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President

Lisa Robinson

Lisa and her family have lived in Boulder Creek since 1990. After spending many years working in engineering management positions at high-technology companies she concluded her career as the Vice-president of Product Operations for startup Sonics, Inc. and retired in 2000 to explore a wide variety of new interests, broadly associated with Historic Preservation.

She holds a BSc(hons) in Physics with Astrophysics from Leicester University, and certificates in Interior Restoration and Preservation, Interior Design and Computer Aided Drafting and Design. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, the California Association of Museums, the California Preservation Foundation, and the Society of California Archivists.

Lisa has served as the Community Leader for Boulder Creek 4-H, the President of Santa Cruz County 4-H, as a Project Leader for 4-H, as an Entrepreneurial Coach for the Girls Middle School in Mountain View and on the board of the West Valley College Interior Design Club.

She is the Volunteer Collections and Exhibitions Manager at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and also volunteers at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View and at the Genealogy Room, Santa Cruz County Library. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) Landmark Committee, the Santa Cruz MAH Publications Committee and is the communicator for Santa Cruz County Researchers Anonymous. She serves as the Corresponding Secretary on the board of the Genealogy Society of Santa Cruz County and also serves on their Acquisitions Committee. Her other interests include miniature model building, local archaeology and all forms of digital media development. She is a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME).

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Bob was born and raised in Boulder Creek, Ca. His grandparents were Louis and Michelina Gho, who owned the Go-Inn from 1933-1975. His parents are Robert E. and Eleanor Presswood, owners of the Redwood Keg from 1973 - 1996. Bob took over ownership of the Redwood Keg in 1996.

Bob graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1975 and began serving in the U. S. Navy from 1975-1979. He served on the U.S.S. Oklahoma City (CG-5) and with the Antarctic Development Squadron Six, which was the air wing of operation Deep Freeze. He held the title of Mess Management Specialist Second Class when he left the Navy.

While serving in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bob met Jane, who became his wife. They have been married for 33 years and have one daughter.

Bob is the Director and Historian of the San Lorenzo Valley Alumni Association, Commissioner of the Boulder Creek Fire Department, a life member of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association, and a member of the following organizations; US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association, the Navy League, USS Oklahoma City Association, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, KQED, National Geographic Society, the Marconi Club, Ducks Unlimited, and MENSA.


Secretary

Carmen Bergmann

Carmen and her husband have been living in Ben Lomond over 35 years. She has two grown children, a daughter in Boulder Creek and a son in Utah and now 6 grandchildren in all.

A teacher by profession as well as her passion, Carmen got her BA degree and Teaching Credential with a major in Spanish from Holy Names College in Oakland. At that time she met her husband, Rich a technician for Pacific Bell, and was married upon graduating.

She first taught in the Laguna Salada School District in Pacifica for a couple of years and then moved to Ben Lomond. Her love for the arts got her into studying the folk arts and then teaching decorative folk art painting classes in the area for ten years plus. Later she went back to teaching in the public school system teaching Spanish at CT English Middle School part time for a couple of years. Then she accepted a position at Boulder Creek Elementary, later teaching at Redwood Elementary where she taught until she retired. She taught every grade level in the elementary grades except for Kindergarten during her fifteen year teaching career. Most of that time, however, was spent teaching fifth grade which was the perfect outlet for applying her expertise and love of the folk arts.

Carmen retired in 2001 to have time for playing with her grandchildren, pursuing her arts and crafts interests, gardening, hiking, working out and knitting among others. She volunteers for Valley Churches United, is a tutor for the Literacy Program of Santa Cruz County and is a SLV Museum volunteer for the School Outreach program.


Ed Butler

Edwill Butler has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for over fifty years. He graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in 1968, from Cabrillo with an AA in 1974, and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1995.

Ed has three grown children and six grandchildren. He has been married to the same beautiful woman, Janet, since 1977. Their wedding ceremony was held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ben Lomond where they are still active members. Ed has served on the church vestry.

Ed was on active duty in the military for ten years and spent a year and a half in Vietnam, He returned to the Navy Reserves at Moffett Field from 1982 - 1985 as a Navy Corpsman.

He was a volunteer firefighter for the Ben Lomond Fire District for thirty five years and eighteen years as a firefighter at the Lockheed Martin Space Facility on Empire Grade, Santa Cruz. He worked at Scarborough Lumber for twenty years.

