Marilyn Henderson, President
Linda Eckols, 1st Vice President
Phyllis Dorricott, 2nd Vice President
Eleanor Watanabe, Secretary
Julia Lovin, Treasurer
Ed Taft, Past President
Marcia Adams is a member of the Museum Board and volunteers with its Oral History Project. She has lived in Los Altos since 1983, was Corporate Counsel for HP and previously served as a board member of Kara, a Palo Alto grief support non-profit. Marcia holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Phyllis Dorricott is the 2nd Vice President of the Board. She served as co-chair of the marquee Geschke Garden Gala as well as chair of the highly successful Semeria Castle House Tour event. A longtime community leader and philanthropist, she has served as Chairman of the El Camino Hospital Foundation Board, Gala Committee, and the Hospital’s H2H group. She is also the past Chairman of the Women’s Auxiliary and an Advisory Board member of The Salvation Army, Sunnyvale.
Linda Eckols is 1st Vice President on the Museum Board and is a member of the PR/Marketing and Fundraising Events committees. She is a former elementary school administrator in the Cambrian and Los Altos School Districts. Pursuing her interest in education, she serves on the Museum’s Education Committee, is Board Vice-Chair of the Mentor Tutor Connection, and regularly volunteers in a classroom at Covington School in Los Altos. Linda holds a M.Ed. and Administrative Credential from San Jose State University.
Carole Flores is a member of the Museum Board. She is a former elementary school teacher in the Los Altos School District and student teacher supervisor at San Jose State University. She is a member of the Museum’s Education Committee and is a docent at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. Carole holds a B.A, in History from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dan Haley is in his sixth year as a Museum Board member, having served a year as secretary. He is a former teacher and administrator in the Los Altos School District and an instructional supervisor at Notre Dame de Namur University. He served ten years on the City of Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission, two years as Chairman. He has been active in various capacities at St. William Church, including serving 43 years as a eucharistic minister. Dan holds a M.A. in Education from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Marilyn Henderson is the President of the Board, Co-chair of the PR/Marketing Committee and immediate past Chair of the Docent program. A pioneer in the telemarketing field, Marilyn launched the first telemarketing center while at Memorex, and founded her own company, Market-Tel, serving 22 companies across California, Arizona, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida. Marilyn holds a B.S. in Sociology/Psychology from University of Oregon and M.A. in Business from San Jose State University.
Kathy Lera is a Past President of the Museum and serves on the Nominating Committee. Raised in Los Altos, she started her career at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, followed by 30 years in the electronics industry in sales management and business development positions working with customers worldwide. Coming full circle, since 2009 she’s been the Sales Director at the Los Altos Town Crier. In addition to serving in numerous leadership positions with the Museum over the years, she’s actively involved with several other community organizations, including the Los Altos Chamber, Rotary, LAVA and Villa Siena.
Julia Lovin is the Board’s Treasurer and Chair of the Museum’s Lean In Circle program. She has managed Engineering and Engineering Operations at Tandem, HP, and Juniper Networks, and is currently at TechSoup Global. As a community volunteer, she actively supports TechWomen, Technovation, The Volunteer Center, and fosters kittens for the Humane Society. Julia holds a M.S. in Engineering and a B.S. in Math with a Computer Science minor from Santa Clara University.
Saroj Pathak joins the Board following a successful career in the semiconductor industry where she played a key role in the design and development of chip technology. After nearly 40 years working for leading chip manufacturers (Intel, Fairchild, Cypress, Atmel…) she currently serves as CEO of Explorabox, a nonprofit promoting STEM for youth. Saroj teaches and lectures at the university and school level and plans STEM labs. She holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Indore.
Karen Purtich is Co-chair of the Museum’s PR/Marketing Committee. She is an experienced director of Human Resources. An active community leader, Karen serves on the Foothill College Commission and previously on the Fund Development Committee at The Terraces in Los Altos. She holds a B.A in Comparative Literature and French from University of California, Berkeley.
John Ralston is an Administrative Associate with University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. A historian, author, and educator, he serves on a number of Bay Area historical boards including San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, San Francisco History Association, Palo Alto Historical Association, and Los Altos Hills Historical Society. John holds an A.B. in History with a minor in English from University of California, Berkeley and a standard secondary teaching credential from San Francisco State University.
Jane Reed is a Past President of the Los Altos History Museum. She served 10 years as the Museum’s volunteer Exhibitions and Interpretation manager and has chaired a number of the Museum’s fundraising events. A former Mayor and member of the Los Altos City Council, she is currently an Advisory Board member of The Terraces at Los Altos and a member of the Rotary Club of Los Altos. Jane holds a M.A. in Liberal Arts from University of California, Berkeley; Secondary Teaching Credential from California State, Hayward; and a Masters Certificate in Museum Studies from JFK University.
Brandon Smith is First Vice President-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Los Altos. He is a member of the museum’s Finance Committee. Originally from Sonora, he lives in Los Altos with his wife and 4 children, is an active member of the Los Altos Rotary Club, and an avid player in the Palo Alto Adult Soccer League. He holds a B.A. with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University.
Ginger Summit chairs the Museum’s Oral History Project. She is a former speech and language therapist and special education teacher with a long history of community service including Town Council and Mayor of Los Altos Hills and CSMA Board. An accomplished textile artist, her art was featured in the Museum’s recent exhibit, “Reflect + Create”. Ginger holds a B.A in Psychology/Child Development and History; M.A. in Language Development from Stanford University; Elementary Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.
Edward Taft is the immediate Past President of the Los Altos History Museum Board and previously served as its Treasurer. He was a Principal Scientist at Adobe Systems, prior to retiring in 2014 after 30 years at Adobe. Previously, he was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC. He is a board member of St. Mark’s School and Pandemonium Aviaries, and a principal supporter of El Camino Hospital and Fogarty Institute of Innovation. Ed holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard College.
Eleanor Watanabe is Board Secretary, Chair of the Museum’s Partnerships committees, a museum docent, and member of the PR/Marketing team. She is a past president and founding executive director of the Cupertino Educational Endowment Foundation (CEEF). She has played an active leadership role in support of educational and environmental programs in the community, serving on a number of boards including Hidden Villa, Rotary Club of Cupertino, and Euphrat Museum of Art. Eleanor holds a B.A. in English from Stanford University.