Meet the Staff

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Dr. David Breeckner

Interim Museum Director

 A transplant from New England, Dr. David Breeckner is an archaeologist specializing in ceramic and non-ceramic material culture. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Classics from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont and 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.

For the last 7 years, David has worked as a staff archaeologist for the Priniatikos Pyrgos Project in east Crete. As a member of its research team, he specialized in the prehistoric and enigmatic Minoan civilization.  His last job was as a Professor of History at Southern New Hampshire University and he is now a lecturer at San Diego State University's Imperial Valley campus.

Coming out of the field, David is thrilled at the opportunity to develop his historical and cultural awareness and brings to the Museum a career defined by hands-on, active learning, limitless energy, and a forward-looking vision for the future. You can contact David 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 programing, she is now deicated to bring that same passion to every aspect of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. 

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Frank 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

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Andrew Alvarez 

Education Coordinator

Hailing from Mexicali, Mexico, Andrew graduated from SDSU Calexico in the Spring of 2016 with a major in History. At SDSU-IV, he developed an interest in my family history and the migration of my family through Mexico, and eventually, the United States.   This sparked interest in the migration of people from other countries to the United States, and people from the United States to other countries.  In my personal research, I’m exploring the topic of "Stateless Women", who were Mexican women married to Chinese men, who were then deported during Mexico’s anti-Chinese sentiment movements. He 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.  

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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. He works as an Education Specialist, focusing on creating new science feildtrips, and teaching students the science behind the desert, and all of the resources our home has to offer. 

   

 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.