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Museum Staff 2018-01-17T13:32:24+00:00
<strong>Hank Helm</strong>
Hank HelmExecutive Director
Hank is the Executive Director for the Society. After graduating from the University of Washington, Hank spent thirty three years in a mechanical equipment distributorship as salesman, sales manager, president and finally, consultant. Hank was hired by the Society in 2006 as the Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper. In July 2008 he became the Executive director. He has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1969 with his wife Lynn. He served on the Bainbridge Island Park District Board of Directors and on the Bainbridge Island School District Board. Hank is also a director of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association and the Rhododendron Species Foundation.
<strong>Dan Groff</strong>
Dan GroffAdministrative Coordinator
Dan joined the Museum as Administrative Coordinator in 2008.


<strong>Rick Chandler</strong>
Rick ChandlerCurator
Rick became Curator on May 18, 2009. He will hold the Curator’s position as well as his previous position. He was the Exhibit Specialist and Facilities Coordinator at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum since 2001. Rick graduated from Cornell University and UCLA. In 2001 he completed a certificate program in Museum Studies at the University of Washington and in 2003 he added another certificate in Project Management. Other museum work experience includes stints at the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Smithsonian Institution and the Whale Museum at Friday Harbor.
<strong>Katy Curtis</strong>
Katy CurtisOutreach Coordinator
Katy has been coordinating docents and school visits since 2007. Katy is also a mediator and consultant. Katy received her BA from Humboldt University, and her mediation certification from the Institute for the Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has trained staff and students in leadership and communication skills in public and non-profit organizations including UC Berkeley, McCullum Youth Court and the National Institute for Art and Disability. She is passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding and respect. Katy is a native Bainbridge Islander. She and her husband, Brad Schabert, moved back to Bainbridge in 2005. She enjoys all she learns about the history of Bainbridge Island and the Northwest from the museum and volunteers.
<strong>Tim Bird</strong>
Tim Bird
Tim worked as a biomedical research scientist in Cambridge, England before moving with his family to Bainbridge Island in 1990. For 15 years he worked at the biotechnology company Immunex (later Amgen Seattle) as part of a team charged with developing novel treatments for inflammatory diseases. After retiring from his scientific career, he indulged a life-long love of museums and local history by joining BIHM as Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. That same year, Tim and his wife Veronica moved to Poulsbo where they are enjoying learning about the history of the Norwegian settlers.