The PMHA Board of Directors

& Museum Staff


President, Anne Lane came to Alaska with her husband Robert courtesy of the U.S. Air Force in 1985.  She has most recently worked as a realtor with Jack White Prudential and Dynamic Properties in Anchorage.  She has held many volunteer positions in Officers' Wives' Clubs, church groups and hospital volunteer groups, and is currently the Vice President of the Snow Goose Pond Home Owners' Association.


Vice President

Vice 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.



Secretary, 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.



Director, Kathleen Frederick was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and spent fifty years in southeastern Pennsylvania before relocating to Juneau, Alaska in 2002 to pursue her passion for outdoors activities. In Pennsylvania, Kathy was a teacher and a librarian before becoming an attorney. Since moving to Alaska, Kathleen has practiced law in Juneau and in the Mat-Su Borough, has served as a mediator for the Alaska Court system, gives lectures about sled dogs for Alaska Excursions in Juneau during the summer, has been a member of Rotary, has served on the Board of United Way of Southeast Alaska and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC)



Director, Jo Ehmann has lived in Palmer for over 45 years, and currently works full time as a substitute teacher at Colony High School.  Her previous professional positions include Alaska Court System translator and executive secretary to the CEO of Exxon.  She has served on the board for four years. 




 Director, 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, Tom Sojka is a long time Palmer resident who occasionally dabbles in the real estate market. A retired store owner, Tom spends his time volunteering for various organizations such as St.Micheal's Church and is an avid history and farm enthusiast.


Executive Director, PMHA

Executive Director, Selena Ortega-Chiolero relocated to Palmer in 2010, with her husband Richard and their "children", a Great Dane mix named Smokey and a Chihuahua Terrier named Harlequin.  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.  It is her hope to                                        utilize her education and experience to help transition the Palmer Museum into its next phase filled with                                           new exhibits, exciting programming and more community involvement.



Museum and Visitor Services Coordinator, Kyndra White-Hunt is a graduate of Palmer High School and has been a part of the Palmer Museum staff since 2012.  A Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association of Interpretation, she brings with her an ample amount of enthusiasm, artistic talent and innovation.  Kyndra continues to work hard towards improving visitor services and implementing new techniques and programs that will help the museum to continue being a vital part of the community.