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Board of Trustees

Maryhill’s all-volunteer Board of Trustees helps guide strategic planning, financial oversight, and management, and is instrumental in ensuring a dynamic and vital future for the museum. Trustees also serve on committees devoted to collections, marketing, education, finance, grounds, audit, governance, fundraising and membership, executive and such ad hoc committees as necessary.

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

 

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeLaura 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.

JAMIESON GRABENHORST, Portland OR

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia Gorge“My dad always told me, ‘It’s not your choice, but your duty to serve the community that supports you.” Service and education are the grounding ideals of Jamieson Grabenhorst, a founding partner and financial advisor at Horst & Graben. The son of a school superintendent in Eastern Oregon, Jamieson brings that dedication to his work and considers himself a custodian of his clients’ financial futures. His deep ties to the Pacific Northwest start with his upbringing in Fossil and Condon and his education at Washington State University. The legacy of that community has built him a client network that spans from Astoria to The Dalles and as far north as Seattle. As an advisor, Jamieson spurns fads in investing in favor of tried-and-true investment strategies, focusing less on a single day in the markets and more on long-term plans to achieve his clients’ goals. Jamieson’s commitment to service has led him to a board membership with the Oregon Historical Society and on the advisory committee of St. Thomas More Catholic School, and he continues his father’s educational legacy through heavy involvement with Rosemary Anderson High School. When out of the office, Jamieson likes to play tennis and fish with his wife, Tiffany, and son Winston. And while he loves the city life, he also enjoys frequent trips to visit clients, friends, and family in Hood River, Condon, Yakima, and other parts of the region.

PENNY GUEST, The Dalles, OR

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Raised in Camas, WA, the Columbia River area has always felt like home to Penny. She was introduced to Maryhill as a young girl by her grandfather in the early 1950s. Not only was it her first museum but it has remained her favorite!  She lived in the Gorge for over 18 years and served on the Board of the Columbia River Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson for six years. As the Administrator of the Swigert Warren Foundation with Nani Warren for 20 years Penny was able to make recommendations to that board to help Maryhill and has stayed in contact with the museum as an interested and enthusiastic member. She and her husband have a great interest in the Native American history of the region and the collection at Maryhill is one of their favorite things to visit. She looks forward to furthering her knowledge of the other elements of the museum.

CAROLYN HUBER, White Salmon, WA

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeCarolyn Huber comes from a 15-year background in the automotive industry, where she served in organizational development, human resources, marketing and philanthropy. She recently oversaw the corporate social responsibility strategy, national non-profit partnerships and volunteer leadership programs for Toyota USA. Carolyn currently serves as acting vice president for two companies that she owns with her husband. She oversees human resources, marketing and operations for the companies, which provide agricultural supply products to customers across the US and Canada. Carolyn’s appreciation of art and culture came at a young age, while exploring the world with her family. She is inspired by the layers of beauty at Maryhill Museum of Art. The surrounding environment, architecture, spectacular cultural artifacts, renowned sculptures and works of art are an inspiration that may one day lead to curating a show of her own. A Pacific Northwest native, Carolyn is grateful to call White Salmon, Washington, her home. As an active mountain biker and hiker, Carolyn is proud to contribute to the local area trails by organizing special events for the Hood River Area Trail Stewards (HRATS). She also teaches yoga at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, with a minor in business administration, from the University of California, Berkeley.

MATT JOHNSTON, Portland, OR

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeMatt 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

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Nancy Leahy grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon and graduated from Purdue University in Speech and Hearing Pathology.  She was speech and hearing pathologist in Walla Walla and Richland, Washington. Nancy taught in the Yakima School District, at Central Washington University and served as Station Manager of KYVE TV (PBS).  In Arizona, she was Executive Director of Make-A-wish Foundation International and in Colorado, coordinator of the Early Care & Education Council of Boulder County. For six years she coordinated the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Central Washington, and in 2010 was named Executive Director of the Yakima Valley Hearing & Speech Center which transitioned to being the Director of Astria Hospital Foundation i Sunnyside. She is currently Director of Development of Grand Columba Council Boy Scouts of America.  Nancy is a 25-year member of the Rotary Club of Yakima and a member of the Yakima Rotary Trust Board. She has served on the boards of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce, Yakima Youth Baseball, Colorado American Legion Baseball Association and is currently Vice President of the Parker Youth and Sports Foundation in Yakima.  She was an advisory board member of KCTS-KYVE TV (PBS) for nine years and has been on the Yakima Schools Superintendent’s Advisory Committee for twelve years.  Nancy has directed educational and fund-raising banquets, auctions, athletic tournaments, virtual and livestream productions during the past 40 years. She has three grown children and is at home in Yakima, Washington.  Nancy was first elected in 2018.

KATHLEEN MARQUART, Portland, OR

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeKathleen 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeJim 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeRobert 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeLaura 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeMichael 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeDean 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

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeJuris 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.

DEAN M. SCHLENKER, Goldendale, WA

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeDean 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.”

DAVID SAVINAR, Gearhart, OR

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeDavid 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.

ROBERT STAVER, The Dalles, OR

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeBob is a longtime resident of The Dalles, OR and a recently retired orthopedic surgeon. He grew up on a small farm in Colorado and received his BS from Colorado State University and his MD from the University of Colorado.  Following a tour of duty as a medical officer during the Vietnam War, he completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Bob moved to The Dalles to practice medicine in 1974 and settled with his family in Rowena, OR. He served on the Board of Trustees at Mid-Columbia Medical Center for many years. Bob’s love of art and the natural beauty of the Columbia River Gorge was largely instilled by his late wife and local artist Janice Staver. Her enthusiasm and frequent visits to Maryhill for exhibits and events inspired Bob’s involvement. A particular highlight was their daughter’s wedding ceremony and reception that took place outside in the sculpture garden in 2000. The strong connection between health, medicine, and art continues to inspire him and he is excited by the opportunity to serve and support Maryhill Museum. Bob has served on the collections committee at Maryhill for several years. When not admiring Maryhill’s collections, Bob enjoys reading, gardening, travelling, and attempting to keep up with his 4 grandkids.

Board of Trustees - Maryhill Museum - Columbia GorgeNominations 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 nominations@maryhillmuseum.org.

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