Staff & Board of Directors


Brianna Treleven, Executive Director

Among her decade of museum experience, Brianna has interned at a number of Northeast Ohio museums, hunted through the Andy Warhol Museum archives, and served as an Ohio History Service Corps member assisting 12 organizations. She has said for the past several years that her dream job was working in a small, Cleveland-area museum, and now she has the honor of leading one in beautiful Shaker Heights!

She holds a BFA in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MLIS with a focus on museum studies, archives, and special collections from Kent State University. Brianna's hobbies include hiking, visiting museums (of course), reading, doing her best on New York Times crossword puzzles, and continually searching for the best gluten-free pizza (currently #1: Lorenzo's in Oberlin).

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Krista Albertins, Education & Outreach Manager

Krista is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied History and Political Science and minored in Museum Studies. Her studies focused on public history practices, making history engaging to a diverse audience, and Latvian cultural history. Krista grew up in the Cleveland area and developed an interest in local history through participation in Ohio History Day and is excited to share Shaker history with people of all ages. She is also an active member of the American Latvian community and enjoys reading and baking.

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Kate Walker, Operations & Events Manager

Kate is an award-winning communications professional who has experience working in a variety of industries including: non-profit, corporate, and government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cleveland doing strategic communications, consulting as well as sales and marketing work. Kate loves working with people and learning about their history. Kate lives with her family in Shaker Heights and is excited about working at the Shaker Historical Society and utilizing her communications experience to help raise awareness about this history of our great community!

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Chuck Wood, Weekend Docent

As the weekend docent, Chuck welcomes guests, shares information about our history and exhibits, and operates the gift shop. He filled this position with extensive experience as a librarian at local universities and museums and as an adjunct history professor at Cuyahoga Community College.

Board of Directors

Keith Arian, President

Theodore R. Darden IV

Sarah Davis

Lavita Ewing , Secretary

Yvonne Horstman

Hazel Smith

Katharyne Starinsky, Vice President

Ben Turshen

Affiliate Trustees

Kay Carlson — Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Meghan Hays — Shaker Heights Public Library

Become a Trustee

Our Board of Directors is made up of community leaders with a passion for local history. They are dedicated to preserving our history through our museum collections and exhibits, our adult and youth education programs, and our many community activities held on-site and throughout Shaker Heights. If you are interested in serving on the Shaker Historical Society Board, please email your resume to the Executive Director at