Our Board of Directors

Mission Statement
The Leonis Adobe Museum is a historical monument and living history museum dedicated to restoring, preserving, and sharing California ranch life in the late 1880's.

T he Leonis Adobe Association is dedicated to the continued preservation of the Leonis Adobe Museum designated as Los Angeles City Cultural Landmark #1, an 1880s working ranch related to California's yesteryears.  The Leonis Adobe Association links people today with the past through public, educational and organizational programs developed to experience California history.

Don Adams
Don Adams - President
Mr. Adams Joined the Board of Directors in 1979 and has served as its President for the past four years. Although now retired, he enjoyed two exciting careers, both of which allowed expression of his passion for photography. After College and a stint in the U. S. Navy Air Reserve, He began his first career with Douglas Aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base as a "photo chase" photographer shooting motion pictures of prototype aircraft Douglas tested for the U.S. military. From this he moved into the advertising motion picture division producing motion picture travelogues for airline customers of Douglas Aircraft such as United, KLM, Japan Airlines and many more. He then produced and directed Quick Look newsreels of missile firings at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Base.

After travelling the world for sixteen and a-half years on behalf of Douglas, he was recruited by The Eastman Kodak Co. Motion Picture Division as a Sales & Engineering Representative based in Hollywood Ca. calling on Military accounts. When another opportunity presented itself, he became the Director of Marketing Communications Western Region Motion Picture Division also in Hollywood, California. For the last eight years of his Kodak career, Don was Director of Entertainment Marketing working with the major motion picture film distribution heads developing and implementing co promotion projects. Don is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the American Society of Cinetographers.

During his time at Kodak, he taught basic Black and White photography at EI Camino College in Torrance Ca. every Monday night for twenty-five years and instilled in his students the same love of photography. Don parlayed his teaching ability to present photographic lectures on major cruise ships over a seven-year span.

Mr. Adams is responsible for most of the finest current still photographs of the Leonis Adobe and its grounds and serves as an outstanding ambassador for the Museum. Summing up his career Don States "Photography has been very good to the Adams Family"
Brian Kahn
Brian Kahn - Vice President
Mr. Kahn was born in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. While attending the University of Southern California, Mr. Kahn was on the Dean's Honor List and President of Blackstonian's, the pre-law honor society. Mr. Kahn was also active in politics, working on various capacities for the U.S. Senate, Governor's office and the White House, in addtion to being one of twelve students chosen to participate in the University's prestigious semester long lobbying program in Washington D.C. Mr. Kahn then earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1995. While at Pepperdine, Mr. Kahn spent a semester studying in London, was certified student attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney's office and externed for the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan, United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Mr. Kahn is an attorney at Chapman, Glucksman, Dean, Roeb & Barger.
Ray Phillips - President Emeritus
Born Albert Raborn Phillips in Los Angeles in 1920, Mr. Phillips graduated from UCLA in 1941. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy reaching the grade of Lieutenant. Always interested in historic preservation, "Ray" was active in and had become President of the Heritage Square Museum. He was responsible for moving and restoring the first two houses that are now standing there, the Hale House and the Richard Shaw House, also known as the Valley Knudsen Garden Residence

In 1961, Ray read that a Mrs. Walter (Kay) Beachy was sponsoring a luncheon for anyone interested in saving the Leonis Adobe. Curious, he responded. Finding kindred spirits committed to historic preservation, he enthusiastically joined the Board.

Mrs. Beachy then formed the Leonis Adobe Association to hold ownership of the Adobe with her attorney as President. When her attorney stepped down shortly afterwards, Mr. Phillips became President of the Association, a position that he held for forty years.

In honor of the work he has done, Mr. Phillips has been the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Natural History Museum Alliance, Science and History Alliance of Los Angeles County, La Puente Valley Historical Society, City of Los Angeles, City of Calabasas, the Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles and the Chamber of Commerce of Calabasas, and the Leonis Adobe Association.

He continues to serve the Museum as its President Emeritus to advise the board on the vital role of accurate restoration in historic preservation.
Carol Stewart
Carol Stewart - Treasurer
Carol has been providing buisiness valuation consulting services to clients for over fifteen years. Analyses have been performed for numerous business valuation and financial consulting assignments for mergers and acquisitions, purchase price allocations, ESOPs, goodwill impairment, financial restructuring and tax reporting purposes. These assignments covered a wide range of industries and included valuations of: controlling interests and minority interests in the capital stock of closely held corporations; publicly traded securities and restricted securities; general and limited partnership interests; intangible assets and intellectual properties; and, options and debt securities.

Prior to valuation consulting, Carol was an independent financial consultant providing financial consulting services to a diverse group of clients in the manufacturing, publishing, real estate, retail and entertainment industries. Services provided to clients included foreign exchange risk management, strategic planning, database analysis, financial reporting and budgeting. Prior to consulting, Ms. Stewart held the position of Vice President at Citibank (formerly Glendale Federal Bank), a Federal Savings Bank, with responsibilities for Asset Securitization. Carol has also taught university level accounting and finance courses to undergraduate and MBA students at the University of Phoenix.

