Board & Staff

Sarah Nathe, President

Sarah Nathe, President
"The Kelley House offers a window into the past on the Mendocino coast and an open door to the rest of the world. Each day I work as a docent I meet people interested in our history who also have fascinating stories of their own, some from nearby and others from far-flung parts of the globe. As Faulkner said, The past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

Carol Dominy, Vice President

Carol Dominy, Vice President
"I first encountered the Kelley House while researching the history of my Mendocino home. The Kelley House has an awesome treasure trove of historical records, maps, artifacts, and books detailing the amazing history of the Mendocino Coast. I am an electronics engineer in the aerospace and video game industries, software developer, and library research staff. Building my family tree has given me a great love for genealogical and historical research."

Ian Roth, Treasurer

Ian Roth, Treasurer
"When my wife and I purchased the Seagull Inn Bed and Breakfast in July 2018, one of the first things we did was to visit the Kelley House Museum to learn about the history of the Switzer House that was built in 1883 originally as a residence. We were greeted with open arms, a wealth of information and tools to research on our own. After our first meeting, we immediately joined as a Business Member. A few months later, I was asked to replace the outgoing Treasurer and because of my love for the Kelley House Museum, the answer was an easy 'YES'."

Megan Coddington Smith, Board Member

Megan Coddington Smith, Board Member
“Many of you may know me from my past years associated with the Kelley House Museum, also known as Megan Coddington. I was executive director from 1990 to 1996 and again from 2005 to 2007. I had the privilege of knowing Dorothy Bear, one of the founders of the Mendocino Historical Research, Inc and Kelley House Museum. I started visiting Mendocino in the early 1960s and moved to Fort Bragg in 1990. Over the years I have developed an appreciation for the importance of our history and how important that history is to the community. We must protect and preserve that history so this amazing community continues to be what we know and love as Mendocino."

Jane Tillis, Board Member

Jane Tillis, Board Member
“I'm here because I love the history of the area. Joining the Kelley House Museum gave me the opportunity to learn local history and impart it to our visitors. We have a number of books, periodicals and articles available at the museum, and they make it so much fun to learn (and it's easy as well). Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I moved to California in 1985 and spent several years in San Diego, Sacramento and Oakland before moving to the Mendocino Coast in 2010. As you can probably tell, I was a big city girl until moving to my much-loved Mendocino! After graduating from college all those years ago, I found work in higher ed administration, then I went into retail. When looking back at those jobs, I realized that training ran through all of them -- so thatis what I did next. I worked for several companies in training until the end of the 1990s when I took a position in the multimedia computer industry developing training programs until I retired in 2001.”

Karen McGrath, Curator

Karen McGrath, Curator
"I have been a fan of the Kelley House Museum, its archives, and its dedicated staff and volunteers since my first days visiting, then living, on the Mendocino Coast. It provides a friendly and comfortable way to understand the who, what, when, where and why of this special place. My educational and professional training have consistently centered on the relationship of people to the earth we live on. Starting with a degree in geography, I went on to do graduate work in environmental design and landscape architecture. I spent my 40-plus working life researching, planning, and designing both public and private landscapes in Georgia, Washington State, and California. History has been a keen interest since childhood and has always informed my work, giving it meaning and depth. I could not be happier to be the Curator of the Kelley House Museum, where I am able to share its remarkable resources and help people find their place in history."

Anne Semans, Director

Anne Semans, Director
"I moved to the Mendocino Coast along with my two young daughters in 2005. We were introduced to the Kelley House through the Mendocino Grammar School as part of their work teaching kids about California history. All the projects—building Pomo shelters, model dairy farms, water towers—they brought history to life and helped all of us learn to love and respect the land, our history, and diverse cultures. I have so much respect for all the work those before me have done to sustain this beloved institution, and I am honored to be part of its next chapter. I spent 30 years in the for-profit world in marketing, small business management, education, and hospitality. I'm the author of several self-help books, and have written extensively on parenting, health, and travel. Before moving to Mendocino, I lived in San Francisco, where I worked with the groundbreaking, women-friendly sex toy boutiques Good Vibrations and Babeland."