May 3, 2017


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.


Richard Green


Business owner, degrees in physical anthropology and historical geology from Northwestern University. Adjunct faculty at Moraine Park Technical College, Director, Palo Alto Historical Association.


Patricia Sanders

Vice President

Educator and community volunteer.


Bardy Wallace


With a history degree from Stanford, Bardy studied child development and taught children at Stanford, West Valley College, and in Nairobi, Kenya. She values Palo Alto’s community support for novel ideas.

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Susan Beall

An RN, and an independent travel counselor Susan has volunteered in the Palo Alto Schools, University Park Neighborhood Association, Friends of the Palo Alto Parks, and Palo Alto Stanford Heritage.

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Beth Bunnenberg

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.


Kevin Curry

Former CEO of a company which pioneered the video-wall and developed controls and displays for major museums.

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John King

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).

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Doug Kreitz

Award-winning photographer and video producer. Doug teaches video production skills for public-access television, local schools, and non-profits.


Hal Mickelson

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.

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John Northway

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.


Amado Padilla

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.

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Steve Staiger

Palo Alto City historian and librarian (retired), and Palo Alto Historical Association director. Former president of the Palo Alto History Museum.

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Lanie Wheeler

Active community volunteer Lanie Wheeler joined the board in 2017.  Boston area-bred, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and (much later) attained her 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 was employed as CFO for Palo Alto Community Child Care.  As a volunteer she has served numerous local nonprofits as either VP of Finance or Treasurer, including the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto, the Palo Alto Community Fund, Chamber of Commerce, Palo Alto Partners in Education.  She is currently Board Chair of the Palo Alto Housing Corporation.

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