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.

Susan Stephensen

Government & Community Relations – Office of the President
Arizona State University

Spencer Lee

Spencer C. Lee

Vice Chair
Smith, Alston & Lee, PLC

Christopher Trendler

Christopher Trendler

Managing Director &            Head of Portfolio Talent                   Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

Jessica Barnett

Instructor; Director Devise and
Usability Lab
Ira A. Fulton
Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Julie Spilsbury

Julie Spilsbury

Council Liaison
Councilmember, District 2
City of Mesa

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Heidi Bethea

Board Member
Community Volunteer
Supporter of healthy children,
& the arts

Christopher Trendler

Allyn Bransby

Board Member
Community Volunteer Supporter of education and  the arts

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Lacy Chaffee

Board Member
Communications Coordinator    School of Dance, Music & Theatre                                      Arizona State University

Marcie Hutchinson

Board Member
Governing Board Member  Mesa Public Schools

Christopher Trendler

Hilda Luna

Board Member
Community Volunteer      Supporter of the arts, and Student leadership

Monique Joseph

Andrea Ramos

Board Member
Project Director
McCarthy Building Companies

Christopher Trendler

Salvador Rivera

Board Member
Entrepreneur & Founder  Thynkb, Inc., and                    Thynkb Group, LLC.

Christopher Trendler

Nyasha Stone Sheppard

Board Member
Community Manager       Innovation Studios                         @ Mesa City Center,            Place-Based Innovation Spaces                                        Arizona State University



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

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.

CEO of AZ SciTech Fest
Science Ambassador

Robert Gorbet

Chair & Professor, Dept. of
Integrated Knowledge

University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Colleen Howard

STEM Coordinator
Mesa Public Schools

Shawn S. Jordan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus 

Nancy Nemitz

Owner, Create the Space
Professional Organizing

John Willie

CEO of Creative Engine
Brand marketing

Milagros Zingoni

Associate Professor,
Director School of Interior Architecture

University of Tennessee

Honorary Board Members

John O. Whiteman - Founder (deceased)

Corrine Brooks

Jennifer Duff

Dawn Giles

Carmen Guerrero

David Luna

Sean Lunny

Elaine G. Morrison