Carol earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. in Finance, from Southern Methodist University. She has also passed all four Business Valuation Courses offered through the American Society of Appraisers as a prelude to ASA candidacy.
Jeannette Smith
Jeannette Smith - Secretary
Jeannette Smith is 4th/5th grade teacher at the University Prep School at CSU Channel Islands. She has a Masters Degree in Education. Jeannette’s ties to the Leonis Adobe go back to previous owner Lester Agoure for whom the modern day community of Agoura is named. When not working with children, Jeannette can be found riding her horses or maintaining her black belt skills in Tae Kwon Do. Jeannette’s enthusiasm for children, history and education make her a great fit for the Adobe.
Ruth Abel
Ruth Abel - Board Member
Mrs. Abel joined the Leonis Adobe Museum Board of Directors in 1971. She is on the Board of Directors of the Southern California/Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ, and Chair of the Finance and Stewardship Committees; three time Moderator of the Woodland Hills Community Church, Chair of Trustees, Stewardship, Personnel and Pastoral Relations Board. She also serves on civic boards, including Chair 3rd Council District Planning Advisory Board, Woodland Hills; Elected Business Representative, Area 1, Woodland Hills/Warner Center Neighborhood Council. Further, Mrs. Able is Chair of APECA, Inc., the Association Promoting Education and Conservation in Amazonia, Iquitos, Peru and was a twenty-five year member of the Los Angeles Junior League serving on various civic promotion committees.

Mrs. Abel is a graduate cum laude from Denison University and holds a Graduate degree from Harvard University in Business Administration where she was later Assistant Director of the Volunteer Bureau, Boston , Massachusetts. She is owner of AOA Associates in Woodland Hills.
Dennis Washburn - Board Member
Mr. Washburn joined the Leonis Adobe Association Board of Directors in 2008 and is a popular elected official, successful in electioneering, organizational development, public affairs, community building, intergovernmental relations amongst municipal, county, regional, state, federal and international entities. He is a founder, 4-term Council Member and 4-time Mayor of the City of Calabasas. He also is a Director and past president of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, a Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commissioner, a Regional Councilmember of the Southern California Association of Governments, Founder and 3-time President of the Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments, and current Division Representative to the State Board and Past President of the 88-city LA County Division of the League of California Cities. Mr. Washburn earned his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his MBA from San Diego State University.
Robert Wallace - Board Member
Robert Wallace joined the Leonis Adobe Association Board of Directors in December of 2013. Bob is a Board Certified Master Arborist and the owner of Tree Life Concern, Inc. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Bob has had a lifelong interest in California history, specifically the history of the San Fernando Valley and early Native American history and culture. A resident of Simi Valley, Bob spends his free time camping, fishing and hiking in the California wilderness.
Robert Gibbons - Advisor
Since March of 2002, Bob has been Director of Marketing and Communications for Kodak Digital Cinema, a new business area for the company's Entertainment Imaging division. In that position, he is responsible for developing and writing the marketing and communications strategies and materials to help guide Kodak to long-term profitable leadership as the digital cinema market evolves. It's a crazy business where today the cost of the ante is higher than the pot; some day, it may be the only game in town.

In his thirty-nine year Kodak career, Bob has managed Kodak's teams responsible for the company's photographic and video productions, audio-visual presentations, employee communications, and corporate sponsorships. He has written scripts for Kodak-sponsored television shows and major event movies, as well as for multi-image and business presentations. For six years, Bob served as the company's chief speechwriter, writing virtually all of the presentations delivered by Kodak's senior management team.

While learning to become a writer, Bob spent two years as an Army journalist, making Junction City, Kansas safe for democracy. He has a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from Notre Dame and a Master's of Science degree in Communications from Syracuse University. Many people think that Bob has the most interesting job at Kodak - and wish they could have it. On some days, Bob would give it to them.

Bob and his wife, Jeanne, have been married almost seventy-eight years - thirty-nine years each - and they have three children, Jennifer, Timothy, and Emily who have turned out to be remarkable people. Of all the titles Bob has had throughout his life, the only one that means anything to him is, 'Dad'.
LEONIS ADOBE GRAPEVINE
Springtime at the Adobe!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Crafts & More
Tortilla Making
Feed the Animals
Ranch Activities
Live Music by Craig Newton
Egg Hunt (@2pm)
$4 per Person (Non-Members)
FREE for All Members
and Children Under 2.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Barrel Springs Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Fremont Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
Lupin hill | @ 9:30am
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Friday, April 04, 2014
Knolls Elementary | @ 9:30pm
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Monday, April 07, 2014
Hancock Park School | @ 9:30am
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Willow Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Buena Vista School | @ 9:30am
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Chatsworth Hills Academy | @ 9:30am
Chatsworth Hills Academy | @ 9:30am
St Nicholas School | @ 9:30am
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Sierra Park Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Monday, April 14, 2014
Carver Elementary  | @ 9:30am
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ocotillo Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Thomas Edison  | @ 9:00am
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thomas Edison  | @ 9:00am
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Friday, April 18, 2014
Ocotillo Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Monday, April 21, 2014
Edison Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Polytechnic School | @ 9:30am
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Lang Ranch Elementary | @ 9:30am
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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sendak Elementary  | @ 9:30am
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Lawrence School | @ 9:30am
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Hancock Park School | @ 9:30am
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