About the Issaquah History Museums
Meet the Staff
Kayla Boland, Museum Assistant
Kayla joined IHM in March of 2020, a few months after receiving an MA in Art History from the University of York (northern England). Her role is to support the staff and museum guests, primarily through administrative and programs assistance. Kayla has a heart for local community engagement and a love of storytelling in all its forms. In her spare time, she is a photographer and has always enjoyed spending hours combing through archives. She is curious about the dusty, oft-neglected corners of nineteenth-century photography. Kayla grew up in the South Sound and now lives in Redmond.
Karen Gath, Volunteer & Programs Manager
Karen joined IHM as a collections volunteer and intern in 2017, before becoming staff in 2019. Karen has a Masters of Library and Information Science degree, with a specialization in Museum Studies, from Kent State University, and has prior experience recruiting and coordinating volunteers from her role as the Theatre Director for Bellevue School District. If you think you might like to volunteer, Karen is the person to call! Karen has two grown children, Katie and James. She lives in Issaquah with her son and her darling puppy Lily.
Julie Hunter, Collections Manager
Formerly the Registrar at the Maine State Museum, Julie joined IHM as a volunteer in 2006 and became a staff member in 2007. Julie cares for our artifacts and photographs from the moment they arrive at the museum. In addition to tracking what and where everything is, Julie follows museum best practices to ensure the long-term care of our collection. Julie lives in Newcastle, a former coal town on the other side of Cougar Mountain, with her husband and furry feline, Melon.
Kris Ikeda, Digital Collections & Communications Manager
Kris joined IHM as a volunteer and became a staff member in 2017. She is responsible for our born-digital artifacts, as well as cataloging and imaging items for the Online Collections.
Erica Maniez, Executive Director
Erica was the first employee hired by the organization. She began her tenure in 1999, a few weeks after earning her Master’s in Museology. She has been chief cook and bottle-washer ever since. Erica’s favorite projects focus on telling stories about Issaquah’s past, something she gets to do on history hikes, speaker’s presentations, and kids’ tours. Erica also has a soft spot for chickens, and for Issaquah’s poultry-farming past. She lives in Seattle with a husband, two cats, one dog, and children Dylan and Conrad.
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You don’t have to be a board members to contribute time to the Issaquah History Museums. We encourage community members to serve on our committees and task forces. Use the contact form below to get in touch if you’d like to serve on one of the following.
Deaccessions: responsible for decisions concerning de-accessioned objects, and for making sure the IHM is following the Collection Management Policy. Items to be deaccessioned must be approved by the Board.
Executive Committee: composed of the four officers of the Board and a Board member-at-large appointed by the Board. Duties shall be to discuss and make decisions on critical matters occurring between Board meetings, to review the performance of the Museum Director, and to make recommendations to the Board regarding personnel issues such as hiring, compensation and benefits. The Executive Committee is also responsible for board cultivation and recruitment.
Trolley Committee: shall maintain, manage, and operate the Issaquah Valley Trolley.
Ways and Means: strategizes how to fund the organization’s annual activities, and plans the organization’s annual fundraising calendar.
Events: organizes the annual fundraiser.
Facilities: responsible for improvements to and maintenance of the Town Hall and Depot in accordance with the Corporation’s contract with the City of Issaquah, and maintenance of the Auto Freight Building.
The Issaquah History Museums are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, tax identification #23-7425589.
The Board of Directors nominates new members on an annual basis. If you’re interested in volunteering as a board member, take a look at Board Expectations, and complete the contact form below.