Staff

Staff

Patricia Relay, Executive DirectorExecutive Director

Patricia Relay

has a lifelong love of museums and cultural organization.  She believes that museums and galleries are much more than places to store relics and artifacts.  Museums serve as vital community resources that provide gathering places where thoughtful exhibits and educational opportunities co-exist, bringing communities together to learn, to play, and to delight in.  In 2010 Ms. Relay and her family moved to Valdez, Alaska from Bellingham, Washington, where she was not only a museum professional but a business owner, an educator, a volunteer, a wife and mother.  Ms. Relay has 15 years of experience working in Museums and is excited to be the Executive Director at the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive. She encourages all to stop by the Museum and step back in time to learn more about our community’s rich history.

To contact Ms. Relay email: director@valdezmuseum.org

 

AndrewCurator of Collections & Exhibitions

Andrew Goldstein

has goals of bridging the scholarship within Alaska and the Lower 48, and to advance the professionalization of museum studies within Alaska. With his love of Alaskan history and Alaska Native art, Andrew moved from New England to Valdez in 2006 with his wife, Wendy, and his two dogs. Andrew enjoys the process of discovery that historical research brings, and museums’ unique ability to share that sense of wonder. His responsibilities at the museum include exhibit development, collection care and records management, and assistance with public programming. His interests include travel, art, speculative literature, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family.

To contact Mr. Goldstein email: curator@valdezmuseum.org

 

faithCurator of Education & Public Programs

Faith Revell

is an award-winning exhibit designer, hands-on educator and practicing artist with more than 20 years in the museum field. In August 2011 she arrived in Valdez from Indianapolis, IN, with her camera, paints and car in tow excited about the prospects of living in Alaska and the snowy winter ahead. At the museum Revell has created a dynamic environment with a balanced mix of active and passive learning experiences. She often teaches using collections to provoke curiosity about the past and prompt learners to hone their critical thinking and observation skills. Many lessons are infused with art-making and storytelling, all with laughter. Revell delights in new opportunities to immerse herself in Alaska’s remarkable geography, breathtaking landscape, history, culture, and Native traditions.

To contact Ms. Revell email: educator@valdezmuseum.org

 

AndreaMuseum Services Manager

Andrea Searles

moved to Valdez in the summer of 1975, when pipeline construction was fully underway and the prospect of employment brought her along with her family to town. She has always been inspired by the community and fascinated with its people. She worked for 34 years at the Valdez Post Office and retired in 2009. Continuing to maintain an interest in the town and community involvement, she was excited to join the staff at the Valdez Museum in 2011. Ms. Searles believes the town holds both intrigue and unimaginable determination and is proud to represent it.

To contact Ms. Searles email: asearles@valdezmuseum.org

 

brittanyCommunication & Marketing Manager

Brittany Cabello

came to Valdez, with her husband in 2011, to visit family. Ms. Cabello and her family, fell in love with all that Valdez has to offer and are now proud to call it home. She is greatly inspired by the history and way of life in Valdez, and relishes the opportunity to help preserve it. Through previous work experience and schooling she has accumulated a great deal of knowledge with computers, marketing, and public relations and she is pleased to be now putting both her creative and administrative background to use at the Valdez Museum & Historical Archive.

To contact Ms. Cabello email: bcabello@valdezmuseum.org

 

lauraCuratorial Assistant

Laura Johnston

has lived in Alaska for ten years. It’s wild beauty inspires her as an artist, as well as, to seek adventure. She has worked as a sea kayak guide and snowboard instructor while taking art classes at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. She moved to Valdez  three years ago to be closer to the mountains and the ocean. Working for the Valdez museum was a natural progression in satisfying her artistic side. Ms. Johnston is also a boat captain in the summer and is owner of  a doggie day care.

To contact Ms. Johnston email: ljohnston@valdezmuseum.org