Visitor Information


723 South Valley Way

Palmer, AK 99645

Phone: (907) 746-7668

Fax: (907) 745-7882






The Board of Directors of the Palmer Museum


President, Anne Lane came to Alaska with her husband Robert courtesy of the U.S. Air Force in 1985.  She has most recently worked as a realtor with Jack White Prudential and Dynamic Properties in Anchorage.  She has held many volunteer positions in Officers' Wives' Clubs, church groups and hospital volunteer groups, and is currently the Vice President of the Snow Goose Pond Home Owners' Association.

 Vice President, Wayne Bouwens was a member of the Palmer Museum start up board.  After a three year hiatus he was re-elected and has served on the board for the past two years.  Wayne has lived in Palmer since arriving in 1935 as part of the Matanuska Colony Project.  He is also a Board Member of the Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation, a non-profit bank that administrates farm lending and agricultural land trusts.

Treasurer, Patricia Chesbro





Secretary, Dace Boyd was born in Riga, Latvia and immigrated to the United States in 1950.  She came to Alaska in 1967 to work as an RN at the Cordova Community Hospital.  Since then, she has worked for the Mat-Su School District as a school nurse. In fact, Dace was the second school nurse to be hired in Wasilla, Big Lake and Willow.  She is also a gardener and has turned her hobby into a business.  She owns Mat Valley Potato Growers raising potatoes for the local markets.  When she isn't working, Dace volunteers for church activities, quilting groups, and Hospice Resource.

 Jo Ehmann has lived in Palmer for over 45 years, and currently works full time as a substitute teacher at Colony High School.  Her previous professional positions include Alaska Court System translator and executive secretary to the CEO of Exxon.  She has served on the board for four years. 

 Tom Sojka

Kathleen Frederick was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and spent fifty years in southeastern Pennsylvania before relocating to Juneau, Alaska in 2002 to pursue her passion for outdoors activities. In Pennsylvania, Kathy was a teacher and a librarian before becoming an attorney. Since moving to Alaska, Kathleen has practiced law in Juneau and in the Mat-Su Borough, has served as a mediator for the Alaska Court system, gives lectures about sled dogs for Alaska Excursions in Juneau during the summer, has been a member of Rotary, has served on the Board of United Way of Southeast Alaska and the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC)

Executive Director, Selena Ortega-Chiolero relocated to Palmer in 2010, with her husband Richard and their "children", a Great Dane mix named Smokey and a Chihuahua Terrier named Harlequin.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Art History with an emphasis on Japanese Art and a Bachelors degree in Asian Studies with an emphasis on Japanese culture, from California State University, Sacramento.  After graduation, she spent several years interning with 40 Acres Art gallery and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.  She most recently comes from the Dorothy G. Page Museum in Wasilla.  It is her hope to utilize her education and experience to help transition the Palmer Museum into its next phase filled with new exhibits, exciting programming and more community involvement.