& Board of directors
Founder, Past President, and Chief Executive Visionary
Dana is a native of Austin, Texas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Communication from St. Edward’s University. She has a professional background in corporate event planning and high-end real estate sales.
“Chico is a city with tremendous history and life running through its veins. As a visitor, it beckons your return… that’s why we moved here after only one visit. As the mother of a young child, I quickly recognized the opportunity to enrich the childhood experience in this unique and education-based city, through a hands-on, minds-on ‘wonderland’ of sorts. In other cities, they call such places 'Children’s Museums,’ although they certainly aren’t just for children, and they’re quite non-musuem-ish.”
Dana came to Chico with a mission to fuse her professional and philanthropic lives, by making "giving back" her profession. She took a full year, in 2013, to absorb her new city, learn about the community, and see what was needed most. She joined forces with North Valley Community Foundation, and the Chico Children’s Museum seed was sown.
She is Mom to an 9-year-old daughter, and is an active child and animal advocate in her community. Just before her move to Chico, Dana was proudly named Austin’s Philanthropist of the month for February, 2013 in INSIDE Austin Magazine. She was also recognized on ABC’s Live with Kelly & Michael as one of America’s Unstoppable Moms, and featured in People Magazine and Family Fun Magazine. She has volunteered for the Butte Humane Society, served as an Ambassador for Citizen Generation in Austin, volunteered for The Austin Shelter for Women & Children, The Seedling Foundation, The Center for Child Protection, and was a tireless rescue aide for Austin Pets Alive (fostering over 60 puppies and kittens throughout her young daughter’s life).
Her commitment to children is shining bright as the museum team reaches its 4.5 year mark and boasts the amazing transformation of the 300 block of Downtown Chico. Our team can assure you, this mom is still UNSTOPPABLE!
President & Chairman
Jovanni is the father of 2 boys, 8 and 10 years old. With them, his hobbies include building Hotwheels race tracks, creating with Legos and throwing around Nerf footballs. He currently serves as the Director for Response and Recovery with North Valley Community Foundation in response to the 2018 Camp Fire.
His philanthropy knows NO bounds... literally. He is often found in remote parts of the world giving his heart and manpower to those in need.
Jovanni received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and has a Master of Arts degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
Nicknamed "Chico's non-profit GURU," Jovanni has moved mountains for CCM's development. Every museum needs a Jovanni.
Co-Founder & Treasurer
Victoria grew up in a farming family and has lived in the Chico area for nearly 40 years. She has worked in the AG industry for 22 years and is currently the Controller/Manager at Capay Farms, Inc.
She has two children, Seth (18) and Emily (14). In addition to being a working mom, she is a constant source of inspiration to our team through her overwhelming energy and enthusiasm for her philanthropic efforts. Our community's most common question to Vicki is "HOW do you do SO much?"
For the past four years she has served as the Director of Sponsorship and Scholarship on the Board for Durham Youth Football and Cheer. She's a devoted supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of the North Valley, and has served on multiple other committees/chaired many fundraisers for the Chico Elks Lodge.
Victoria is passionate about children’s causes, and leads by example in her efforts to cultivate a sense of camaraderie and excitement about the project goals when working with youths. Her unwavering motivation is simply contagious.
Lee Hamre is the owner of Hamre Heavy Equipment in North Chico. It's not uncommon for him to be in 3 countries in 3 weeks. He brings a very useful skillset to our board with his familiarity in global transport and cross-cultural communication. Lee is very business savvy and keeps us connected in the world of Agriculture, which is a HUGE focus for the Chico Children's Museum!
When you sit in our interactive Dentist Chair at the museum one day, you can thank Hamre for guiding it across the globe and into our doors.
Bio to come...
Board of directors
ASHLEY SMITH- North State Events
SAGE BOWMAN- Nantucket Home
ASHLEY DEKELLIS- Heirloom Fox Design
To Be Announced - Executive Director
Vickie Cutler - Director of Business Operations