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OUR STAFF
& BOARD

The Tulare Historical Museum is run by a dedicated staff and board of directors.

Contact Staff

TEAM THM

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PATTY ROCHA

Executive Director/Curator

Patty Rocha is the executive director/ curator for the Tulare Historical Museum and has been with us since October 2023. Her responsibilities are to direct the acquisition, storage, preservation, and maintain records of artifacts. She oversees the museum's financial affairs, such as billing and budgeting while increasing membership, visitors, and public relations.

She was born in Visalia, California and graduated from Tulare Union High School. She has a business degree from BYU.

IVA SOUSA

Executive Assistant

Iva Sousa is the executive assistant at the Tulare Historical Museum and has been with us since November 2023. Her roll entails marketing exhibits, event planning, organizing, and advertising.

She is a native resident of Tipton, California and a graduate of Tulare Union High School. Besides her work here at the museum, she is also the owner and operator of her own catering business:

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MATTHEW MENKE

Research Historian

Matthew Menke is the Research Historian at the Tulare Historical Museum and has been with us since June 2019. His job entails cataloging and researching museum artifacts, organizing and labeling items in our storage facility and assisting with docent tours and other museum events and projects.

He is currently working towards a Master's degree in History at California State University in Fresno. His interests are American political and military history, the history of the Old West, political philosophy and European History.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Marmie Fidler

PRESIDENT

Deborah Thrasher

VICE PRESIDENT

Sharon Van Weerdhuizen

SECRETARY-TREASURER

Randy Bear

Barbara Guerra Chudej

Ken Espinoza

Shea Gowin

Kevin Fitzgerald

Sue Giampetro

Steve Lawton

Tom Linder

Kent McNatt

Richard Nunes

Joe Terri

Carlos Melindez

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