The City of Mesa’s i.d.e.a. Museum is supported by the i.d.e.a. Museum Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide sustainable resources to fulfill i.d.e.a. Museum’s mission through fundraising, advocacy, and partnerships. Its vision is to create infinite possibilities for the i.d.e.a. Museum. The Foundation represents community ownership and provides input to the Museum.

Christopher Trendler

Allyn Bransby

Community Volunteer Supporter of education and  the arts

Susan Stephensen

Immediate Past Chair
Government & Community Relations – Office of the President
Arizona State University

Christopher Trendler

Hilda Luna

Vice Chair
Community Volunteer      Supporter of the arts, and Student leadership

Monique Joseph

Austin Harris

VP – Relationship Manager
BOK Financial

Christopher Trendler

Nyasha Stone Sheppard

Assistant Director                                Career Services                                      The College of Liberal Arts and  Scicences                                            Arizona State University

Julie Spilsbury

Julie Spilsbury

Council Liaison
Councilmember, District 2
City of Mesa

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Nina Allred

Board Member
Community Outreach & Engagement Supervisor, Mesa Public Schools

Jessica Barnett

Board Member
Instructor; Director Devise and
Usability Lab
Ira A. Fulton
Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

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Heidi Bethea

Board Member
Community Volunteer
Supporter of healthy children,
& the arts

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Lacy Chaffee

Board Member
Communications Coordinator    School of Dance, Music & Theatre                                      Arizona State University

Marcie Hutchinson

Board Member
President                                        Mesa Public Schools  Governing Board

Spencer Lee

Spencer C. Lee

Board Member
Smith, Alston & Lee, PLC



Meet our creative think tank of great minds from around the world.

Jeremy Babendure, Ph.D.

CEO of AZ SciTech Fest
Science Ambassador

Robert Gorbet

Chair & Professor, Dept. of
Integrated Knowledge

University of Waterloo, Kitchener, ON

Colleen Howard

STEM Coordinator
Mesa Public Schools

Shawn S. Jordan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Arizona State University – Polytechnic Campus 

Nancy Nemitz

Owner, Create the Space
Professional Organizing

John Willie (deceased)

 Former CEO of Creative Engine
Brand marketing

Milagros Zingoni

Associate Professor,
Director School of Interior Architecture

University of Tennessee

Honorary Board Members

John O. Whiteman - Founder (deceased)

Corrine Brooks

Jennifer Duff

Dawn Giles

Carmen Guerrero

David Luna

Sean Lunny

Elaine G. Morrison