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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 the Explore! Children’s Museum as Project Advisor in October of 2019.  Shanklin 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. 

He 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.  Michael involves himself deeply in local and national causes, having served on the Association of Children’s Museum Board, the California Association of Museums, amongst others.  He is also a committed local volunteer and currently the president of the Camarillo Rotary Club Sunrise as well as an alumni of the Ventura County Leadership Academy (VCLA).

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Jacy Yu
Development Director

jacy.yu@kidstream.org

Our Board of Directors

Bryan Yee

Bryan Yee

President

Hillary McLoughlin

Hillary McLoughlin

Secretary

Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Board Member

Iris Ilao

Iris Ilao

Board Member

Megan Mescher-Cox

Megan Mescher-Cox

Board Member

Carina Reeves

Carina Reeves

Board Member

Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton

Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton

Board Member

Jessica Lavariega Monforti

Jessica Lavariega Monforti

Vice President

Kristie Akl

Kristie Akl

Founder

Yvette Bocz

Yvette Bocz

Board Member

Megan Kenny Feister

Megan Kenny Feister

Board Member

Shari Mogridge

Shari Mogridge

Board Member

Jesus "Chuy" Romero

Jesus "Chuy" Romero

Board Member

Michelle Yee

Michelle Yee

Board Member

Holly Cole

Holly Cole

Vice President of Finance

Wendy Acevedo-Solis

Wendy Acevedo-Solis

Board Member

Adele Hermann

Adele Hermann

Board Member

Jena Mehrotra

Jena Mehrotra

Board Member

Charleen Morla-Garcia

Charleen Morla-Garcia

Board Member

Chris Seal

Chris Seal

Board Member

Directors Emeritus

Meryl Chase
Ventura County Community Foundation
Board Member

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

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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