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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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, and planned giving programs. 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.
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.
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 prepaes refreshments for the Museum’s programs and lectures.
Katie holds a B.S. in Design with an emphasis in Marketing and Art History. She is a 5th generation to the area, and proud to be a steward of the heritage, history and art that makes Wickenburg so distinct. Her experience ranges from Office Coordinator with the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce to Facilities and Special Events Manager with the Town of Wickenburg, where she has been facilitating programs, marketing and major special events within the community for almost ten years.
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.
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.
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.
Katie is a native of Arizona and teaches art classes at Simpson’s Ranch. Her love of art and desire to capture the unique beauty of the Southwest led her to a career as an artist. She has displayed her artwork at a number of venues, including the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Arizona.
Visitor Services Associate, Ethan Houdeshell
Ethan is from Northwest Ohio and grew up being a member of the Toledo Museum of Art. Ethan has a background in antiques—his family has several collections that include Native American spears, knives, beads, and projectile points. He worked with his father at his antique stores before moving to Arizona and is excited to apply his background knowledge to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum.