board of directors
Bio coming soon.
Terri Bonesteel joined the Pinal County Historical Museum after retiring from a 40-year career as a Personal Banker at Bank of America in Northern California. Volunteering has always been a part of her life. She was Bank of America Leader of Team America, South Lake Tahoe who organized beach clean ups, establishing and repairing hiking trails and many children's programs. When Terri came into PCHM fifteen years ago, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. Her current title is Vice President and Collections Manager.
Along with his wife Hermalene, Ed is half of the Interpolacion musical duo. With a background in Finance, Ed joined PCHS as our Treasurer in 2022. Ed has volunteered at museums, civic clubs, schools, churches, temples, and V.I.S.T.A. Upon arriving in Florence, the museum was one of the first places Ed visited.
When Sabine retired from her position as Court Interpreter Supervisor and Law Librarian for the Pinal County Courts, one of her goals was to become more involved in the community that she has called home for over 30 years and relocating from Germany. Volunteering at the museum and serving as the Board Secretary, learning more about the history of Florence, and interacting with the public is a great way to give back to the community and stay connected to the history of the area.
Sophie Dessart is the Manager of Communications and Public Affairs for Florence Copper, based in Florence, Arizona. Sophie heads Florence Copper’s community/media relations, charitable initiatives, and communications strategy. Sophie holds a Masters of Global Management in Global Affairs and Global Business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Sophie has been named an Emerging Sustainability Leader by Arizona Forward and is Vice-Chair of the Arizona Mining Association Communications Committee. A proud resident of Florence, Sophie is passionate about giving back to her community and volunteers with various organizations like the Florence Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Woman’s Club. Aside from her role on the Board of PCHS, Sophie serves on the Board of Directors of different regional organizations, including Central Arizona College, the Pinal Alliance for Economic Growth, the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Pinal County. She also is President of the Florence Copper Community Foundation.
Alison has lived in Florence her entire life and she loves it here! Alison has worked for the Town of Florence for 17 years starting as a Lifeguard and is now the Recreation Superintendent. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation Management. Alison loves her job and the fact that she gets to give back to the community daily. Alison is a PCHS Board Member because she loves that the museum protects and educates the community on our history. One of her goals for the museum is to be active and assist with attracting more youth and families to visit the museum.
Doris joined the museum in 2015. As a retired high school social science teacher from Wisconsin, she arrived in Florence to be near elderly parents. As her Mom showed her around her new community, she encountered Lynn Smith, who was giving a presentation in the “old” library about the need for volunteers at the museum. What a better fit than to be able to be a part of preserving history! Over Doris’s time at the museum she has been able to participate directly in the many exciting changes at the museum. Presently she enjoys working with Executive Director, Stephanie Joyner, in grant writing and assisting in whatever capacity she can.
Carroll was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. After being honorably discharged from the United State Marine Corps, he attended college in southern California and then started a successful career as a builder in California. Carroll relocated to Florence and went into the construction business with his father and brother and was the Town of Florence’s Building Inspector. After retiring, Carroll joined PCHS’s Board and advises on building projects and repairs, including a recent roof replacement.
Lynn has left her stamp on the community of Florence as the President Emeritus of PCHS, Commissioner on the Town of Florence Historic District Advisory Committee, and on the Town of Florence Home Tour Committee. In the early 2000’s, Lynn and her sister Pax Faux joined the museum and began the major transformation into the jewel that the museum is today by displaying our huge collection of artifacts in an organized manner for the public. Immersing herself in our history, Lynn is one of five authors of the Arcadia book “Images of America Florence”
Before her retirement in 2004, Karen worked in both public and private sector organizations and was a small business owner of an executive suite company. Since moving to Florence in 2007, Karen has been active in the community, including being a charter member and chairman of the Sun City Anthem Neighborhood Representative Community, served on the Florence Town Council, and now is a Board Member of PCHS.
Steve was a school teacher for 31 years, primarily teaching biology. Being part of the Town of Florence takes Steve back to his great grandparents who are buried at the Florence Cemetery. Being a PCHS Board Member means a lot to Steve. His passion at the museum is to touch all bases, not just the history of the county. By focusing on the natural things (birds, plants, etc), we can interweave that with the human settlement and do a great job not only explaining the who, but the why and the how.