Board members pat chesbro, dace boyd, anne lane and kim carver during the 2015 colony days parade.

Board members pat chesbro, dace boyd, anne lane and kim carver during the 2015 colony days parade.


President, Pat Chesbro, has been a teacher, a teacher leader, the principal of Palmer High School and superintendent of of the Mat-Su Borough School District.  After retiring for the first time, she worked at UAA's College of Education for 10 years teaching future educational leaders, chaired the teacher education department and served as interim dean.  She is active inthe community through her volunteer work with Alaska Family Services and the Palmer Arts Council.  She resides in Palmer with her husband, Jim, and their four energetic dogs

Vice President

Vice President, Dace Boyd, was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States in 1950.  She came to Alaska in 1967 to work as an RN at the Cordova Community Hospital.  Since then, she has worked for the Mat-Su School District as a school nurse. In fact, Dace was the second school nurse to be hired in Wasilla, Big Lake and Willow.  She is also a gardener and has turned her hobby into a business.  She owns Mat Valley Potato Growers raising potatoes for the local markets.  When she isn't working, Dace volunteers for church activities, quilting groups, and Hospice Resource


Treasurer, Jim Beck, returns to the Board after several years' hiatus. Jim was one of the founding members of the Palmer Museum of History and Art and brings many years' experience to the non-profit world.


Secretary, Kim Carver


Director, Brooke Heppinstall Kroenug, is the owner and operator of Woolwood Studio and Gardens. Brooke started gardening in the wild tropics of Miami.  She headed to Alaska in 1970 where she finally settled in Palmer circa 1974.  Although she has a background in teaching Anthropology, Brooke has been a part of the agriculture community since 1998 and continues to be an avid supporter and promoter of Alaska Grown through her efforts with various gardening organizations and as a member of the Palmer Museum Garden and Art Faire coordinating committee.


Director, Felicia Desimini


 Director, Clifford Fletcher Jr.


Director, Bill Pendleton

Palmer Museum Staff

Executive Director, PMHA

Executive Director, Sam Dinges is a longtime Palmer resident and fourth generation Alaskan. He studied History and Sociology at the University of Alaska Southeast, graduating in 2016, and has been employed in Alaskan libraries and museums since 2014. In that time, Sam has worked for the Anchorage Museum, the UAA/APU Consortium Library, and the Palmer Public Library, and is excited to take on a leadership role sharing and promoting Palmer's history. When not at the museum, Sam can be found playing piano around Anchorage and the Valley or at home with his wife, two dogs, and a book. 



Museum and Visitor Services Coordinator, Brooke Steinke is a graduate of Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey with a Bachelors degree in English.  As a new addition to the Palmer Museum family in 2016, Brooke brings with her years of experience working with the Palmer Public Library which has instilled an enthusiasm to work with the public, strong organizational skills and the ability to problem solve.  Brooke is also an avid pianist.   


collections manager, pmha

Collections Manager, Richard Estelle comes from a background as rich as the community he lives in.  His father, Howard Estelle, came to Alaska as an extension agent for the Palmer Colony Project, during the Great Depression while his mother, Ruth DeArmond Estelle, took a position as a home economist for the colony during the same time.  The Estelle family moved to a farm in Spenard, and then purchased a colony farm in Palmer in 1948.  Richard attended college at the University of Alaska and Oregon State.  He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and numerous tourism outfits but chose to return to Palmer, Alaska, for retirement where he has served as the Collections Manager for the Palmer Museum since 2010.