top global technology companies, standard bodies and government organizations around the world. Michael holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in International Business from US International University, and maintains a feverish passion for technology and the promise it holds for humanity’s advancement. He still plays a competitive game of tennis, enjoys diving and now holds a Somm Certification along with his traditional old world wine making skills.
DEAN V. OZUNA, Seattle, WA
Dean Ozuna is a CPA in Seattle specializing in small businesses and has been in practice for over 20 years. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Washington, Dean has performed as an adjunct professor at Central Washington University, served on the board of an insurance company and is very active in his community. His business, the Maryhill Ratz, has not only raised awareness of the beauty of the Maryhill region but has also raised thousands of dollars for local organizations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, the Goldendale High School Girls Athletic Department, The Goldendale Parks Department and the Goldendale Foodbank.
JURIS SARINS, White Salmon, WA
Juris Sarins was born in Germany in 1948 to Latvian parents who encouraged his scientific and artistic development. He was educated in New York City and graduated from Pratt Institute with a BS in Chemistry in 1973. He pursued a career in metal refining, working for AMAX’s Carteret, N.J. smelter until 1986. Juris then purchased an art gallery, the Artists Center in Flemington, N.J. where he retailed original and limited edition reproductions, and provided framing services and custom stained glass. During that time he earned a Certification in Picture Framing and attended TAAPI seminars on conservation of paper art and artifacts. In 1995 Juris joined Sipi Metals Corp., Chicago where he was appointed VP, Technical Director in 2001 and where he later retired. During his tenure at Sipi Metals, Juris assisted the Chicago Art Institute in the characterization of their bronze artifacts, and in 2006 was asked to join the Institute’s Committee on Conservation, on which he still serves. He and his wife, Jo Dean, live in White Salmon, WA.
DAVID SAVINAR, Gearhart, OR
David Savinar is a native Oregonian and has fond memories of the Maryhill Museum of Art. He has served on the Maryhill Museum of Art Board of Trustees in the past, and returns to the board enthusiastic about what he can do for Maryhill. Currently he serves on the Board of Governors at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). David is very involved in the arts in the Northwest and has a background in marketing. David has two boys living in New York and Mexico City.
SCOTT SONNIKSEN, High Prairie, WA
Scott Sonniksen is a fourth generation Oregonian, who has a great appreciation for the vision of Sam Hill and the creation of the Maryhill Museum of Art. A trip to Maryhill is a favorite for visitors, family and friends. The beauty of the Columbia Gorge also inspired Scott in 2009 to design and build their home and studio in the High Prairie area, where he and his wife, Rebecca relocated from their Portland home in 2015 to live full-time. Scott received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Yale, his BS degree from Portland State University, followed by two years at the Brooklyn Art Museum on a Max Beckman Fellowship. He taught at Reed College, where he was Chairman of the Art and Art History Department during which time he oversaw the development of a new studio art building. Scott has also been a visiting artist and teacher at UC Santa Barbara, University of Oregon and PNCA. He has served on juries for the Regional Arts and Culture (RACC) for public commissions and on the boards of Contemporary Craft and The Friends of Timberline. In his studio, Scott continues to work on commissions for commercial clients who include Hewlett Packard, Intel, and US Bank as well as private collectors. His paintings are included in the Portland and Seattle Art Museums and well as in public and private collections nationwide. In 2000 Scott founded Radius Design a color and design business. His projects include the color selection of the Hawthorne Bridge, the exterior design of the Machine Works Building, as well as interior and exterior color design for historic buildings such as the Carriage House on SW Broadway and private residences. Rebecca, Scott’s wife of 40 years is retired from the Port of Portland where she worked at the PDX Airport in retail development, leasing and marketing. They have a daughter, Lara and two granddaughters living in Portland.
DEAN M. SCHLENKER, Goldendale, WA
Dean M. Schlenker grew up farming in the Yakima Valley. Joined the US Army in 1984 which assisted in paying for his education. Dean worked for the VA at Central Washington University where he received his BS in Accounting in 1990. Colleges Dean attended: City of Chicago, Central Texas College and Yakima Valley Community College. From 1989 to 1994 Dean assisted in building three small food manufacturing companies with approximately 200 employees in Washington and Oregon, which were sold in 1994. Most of his working career, since 1994 has been assisting Non-Profit organizations with either, financial problems or construction projects. Organizations Dean has worked for: Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, Heritage University, Granger, Highland and currently Goldendale School Districts. Dean’s passion is traveling having visited 51 countries. His favorite statement is from Forest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get until you bite into it.”
Nominations to the Board of Trustees
Maryhill Museum of Art, a membership organization, elects a revolving Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting. Pursuant to the Bylaws, the Board may comprise no less than nine and no more than 25 members, with a majority residing in the State of Washington. The Governance Committee, subsequent to evaluation of qualifications and expertise, places candidates on the ballot for election to a three-year term. Members in good standing of Maryhill Museum of Art may nominate a candidate, or themselves, to the Board of Trustees by calling 509 773-3733 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.