Who We Are
Board of Directors
Jim DeMersman, President
Jim DeMersman currently serves as the Director of the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society and Museum on Main in Pleasanton. He is the Past President of the Board of the California Association of Museums and serves as a peer reviewer for Institute of Museum and Library Service grants program and as a visiting consultant for the American Association of Museums' Museum Assessment Program, where he has conducted over a dozen assessments throughout the country.
Theresa Hanley, Treasurer
Theresa Hanley has served Exhibit Envoy in several capacities since 1992 including as a Member of the Board of Directors from 2003-present. She was the Director of the Museum of the History and Art, Ontario from 1990 to 2013. She now serves as the Executive Director of the George C. and Hazel H. Reeder Heritage Foundation which is working to restore the Historic Reeder Citrus Ranch in Montclair. She served as a Museum Assessment Program Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums and as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has earned a Master's Degree in History from the University of California, Riverside specializing in Historic Resources Management.
David Stuart, Secretary
Greater Sacramento/Central Valley
David Stuart has an extensive career of working within museums and other cultural institutions which have included Archaeologist/Park Planner for the National Park Service, Director of Sacramento Science Center and Sacramento History Museum, and V.P. of Operations of the Foundation for California Community Colleges, the non-profit auxiliary for California's community college system. He majored in Anthropology at the California State University, Fresno and in graduate school at the University of Colorado. In December 2006, Dave was excited to return to his home county roots to lead the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.
Diane Curry has over twenty years of curatorial experience in the museum field. She holds both a B.A. and M.A. in history with an emphasis on Western U.S. studies from California State University, East Bay. Diane has conducted research, exhibit text writing, image and artifact acquisition, and general project management on permanent, temporary and traveling exhibitions covering a wide range of topics from technological advances in modern farming to the California Gold Rush to popular culture in the 1970s. She is currently the Curator and Archivist at the Hayward Area Historical Society.
Dr. Kathy Wright, a long time Riverside resident, graduated from John W. North High School, attended Riverside City College and earned degrees at San Diego State College, University of California Riverside and University of La Verne. She spent 37 years in the K-12 public school system as a teacher and administrator. In 2008 she retired from Alvord Unified School District where she served her last year as superintendent. Kathy serves on numerous non-profit boards and civic committees including Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, UC Riverside Foundation and the Riverside Dickens Festival. Kathy has received myriad awards for her work, including the Sy Seifert National Volunteer of the Year Award (Scholarship America) in 2013 and the 58th Alumnus of the Year Award (Riverside Community College District) in 2013.
Amy Cohen, Executive Director
After joining the Exhibit Envoy team as an intern and then Project Manager, Amy Cohen stepped into the role of Interim Executive Director in September 2015 before officially joining the team in January 2016. With 10 years of experience in non-profits, including at museums, libraries, and independent schools, Cohen brings fundraising and exhibit development expertise to this position. Most recently, Cohen curated a history exhibition on California women and tattoos that continues to tour throughout California. Cohen earned her B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University.
Courtney Cunningham, Administrative Assistant
Greater Los Angeles
Courtney Cunningham joins Exhibit Envoy after nearly a decade of award-winning exhibit work in California museums. As a project manager and exhibit developer, she brings with her expertise in visitor experience and interactive design. After earning her M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, she worked with the team at the Oakland Museum of California to produce its permanent history exhibition “Coming to California.” Her latest project is the Nature Lab and Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, an indoor/outdoor experience introducing visitors to urban nature in one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots.