BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LEON WORDEN, Board Chair
Leon Worden is president and CEO of SCVTV, Santa Clarita Valley’s public television channels, providing multimedia services to all education and government agencies and to the 120 nonprofit organizations that serve the Santa Clarita Valley area. An SCV resident since 1970, UCLA graduate and award-winning journalist (Associated Press, California Newspaper Publishers Association, National Newspaper Association, Numismatic Literary Guild awards for investigative reporting, business writing, opinion pages, websites), Leon has produced local television programming since 2002 and has served as president of the SCV Historical Society, chairman of the City of Santa Clarita’s Newhall Redevelopment Committee, founding member of the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission and the county’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Homeless Services (SCV), founding member of SCV Habitat for Heroes, founding director of the Friends of Mentryville, and co-creator of the SCV Sheriff Station’s first Haunted Jailhouse. Leon established the Old Town Newhall Gazette in 1994 and was editor of The Signal newspaper until 2007, when he left to prepare the reorganization of SCVTV. Today, he is chief administrative officer of the Santa Clarita Public Television Authority and manager of SCVTV.com, SCVNews.com, SCV History In Pictures (SCVHistory.com) and other local websites including this one. He also serves on the boards of the SCV Historical Society, Friends of Hart Park and Museum, Pukuu (Fernandeno-Tataviam social services agency), and the Hart School District’s Measure SA Bond Oversight Committee.
Judy Triem founded San Buenaventura Research Associates, a historic preservation consulting firm, in 1980. She received her M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1980 in the field of Public History. Her B.A. was completed in 1962 at the University of Arizona, Tucson, with a major in Spanish and a minor in history. Judy is also an author and lecturer whose book entitled Ventura County: Land of Good Fortune, was published in 1985 and has been reprinted twice. She also authored a history of The Limoneira Company, One Hundred Years of Growing published in 1993 for the Limoneira Company, and completed a history of the Santa Clara Valley of Ventura County published by the Easton Gallery in 2002. Currently, Judy also serves on the Blanchard Library Endowment Board and the California Oil Museum Board. In addition, she is involved with the Design Assistance Committee for the City of Santa Paula and is an advisor to the Ventura County Cultural Heritage Board.
A California native, Jack Infranca was born in Glendale and raised in Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. in Accounting and Economics from Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College) in 1967. During his senior year at CMC, Jack interviewed for and was selected to work as an Auditor Student Trainee with the California State Board of Equalization in its Pasadena office. After graduation, he continued with the Board of Equalization starting at the entry level of Tax Auditor 1, and over his career of 38 years, he advanced to positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his appointment as District Principal Auditor of the Van Nuys District office. In that position, he was responsible for a staff of 72 professionals including tax auditors, supervisors and clerical staff. In 1981, Jack became a Certified Public Accountant. Upon his retirement from the Board of Equalization in 2004, Jack received several honors for his years of state service, including a personal letter of congratulations signed by then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Jack has been involved with Rancho Camulos Museum and its operations since 2007 when he first became a volunteer docent. He was the museum’s Site Manager in 2008. Over the years he has been involved with many of the museum’s ongoing improvement and maintenance projects and fundraising events, and he has gained celebrity status portraying Reginaldo del Valle at living history events. Jack resides in the Hasley Canyon area of Castaic with his wife Dianne.
Susan Zamudio-Gurrola obtained a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2004 and a M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Southern California in 2009. For her master’s thesis, Susan researched the history of agriculture and farmworker housing in Ventura County. Her thesis research was subsequently published in a book written by a professor at California State University Chico. Susan has also conducted oral interviews for the Bracero History Archive, a joint project of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Brown University, George Mason University and the University of Texas, El Paso. She has worked at consulting firms specializing in historic preservation management, as well as the Ventura County Agriculture Museum and the California Oil Museum.
Philip Scorza writes and hosts a television program called “Points of Interest” that has aired on SCVTV in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1994. The program takes the viewer to the places where history was made in the Santa Clarita Valley and tells the stories of the people who pioneered the area. Scorza is a retired junior high school teacher in the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita. He lives in a remote area of Castaic that was once part of a homestead.
EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS
KAREN ROSWELL, Director Emeritus
Originally from Connecticut, Karen Roswell has called Los Angeles home for the past 21 years. She currently resides in Pacific Palisades with her husband and son, who are 7th and 8th generation Southern Californians, respectively, and proud del Valle descendants. Karen holds a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College, a B.F.A in Graphic Design from The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, a post-Graduate Certificate from the Sotheby’s Institute in London, and a M.A. in Art History & Museum Studies from the University of Southern California. In between these academic pursuits, Karen worked as a graphic designer for National Geographic in Washington DC, ran her own freelance graphic design business in DC and Los Angeles, and taught graphic design and art history at Platt College of Art in Eagle Rock, California. After finishing her M.A. degree, she completed a fellowship at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and went on to serve as the first director of the Rancho Camulos Museum from July 2000 to January 2004. Since November of 2005 Karen has been managing a private, multi-million dollar collection of late-19th and early-20th Century art in Los Angeles, which will eventually be gifted to LACMA.
MARY LEAVENS SCHWABAUER, Director Emeritus
Mary Leavens Schwabauer, former chairwoman of the Rancho Camulos Museum board, has been a resident of Ventura County since her early years. She and her siblings were raised in Santa Paula, thus making the family an integral part of the county. From their earliest years, museums where the past had been recorded and shared were part of the family’s education wherever they were traveling thus engendering support and expanding interest outside of Ventura County. As a retired educator, Mary has worked to increase awareness and appreciation of local history and the many changes over the years. Participation with Rancho Camulos began the week of the earthquake in 1994. At that time, Mary was on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Ventura County (MVC). She and fellow MVC board member Chuck Covarrubias as well as the late museum director Ed Robings made the trek to the east end of the county at the invitation of Shirley and Robert Lorenz (family owners of the ranch) to survey the damage, which was extensive, and discuss options for saving the historic buildings. Since that visit in 1994, Mary has worked tirelessly helping to promote interest for the site as well helping to secure funds from various sources to repair and rebuild the extensive destruction of the earthquake.
STAFF & COMMITTEE CHAIRS
• SUSAN FALCK, Museum Director
• MARIA CHRISTOPHER, Marketing/Media
• HILLARY WEIRETER, Docent Vice Chair
• CHRISTY MADDEN, County of Ventura
• JEFF BURGH, County of Ventura
• CHARLES JOHNSON
• GEORGE LAUTERBACH
• ROBERT & NATHALIE TREFZGER
• MICHAEL A. VELTHOEN, ESQ.
• PHIL BRIGANDI
• DYDIA DELYSER, Ph.D.
• DOUG GREEN
• GARY BLUM, Heritage Square
• DOUG NELSON, Mainstreet Architects