Meet the Staff
Erica was the first employee hired by the organization. She began her tenure in 1999, a few weeks after earning her Master’s in Museology. She has been chief cook and bottle-washer ever since. Erica’s favorite projects focus on telling stories about Issaquah’s past, something she gets to do on history hikes, speaker’s presentations, and kids’ tours. Erica also has a soft spot for chickens, and for Issaquah’s poultry-farming past. She lives in Seattle with a husband, two cats, one dog, and children Dylan and Conrad.
Volunteer & Programs Manager
Kayla joined IHM in March of 2020, a few months after receiving an MA in Art History from the University of York. Most recently, she curated our virtual exhibit, “‘Poetry in Motion:’ Remembering the Issaquah Skyport.” Kayla creates and posts all of our social media content; builds the Behind The Scenes newsletters; researches and writes blogs; and conducts oral history interviews. She also helps photograph and catalog our collections. Kayla has a heart for local community engagement and a love of storytelling in all its forms. In her spare time, she is a portrait photographer and enjoys reading and hiking. Kayla grew up in the South Sound and now lives in Redmond.
You don’t have to be a board member to contribute time to the Issaquah History Museums. We encourage community members to serve on our committees and task forces. Use the contact form below to get in touch if you’d like to serve on one of the following.
Deaccessions: responsible for decisions concerning de-accessioned objects, and for making sure the IHM is following the Collection Management Policy. Items to be deaccessioned must be approved by the Board.
Executive Committee: composed of the four officers of the Board and a Board member-at-large appointed by the Board. Duties shall be to discuss and make decisions on critical matters occurring between Board meetings, to review the performance of the Museum Director, and to make recommendations to the Board regarding personnel issues such as hiring, compensation and benefits. The Executive Committee is also responsible for board cultivation and recruitment.
Ways and Means: strategizes how to fund the organization’s annual activities, and plans the organization’s annual fundraising calendar.
Events: organizes the annual fundraiser.
Facilities: responsible for improvements to and maintenance of the Town Hall and Depot in accordance with the Corporation’s contract with the City of Issaquah, and maintenance of the Auto Freight Building.
Brenda DeVore has been an active community member since she moved to Issaquah with her husband, Dave, in 1991. She is a mom to two children and enjoys outdoor activities, such as cycling and gardening. Brenda’s career path is strong and varied; her experiences with community engagement, event planning, and fundraising have consistently proven helpful to IHM’s operations. Brenda’s service on IHM’s Board of Directors stems from a passion for actively supporting her community.
Emily Lee is an elementary educator in the Issaquah School District and enjoys making connections between IHM’s rich resources and the content students are studying in school. She believes that local history is an entry point for all members of our community to feel connected as we build that history together every day. Emily has a background in cultural anthropology and serves on the Board of the Snoqualmie Valley History Museum.
Donald Robertson is a retired Chief of Contracting for the U.S. Coast Guard and an Issaquah resident since 1983. He started volunteering as a docent at the Depot Museum in 2013 and has been on the Board of Directors for two years. He believes in the importance of IHM’s mission and enjoys doing what he can to support that mission.
Benton Coblentz serves as the City of Issaquah’s representative on the IHM Board. Having graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics, he works now as the Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Issaquah. Benton is honored to serve on the IHM Board and is passionate about local history and its preservation.
Katie Brookshire is a Senior Account Executive with Semaphore, a local networking tech company where she helps companies with their technology infrastructure to better serve their communities. She is the head track & field and assistant cross-country coach at IHS. Katie holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on ESL; an Educational Specialist degree in Leadership and Organizational Change; and is nearly finished with her doctoral studies in Education. She believes in the mission of IHM and is passionate about their role in the future success of our community.
Julia has been a part of IHM since 2008. Over the years, she has been a volunteer, intern, staff member, and now Board Member. Julia has founded and worked for a variety of community-based education non-profits and enjoys seeing how her work and relationships inform one another. Being on the Board of IHM has expanded and evolved her understanding of what it means to be in service to a larger community. As a homeschooling mother of two, she has a special place in her heart for the online collections and resources that make teaching history accessible.
Rebecca first came to the Issaquah History Museums as a practicum project student in 2011. After receiving her Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, she continued as a volunteer, caring for IHM’s collections, assisting with exhibit design, and participating in community outreach at local events. Her latest role, serving as a board member, provides Rebecca with a rewarding and meaningful way to connect with staff, volunteers, and our community, while still working to preserve Issaquah’s history.