Sandra’s museum career began as she transitioned from art gallery management in Scottsdale to museum studies during graduate work at ASU. She interned at The Heard Museum, followed by working six years at the Arizona State Capitol Museum. Sandra was then Executive Director of both the Liberace Foundation and the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. Focusing on university museums from 2005-2013, she was Deputy Director of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley and later Deputy Director for Operations at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Before starting as Executive Director, Sandra devoted 2014 to consulting projects at the Scottsdale Museum of the West and the Buckeye Valley Museum, as well as Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Well-connected in the museum field, Sandra has served as a Board Member and Conference Committee Member for the Western Museums Association and President of the Nevada Museums Association, as well as peer reviewer for IMLS grants, and a lecturer in university museum studies programs.
Sandra holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Washington University in St. Louis, a graduate certificate in Sociocultural Anthropology/Museum Studies from Arizona State University and a Master’s degree in Education from University of Phoenix. She also completed the Financial Management Certificate Program for administrators at UC Berkeley.
Since graduating from Duke University in 1972 with a BA in art history, Mary Ann has spent her career as an arts administrator. Her first job was at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., followed by a stint at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as curator of its Bicentennial exhibition. She then moved to Michigan to become curator of exhibitions at Cranbrook Academy of Art before heading west for 13 years at the Denver Art Museum and 12 at the Aspen Art Museum where she was twice Interim Director.
Natalie graduated from ASU with a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. She was employed as a park ranger with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, where she focused her efforts on outdoor education and was an integral part of creating the County’s Interpretive Ranger Program. Natalie became Park Supervisor of the Cave Creek Regional Park in 2003, and continued her work in developing educational opportunities within the County Parks System. She came to work at DCWM in 2012.
Marilu got her beginning in business in 1968 working in accounts receivable for Spencer Foods in Spencer, Iowa. From 1973 to 1986 she was a co-owner of Rudy’s Stateline Club in Spirit Lake, Iowa. From 1986 to 2004 she was employed as the Manager for the Americ Inn Hotel and Restaurant while also becoming a member of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, the Soroptimist International Organization, board member for the Wickenburg Community Services Corporation and a member of the Wickenburg Ducks in a Row Foundation.
Teonna is originally from San Diego but moved to Wickenburg while in high school and has made it her home ever since. She has worked as a bookkeeper, accountant, benefits and insurance coordinator and office manager throughout her career. She also spent time working as a banker and insurance salesperson. She studied Business Management at Rio Salado College and Glendale Community College.
Kathy brings years of office administrative experience to DCWM most recently here in Wickenburg as the Office Manager at My Father’s Retirement Ranch where she handled Accounts Payable and Receivable, HR functions and data and records management . Previously she worked at Princeton University in HR and campus publishing including work with Annual Giving campaigns, alumni events, and Board of Directors meetings.
Before coming to DCWM in 2016, Amanda spent four years at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix where she served in numerous capacities through reorganizations including Volunteer Department Assistant, Guest Services Assistant Manager, Theater House Manager and Curatorial Assistant/Multimedia Archivist. She has extensive experience with events, media, volunteers, communications and project management. Amanda holds a BA in History from U of A and is finishing her MA in Public History at ASU.
Jacklyn holds a B.A. in Social Studies with concentrations in Anthropology and Human Development from Washington State University. She taught K-12 students extensively in both formal and informal settings including Head Start, Knowledge Universe and the YMCA before coming to Wickenburg in 2015. She works with visitors in all areas of the Museum, helps develop interpretive materials and assists with the docent program. Fluent in Spanish, she is a resource for our Spanish speaking visitors and in developing bilingual materials.
Jean Ann holds a B.A. in History from Arizona State University and is a certified secondary teacher in History and Art. She taught at Wickenburg High School and has been part of Camp Imagination with the Museum for years. Having retired from WHS in 2015, she now works with classes and tours at DCWM and is the liaison for our monthly high school artist exhibition and Student Advisory Committee.
John holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and is completing a Master’s in Library Science. He began as an intern at DCWM, assisting with a remodel of collection storage spaces and now oversees the collections database and care for the art and history pieces owned by the museum as well as those that come on loan for exhibitions and Cowgirl Up!
Rita was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. Before moving to Arizona two years ago, she lived in Florida for 20 years, where she was a server. Rita enjoys her role at DCWM, where she performs custodial services, assists with dusting and cleaning the exhibits, and prepares refreshments for the Museum’s programs and lectures.