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Rancho Los Cerritos
4600 Virginia Road
Long Beach, CA 90807



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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:

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 (starting January 2016)

For information about the collections, archives, and California History Research Library, contact Jan Shafer at Rancho.


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:         


Public Relations & Marketing:  Vacant


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


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

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



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