The People Behind the Oaks

Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk,
Cultural Resources Manager

The Cultural Resources Manager, Mariah (she/her), ensures that the museum’s cultural resources are well cared for, organized, and accessible for the benefit of the community. From supporting researchers, interns and guest curators to keeping up with the latest in collections care — if objects that tell important stories are involved, Mariah’s the one for the job.

Rachel Brumit,
Head of Operations

As Head of Operations Rachel (she/her) is responsible for the overall support of the museum through varied administrative duties, facilities maintenance, memberships and general operations and event support. For general inquiries, and if you’re not sure who to reach out to, Rachel will sort you out.

Molly Alloy

Typically leading the organization as a part of a collaborative team, Molly (they/them) is currently holding it down while the museum searches for a new Codirector. Hit them up about strategic partnerships, collaboration opportunities, events and public programs, and other wild schemes.

Linden How,
Critical Librarian

Linden (she/her) is a librarian and museum professional working on a project with the museum to evaluate our library of books and helping us cook up a new vision of how to put them to best use.

Cierra Johnson

Cierra (she/her) is an accountant, founder of bookkeeping firm Oak Books, and serves as our board treasurer. The connection to oaks felt like it was meant to be!

Mario Gallucci

Mario (he/him) is the visionary photographer behind the majority of the pictures on this website. Find more of Mario’s work here.

Past Guest Curators

Israel Pastrana
Curator, #StandUpFG, history/culture exhibition 2021

Rya Hueston
Co-curator, Untouchable Artifacts, art exhibition 2021

Kat Salas
Co-curator, Untouchable Artifacts, art exhibition 2021


Kanani Miyamoto
Co-curator, DISplace, history/culture exhibition 2020

Co-curator, DISplace, history/culture exhibition 2020

Becca Owen
Curator, Gender Euphoria: Contemporary Art Beyond the Binary, art exhibition 2020

Steph Littlebird Fogel
Curator, This IS Kalapuyan Land, history/culture exhibition 2019 & in perpetuity online

Board of Directors

Vanessa Benedetti – Co-Chair
Director of Real Estate & Facilities, Vestas

Alfredo Moreno – Co-Chair
Community Relations Manager, Portland Community College Rock Creek

Cierra Johnson – Treasurer
Owner/Bookkeeper, Oak Books

Ameena Djanga – Secretary
Corporate Information Security Analyst, Nike

Nafisa Fai – Ex Officio
Washington County Commissioner District 1 (Aloha, Beaverton, and Cooper Mountain)

Brandon Culbertson
Indian Education Engagement Coordinator, Oregon Department of Education

Brian Decker
Public Defender, Washington County

Tom Hughes
Metro Council, Former Mayor of City of Hillsboro

Kira Iwasaki
Owner/Lead Designer, Habitat Landscape Design

Stephanie Kim
Color Designer, Nike

Scott Palmer
Director of Communications, Oregon Nurses Association

Cultural Resources Committee

Alanna Colwell – Committee Chair
Archivist & Records Supervisor, Washington County

Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk – Museum Staff Representative
Cultural Resources Manager, Five Oaks Museum

Ameena Djanga – Museum Board Representative
Corporate Information Security Analyst, Nike

Kira Iwasaki – Museum Board Representative
Owner/Lead Designer, Habitat Landscape Design

Eva Guggemos
Archivist & Instructional Librarian, Pacific University

Linden How
Reference Librarian & Adjunct Faculty, Portland Community College and Pacific Northwest College of the Arts

Jordan Rosenblum
Senior Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University School of Art+Design