The Children’s Museum of Discovery has an amazing Board of Directors to guide it. Board members have shown their support of our children, parents, and mission by volunteering their services. If you are interested in serving on our board or becoming a volunteer, please contact Patrice Keet.
BONNIE KEET, Co-Founder
A small business owner and active in the Santa Cruz and Soquel communities, Bonnie Keet has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked as a special education advocate and activist for 17 years. She has been a publicist for several political candidates and worked on many large-scale environmental campaigns, both locally and nationally. She played a small but exciting role on two pieces of national legislature, The Brady Bill of 1993 and the 2004 revision of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Bonnie is also co-founder of Kids N Trees, an eco-fundraiser, a founding member of the Soquel Neighbor Alliance, and has been active in the field of early childhood education in the community within the Adirondack State Park area. Since 2002, she has been a Trustee of the Cloudsplitter Foundation – dedicated to the service of improving the future for the flora, fauna and people in the Adirondack Park.
PATRICE KEET, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Patrice Keet is a parent and a grandparent of four youngsters. After working as a Marriage and Family Therapist for 30 years, she realized that families need exciting, interesting and affordable places to take their children. That led to the idea of establishing a children’s museum in Santa Cruz County. Patrice has Masters Degrees in Marriage and Family Counseling and in Education. She served as Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Montessori School and on the boards of the Mid-county Children’s Center, the Santa Cruz Child Abuse Prevention Council, Planned Parenthood of Santa Cruz County, and on the CASA Board for the past 12 years.
Board of Directors
YVETTE BROOKS | BOARD CHAIR | Yvette sees her role on the MOD Board as a continuation on her path serving young children and their families. Yvette is an active civic leader, committed mother, and Executive Assistant for the North Santa Cruz County SELPA. She has worked at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education for the past ten years and serves on the Santa Cruz Childcare Planning Commission.
JIM FELICH | BOARD VICE-CHAIR | Jim, a former Silicon Valley software engineer and entrepreneur, is a founding Board member of MOD who contributes his time, talents, resources, and creative mind to all aspects of MOD.
RICH CURTAIN| TREASURER | Richard is a Silicon Valley executive working in electronics and education industries. Rich brings his wealth of experience and expertise to this position as well as his 25-year history in the community. Now an empty nester, Rich and his wife raised three children in Santa Cruz and love bringing their grandchildren to MOD.
MARY BETH FICKLIN | Mary Beth holds an MD and a PhD from Duke University completed as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Her medical electives focused on developmental and behavioral pediatrics and her graduate work on neurodevelopment and plasticity, with dissertation work specific to neuronal receptor trafficking. Except for Antarctica, Dr. Ficklin has traveled to all the continents. Dr. Ficklin has a special interest in bringing science enrichment to under-served children.
DIANE MUNOZ | Diane, Project Coordinator for the Childhood Advisory Council of the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, has extensive experience in Early Childhood Education and is interested in keeping the Museum experience accessible to all families and expanding its reach further into South County.
DR. SETH REDER | Dr. Seth, a Pediatric Dentist in Capitola, loved a museum much like the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery as a child. He was born and raised in San Diego, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara. He earned a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at University of the Pacific. Dr. Reder, when not taking care of his patients at his Capitola Kids Dentistry, can be found surfing at Pleasure Point or riding bicycles with his wife Andrea and daughter Norah.
Dr. Reder is passionate about giving back to his community and looks forward to being part of a group creating positive changes.
RHIANNON CRANE |Rhiannon received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Center for Informal Learning and Schools. She has worked with the Exploratorium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science Department to understand how informal learning opportunities can support complex conservation thinking and activity. She currently leads the YardMap Network Project at the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell Lab, a program that utilizes community members to teach and understand more about the impact of land-use on bird populations. She lives with her husband and two young children in Santa Cruz.
SUE CRESWELL | Sue is a dedicated MOD program volunteer who lent her considerable energies and talent to launching MOD in it’s current location. Sue brings over 30 years of elementary school teaching experience to the MOD Board. One of her passions is educating children about the natural world.
JESSICA HASSANI | Parent and founder of the popular Stroller Striders and FIT4MOM Santa Cruz. FIT4MOM is the world’s largest fitness program for mom’s offering both prenatal and postnatal fitness classes including: Fit4Baby, Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre. The classes are a great workout, but they are also a great support system for moms. The classes offer support through motherhood.
VICKI BORIACK | Vicki is a Senior Program Officer with First 5 of Santa Cruz County.
Biography coming soon!
ERIKA DOMINGUEZ | Erika has been teaching nutrition for several years in English and Spanish – to young children and their parents in a after-school program at several public schools in our community. Erika also teaches a Spanish class at MOD for members and their children.
Miguel Aznar – Executive Director of KnowledgeContext
Erin Billingsby – Co-Founder, Ridemade Productions
Cari Chadwick – Educator
Angelo DeBernardo – Senior Vice President, Santa Cruz County Bank
Celeste DeWald – Museum Professional
Joanna Doubleday – Principal, Doubleday Communications
Melanie Freitas – Planning Professional
Mary Lou Goeke – Executive Director, United Way of Santa Cruz County
Terry Grove – Educator
Ben Higgins – Marine Ecologist
Bob Keet – Physician
Bonnie Keet – Business Owner
Jim Lang – Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Commission
Betsy Maushardt – Community Organizer
TJ Moran – Entrepreneur
Ginger McNally – Founder, Mission & Money Matters
Mariah Roberts – Video Producer
Martina O’Sullivan – Director for Community Engagement, Dominican Hospital
Trink Praxel – City of Santa Cruz Arts Commission Advisory Board
Patrick Scheufler – CPA
Holger Schmidt – Professor of Electrical Engineering, U.C. Santa Cruz
Peter Swarzenski – USGS Research Oceanographer
Monica Terrazas – Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Michael Watkins – Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Superintendent of Schools
Michelle Williams – Executive Director, Arts Council Santa Cruz County