about us

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Amelia Reising

Founding Director / Board President

Amelia is an Oregon native and a former bookseller and display artist who graduated from the art department at the University of Oregon. She first studied art and costume design at what was then Southern Oregon State College, working under costume designers from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Amelia’s post-graduate studies were focused in non-profit management. Her work as a graphic designer and as a costumer and props maker for local theater (Free Shakespeare and Roving Park Players) helped her hone many skills that aid in the planning of ACM and personal projects. Together with her young son and her husband of sixteen years, Amelia enjoys geocaching, making things, and road trips. She volunteers as secretary of a local PTA, has worked reading to children in parks through the United Way, worked as a parent-teacher and substitute preschool teacher at a local preschool coop, and participates in chalk art competitions and several local benefit art shows every year. She also designs book-related materials for the Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association as a contractor, and freelances in cover and marketing design.

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Christine Adams

Vice-President

Christine is a mother of two young children, has a background in exotic animal management and husbandry, and enjoys contributing her time and expertise to her community. Her passion, love, and optimism are apparent in all she does, from staying home and doing projects with her children, to working with lions, tigers, and bears, to fostering shelter dogs, to always being on-hand to help friends and family. Christine currently volunteers at her son’s language immersion elementary school where she recently helped plan a major fundraiser. Christine serves as ACM’s Special Events Coordinator, and is an expert crabber.

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Kami Hendrix

Secretary and Strategic Planning Chair

Kami is a California transplant to Oregon. She holds a music degree from University of the Pacific and has pursued graduate studies from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches private music lessons and a Thursday morning music class for young children at Adventure! Children’s Museum. Kami lives in Eugene with her husband and two awesome sons. She is proud to be the secretary of ACM and eager to help facilitate a children’s museum locally for her sons to explore. She is an active volunteer with many local organizations, and has served on the boards of Eugene’s Parent-Child Preschool, Mom’s Club, and Tiny Tots Playground. Kami also volunteers as PTO secretary for her son’s language immersion school and has a passion for community and children’s causes.

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Tanja Petal

Diversity and Outreach Board Member

Tanja owns a small, mobile bookstore specializing in multicultural books for children. Through school book fairs, fundraisers, community events, and teaching workshops in cultural and reading literacy, she’s actively engaged in bringing cultural awareness to her community. Her educational background is in general science and from Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. With her husband and their 10-year-old son, she likes to explore, hike, garden, cook, and celebrate with family and friends. Through international travel and hosting foreign exchange students, she’s experienced many different lifestyles and learned the deepest humility and respect for cultures different from her own. Detail-oriented, and with a shared passion and vision, she is thrilled to serve on the board of ACM!

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Denicia Ahrenholtz

Expansion Project Manager, Grants & Fundraising Chair, and Board Member at Large

Denicia is an Oregon native who has traveled and lived in various other locales far and wide, before coming home to roost. Nicia has a background in art and literature and has a passion for making things. Her current work at a local tech company requires her to be an adept problem-solver and team coordinator, making her an excellent fit for our board of directors. Nicia lives with her husband and two children, who share her love of creating things and her excellent imagination. Denicia has taken an active role in helping design, implement, and adapt exhibits in our expansion area.

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Alec B. Chunn

Treasurer

Alec is a Youth Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library. In addition to his library science degree, Alec holds a MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Before landing here in Eugene, Alec served in AmeriCorps leading storytimes in libraries, preschools, and childcare centers throughout Josephine County. He has also volunteered with SMART. Alec enjoys books, bicycles, and exploring the great outdoors – the ideal day combines all three!

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Kendra Henriksen

Board Member at Large

Kendra is an Oregon native who attended high school in Corvallis and the University of Oregon in Eugene. She has worked with children in many of her past jobs, and currently works in special education. Additionally, Kendra has volunteered with Adventure! Children’s Museum at special events for more than two years before recently being elected to the board of directors.