Oregon Museums Association / OMA Board of Directors
OMA Board of Directors
OMA Board President: Julie Reese is the Executive Director of the Umatilla County Historical Society & Heritage Station Museum in Pendleton, where she’s worked since 1987. Julie holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Oregon State University. She also chairs the Umatilla County Cultural Coalition, is a member of the Pendleton Convention Center Commission and has served on many Pendleton civic boards.
OMA Board Vice President and Chair of the Programs Committee: David Porter was first elected to the OMA board in 1999 where he previously served as the Treasurer and Vice President. He returned to the OMA Board again in 2006. David is also the President of the Western Museum Association, a professional membership organization representing over 1500 museums throughout the 8 western United States, British Columbia, western Mexico and American Samoa. David is the Executive Director of the Oregon Trail Foundation and its successor, Clackamas Heritage Partners, which developed the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.. He is also is a member and Secretary of Oregon’s Travel Information Council. From 1987 through 1993, David was Executive Director of Portland’s "downtown living room", Pioneer Courthouse Square. He is a graduate from Portland State University earning a BS in Political Science.
OMA Board Secretary: Connie Nice was elected to the OMA Board in 2003. Connie is the Executive Director of the Hood River County Historical Museum in Hood River. She studied Collections and Museum Management at the University of Victoria in Canada. Connie serves on the Hood River Cultural Trust and The Fruit Foundation Historical Society.
OMA Board Treasurer: Richard Engeman was elected to the OMA Board in 2002. Richard has a BA in American Studies and an MLS in librarianship, along with an MA in History. Richard has worked as an Archivist, Special Collections Librarian in historical photographs, maps, architectural plans and paper ephemera at the San Francisco Maritime Museum, Oregon Historical Society, Southern Oregon Historical Society and the University of Washington. He lives in Portland and is currently consulting in historical research, writing, workshops and tours.
Immediate Past President of the OMA Board: Irene Zenev was elected to the OMA Board in 2001. Irene has worked in the museum field since 1986 as Curator of History at the Douglas County Museum of History & Natural History in Roseburg, Exhibits Curator at the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath, and currently as Marketing Specialist at the Lane County Historical Society Museum in Eugene. Irene is the former Oregon state representative for the Registrars’ Committee—Western Region, and National Association for Museum Exhibition. She also served on the Oregon Council for the Humanities and Western Museums Association board. Irene wrote a regular art criticism column for the Roseburg News-Review and is a certified Pilates instructor.
Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee: Tracy Buckley was elected to the OMA Board in 2005. She is the Collections Manager at the Oregon Military Museum in Clackamas. Tracy holds a Master of Fine Arts degree and served a three year residency for Southern Illinois University Museum as a painting major with museology studies. She has been a museum professional for more than 20 years and is an active member of several Clackamas County cultural and heritage organizations.
Member-at-Large: John Enders was elected to the OMA Board in 2006. John is the Executive Director of the Southern Oregon Historical Society. A graduate of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, John worked for many years as a journalist, including 8 years with the Ashland Daily Tidings.
Member-at-Large: Bob Hart was elected to the OMA Board in 2006. Bob is the Executive Director of the Lane County Historical Society & Museum in Eugene. He attended the US Air Force Academy earning a BS in International Affairs. Bob holds an MA in American History from New Mexico State University. Bob has an interpretive background with the National Park Service. He also worked at the Lincoln County (New Mexico) Heritage Trust, and the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces before coming to Oregon in 2003. Bob is a self-described history junkie, and has served on many historical society and preservation boards.
Member-at-Large: Kyle Jansson was elected to the OMA Board in 2003. Kyle is the Coordinator for the Oregon Heritage Commission, former Executive Director of the Marion County Historical Society and has worked for community relations, education, publishers and newspaper organizations. His MA is in Public History from Arizona State University and serves on the AASLH National Leadership Awards Committee.
Member-at-Large and Chair of the Marketing Committee: MJ Koreiva was elected to the OMA Board in 2004. MJ is the Executive Director of the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay where she also serves as the Curator of Exhibitions. She holds a BA in Communications/Journalism from the University of Oregon. For over 20 years, MJ worked as an international marketing and communications manager for Fortune 50 companies (Intel, Bank of America, Time Warner) In the early 1990’s, MJ migrated to the art museum curatorial field. She has worked with Collections Managers at major art museums (The Getty, LACMA) helping them to incorporate new media and web-based technologies into their exhibitions and outreach programs.
Member-at-Large and Co-Chair of the Membership Committee: Ray Vandiver was elected to the Board in 2005. He is Vice-President of New Project Development at OMSI in Portland. Ray holds a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics from the University of Missouri and has worked in the museum business for 17 years. Ray was founding Director of Bootheel Youth Museum, a hands-on, discovery museum in Missouri. His expertise is in museum management, interactive exhibits, traveling exhibits, exhibit development and sales. Ray serves on science museum association committees and was former president of Missouri Museums Association.