Board members can be reached by email sent to AdventureChildrensMuseum@gmail.com
Volunteers are invited to email AdventureMuseumVolunteers@gmail.com
Amelia Reising (Founder / Board President), an Oregon native, is a former bookseller and display artist who graduated from the art department at the University of Oregon after first studying art and costume design department at what was then Southern Oregon State College, working under costume designers from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Amelia is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in non-profit management. Her work as a graphic designer and as a costumer and props maker for local theater (Free Shakespeare and Roving Park Players) helped her hone many skills that aid in the planning of ACM and personal projects. Together with her young son and her husband of fifteen years, Amelia enjoys geocaching, making things, and road trips. She volunteers as secretary of a local PTA, has worked reading to children in parks through the United Way, worked as a parent-teacher and substitute preschool teacher at a local preschool coop, and participates in chalk art competitions and several local benefit art shows every year. She also designs book-related materials for the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association as a contractor, and freelances in cover and marketing design.
Kami Hendrix (Secretary) is a California transplant to Oregon. She holds a music degree from University of the Pacific and has pursued graduate studies from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches private music lessons and a Thursday morning music class for young children at Adventure! Children's Museum. Kami lives in Eugene with her husband and two awesome sons. She is proud to be the secretary of ACM and eager to help facilitate a children's museum locally for her sons to explore. She is an active volunteer with many local organizations, and has served on the boards of Eugene's Parent-Child Preschool, Mom's Club, and Tiny Tots Playground. Kami also volunteers as PTO secretary for her son's language immersion school and has a passion for community and children's causes.
Christine Adams (Special Events Coordinator) is a mother of two young children, has a background in exotic animal management and husbandry, and enjoys contributing her time and expertise to her community. Her passion, love, and optimism are apparent in all she does, from staying home and doing projects with her children, to working with lions, tigers, and bears, to fostering shelter dogs, to always being on-hand to help friends and family. Christine currently volunteers at her son's language immersion elementary school, serves as ACM's Special Events Coordinator, and is an expert crabber.
Anna Lund (Acquisitions and Volunteer Outreach) is a dedicated LPN who works at Sacred Heart Medical Center and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in nursing. In addition to being a dedicated working mother to two active young children, Anna is also a volunteer with local medical charities, and is in her seventh year of volunteering as a fundraiser for a local school. Her work on the school's annual silent auction has led to a consistent growth in funds, and her enthusiasm for her work is contagious. A Lane County native, Anna is excited to be on Adventure! Children's Museum's board of directors, and is eager to see the museum continue to grow and change!
Tanja Petal (Diversity and Outreach Board Member) owns a small, mobile bookstore specializing in multicultural books for children. Through school book fairs, fundraisers, community events, and teaching workshops in cultural and reading literacy, she's actively engaged in bringing cultural awareness to her community. Her educational background is in general science and from Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. With her husband and their 10-year-old son, she likes to explore, hike, garden, cook, and celebrate with family and friends. Through international travel and hosting foreign exchange students, she's experienced many different lifestyles and learned the deepest humility and respect for cultures different from her own. Detail-oriented, and with a shared passion and vision, she is thrilled to serve on the board of ACM!
Denicia Ahrenholtz (Expansion Project Manager and Board Member at Large) is an Oregon native who has traveled and lived in various other locales far and wide, before coming home to roost. Nicia has a background in art and literature and has a passion for making things. Her current work at a local tech company requires her to be an adept problem-solver and team coordinator, making her an excellent fit for our board of directors. Nicia lives with her husband and two children, who share her love of creating things and her excellent imagination.
Alec B. Chunn (Board Member at Large) is a Youth Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library. In addition to his library science degree, Alec holds a MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Before landing here in Eugene, Alec served in AmeriCorps leading storytimes in libraries, preschools, and childcare centers throughout Josephine County. He has also volunteered with SMART. Alec enjoys books, bicycles, and exploring the great outdoors – the ideal day combines all three!
Anna Malsch, PhD (Vice-President Marketing and Research) is the courageous mother of a creative five-year-old boy. She embraces adventure and takes on personal challenges in daily life, and pursues travel and exploration as personal passions. Anna's professional life has been spent conducting research and program evaluation in community-based settings, working to improve the lives of individuals, families, and children. Her recent focus is on early childhood health and well-being, making the world better by starting in a child's most impressionable years to help them grow into happy, healthy adults. (On board hiatus January 2018)
Mellinda Poor (Grants and Funding Coordinator) is a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington who has lived all over the country pursuing adventure with her husband and two spunky children. An aficionado of vintage trailers and small space living, Mindy has also served as board president of a local coop preschool, directed and acted in local theater productions, and written grants for community playgrounds. Her passion for self-directed education, play, and independent discovery make her an excellent advocate for ACM. Mindy is also a skilled artist and writer who dedicates time to many personal and professional projects. (On board hiatus January 2018)
Our advisory committee is populated by community members who actively assist with fundraising and planning for the museum. Time commitments vary from person to person, but however much or however little time you are able to dedicate, we're happy to have you! If you have interest in joining our Board of Directors or our Advisory Committee, please drop us a line! We know your skills will fit right in.
YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Our youth advisory board is intended to give children and teens a voice in how the museum grows and changes over the years. They will be invited to give feedback on current exhibits, offer ideas for new exhibits, and even volunteer in the museum to help create exhibits and materials for our visitors! Please visit our Events page for info about our next Youth Advisory Board meeting!