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Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807



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Public Programs Specialist: Part Time, Temporary (1 Year)

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Application Deadline: September 16, 2014

Rancho Los Cerritos Staff

Executive Director: Ellen Calomiris

Ellen Calomiris has worked at the Rancho since 1982. She received a bachelor's degree in history from California State University, Long Beach; studied abroad under a Fulbright Scholarship; and earned a master's degree in United States history at the University of Delaware, where she was a Hagley Fellow. As Historic Sites Officer, she is responsible for the overall operations of the Rancho, which include staff, budget, educational programs and events, contract management, grant writing, and site maintenance. She also oversees construction and restoration projects and helped develop the site’s Master Plan. Furthermore, as Executive Director for the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation, she provides staff support to the Board of Directors and assists with resource development. Ellen highly values the relationships that the Rancho has formed with its volunteers and also enjoys seeing the facility’s long range plans come into fruition. 

For general information about the site, contact Ellen at:


Historical Curator: Tory Swim Inloes

Tory Swim Inloes joined the Rancho staff in 2013 and is responsible for collections care, development, and exhibition. She brings a wide range of experience having worked or volunteered in the field of public history since 2004. Bringing both museum work and volunteer experience, her understanding of museum history and practice began to flourish in 2008 when she embarked on a comprehensive study of California history museums, and their representation of children’s history, for her doctoral dissertation. She holds a BA in history and a MA in public history from CSU, Sacramento. A PhD Candidate in the joint public history program between UC Santa Barbara and CSU Sacramento, she will file her dissertation in March 2014.

For information about the collections, archives, and California History Research Library, contact Tory 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:


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:


Public Relations & Marketing:  Sander Roscoe Wolff


Sander Roscoe Wolff joined the Rancho team in April of 2014. He brings more than 20 years of cultural journalism, marketing, and public relations experience to the table, having worked with large corporations and served on the boards of local arts organizations. He co-founded, the first free arts and culture portal for the city, and wrote more than 500 arts-focused articles for during his 6 year tenure. He is an artist and musician, currently working as one half of the improvisational electronica duo, Toaster Music.

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:         


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:


Staff Interpreter:  Laura Willbanks

Custodian: Ernest Amaya

Rancho Caretaker:  Lui Rasto Kodames

Contact Us by Mail:
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807



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