PAHM Board of Directors
A local business owner since 1991 with degrees in physical anthropology and historical geology from Northwestern University, Rich Green fell in love with history as a young boy fascinated by the boxes of bones in his community museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Rich is a professional electronic system integrator, serves as adjunct faculty at Moraine Park Technical College, is a frequent speaker on future technologies, and is an officer of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA).
“The Palo Alto Museum is important. It will be an essential destination for anyone interested in learning how this amazing city and Stanford University have impacted the world. The city will rejoice as it discovers this new downtown treasure.”
Patricia Sanders and her husband Tom have been Barron Park residents since 1967. Pat is a third-generation Californian and a third-generation graduate of the University of California system. A career educator, she taught in the Palo Alto Unified School District. An active community volunteer, she worked on Palo Alto’s celebration of our Centennial and 125th Anniversary. She was a vice president of Sister Cities International and a cofounder of the Palo Alto Foundation for Education (now Partners in Education). She has serves as a board member of the Kiwanis Club, Woman’s Club, Garden Club, and the YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula Donor-Advised Fund.
“The Palo Alto Museum will be a civic jewel that illuminates a unique past, recognizes today’s peoples, and informs the future. It will invite visitors to learn, think, question, play, and dream.”
A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lanie Wheeler moved to California in 1963. She and David have lived in their historic Greenmeadow Eichler home since 1966. In 2003, Lanie was named Tall Tree Outstanding Citizen for her exceptional contributions to many volunteer and nonprofit organizations. A longtime CFO of Palo Alto Community Child Care, she remains an ardent volunteer with such organizations as the Kiwanis Club, Palo Alto Housing, and the Palo Alto Community Fund. With service to the City on the Planning Commission, City Council, and as Mayor, Lanie has developed a deep understanding of and love for our Palo Alto community.
“I see PAM as a place where people of my generation can come to reminisce, younger adults can learn how to play a part in our special community, and children can be inspired by stories of people who have lived and worked here to realize their own dreams of achieving great things.”
A native of Texas who moved to Palo Alto in 1965, Beth Bunnenberg has been involved with the Museum since it was a project of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA). She coauthored Part One of the Roth Building’s nomination for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, resulting in its placement on the national and state historic registers in 2010. A past president and longtime board member of PAHA, she serves as a volunteer at the city-owned Guy Miller Archives. Beth is active with the Museum of American Heritage as a docent, advisory board member and on the exhibits committee. She is a past City-appointed member of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board.
“The Roth Building is an architectural jewel of Palo Alto and a perfect place for the Museum.”
Minnesota native Kevin Curry received his BBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business, in 1959. Kevin is the former CEO of Electrosonic, a Minnesota-based company which pioneered the video wall and developed controls and displays for major museums. He notes that as far back as the 1970s, nearly every electronic system they delivered required involvement with a company in or near Palo Alto. In 2005, Kevin retired to Palo Alto, where he was urged to join the board by a member who saw that the Museum would welcome his experience.
“The Palo Alto story has to be told. It is one of the most important stories of innovative achievement in history. Nothing on the planet rivals what happened here, with 21 Palo Alto-originated major companies. It is an awe-inspiring story that continues… and can’t be accomplished on a garage door.”
Born in Chicago and raised near Sacramento, John King received his BA in Economics from Stanford. With over three decades of experience in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula, John is a broker and co-owner of Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto and served as president and owner of Alhouse-King Realty, Inc. for 16 years. Active in professional organizations, John has also supported several community nonprofits as a board member or officer, among them the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, Barron Park Association, Neighbors Abroad, and the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA). John’s history of family connections with Stanford and Palo Alto influenced his commitment to helping establish the Museum.
“PAM will share the city’s unique history with new generations of innovators who can witness personally the inspiring story of the Palo Alto community.”
A resident of Palo Alto since 1994, Doug Kreitz has a BS degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California. Doug retired from Stanford (SLAC) in 2010 after holding a variety of senior management positions for over 40 years at various U.S. DOE national laboratories. After retirement, Doug followed his lifelong passion for photography and video production, volunteering and teaching classes at the MidPen Media Center. Doug uses his extensive media experience and talents in support of the Museum’s mission.
“This Museum will be the first place everyone will want to visit to learn the personal stories of the people who made Palo Alto great. It will provide an unprecedented look at what made Palo Alto and the Silicon Valley such a phenomenon.”
Born in Southern California, Hal Mickelson came to Palo Alto in 1967 to enroll at Stanford University. He received his AB from Stanford in 1971 and his JD from Harvard in 1974. Hal became a supporter of the Palo Alto Museum in 2018 at the urging of longtime friends who know he is fascinated by the city’s history. From 1979 through 2012, he was an attorney on the legal staff of Hewlett-Packard, so he deeply appreciates the stories of the businesses that helped build our community and create Silicon Valley. Active in the community, Hal is a past president of Rotary.
“People from all over the world want to know what made Palo Alto happen, why this one small town has had so much influence on technology and business. We ought to provide the answers to those questions.”
A UC Berkeley computer science graduate, Nelson Ng worked over three decades in Silicon Valley to build global software for users worldwide. In 1996 he moved to Palo Alto with his wife Kimberley Wong, whose deep family roots—her grandfather cofounded Palo Alto’s first licensed Chinese restaurant—inspired Nelson’s quest to learn about the rich, diverse history of the city. Witnessing recent changes, he engaged in community affairs to preserve the city’s quality of life. For the past five years, Nelson has taught Tai Chi every Sunday morning at Rinconada Library.
“I envision PAM as a center of innovation to enable our community and people across the globe to experience how Palo Alto continues to change the world.”
Palo Alto native John Northway, architect and cofounder of Stoecker & Northway, studied under Birge Clark at Stanford and worked for his firm in the 1970s. Since 1978, John’s company has provided varied architectural services—including residential, commercial, educational, and institutional projects—with a focus on technologies, products, and systems that preserve the environment, reduce energy consumption, and enhance user comfort. In 1988, John won the Tall Tree Award for Outstanding Professional. As a boy, John participated in the Children’s Theatre; in the 1990s, his company designed two expansions of the original Birge Clark theatre. Currently John serves the Museum as a member of the construction committee.
“The museum will celebrate and illuminate the dedication and intelligence of those who founded the City and will be dedicated to the brilliant minds that started and sustained the technical revolution.”
Native Californian Steve Staiger was raised in Marin County. With an AB degree from UC Davis and a Masters of Library Science from UC Berkeley, Steve relocated to the Peninsula in 1973. From 1977 until he retired in the early 2000s, he served as a reference librarian for the City of Palo Alto. Beginning in 1984, he doubled as historian for the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA), which manages the city-owned Guy Miller Archives. He continues to welcome researchers and visitors to the Archives. From day one, Steve has fostered the idea of creating a local history museum in the Roth Building.
“My vision is that PAM can be more than a place to house artifacts and tell stories. It can become the town center, where all elements of the community are welcome to visit, hang out, and perhaps learn something about their community’s past, present and future.”