Meet the Staff

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Dr. David Breeckner

Executive Director

 A transplant from New England, Dr. David Breeckner has a background as an archaeologist specializing in ceramic and non-ceramic material culture. He holds a Master's degree in Classics and a PhD in Classics: Archaeology from Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, where he lived for 4 years.  Since 2011, David has worked part-time as a staff archaeologist for the Priniatikos Pyrgos Project in east Crete, Greece. As a member of its research team, he specialized in the prehistoric and enigmatic Minoan civilization.  David is a lecturer in the Department of History at San Diego State University's Imperial Valley campus.

Coming out of the field, David is thrilled to share his experience-based way of learning and engaging with the past, and a forward-looking vision for the future. You can contact David at ivdmuseum@gmail.com

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Kristin O'Lear

Curatorial Fellow

Kristin comes to the Imperial Valley from her home in North Carolina.  In her role as the Curatorial Research Fellow at the museum, Kristin will be innovating new and exciting exhibits about the history and cultures of the Valley, as well as working behind-the-scenes to preserve its history. 

Currently finishing her Master's degree at East Carolina University, Kristin's background is in the Civil War era with a concentration in Public History.  On her days off, you might find Kristin going for a run around town or hiking and exploring our Yuha Desert.  You can contact Kristin at ivdmuseum@gmail.com

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Marcie Landeros

Museum Manager

A native of Imperial Valley, Marcie graduated from SDSU Calexico in the Spring of 2016 with a major in History.  She joined the Imperial Valley Desert Museum in 2015 as an intern and was eventually hired as the Education Coordinator. After 3 years of working with schools and alternative education systems to create new and dynamic educational programming, she is now dedicated to bring that same passion to every aspect of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. You can contact Marcie at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

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Frank J. Salazar III

Indigenous Kumeyaay Collections Manager

A member of the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Frank has worked directly with the Campo Tribal Council, his people, and the archaeological community in issues of NAGPRA, repatriation, consultation and Cultural resources monitoring for the last 25 years. 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 since its earliest days to bridge the archaeology, museum, and cultural fields.  He leads Museum staff in vocalizing the perspective of the region's First Peoples, guiding the Museum in its mission to be a resource for the communities it serves and a leader in the 21st century.  You can contact Frank at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

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Lesliee Parker

Education Coordinator

After volunteering for the museum since 2015, participating in events like Octobercraft and Stagecoach as well as aiding in the beginning stages of IVDM's very own traditional observatory, she's come to join our team and broaden our horizons as well as her own.

Lesliee came to the Imperial Valley back in 2007 and graduated a proud Eagle from Southwest High School in El Centro, CA. Since then her interest for our local history has greatly increased and she's made it her mission to help local youth learn about the rich culture all around them. You can contact Lesliee at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

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Luis Landeros 

Education Specialist

A tiger at heart, Luis graduated from Imperial High School, in Imperial CA, in 2017. He is attending Imperial Valley College, where he is studying to be a mechanical engineer.

Luis works as an Education Specialist at IVDM, focusing on creating new science-based field trips, and teaching students the science behind the desert, and all of the resources our home has to offer. You can contact Luis at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

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Cory Fitzsimmons 

Education Specialist

Though originally from the Imperial Valley, Cory just moved back home after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara. He's interested in becoming a high school chemistry teacher right here in Imperial County and wants to help the community, as well as himself, reconnect with the nature at our fingertips. You can contact Cory at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

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Rebecca Santiago

Education Specialist

In addition to working at IVDM, Rebecca is working toward a Bachelors in History at SDSU's Calexico campus. She hopes to eventually become a teacher or further her education with a degree in Museum Studies. She is excited to teach students how history is not just a stagnant memory of the past, but actively being created every day. You can contact Rebecca at ivdmuseum@gmail.com.

   

 Member of the American Alliance of Museums since 2013

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