Greg Gorga, Executive Director, and Wilson Quarré, President of the Board of Directors, are delighted to announce that Jarrell Clark “Jerry” Jackman and Suzi Schomer will be joining the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum in July 2018. Both Dr. Jackman and Ms. Schomer have a long and distinguished history of volunteer involvement in the Santa Barbara community, and the Museum’s staff and directors are looking forward to working with them in their new capacity.
Dr. Jackman, who received his doctorate in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara, has taught at many prestigious colleges and universities, including UCSB, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and California State University at Los Angeles. Having worked as a research historian for the City of Alexandria (VA) early in his career, he served as the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation for more than 30 years. While at the Santa Barbara Trust, he directed museum development for the El Presidio park, restoration and interpretation of 1820’s Casa de la Guerra and the Santa Inés Mission Mills, and edited the Trust’s publications.
Ms. Schomer, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California, is a Vice President and Wealth Strategist in the Wealth Management Group of Montecito Bank & Trust. Backed by over 30 years of experience in trust and investment management, Schomer has also served as Treasurer of the Santa Barbara Cemetery Association, as a board member and past president of the Santa Barbara City College Foundation, and on the Planned Giving committees for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and the United Way of Santa Barbara County. As a community volunteer for more than 20 years, Ms. Schomer has also been Secretary of the Channel City Club and a board member of the Wilding Museum of Art & Nature, Friends of the Montecito Library, and the Alliance for Living and Dying Well.
Since 2000, the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum has featured many artifacts and stories to share the history of the Santa Barbara Channel with more than 40,000 visitors annually and provides year-round experiential maritime history and marine science education for local youth. Featuring the impressive First-Order Fresnel Lighthouse Lens from Point Conception, SBMM’s current exhibits explore Geology of Oil in Santa Barbara Channel & Chumash Use of Asphaltum, the Honda Disaster, and Wives and Daughters: Keepers of the Light.
SBMM is located at the historic Santa Barbara Harbor at 113 Harbor Way, Suite 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109. Visit sbmm.org or call (805) 962-8404 for details.