Leadership – Bay Area Discovery Museum



Bay Area Discovery Museum Staff


Kelly McKinley

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly joined Bay Area Discovery Museum in January of 2020. Before BADM, she served as the Deputy Director of the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) for six years. Prior to OMCA, Kelly held leadership roles at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, Canada, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Kelly also serves on the Board of the American Alliance of Museums.

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Janine Okmin

Director of Education

Prior to joining the Bay Area Discovery Museum as the Director of Education, Janine served as the Associate Director of Education at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Her background as a museum educator and arts administrator—including working as the Associate Manager of the Learning Through Art artist residency program at the Guggenheim Museum—will serve her at BADM as she manages the team responsible for developing resources and creating programming for BADM’s diverse audiences, including parents and caregivers and their children, as well as school groups and community partners. In her role at BADM, Janine will also draw on her experience teaching workshops and leading professional development sessions. Janine holds a BA in Drama from Northwestern University and an MA in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Monica Bonny

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Monica Bonny has over twenty years of finance, strategy, and operations experience across multiple sectors. Prior to joining BADM, Monica served as CFO/COO at two nonprofits: most recently Canal Alliance, a nonprofit focused on breaking the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants, and before that at Alder Graduate School of Education, a teacher residency program committed to preparing teachers who mirror the demographics of their students. Monica also served as an elected school board member for eight years; a management consultant for Deloitte; and an underwriter for GE Capital. Monica earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA from Wharton in Finance.


Denise Marica

Director of Development

Denise joined the Bay Area Discovery Museum in 2021, bringing with her more than 14 years of experience working for San Francisco cultural organizations and nonprofits. Prior to joining the BADM team, Denise served as the Development Director at Founders Pledge, a start-up focused on enabling increased philanthropy among tech Entrepreneurs. Denise’s professional background also includes a history of success with capital campaigns and fundraisers at area institutions such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Symphony. In her work at BADM, Denise draws on a love for the cultural fabric of the Bay Area. She is inspired and motivated by her relationships with philanthropists and community leaders, in addition to the opportunity to broaden access to museums in our community.


Kim Taylor

Head of HR & Talent

Kim arrived at BADM in May 2019. She leads the Human Resources team with a noted emphasis on the “humanity” part of her role. Prior to joining  BADM, Kim spent over 20 years working in H.R. in entertainment, media, tech and non-profit environments. She earned B.A. degrees in Communication and Education from Denison University and her M.S. in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University. As a lifelong supporter of the Sesame Workshop and a professed disciple of Fred Rogers and Jim Henson, Kim feels right at home and inspired in an organization focused on childhood education.


JJ Karcz

Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience

As BADM’s Director of Marketing and Visitor Experience, JJ oversees the team responsible for creating a welcoming, valuable, and consistent experience for all of BADM’s audiences. He brings to this role years of experience working with children in a variety of professional capacities, a passion for marketing, and a strong belief in investing in early childhood. Prior to joining BADM in 2017, JJ served as the Marketing & Communications Director for Troon Golf – Marin Country Club. He holds a Bachelor’s in History from Colorado State University, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Sonoma State University.


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