PAHM Board of Directors
The Board of Directors works together with the Advisory Board to further the work and mission of the Palo Alto History Museum.
A local business owner with degrees in physical anthropology and historical geology from Northwestern, Rich fell in love with history as a young boy fascinated by the boxes of bones in his community museum in Oshkosh, WI. Now residing within walking distance of the new Palo Alto Museum, Rich serves as adjunct faculty at Moraine Park Technical College, is a frequent speaker on tech advances, and is an officer of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA).
A Barron Park resident, Pat is a retired educator and active community volunteer who most recently served as co- chair of our 125th anniversary celebrations and creation of our first Palo Alto Day.
Boston area-bred, Lanie received her bachelor’s from Harvard University and later attained an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University. She has served Palo Alto as member of the Planning Commission, City Council and Mayor. Great with numbers, she served as CFO for Palo Alto Community Child Care and a volunteer has served several local nonprofits as VP of Finance or Treasurer, including the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, Palo Alto Community Fund, Chamber of Commerce and Palo Alto Partners in Education. She is currently Chair of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation.
A general contractor, historian and writer, Margaret has a BA from Barnard, an MA from NYU and a JD from Santa Clara. Along with 25 years in residential construction, she has been President of the Woman’s Club of Palo Alto, NOW, the Crescent Park Neighborhood Association, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage and is currently a member of the Garden Club of Palo Alto.
Involved with the Museum since it was a project of the Palo Alto Historical Association (PAHA), Beth is a long-time member of the PAHA Board and a past president of PAHA and still serves as an Archives Volunteer. Member of the Museum of American Heritage Advisory Board and Exhibits Committee. Past City-appointed member of the Palo Alto City Historic Resources Board. Co-authored Part One of the National Register of Historic Places nomination of the Roth Building, which was then placed on the National Register.
Former CEO of a company which pioneered the video-wall and developed controls and displays for major museums.
John received his B.A. 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. He is a member of the SILVAR, CAR and NAR, graduate of the Realtors Institute, GRI (1993), and Certified Real Estate Brokerage, CRB, awarded in 1995.
John is a member of the Palo Alto Historical Association board, member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, past chair of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, treasurer for the Barron Park Association and past member of the board of Neighbors Abroad. He has served as an officer on the board of the Palo Alto Board of Realtors, was the Governor representative to the R.E. InfoLink, District Chair for the Palo Alto District of SILVAR (2002) and on the board SILVAR (2000-2003).
Award-winning photographer and video producer. Doug teaches video production skills for public-access television, local schools, and non-profits.
Hal Mickelson retired from Hewlett-Packard in 2012 after 33 years as an attorney in HP’s legal department. He joined the California bar in 1974 and was admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court in 2011. A native of San Pedro, California, Hal graduated from Stanford with an A.B. in history and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974. Hal is an active member and past president of the Rotary Club of Palo Alto and a former board member for the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation. Starting as a junior in college, he served fifteen years as stadium announcer for the Stanford Marching Band.
A graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in computer science, Nelson worked over three decades in Silicon Valley for Xerox, Sun, Oracle, Microsoft, Ariba, eBay, PayPal and BNY Mellon. He specialized in building globalized software to enable users across the world to have a localized user experience with their language and culture. Nelson moved to Palo Alto in 1996 with his wife Kimberley Wong whose grandfather came to Palo Alto from China in 1900 and later co-founded City Café, the first licensed Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto, in 1905. Nelson has been learning TaiChi since 1989. For the past few years, he has been teaching TaiChi class every Sunday morning at Rinconada library. A graduate of Leadership Palo Alto, he is active in Palo Alto community affairs.
Palo Alto architect and co-founder of Stoecker& Northway. In 1988, he won the Tall Tree Award for outstanding professional. He studied under Birge Clark while at Stanford, then worked for his firm in the 1970s. Since 1978, his company has provided varied architectural services including new and remodeled homes, mixed-use, commercial, retail, educational, health care and institutional projects. Focusing on products and systems that preserve the environment, reduce energy consumption, and enhance user comfort, they are experienced in green building technologies. John served the Museum as a member of the Construction Committee.
A Stanford professor, Amado is working on his latest book, on the use of quantitative research methods in multicultural contexts. He combines his academic interests with local school and community service, such as two terms as a high school PTA president and election to a 4-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Palo Alto Unified School District. Over the years, he has served on numerous local, regional, and national boards dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth.
Earning his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of New Mexico, he has also taught at the State University of New York at Potsdam, UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. A few of his books: Crossing Cultures in Therapy [with Elaine LeVine] (1980), Acculturation: Theory, Models and Some New Findings (1980), Chicano Ethnicity [with Susan Keefe] (1987), Invitation to Psychology [with John Houston, C. Hammen, and Helen Bee] (1989), Foreign Language Education [with Hal Fairchild and Concepcion Valadez] (1991), Bilingual Education [with Hal Fairchild and Concepcion Valadez] (1991), and Hispanic Psychology (1995). The founding editor of the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences (1979, Sage Publications), Amado has written extensively on a wide variety of topics with approximately 180 journal articles and book chapters.
Honors include a Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Education Research Association (1987), the Paul Pimsleur Award for Research in Foreign Language Education from the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (1989), Distinguished Contribution Through Research Award from Division 45 of the American Psychological Association (1990), Lifetime Achievement Award also from Division 45 of the APA (1996), and the 6th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute Award for Leadership, Innovation, and Dedication to the Advancement of Latino Behavioral Health Research (2000). Amado is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Palo Alto City historian and librarian (retired), and Palo Alto Historical Association director. Former president of the Palo Alto History Museum.