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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Michelle Martinez

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Operations

Michelle brings to the Bay Area Discovery Museum more than 15 years of senior nonprofit management experience, most recently as the Director of Finance at Hospice by the Bay. She has an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Dance from the University of Massachusetts. She loves the arts and in addition to her finance management positions, has held some interesting jobs including magician’s assistant, professional comedienne, and ballerina.


Brandy Vause

Vice President of External Relations

Brandy joined the Bay Area Discovery Museum in 2012 with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, museum education, and early childhood education. Her professional background includes working as a preschool teacher and center director, an educator for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, and a fundraiser for George Washington University and UCSF. Brandy holds a B.A. from Occidental College and M.A. degrees in art history and museum studies from George Washington University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable, which produces the only peer-reviewed journal for the museum education field.


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.


Julia Russell

Director of Development

Julia joined BADM in December 2010, as the development team’s Foundation and Corporate Relations Associate. In January 2019, after more than eight years in various roles at BADM, she was promoted to the museum’s Director of Development. Her experience at BADM extends beyond her professional career – as a Bay Area native, Julia grew up coming to the museum as a child. In her new role, she aims to increase awareness of the museum and its impact, and to identify new ways to support the museum’s programs— including school visits, access offerings, and regionally and national scalable initiatives – through fundraising. She is a graduate of Whitman College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies and Politics.


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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