Museum Staff


Executive Director

Susan Ricci

480-835-2286 ext. 101


Shannon Maki

Operations Manager

480-835-2286 ext. 100

Nemi Velez

Collections Assistant

480-835-2286 ext. 102


J. Anthony Peters

Exhibition Designer

Board Members

Anita Peters (Chair)

Anita was born in New Jersey, went to college in Michigan and has lived in Arizona since 1973. She has worked most of her life in the medical field and currently is a realtor for Century 21 Ahwatukee Foothills. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mesa Historical Museum and on the Board of Directors of the Mesa Hohokams.

Spencer Morgan (Vice Chair)

Spencer Morgan is a graduate of Mesa Community College (AA), ASU (BS, Economics), and Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (JD). He works with community members, students, and public officials to make higher education more accessible to Arizonans.  In 2012, he was nominated to the US House of Representatives in Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. He currently serves as a member of the Office of the Executive Director for the Sonoran Desert Model United Nations Programme, which holds three conferences each year at Mesa Community College and online. Spencer recently completed a term as a Fellow for the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. In his limited free time, he enjoys backpacking, cooking, and cycling.

Christopher Bown (Treasurer)

Christopher has worked in both the public and private sector and has experience in audit, tax, forensic and managerial accounting. With his extensive background with business software systems, and an eagerness to help those around him, Christopher has become a highly valuable member of the team. Christopher holds a Bachelors in Accounting from Northern Arizona University and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

 Jacob Martinez (Secretary)

Jacob is currently an undergraduate student at Arizona State University studying Political Science (BS) and Justice Studies (BS). He has lived in Mesa his entire life and graduated from Dobson High School in 2019l. He now works with local community development corporation RAIL as a Corridor Specialist whose aim it is to help small businesses and neighborhoods thrive here in Mesa.

Ken Shadley

Shelly Udall

Shelly is an almost native Arizonan, moving here at the age of ten. After graduating Westwood High School, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History at Arizona State University where she met her husband of almost 30 years. Shelly has three adult children who all attended Mesa schools. When not working in realty and construction, she enjoys road cycling, antiquing and traveling.

Interested in being on the Mesa Historical Society Board?  Please contact us for details.

 Mission Statement 


The Mesa Historical Society records and tells the stories of Mesa residents, past and present. Through creative exhibitions and programming, the society educates, inspires, and engages the Mesa community in our local history and culture.

The Mesa Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


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 Special Thanks to our Sponsors


Udall Charitable Fund

DPR Construction

Cactus League

Mark Freeman Family

Lars and Cami Christensen

Dobson Ranch

Peggy and Skip Carney

Anita Farnsworth

Virginia Berg