i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation Board

The City of Mesa’s i.d.e.a. Museum is supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide sustainable resources to fulfill i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Its vision is to create infinite possibilities for the i.d.e.a. Museum. The Foundation represents community ownership and provides input to the Museum.

Dawn Giles

Community Volunteer

Lora Lassitter

Vice Chair
Public Relations & Special Events
Mesa Community College

Erica Snyder

Vice Chair
Events Manager
Downtown Mesa Association

Chris Tompkins

Retired Piper Fellows Coordinator
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Robert Schultz

Member at Large
Assistant Director
Mesa Arts & Culture Department

Anthony L. Liuzzo, Ph.D.

Retired Business Professor &

David Luna, Ed.D.

Council Liaison
Councilmember, City of Mesa

John O. Whiteman

i.d.e.a. Museum

Sunnee D. O'Rork

Executive Director
i.d.e.a. Museum

Thomas Assante

Board Member
Project Manager
McCarthy Building Companies

Joshua R. Boyle

Board Member
Rowley Chapman & Barney,  Ltd.

Randy Blount

Board Member
Blount Contracting, Inc.

Dr. James Driscoll

Board Member
Assistant Superintendent
Mesa Public Schools

Deb Duvall, Ed.D.

Board Member
Former Teacher, Principal and
District Superintendent
Mesa Public Schools

Samantha Hammond

Board Member
Arts and Digital Film Advocate

Greg Heap

Board Member
Senior Vice President
Wells Fargo Commercial Banking

Scott Higginson

Board Member
Owner, FourSquare Group &
FourSquare ART

Sean M. Lunny, CFP

Board Member
Portfolio Manager, Stoker  Olster
(a part of BMO Financial Group)

Elaine Miner

Board Member
Clerk, Governing Board Member
Mesa Public Schools

Tony J. Wall

Board Member
3W Management

Shawn S. Jordan, Ph.D.

Board Member
Associate Professor
Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University
On sabbatical through June 2019.
Photos provided by Ivan Martinez Photography


Meet our creative think tank of great minds from around the world.

John Willie

CEO of Creative Engine
Brand marketing

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.

CEO of AZ SciTech Fest
Science Ambassador

Milagros Zingoni

Assistant Professor,
Herberger Institute for Design &
the Arts

Arizona State University

Robert Gorbet

Chair & Professor, Dept. of
Integrated Knowledge

University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Nancy Nemitz

Owner, Create the Space
Professional Organizing

Colleen Howard

STEM Coordinator
Mesa Public Schools

Honorary Members

Elaine G. Morrison

Jennifer Duff

Carmen Guerrero

Corrine Brooks


i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W. Pepper Place
Mesa, AZ 85201



Admission: $9/person

Free for members and those under age 1

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480-644-idea (4332) (recorded)

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Tuesday - Thursday & Saturday

9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday

12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday

Closed Monday and most holidays

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