Meet the Staff

Dr. Neal V. Hitch

Director

With over 20 years of museum experience, Neal has developed and interpreted 43 museum exhibit projects.  Using archival research at the Ohio Historical Society, he developed and interpreted six historically accurate reproduction buildings and furnishings at the Ohio Village, restored and interpreted five presidential properties, and completed restoration and interpretative plans at multiple house museums and historic sites.  Also at the Ohio Historical Society, Neal interpreted Native American historical sites.  From 2003-2005 he guided the development, use, interpretation, study, and preservation of the Great Circle Earthworks- built by the Hopewell culture approximately 2,000 years ago and the largest circular earthwork east of the Mississippi.  He also completed work at Ft. Ancient and Ft. Hill, both extensive mound complexes built by the Hopewell culture and at the Miamisburg Mound site, built by the Adena Culture.  

He is widely published and was awarded the 2002  Anne de Fort-Menares Award by the Association for Preservation Technology International for his scholarly work on the restoration of Adena, the home of Thomas Worthington. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Hitch received his B.S. magna cum laud in Architecture, M Arch, and Ph.D. in American History from the Ohio State University.  His last job was as director of the Turks & Caicos National Museum on Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies.  You can contact Neal at ivdmuseum@gmail.com 

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Archivist/Head Curator

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Anne received her B.A. magna cum laud in History from Lake Forest College, outside of Chicago, IL and her M.S. in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Archives from Simmons College, in Boston, MA. Anne has developed the IVDM's growing archive and has been the Lead Exhibit Researcher for the Museum's exhibit development, collecting knowledge and references from the Museum Exhibit Advisors. In 2013 she presented on traveling exhibits and the IVDM's Gold Fever! exhibit at the Small Museums Association Annual Conference in Ocean City, Maryland. In August 2015 she presented on nontraditional outreach at the Society of American Archivists' Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.  Anne co-writes and edits bi-weekly collection-based articles in the local newspaper, the Imperial Valley Press with Dr. Neal Hitch.  You can contact Anne at ivdmuseum@gmail.com

IMG_20160914_120207967.jpgFrank J. Salazar III

Cultural Collections and Program Manager/Native American Intern Program Director

A member of the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Frank has 10 years of experience working directly with the Campo Tribal Council. Having formerly served honorably in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army National Guard, Frank is currently a member of the Muht-Hei economic development board for the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

Frank has worked with the Museum to establish two of our key cultural programs as the Native American Intern Program Director and the Cultural Collections and Program Manager.  While maintaining a focus on enriching the Museum collections, Salazar is able to bridge the archaeology, museum, and cultural fields to vocalize a perspective that is usually only encountered by professional scholars if deliberately sought.  Salazar has completed the Management for Tribal Museums and Creating a Repository courses from the Smithsonian's American Indian Museum Studies, and recently completed a training course entitled "Leadership Training for Enterprenerial/ Small Business/Economic Development" conducted by the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. (CIMC).You can contact Frank at ivdmuseum@gmail.com

Albert Lutz

Art Education Coordinator

An Imperial Valley native, Albert currently lives in Ocotillo, CA.  He coordinates all art educational programs at the IVDM, including off-site coiled clay art program activities at county fairs and festivals. You can contact Albert at education@ivdesertmuseum.org

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Education Coordinator

A native of Imperial Valley, Marcie graduated from SDSU Calexico in the Spring of 2016 with a major in History.  She works as an Education Coordinator, bringing schools to the museum for field trips, aligning field trips with Common Core Curriculum, and going to schools with our History on the Go program.  You can contact Marcie at education@ivdesertmuseum.org

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Education Staff

A resident of Ocotillo, Angelina is currently a student at SDSU Calexico, working on a Social Science major and a minor in History. Angelina began volunteering at the museum after falling in love with it during a field trip, and in the spring of 2016 was officially brought on staff as part of the Museum's Education team. You can contact Angelina at education@ivdesertmuseum.org

 

IMG_5533.JPGEdgar Bernal Sevilla

Curation/Education Staff

A native of Imperial Valley, Edgar began at the museum as a student doing a research project for class, then became a volunteer helping with field trips.  Edgar graduated from SDSU-Calexico Spring 2016 with a major in History.  After a summer internship when he began processing the Morlin Childers collection, Edgar became the third Imperial Valley College/San Diego State University-Calexico student to be employed by the museum.  Today he works in the Curation Department, continuing to process and research the Morlin Childers Collection, and is also part of the Museum's Education team. You can contact Edgar at ivdmuseum@gmail.com  

 

 

 

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All photographs taken by IVDM staff or used with permission by Joselito Villero and Michael Field. All rights reserved.2014.