The Burke Museum is governed by the University of Washington Board of Regents and administered by the College of Arts and Sciences

Executive Director
Dr. Julie K. Stein

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Dr. Julie K. Stein was appointed Executive Director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in 2005. Previously she served as the Museum’s Curator of Archaeology. She also maintains a professor position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington, and was Divisional Dean of Research, Computing, and Facilities for the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Dr. Stein received her M.A and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota and her B.A degree from Western Michigan University. Her research interests are in geoarchaeology, especially studies involving Northwest Coast shell middens. She has excavated archaeological sites on Washington’s San Juan Islands since 1983, and continues to collaborate on research projects involving geoarchaeology. 

Dr. Stein’s curriculum vitae (PDF)

Executive Leadership

Contact information for all Burke staff is available in the staff directory.

Executive Staff
  • Julie K. Stein, Executive Director
  • Kate Fernandez, Director of Interpretation
  • Alaina Fuld, Director of External Affairs
  • Tara McCauley, Director of Education
  • Anna O’Donnell, Director of Development
  • Polly Olsen, Tribal Liaison
  • Christian Sidor, Associate Director of Research & Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Hally Swift, Director of Finance & Operations
  • Eldon Tam, New Burke Project Director
Culture Curators
  • Archaeology: Peter Lape
  • Native American Anthropology: Sven Haakanson
  • Native American Art: Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse
  • Oceanic and Asian Culture: Holly Barker
Biology Curators
  • Botany and the Herbarium (WTU): Richard Olmstead
  • Genetic Resources and Herpetology: Adam Leaché
  • Ichthyology: Luke Tornabene
  • Mammalogy: Sharlene Santana
  • Ornithology: John Klicka
Paleontology + Geology Curators
  • Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology: Elizabeth Nesbitt
  • Paleobotany: Caroline Strömberg
  • Vertebrate Paleontology: Christian Sidor
  • Vertebrate Paleontology: Greg Wilson

The Burke Museum Association (BMA) actively supports the museum by increasing public visibility, raising funds, and providing strong ties to the community. The BMA is a separate 501(c)(3). For more information about the BMA, email burkeadm@uw.edu

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Rebecca Wilson


Physio Foundation

Elise Hebb

Vice President


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Edgar Marcuse


Community Volunteer

Sydnie Heberling

Sydnie Heberling


Frazier Healthcare

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John Howell

Past President

Cedar River Group

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Greg Blume

Blume Company Real Estate

Mike Bruemmer

Mike Bruemmer


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Rex Buck, Jr.

Wanapum Heritage Center, Wanapum Tribe

Dwane Chappelle

Dwane Chappelle

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

George  W. Counts

Community Volunteer

Anne Delaney

Columbia Pacific Wealth Management 

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Mary Dunnam

Community Volunteer

Ellen Ferguson

Ellen Ferguson

Co-Chair, Campaign for the New Burke

Community Volunteer

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Alicechandra Fritz

Deloitte Consulting

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Chris Hurley

University of Washington

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Ron Irving

University of Washington

Hunter Jeffers photo

Hunter Jeffers

Stoel Rives, LLP

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John Kincaid

Community Volunteer

Janine Ledford

Janine Ledford

Makah Cultural and Research Center, Makah Tribe

Ellen Look

Ellen Look

Community Volunteer

Kristin Luttinen

Kristin Luttinen

Community Volunteer

Joe McKinstry

Joseph McKinstry Construction Company

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Doug McTavish

Community Volunteer

Kisha Xiomara Palmer

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coach


Lisa Plath

Community Volunteer

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John Pohl

Triple Creek Development

Brent Reys photos

Brent Reys

Pistol Creek Company


Jennifer Schubert

University of Washington

Brian Screnar

New Profit 

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Spencer G. Smith

Community Volunteer

William Urschel

William Urschel

Accord Partners, LLC

Melissa Yeager

Breath Therapeutics Inc

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Erin Younger

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

State of Washington
University of Washington
Burke Museum Association Advisory Council
  • Patricia Baillargeon
  • Allyson Brooks
  • Janet Creighton
  • Leonard Forsman
  • Mike Garvey
  • Bernie Hall, Jr.
  • Marie Halverson
  • Mark Hewitt
  • Joyce McCallum
  • Heather Nason
  • Eleanor Nolan
  • Darcy Paschino
  • John Price
  • Virginia Schafer
  • Spencer F.F. Smith
  • Bill Stafford
  • Susie Stoller
  • David Towne
  • Steve Whiston
  • Bob Wiley
Native American Advisory Board

The role of Native American Advisory Board members is to provide advice and direction within indigenous efforts that focus on a number of important areas, including exhibits, collections policy, outreach, repatriation and collaborative tribal and museum programs. Its advisors focus on Native American tribes in the Northwest; are involved with museums and cultural center experiences; and/or are cultural heritage specialists.

For more information, contact Polly Olsen (Yakama), Tribal Liaison, at polly@uw.edu.

Executive Committee
  • Rex Buck Jr., Wanapum, Chairman
  • Yellowash Washines, Yakama
  • Warren KingGeorge, Muckleshoot
  • Connie McCloud, Puyallup
  • Marilyn Wandry, Suquamish
Native American Advisory Board
  • Apsaalooke Nation, lisaaksiichaa Ross Braine
  • Colville, Jacqueline Cook
  • Colville, Rodney & Colleen Cawston
  • Lower Elwha Klallam, Arlene Wheeler
  • Lower Elwha Klallam, Roger Fernandes
  • Lummi Nation, Lena Tso
  • Makah, Janine Ledford
  • Muckleshoot, Warren KingGeorge
  • Nisqually Indian Tribe, Annette "Nettsie" Bullchild
  • Nuu-chah-nulth, Dr. Charlotte Coté
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Brandon Reynon
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Connie McCloud
  • Samish Nation, Jan Flagg
  • Squaxin Island Tribe, Charlene Krise
  • Suquamish, Marilyn Jones
  • Suquamish, Marilyn Wandry
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Larry Campbell
  • Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Josephine Jefferson 
  • Tulalip, Cecilia Gobin
  • Umatilla, Bobbie Conner
  • Umatilla, Teara Farrow Ferman
  • Unangan (Aleut), Adam Osbekoff (Employed at Snoqualmie Indian Tribe)
  • Wanapum, Rex Buck Jr.
  • Yakama Nation, Davis "Yellowash" Washines
  • Yakama Nation, Patricia Whitefoot
  • Zuni/Tlingit, Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis
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