Anita Ford

Principal, Santa Ana Unified School District, Retired

Anita Ford comes to us with 28 years of service in Education. She has authored and been awarded significant grants for Technology, Arts, and Language Arts for elementary schools in Santa Ana Unified School District. She was a 1999-2000 recipient of the prestigious UCI Regents Award. Her background in Curriculum & Instruction, Staff Development and as an expert Evaluator of Teaching & Learning with Santa Ana Unified School District provides Heritage Museum of Orange County optimum support for our educational programs.
Her professional affiliations include:

  • Association of California School Administrators (ACSA),
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD),
  • California Associate of Bilingual Education (CABE),
  • California Mathematics Council (CMC),
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM),
  • President/Board Member for Santa Ana School Administrators Association (SASAA),
  • Board Member for Santa Ana Recreation and Parks,
  • Board Member for Bella Vista Neighborhood Association.


Norma C. Kurtz

Executive Staff, Senator Tom Daly

Previous employment included eight years as District Director for CA State Senator Joe Dunn where she was responsible for the management of the Senator’s local office and also represented him in the communities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Anaheim, Buena Park, Stanton and Westminster.

Prior to that, she was employed as a manager by Pacific Bell for more than twenty years. She had several management assignments during those years including sales, service, human resources, training, budget & results and labor relations. She retired as Assistant Vice President of External and Public Affairs.

She is married (to a blacksmith and longtime museum volunteer) and lives in Anaheim. Their children and grandchildren have all enjoyed the museum – both through school visits and museum events.


Les Hall

Former General Counsel, Ricoh Electronis, Inc., Retired

Les Hall was a corporate attorney for 30 years, serving as general counsel for Ricoh Electronics, Inc. and previously as a corporate counsel for the Automobile Club of Southern California. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and J.D. from USC Law Center. As a California native living in Orange County for over 25 years, he has seen too much open space lost to development. He is committed to helping preserve a part of Orange County’s rich cultural, natural and agricultural history, and helping make the Heritage Museum of Orange County a better community resource that can be enjoyed by everyone. In addition to working to increase overall visitor opportunities at the Museum, his main focus has been on expanding gardening opportunities for the local community, and working to improve the Museum’s Gospel Swamp Natural Area by planting oak trees and other native plants, and by helping restore the wetlands and other natural areas for future generations to enjoy.

• Orange County Bar Association
• Policy Committee, SAUSD Head Start


Jacqueline Meese

Directors at large

Mark Bello, PhD

Principal, Mitchell Development Center / Santa Ana Unified School District

Sandra Cervantes

Publisher & CEO, Cervantes International

Sandra Cervantes is a visionary with the business acumen to take a deal from conception to fruition. Ms. Cervantes is a highly successful real estate business owner and investor with an uncanny ability to bring together the right people in the right place at the right time. She believes when convenience and opportunity coincide – the synergy is infinite. The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) has recognized Cervantes as one of the top 250 real estate professionals in the nation. She has worked in the field of housing and community development throughout her career and is an advocate on homeownership education and sustainability issues.
Cervantes is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, bilingual, housing expert and skilled negotiator. Cervantes has 30 years of experience committed to stabilizing neighborhood communities. Cervantes is available 24/7, executes on compressed time frames, provides thorough reports and delivers to all Fine Home and Estate Sales, Short Sales, New Home and Commercial Sales throughout Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.
In a departure from her real estate acquisitions, Cervantes recently launched Cervantes Publishing Company and immediately acquired Velazquez Publishing, Inc., and its two signature newspapers – Miniondas and FarandulaUSA. These trusted brands have been established for over 35 years and are the leader in both local coverage and community partnerships.
Cervantes is the Chairman of the Board of Cervantes International whose companies include Cervantes Commercial, Cervantes Publishing Company, Cervantes Promotions, Cervantes Real Estate and Cervantes Scholarship Foundation.

Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan

Federal Grants Manager with Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

Yvonne was born in Chicago, IL , her mother was from Aguascalientes, MX and her father was from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. She moved to Southern California in 1979.
Yvonne returned to school after a 15 year absence and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science in 1981 and started a Master’s Degree in Management. She worked for over 20 years as a Manager in Head Start, Health Care and most recently as a Program Manager at Long Beach City College in the Economic and Resource Development-Workforce Development Department. In this position she managed programs addressing the training needs in Early Childhood Education. She has been a consultant and a federal program reviewer for a variety of programs. She continues to write grants and most recently was awarded a grant for Anaheim High School’s Independent Learning Center to address the Hispanic dropout rate. This grant exposes students to careers, visits to colleges and cultural awareness.
Yvonne has enjoyed an early retirement and has volunteered at several non-profits. She is currently:

  • President, League of United Latin American Citizens(LULAC) in Anaheim.
  • Vice President Internal Affairs, Heritage Museum of Orange County
  • Vice President Mexican American Heritage Cultural Center of Orange County
  • Member of the Orange County Child Care and Development Planning Council
  • Child Care Connections Advisory Board member
  • Pretend City Children’s Museum, Education Advisory Board member
  • Consultant and Past Board member for Orange County Children’s Therapeutic ARTS Center(OCCTAC)

Yvonne has 2 adult children, Julie and Greg and one 11 year old grandson Gavin.

John Harmon

Site Manager, University of California, Irvine

John Harmon holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, and is currently working on his Master of Science in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach. He has been a Site Manager for Jumpstart for Young Children at University of California, Irvine. His passions are history, and social justice. He has used his position with Jumpstart to tirelessly work for equity in education for all children.

Drew Hatcher

Director of Contract Management, Behr Process Corporation

Drew Hatcher is the Director of Contract Management with 18 years at Behr Process Corporation, the manufacturer of Behr brand paints in Santa Ana. Drew is a licensed California attorney and received his J.D. from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. An Orange County native with deep family roots in Santa Ana. Drew is passionate about the preservation of Orange County’s historical legacy and is actively involved in the restoration of the Maag Farmhouse at the Heritage Museum.

John Hoganson

Educator, Garden Grove Unified School District, Retired

The eldest great-grandson of H.Clay Kellogg I, John was born in Los Angeles to William E. Hoganson and Jeanne Kellogg Hoganson, and lived the first three years of his life on the USC campus, where his father was a music student and his mother worked for the music department. They moved back to Orange County to enjoy the benefits of living near many family members from both sides of the family. Growing up in Orange County in the 50’s and 60’s was a tremendous experience.

He attended Garden Grove schools, and attended Cal-State Fullerton on a 4 year music scholarship. He retained the music scholarship, but also completed veterinarian school course requirements, earning a degree in Biology, as well as minors in Music, Physics, Chemistry and Math. He was privileged to be able to work on the family ranches and was able to manage the Kellogg Farm’s thoroughbred horse operations from 1971 to 1977. Realizing that ranching offered little financial reward, he transitioned to teaching and taught science in Garden Grove Unified School District for 35 years, retiring in 2008.

In 1990, he and his wife were privileged to be included in the Hoganson Associates partnership, a Shaklee distributorship started by Bill and Jeanne Hoganson nearly 50 years ago. It is currently being managed by John’s wife, Caren. He is enjoying trying to learn how to run a successful business.

One of the most fun things he’s had the opportunity to do in life was to be a Bird Cage Theater Player at Knott’s Berry Farm. He worked there from 1966 to 1968, in the shows Satan’s Sawmill and The Salvation of Silas Schicklgruber. He replaced Steve Martin as the hero in these old time melodramas. Steve left the Bird Cage to write for the show, The Smother’s Brothers. He was privileged to work with many people who did a great deal in the show business industry. It was a thrill to hear audiences laughing, applauding, enjoying themselves, and enjoying the show.

He has a loving wife, Caren, 3 children, John, Heidi and Michael, 4 grandchildren, and a whole bunch of other people who are very important to him. He is actively trying to conform his life to be more Christlike, which isn’t easy. He currently resides in Villa Park, CA.

Alice McCullough

Grant Writing Consultant, Retired

Alice McCullough was instrumental in the founding of Heritage Museum of Orange County. It was due in large part to her efforts that the Kellogg House was saved, relocated and restored to its original glory in order that students could experience the lifestyle of the Victorian period of history.

John Mowbray