Staff & Board of Directors


Brianna Treleven, Executive Director

Brianna Treleven was born and raised in the Greater Cleveland area and grew up visiting all the museums and parks Northeast Ohio has to offer. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University with a focus on museum studies, archives, and special collections and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in fine art photography and art history. Before joining the Shaker Historical Society team in 2020, she worked in numerous museums and special collections in Northeast Ohio and Pittsburgh. Brianna lives in South Euclid and enjoys hiking, visiting museums, gardening, and doing her best on New York Times crossword puzzles.

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Andrew Slifkin, Education & Outreach Manager

As the museum’s Education and Outreach Manager, Andrew is committed to teaching, supporting and promoting local history to students, adults, and educators alike. Prior to joining the Shaker Historical Society, Andrew held previous positions as both The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Education Outreach Manager and social studies teacher grades 5-10. Andrew currently lives in Norton, Ohio with his wife and two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, as well as reading about historical topics.

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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

A Shaker Heights resident, 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.

Interested in working for the Shaker Historical Society?

Open positions and/or internship opportunities are posted on our Employment page when available.

Board of Directors

Keith Arian, President

Bruce Cutler, Treasurer

Geoffrey Doering, Vice President

Kéyah Doering

Theodore R. Darden IV

Beth Edelstein

Lavita Ewing , Secretary

Yvonne Horstman

Julie Kaufman

Affiliate Trustee

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 to be connected to our Nominating Committee.