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.

Lora Lassitter

Public Relations &
Special Events
Mesa Community College

Julie Spilsbury

Julie Spilsbury

Council Liaison
City of Mesa

Jessica Barnett

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


Kathryn Evans, M.Ed.

Board Member
Early Childhood
Education Specialist
Arizona PBS Education &
Community Impact

Spencer Lee

Spencer C. Lee

Board Member
Smith, Alston & Lee, PLC

Monique Joseph

Andrea Ramos

Board Member
Project Director
McCarthy Building Companies

Susan Stephensen

Susan Stephensen

Board Member
Government &
Community Engagement
Arizona State University

Christopher Trendler

Christopher Trendler

Board Member

Photos provided by individual board members and Ivan Martinez Photography.



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

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