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, Brooke Heppinstall Kroenung, 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.


Secretary, Kim Carver is a Financial Advisor and has been with Merrill Lynch since 2004. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and concentrates on helping clients with asset allocation and retirement income strategies. Kim received her education at the University of Alaska. She is a lifelong Alaskan, and lives in Palmer with her daughter. Kim enjoys most things outdoors, the arts and staying active



Director, Jim Beck



Director, Annie Bill



 Director, Clifford Fletcher Jr.



Director, Bill Pendleton


Executive Director, PMHA

Executive Director, Selena Ortega-Chiolero relocated to Palmer in 2010, where she lives with her husband, Richard, and their two "children," a Bernese Mountain Dog/Newfoundland mix named Amos, and a French Bulldog named Crash.  She has been a part of the Palmer Museum family since 2012.  Selena holds Bachelors degrees in Art History, with an emphasis on Japanese Art, and in Asian Studies, with an emphasis on Japanese culture, from California State University, Sacramento.  After graduation, she spent several years interning with the non-profit art gallery, 40 Acres Art Gallery, and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento while also working at the California Department of Education.  Prior to the Palmer Museum, Selena was employed with the Palmer Public Library, MEA and the Dorothy G. Page Museum in Wasilla. It is her hope to continue learning and using her knowledge to help grow the organization and expose the Palmer community to the arts of yesterday, today and tomorrow.



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.