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Our Staff

Michael Shanklin
Executive Director

michael.shanklin@kidstream.org

Michael Shanklin is a native of Southern California and has been an integral part of kidSTREAM even before joining us full-time, previously serving as an advisor and champion of kidSTREAM. Prior to taking the helm as kidSTREAM’s inaugural executive director, Michael served as the Explore! Children’s Museum Project Advisor in October of 2019.  He was previously the CEO of Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA where he led his team on a $13M capital campaign to rejuvenate the museum, significantly increasing attendance, earned revenue, and access for low to moderate income families. 

Michael held leadership positions with The Discovery Science Place and was on the senior leadership team for the $29M expansion of the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum.  He involves himself deeply in local and national causes, having served on the Association of Children’s Museum Board, the California Association of Museums, and many others.  He is also a committed local volunteer and was previously the president of the Camarillo Rotary Club Sunrise as well as an alumni of the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA), cohort XXVII.

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Jacy Yu
Development Director

jacy.yu@kidstream.org

Jacy Yu has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector working with children, youth and families. She is passionate about building stronger communities and creating places for families to gather, learn, and support one another.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Washington and a Masters in Education from Seattle University. Jacy is excited to be on staff with kidSTREAM knowing our work today will inspire generations of children to become the great thinkers, innovators and inventors of tomorrow.

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Dani Hildreth

Guest Experience Director

dani.hildreth@kidstream.org

Dani Hildreth has over a decade international education experience.  She is passionate about creating innovative experiences that spark curiosity, joy, and connection. Before joining kidSTREAM, she supported the $16M museum expansion with the Children’s Museum of Denver, led the launch of two children’s museums in Dubai, and managed the school programs with Expo 2020.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture and Art History from Colorado State University and a Masters in Arts and Culture Management from Rome Business School. Danielle is excited to join the kidSTREAM team to create experiences that inspire, support and connect the families of Camarillo. 

Our Board of Directors

Bryan Yee

Bryan Yee

President

Amgen

David Camacho

David Camacho

Board Member

Total Talent Source

Iris Ilao

Iris Ilao

Board Member

Powell Financial Group

Carina Reeves

Carina Reeves

Board Member

US Navy

Shari Mogridge

Shari Mogridge

Treasurer

The Trade Desk

Karina Castagna

Karina Castagna

Board Member

Mercalis

Megan Kenny Feister

Megan Kenny Feister

Board Member

Cal State University of Channel Islands

Michelle Yee

Michelle Yee

Board Member

Bank of America

Hillary McLoughlin

Hillary McLoughlin

Secretary

Amgen

Adele Hermann

Adele Hermann

Board Member

Centers for Excellence for Labor Market Research

Megan Mescher-Cox

Megan Mescher-Cox

Board Member

Dignity Health

Directors Emeritus

Kristie Akl

kidSTREAM Founder

and Past President

Meryl Chase
Ventura County Community Foundation Board Member

Phil Hampton, Ph.D.
CSU Channel Islands
Associate Dean

Scientific Advisory Board

Project Advisors

Marilyn Appleby

Principal Architect

Anderson Kulwiec Appleby Architects
(based in Santa Paula)

 

Jamshid Damooei

Professor & Chair, Economics, Finance & Accounting; Co-Director

Center for Leadership & Values

 

Elena Kazlas

Principal

ConsultEcon

Sean Leonard

Project Manager; Principal,

SL Leonard & Associates, Inc.

Jacob Lukiewski

Civil Engineer

M3 Civil Engineering 

 

Brook McDonnel 

Senior Associate

Pacific Coast Land Design, Inc.

 

Joel Schnowsky

Principal

LandRec

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