Staff

Executive Director, Daniel M. Finley

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Geography from the University of Wisconsin. He formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of the Muzéo Museum and Cultural Center  in Anaheim, California; the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles, California; and the Milwaukee Public Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is noted for his development of innovative programs, team-building skills, fiscal management, fundraising ability, and for creating strategic alliances with staff, board members, volunteers, and the community.

Deputy Director and Curator, Mary Ann Igna

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.

Adjunct Curator of History, Dr. Eduardo Pagán

Dr. Pagan, Arizona State University’s Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History, will spend a portion of each week working on special projects, exhibitions, and programs for the Museum. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in U.S. history. In addition to authoring numerous books on the history of the Southwest, he was one of the hosts of History Detectives (PBS), a historical consultant with American Experience (PBS), and has appeared in national and international documentaries and television shows.

Director of Business Operations, Teonna Zeller

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.

Collections Manager, John Kyritsis

John holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Library Science. He began as an intern at DCWM, assisting with a remodel of collection storage spaces. He 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!

Curator of Education, Natalie Olson

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.

Director of Development, Kathy Clark

Kathy and her family reside in Wickenburg and she has worked at the Museum since 2016. She is responsible for coordinating the Museum’s special event fund raising, grant writing, annual appeals, planned giving programs and all levels of membership. Previously she worked at Princeton University in HR, Molecular Biology, and Annual Giving departments with the Annual Giving campaigns, alumni events, supporting research scientists, and support with the Board of Director’s meetings.

Education Assistant, Jean Ann Myers

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.

Director of Marketing, Caesar Chaves 

Caesar was previously the creative director for the Heard Museum in Phoenix  since 2007 and marketing director from 2017-2019. There he managed diverse range of projects that included: exhibition design, social media campaigns, print, outdoor and web advertising, and the redesign of a sculpture garden. Caesar earned his B.F.A. in graphic design from Corcoran College of Art + Design (now part of the George Washington University). His professional work has been seen in public institutions such as the Public Museum in Grand Rapids, Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, The Textile Museum in Washington, DC and Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

Preparator, Bill Rix
Retail Operations Manager, Pam Rovida

Pam Rovida and her husband, Tony, moved to Wickenburg from California in 2009. Pam has extensive experience in retail sales management and excellent customer service skills, Previously, she was the owner of Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream in Wickenburg from 2009-2017. Pam loves the community of Wickenburg and is proud to represent the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.

Senior Visitor Services Associate and Weekend Supervisor, Marilu Rix

Marilu began 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 America 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.

Visitor Services Manager, Emily Dykstra

Emily holds a B.F.A. in Drawing and Minor in Art History from Ball State University. She began her museum background by serving as an Education Intern at the David Owsley Museum of Art in 2015, leading her to continue on as a Visitor Services Associate, Docent, and Collections Management Intern until her graduation in May 2017. After moving to Congress, AZ she began working as a part-time Visitor Services Associate for DCWM and now works full time managing the part-time and volunteer staff.

Facilities and Security Manager, Daniel Snitchler

Dan moved to Wickenburg in 2016 to work at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Before relocating to Arizona, Dan and his wife Lola lived in North Dakota where he was the facilities manager for a major oil company. Prior to that, the Snitchlers owned and managed a construction company in Washington State. Dan is a US Navy veteran, certified Construction Manager, and Master Carpenter. He enjoys constructing any projects presented to him at the Museum.

Visitor Services Associates

Jackie Oliver
Tarah Reed

IT Consultant, AZ Comp
Graphic Design Consultant, Eddie Medrano

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