Children's Museum in Ventura County

Our Board of Directors

We are educators, community activists, and business leaders
who are deeply invested in bringing a high quality Children's Museum to Ventura County.

Kristie Akl

President & Founder

Meryl Chase

Vice President & Treasurer

Yvette Bocz

Secretary & Strategic Planning Chair

Our Directors

We are educators, community activists, and business leaders
who want to bring a Children's Museum to Ventura County.

Beckie Cramer

Capital Campaign Chair

Phil Hampton

Programming Co-Chair

Annie Ransom

Programming Co-Chair

Adele Hermann

Fundraising Chair; Grants

Our Directors

We are educators, community activists, and business leaders
who want to bring a Children's Museum to Ventura County.

Founding Committee

These individuals have helped to create the vision of kidSTREAM
and continue to help the organization move forward through Outreach and Advocacy

Manita Hanson


Manita has her MBA in Finance, which she puts to use working in Wealth Management at Montecito Bank & Trust. Manita, her husband and her two daughters are an active, adventurous family, heading from one excursion to the next. Manita was an early board member and champion of the cause with the hope of creating a local destination-worthy children's museum for all of the kids in Ventura County and beyond.

Terrance Dixon

Terrance served on the board of Gullwings Children's Museum, which was always close to his heart. Not only does Terrance have two children of his own, but he has a genuine heart for service for the children in his community. Professionally, he is the K-12 Advisor at, but personally, Terrance dedicates much of his free time to several organizations as a coach and mentor for children throughout the county.

Kimi Olsen

Kimi was a founding board member of KidSTREAM. Currently, when not running after her two children, she works in PR and Marketing for AECOM. Prior to starting a family and career, Kimi worked at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, and helped them grow from a one-story into a building three times as big! When not helping with outreach for our Children's Museum, Kimi and her family love to travel -- especially camping!

Our Advisors and Partners

Michael Shanklin - CEO, Kidspace Children’s Museum; Partner/Collaborator with kidSTREAM

Alissa Rupp - President, The Portico Group; Master Plan, Preliminary Architecture and Exhibit Design

Bob Brais - Vice President, ConsultEcon Economic, Feasibility, Management and Planning Services

Elena Kazlas - Principal, ConsultEcon

Nancy Mayerson - Mayerson Marketing, Board Chair Oxnard Port Hueneme Boys & Girls Club

Sean Leonard - SLLeonard & Associates, Inc.

David Baker - Principal at Giving Design

Dena Jenson - Director, California Lutheran University Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Peter Sodhy - Director, ImagineU Children’s Museum; Collaborator of Global Programming

Robin Frisch – Experience Director, Mindsplash Inventive Playscapes

Jody Skendarian - CEO, Girl Scouts California's Central Coast

Dr. Karen Lang - Professor CSUCI; Founder, SparkVoice Nonprofit

Adriana Huizar – Executive Director, Camarillo Visitors Bureau

Erin Antrim - CEO of Oxnard Port Hueneme Boys & Girls Clubs

Bruce Stenslie - CEO, Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County and First Five

Melissa Baffa - SBMNH Development Officer, VCLA Board President

Annie Barker - Director, Pleasant Valley Co-operative Preschool