Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors is an all-volunteer board dedicated to the museum's mission of creating Adventure!

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. She is pursuing graduate studies in non-profit management. Her work as a graphic designer and as a costumer for local theater helped her hone many skills that aid in the planning of ACM and personal projects. Together with her young son and her husband of fourteen years, Amelia enjoys geocaching, making things, and road trips. She volunteers as secretary of a local PTA, and participates in chalk art competitions and several local benefit art shows every year.

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.

Kami Hendrix (Secretary) is a California transplant to Oregon. She holds a music degree from University of the Pacific and is pursuing her graduate studies from the University of Oregon. Kami lives in Eugene with her husband and two awesome sons. She is proud to be the secretary of ACM and eager to help open 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 is a music teacher and PTO volunteer with a passion for community and children's causes.

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 co-op 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.

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 serves on the board at a local preschool, 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 sixth 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!

Denicia Ahrenholtz (Expansion Project Manager and Board Member at Large)

Tanja Petal (Diversity and Outreach Board Member) 

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.

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!