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Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807



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Rancho Los Cerritos Staff

Executive Director: Alison Bruesehoff

Alison Bruesehoff brings over 19 years of museum experience to her position as Executive Director of the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site. Her last directorship was at the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum where as Executive Director she oversaw all operations. She obtained her MS in Museum Studies from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and began her employment with museums at the Smithsonian Institute. She also received an MBA with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Woodbury University in Southern California. In addition, during college, she studied at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford where their museums and collections are world renowned. Alison is thrilled to be at the Rancho Los Cerritos and looks forward to getting involved with the community.

For general information about the site, contact Alison at:

Education Director: Meighan Maguire

Before joining the Rancho staff in 2003, Meighan Maguire received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of California, Los Angeles and a doctorate's degree in communication from the University of California, San Diego. Meighan manages the education programs, a job that includes teaching Rancho history and overseeing the award-winning school tour program. She also develops and implements engaging programs for youth and teens. Meighan’s goal for the Rancho education programs is that they will help guests “extract meaning from historical fact”, and thus enrich our community’s knowledge of its heritage.

For information about the education programs, contact Meighan at:


Development Director: Charlene Ferris


Charlene Ferris has served as the Development Director for the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation since 2008. Charlene’s career in the field of non-profit management in the Southern California area spans over 25 years, supporting boards and volunteers with the resources that nurture a culture of philanthropy. Charlene helps create and implement resource development and communication strategies vital to the mission of the organization. Charlene describes her job as a way of “raising relationships before dollars” in order to secure a meaningful connection between the community and the historic site. 


To make a donation, inquire about site use, and other development items,  contact Charlene at:


Historical Curator: Sarah Wolk FitzGerald

Sarah Wolk FitzGerald received her B.A. in history at University of California, San Diego, her M.A. in history at California State University, San Marcos, and is a current Ph.D. candidate from University of California, Riverside. She specialized in public history and local history as a graduate student, and completed internships at the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in Perris, California and the Smiley Library’s Heritage Room Archives in Redlands, California. She is excited to work with the Rancho’s vibrant history and collections.

For information about the collections, archives, and California History Research Library, contact Sarah Wolk FitzGerald at:


Visitor and Volunteer Services: Jan Shafer

Jan Shafer has worked at the Rancho since 2001. Her position at the site involves the recruitment of volunteers and the implementation of volunteer programs, as well as the organization of many of the Rancho’s special events. The most rewarding aspect of Jan’s work at the Rancho is that it gives her the opportunity to provide the public with a hands-on approach to historical education.  Jan received a bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University, Long Beach. 

For information about volunteering, contact Jan at:

Horticulturist: Marie Barnidge-McIntyre

Marie Barnidge-McIntyre, a certified horticulturist, has maintained the living collections at the Rancho since 1992. Her main responsibility is maintaining and preserving the historic grounds. In addition, she supervises the maintenance contractors, garden volunteers, garden craft committee, and garden docent program. One of Marie’s main projects has been increasing the Rancho’s sustainability (through integrated pest and resource management programs) while simultaneously preserving and re-introducing historical plant material. Furthermore, her work been published in regional publications and trade journals. She is also featured in Pioneers of American Landscape Design, a collection of biographies of visionary professionals assembled as part of the Heritage Preservation service program of the National Park Service. 

For information about the gardens, contact Marie at:         


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Executive Assistant: Danielle Lewis


Danielle Lewis joined the Rancho staff in October 2014. She recieved her bachleor's degree in English from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and has experience in writing, editing, and design. Danielle's work experience includes working as a volunteer coordinator/media specialist at an organization in San Francisco and, more recently, as an art instructor for Arts and Services for Disabled in Hawthorne. She enjoys being a part of what the Rancho does for the community and for the preservation of our local history.


Public Programs Asst: Alana Reese


Alana’s history at the Rancho began when she was a small child and her parents started volunteering here. Soon she too was volunteering, playing several different living history roles in the Christmas candlelight tours. In November of 2015, she began working at the Rancho. As part of her role here, she puts on events and programs for children, like the monthly Creation Station and summer day camps, as well as recruiting and training teens to volunteer at the Rancho. She also has the opportunity to assist with educational programming, such as the specialized tours offered to school aged children. Before coming to work at the Rancho, Alana studied Environmental Sciences and Celtic Studies at UC Berkeley, and had several internships working with students at different schools. Her favorite part of her job is getting to interact with teens and children, and seeing them get excited to learn about the Rancho and its history.


Staff Interpreter:  Laura Willbanks

Laura first joined Rancho Los Cerritos in 2010, as a volunteer for Adobe Days Revisited, a program that reaches 6,000 local fourth grade students each year. In March of 2013, she was hired to provide living history tours of the historic ranch house and gardens, and continue working with visiting students. She also manages the reproduction costume collection, finds or creates period appropriate costumes for new living history and school docents, and provides volunteer opportunities for those interested in fashion history or creating costumes for the wardrobe. Laura loves to bring history to life for visitors by interpreting the museum through characters from the past, and enabling docents to bring personalities from the Rancho's past to life.

Custodian & Rancho Caretaker: Ernest Amaya

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4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807



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