Board Meetings are held the third Monday of the month. For meeting time and location, please contact Melissa Rushin Irr, Executive Director at

Jim Larson


Jim Larson was elected to serve on the board in March of 2014 and has been actively involved since then. In March 2017 he was elected by the board to be board president.  He is a 2005 graduate of North Dakota State University with a … Read More

844.426.9862 ext 702

Jenny Kaste


Jenny Kaste is a transplant to Yuma but has made this community her home.   Jenny was part of a military family and moved frequently and traveled often.  Her variety of experiences bring a wide perspective to the board. She joined the … Read More

844.426.9862 ext 709

Anna Chaulk


Anna Chaulk moved with her family to Yuma just in time to start elementary school. She went to C.W. McGraw, J.B. Rolle, Gila Vista, Kofa High, and Arizona Western College before becoming a true Rebel at University of Las Vegas Nevada. She … Read More


Dale Ponder


Dale Ponder joined Children’s Museum of Yuma County's Board of Directors in March 2015. Dale is currently employed by Crane Elementary School District No. 13 and has been with them since March 2006.  Since July 2015, Dale has served as … Read More

844.426.9862 ext 704

Kevin L. Burge

Board Member

Kevin Burge was appointed to the Children’s Museum of Yuma County's Board of Directors in November of 2013. He was then elected President in March 2015.  In March 2017 Kevin was elected by the board to be Treasurer.  Kevin is currently … Read More

844.426.9862 ext 701

Derek Egeberg

Board Member

A longtime Yuman, Derek has over 13 years of experience in mortgage lending as both a mortgage broker and a mortgage banker.  Derek also has over 20 years of business experience in Yuma. Derek completed his Bachelors in Business Management … Read More

844.426.9862 ext 706

Lois Haley

Founder and Board Member

Inspired over the years taking her children to children's museums Lois Haley launched the idea to open a children's museum in Yuma, Arizona in 2012. Lois is the founder and Vice President of the up and coming, Yuma County Children's … Read More

844.426.9862 ext. 708

Clarissa DeCarlo

Clarissa DeCarlo joined the Children’s Museum of Yuma County’s Board of Directors in March of 2018. Clarissa has worked in Community Relations at Yuma Regional Medical Center over the past five years serving in various marketing and … Read More