The Cultural Connections board is made up of museum professionals in both the non‐profit and for‐profit sectors. Board members plan activities, identify opportunities to collaborate with other organizations, and represent Cultural Connections in the museum, informal education, and arts and culture communities. Cultural Connections is a non‐profit organization, and board members serve on a volunteer basis.
Jennifer Miller, President
Jennifer Miller received her MA in Museum Studies in 2011 with an advocacy for a Community of Practice with the visitor by restructuring how our institutions are organized and function. Jennifer strives to develop compelling stories centering on visitor experience. In each of her projects, she looks at all resources (from design, visitor flow, content, and objects) holistically as an advocate for the visitor’s experience. Jennifer currently works with teachers and volunteer docents at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to schedule school tours.
Lindzy Bivings, Vice President
Lindzy Bivings is an educator, evaluator and experience designer who seeks to connect people with meaningful nature and science experiences that help build strong, sustainable communities. As the Senior Manager of School and Community Programs at the California Academy of Sciences Lindzy oversees multilingual field trips, distance learning, educator professional development, and family events. Lindzy has also worked in outdoor education and living history programs. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and an M.S. in Science Education from Oregon State University.
Sandra Jamieson is a Bay Area native. She earned her art history degree from UCLA. Her professional background is in sales and project management in the telecommunications/high technology sector. She made the move to mobile technology and began working with cultural organizations seeking to enhance visitor experiences by integrating mobile technology into everyday operations. Now with Acoustiguide, Sandra continues to expand her depth of knowledge turning her focus towards digital media, applications, audio tour equipment and productions working to impart the greatest level of information to all visiting participants.
Barbara Berry is an independent museum educator. She has a certificate in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a Masters of Arts in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University. After designing and developing educational programs in the corporate arena, Barbara transitioned that experience into the museum and non-profit world. She has worked on projects with the de Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the California State Capitol Museum, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Jonathan Braidman is currently a Science Curriculum Specialist at the Learning Design Group in the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. His interests are many and varied, with a degree in Physics and Astronomy, minors in Film and Anthropology, and a love of nature and human history. He began his career in education as a high school science teacher, dean, and curriculum developer in New York City. After moving to the bay area, he worked at Chabot Space and Science Center for close to five years, holding a variety of positions, ending as an Education Manager. Now at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Jonathan is enjoying the opportunity to bring a new science and engineering curriculum to students of all ages across the country.
Alysia has over 10 years of experience working in museums leading teams the program development of educational products for K-12 classrooms, informal out-of-school time spaces, and lifelong learners in public programming. She served as the Education Director for the Tech Museum, has received a National Science Foundation fellowship for her work with underserved and underrepresented populations and was selected to serve as the regional Director of Education and Public Outreach for NASA. She currently works as a Learning Design Director on many learning projects for NASA, and other agencies and museums across the country. When she is at home, she loves hosting playdates for her son, Sawyer, and relaxing in the garden reading.
Kelly Gabriel Lee
A Bay Area native, Kelly has devoted most of his career serving arts and cultural nonprofits in various capacities. With an extensive history in development (including working at three different museums), he currently serves as the Grants Manager and Content Developer at the Children’s Creativity Museum, where he helps strategize and seeks funding support for its exhibits and programs. Kelly recently obtained his Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from JFKU, with an emphasis on Education & Interpretation and Exhibit Design. He is a self-confessed insatiable culture buff who spends much of his free time attending theatrical performances and international film festivals – and, of course, visiting museums both locally and in New York, and around the globe whenever possible (most recently, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna). Kelly has a Ph.D. in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he pursued a self-designed program in art history and archetypal psychology, an M.A. in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in English literature (Summa Cum Laude) from UC Berkeley. He also has a beloved dog, Keira, who has effectively trained him in the fine art of ball throwing and canine communication.
Jessica Horowitz is the Annual Giving Manager at the Exploratorium. Originally from Kansas City, she’s lived in the Bay Area for eight years. Prior to the Exploratorium, she worked at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology as the Development Associate and at the Bay Area Discovery Museum as the Membership Manager. She received a dual B.S. in Art History and Psychology from Skidmore College and a M.B.A and a M.S. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University. Aside from museums, Jessica enjoys hiking, traveling, reading and cooking.
Michelle Powers is a fundraising and leadership professional with 12+ years of experience working for inspiring institutions such as Tufts University, Stanford University, and Stanford Law School. Her most recent role was serving as the Director of Development for History San José, one of the largest regional history museums in California, where she oversaw development, membership, marketing, and social media. Michelle graduated from Clark University with a double major in Psychology and Art History and earned her MBA/Master’s in Museum Studies degree from John F. Kennedy University. Michelle is currently enrolled in the Leadership & Management certificate program at UC Berkeley Extension and will transition to a career in talent management, employee engagement, or organizational development.
Michelle Valdez left the tech industry for an exciting career working behind the scenes at a museum. She has not been bored since. She has worked for several years at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose where she has done everything from teaching fourth graders about critters living in the Guadalupe River to searching for the perfect fake tomato slice for the Museum’s Rainbow Pizza Market exhibit. One of her main duties is programming cultural events, including the Family Lunada, an evening event that is scheduled to coincide with the full moon. Michelle received an M.A. from San Jose State’s Instructional Design program.. She is most at home on the hiking trail and is a volunteer docent with Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. A Bay Area resident for over 25 years, she hales from northern New Mexico, a place her family has lived for the past few centuries.
Pam Wong is the Deputy Director at the Chinese Historical Society of America. She earned a Master’s degree in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University. Pam grew up in San Francisco and loves the rich cultural diversity of the Bay Area. Through exhibitions and programs, she creates opportunities for learning and exchange of ideas. She loves discovering new galleries, museums or public art.