Ed was a Red Cross instructor for twenty years. He is a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign War Posts.


Jennifer is a third-generation Santa Cruz native, with her great grandfather moving to Swanton by 1873. In 1906, he built a boarding house near West Cliff for his three spinster daughters to run. Purdy Road in the Swanton area was named for him.

Her branch of the family started moving around California, eventually settling in LA by the time she was 12. She and her husband, along with their son, followed the computer industry to northern California, first moving to Fremont and then to Boulder Creek in 2002.

In her working life Jennifer was a writer, first for newspapers and then for various corporations, and a technical writer in the computer industry for the last 20 years of her career. She retired and her husband passed away in 2008.

Jennifer is a docent at the museum, a substitute librarian at the Ben Lomond Library, a peer counselor for the Santa Cruz County non profit Senior Outreach, and a spare body for the Valley Women's Club.


Lucia MacLean

Lucia was born and raised in Alameda, CA. As a child growing up in an urban setting with access to a safe public transportation system, frequent visits were made to the wonderful small museums in Oakland. These museums (3 museums) were later condensed into the Oakland Museum of California.

After marrying a member of the Armed Forces, Lucia lived overseas for 7 years, in Japan (son #1 was born), Germany (son #2 was born), and England. Upon return to the US, She attended Solano Community College, receiving an AA degree, and spent another year Sonoma State University.

The next 20 years were spent working at the University Library at UC Davis in the Access Services Department. Lucia was subsequently hired by McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz, where she worked for 3 ½ years. Upon retirement from the UC system, she worked part-time for 3 ½ years as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

After moving from Davis to Santa Cruz, Lucia became entranced with the natural and cultural history of Santa Cruz County, and became a docent at Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. She also became the historical interpreter at Alba School in Ben Lomond where she was provided access to the archives and compiled the history of the School. You can download the paper Here.

Lucia also was fortunate enough to take a 2-semester course of Santa Cruz County History with Sandy Lydon at Cabrillo College. Later, her boots met the sand with a walk around Monterey Bay with Sandy Lydon and Gary Griggs, highlighting the history of the Bay as well as the geology.


Director

Karin Ann Park

Karin is a native of California. She moved to Boulder Creek in 1977 when she and her uncle purchased Joe’s Bar.

She quickly became active in the community starting an adopt-a-family program at Joe’s Bar. They, together with Valley Churches United Missions, adopt four to seven families at holiday time. Valley Churches selects the special needs families for the program. Joe’s Bar hosts many fundraisers including the Annual Pig Roast, the St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Feed, and the Annual Christmas Party. All proceeds from the sale of shirts and hats are also donated.

Karin also supports the Boulder Creek Fire Department assisting with two of their fundraisers; the Red Hot, Red Hat Golf Tournament and the Firemen’s Ball.

Karin is an outdoor enthusiast, she loves her garden, camping, biking, swimming and snow skiing. She also enjoys traveling and, most recently, spent time in South America visiting Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Panama. She has three daughters who graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School. She loves spending time with them, their husbands and her 12 grandchildren.

At the Museum her favorite projects are the 4th of July Parade and the Family Holiday Craft Event.


Director

Gail Wind

Gail was born and raised in the Santa Clara Valley and has lived in Ben Lomond for 26 years. She have one adult daughter who resides in Arizona.

Gail has spent most of her working career in the Santa Clara Valley working for the county at the Valley Transportation Agency retiring and then working for Local 104 in the Sheet Metal industry. Retiring finally last year.

She has always loved local history and has taken many history classes at Cabrillo College with Sandy Lydon and have traveled extensively with his groups of fellow history buffs.

She enjoys volunteering and is an active volunteer with Mountain Parks Foundation where she served as a board member for 10 years. She has also volunteered for Valley Churches United, The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, she has been a docent at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and has recently been involved with the Vets4Vets program.


Director

Mary Wood

Mary was born in San Francisco. She graduated from Holy Cross High School in Santa Cruz in 1962, from O’Conner Hospital School of Nursing in San Jose in 1965, from St. Mary’s University in Moraga in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Services Administration, and had a long nursing career at Dominican Hospital.

Mary is currently enrolled in a Master’s in History program with American Public University.

