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 Mrs. 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.  Mrs. Relay has 18 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 Mrs. 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

 

Curatorial Assistant

Lanette Oliver

has more than two decades of experience with a broad range of non-profit organizations including museums. She was Assistant Curator of Asian Exhibits at the San Antonio Museum of Art where she produced a new artifacts catalogue. In addition, when the museum added a new wing she dismantled and reinstalled all the exhibits. Working for Museum Operations Consulting Associates required her to design floor plans for museum gift shops plus create exhibits-based merchandise. And she took on the challenges of installing and modifying layouts for travelling exhibits with her company Exhibits Etcetera, Inc. Her interest in science and education led her to join a group called Teachers in Space, and also create her own “SPACE”– an educational program which stands for Science, Physical, Academic, and Cultural Enrichment.

To contact Ms. Oliver email: loliver@valdezmuseum.org

 

 

Administrative Marketing Coordinator

Marcia Lynn

brings 27 years of public broadcasting experience to her job at the Museum after being a news host and reporter for NPR affiliated stations in Kodiak, Barrow, Bethel, Homer and most recently KCHU in Valdez. During a brief hiatus from radio she was bitten by “the museum bug” while working for the Pratt Museum in Homer at a job similar to her present one. She enjoys sharing the rich history of our region with visitors and community members alike. A passion for dance has been an overarching part of her life since age 10 when she started taking ballet and tap classes. She follows that passion as a performer and dance instructor–currently teaching tap, ballet and Irish dance at the Valdez Dance Company.

To contact Ms. Lynn email: mlynn@valdezmuseum.org