Linda Eckols, President, 1st Vice President
Eleanor Watanabe, President, 1st Vice President
Jane Reed, 2nd Vice President
Carole Flores, Secretary
John Beman, Treasurer
Marilyn Henderson, 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.
John Beman is the Board’s Treasurer, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee and as a docent. He moved to Los Altos in 1973 to a lot that still had eight apricot trees, and has been active in civic affairs in support of his children, raising funds for local schools and Little League. John is a retired financial executive, and joined the Museum through teaching 4th grade history classes focusing on California history. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School.
Robin Chapman is a native of Los Altos with a 30-yr career in television news as a reporter and anchor, including KRON-TV in San Francisco and the ABC-TV news station in Washington D.C., before returning home in 2009. She now writes full time, including a new history column for the Town Crier, and is the author of four books, most recently, California Apricots: the Lost Orchards of Silicon Valley. Robin holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Phyllis Dorricott has 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 President and 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 Board Secretary and Membership Chair. 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.
Gary Hedden is Editor of the Museum’s Newsletter. A Los Altos resident since 1972, he spent 37 years in pharmaceutical research. He has served on several exhibit committees, most notably as Chair of Pedal Power: From Wacky to Workhorse. He serves as Commissioner of the Los Altos Environmental Commission, Director of Natural Resources with the League of Women Voters, on the Leadership Team for GreenTown Los Altos, and the Steering Committee for the Community Center Alliance. Gary holds a M.S. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A in Chemistry from University of Oregon.
Marilyn Henderson is the immediate Past President of the Board, member of the PR/Marketing Committee and 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 M.A. in Business from San Jose State University, and a B.S. in Sociology/Psychology from University of Oregon.
Julia Lovin is Chair of the Museum’s Lean In Circle program and previously served as the Board’s Treasurer. She has managed Engineering and Engineering Operations at Tandem, HP, and Juniper Networks, and recently worked 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.
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 2nd Vice President and a Past President of the Los Altos History Museum. She has served over 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.
Julie Rose rejoins the Board having served as a prior board member for two terms and as President of the Los Altos History Museum from 2005-2006. She is extremely active in Los Altos civic organizations, having served as President of the Chamber of Commerce since 1996 as well as on the boards of the Los Altos Rotary Club, and the Junior League of Palo Alto. She enjoys international travel, theatre and music. She holds a B.A. from Pennsylvania State 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.
Eleanor Watanabe is President and 1st VP, Chair of the Museum’s Partnerships committees, a museum docent, and member of the PR/Marketing Committee. 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.