She served on the board of the Santa Cruz County Historical Trust, Board from 1990-1995. She currently serves on the board of the California Mission Studies Association, is a docent at Mission Adobe State Park, is on the Santa Cruz MAH Evergreen Committee, and is a member of the Santa Cruz MAH History Forum.


Donna Ziel

Donna is a native Californian and has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley for over 45 years. She has a son and daughter (who attended SLV schools from elementary through high school) and three grandgirls.

Donna holds a B.A. with University Distinction in Southeast Asian History and a Masters in Modern Chinese History from San Jose State University (SJSU). While an undergraduate, she received a Sourisseau Grant to study local (family) history in the Big Sur area. She had a 32-year career at San Jose State University as an Academic Advisor, originator and manager of SJSU’s Tri County Program, and Associate Director and Interim Director of Student Outreach and Recruitment. During her career, she served as President of several statewide boards and committees and presented at statewide and national professional conferences. She maintains membership in the Western Association of Women Historians.

After retiring in 2003, Donna pursued a deferred goal of serving her community. She was a 5th District representative on the Santa Cruz County Women’s Commission, a long-time member of the Boards of the Valley Women’s Club, Mountain Community Resources, and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County (currently co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee). She currently serves on the Board of the Santa Cruz Chapter of the SJSU Alumni Association and is Scholarship Chair. She is also Chair of the Education Commission of the San Lorenzo Valley Water District. In 2010 she was elected to the Cabrillo College Board of Trustees, served as Board Chair in 2015, and is beginning her second four-year term. She is enthusiastic about serving on the Board of a new project, the Friends of Quail Hollow Ranch, which will soon have its official non-profit status.

In her “free” time, Donna enjoys being a “Charter” docent at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (i.e., since it opened in 1984!), attending her granddaughter’s games and track meets, traveling (mostly to Asia), gardening, participating in classes and lectures through Osher Lifelong Learners at UCSC, and knitting for her soon-to-be-born great grandson!


Staff:

Ellen Brenna Dougherty

Ellen Brenna Dougherty was born in New Jersey and raised on Long Island. She spent several years studying and working in New York City before relocating to the Santa Cruz Mountains in 2013.

Ellen Brenna is an experienced non-profit administrator with extensive education in art, architecture, history, and museum services. She holds a BA in Art History from New York University and an MS in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute. While completing her masters she worked in visitor services at the Japan Society in Manhattan, New York, and as a House Manager at the Lefferts Historic House in Brooklyn, New York.

Ellen Brenna has lived in the Valley since 2013 working as the Community Relations Coordinator at the Vajrapani Institute until 2016 and with the Quaker Center in Ben Lomond to the present.

She fell in love with the San Lorenzo Valley the moment she arrived and is excited to help share its history with everyone.

Board of Advisors:

Judy Anderson

Judy is the Vice President/Manager of Liberty Bank – Felton and Boulder Creek Office. Prior to Liberty Bank, Judy worked 37 years for County Bank of Santa Cruz, which then became Pacific Western and then Comerica Bank. Judy resides with her husband Paul Garske in Felton which is where they have lived since 1957. She enjoys volunteering in our community and belongs to several non profit organizations such as Mountain Parks Foundation (21 yrs.), San Lorenzo Valley Rotary(4 yrs), Felton Cemetery Association (10 yrs), Felton Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary( 38 yrs) and the Felton Business Association (4 yrs).


Mark Traugott

Mark has lived in the San Lorenzo Valley since 1974. His home is situated on a bend in the San Lorenzo River where, a century ago, the whistlestop on the South Pacific Coast Railroad known as Harris Station marked the entrance to Camp Joy, a boys’ summer camp that briefly operated in the area. Before that, the property had been the site of Boulder Mill.

He moved to Boulder Creek when he joined the faculty of UCSC, where he taught for forty years as Professor of History and Sociology. Although his academic focus was centered in Europe, he has long maintained a lively interest in local history and formerly taught classes on the subject at the university. His early fascination with the history of the local area was stimulated by Bea Bushnell and Barbara Kennedy, two stalwarts of the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and its predecessor, the Boulder Creek Historical Society.


 

Bob Presswood

Education Outreach Program

 

 

Historical Talk Program Coordinator

Lucia MacLean


 

Gail Wind

 


 

Donna Ziel

 

Ellen Brenna Dougherty & John Holm Ellen Brenna Dougherty and founding director John Holm

 
Judy Anderson

Mark Traugott



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