Board of Trustees
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
German Quiroga was born in Nogales, Arizona. He attended first grade in the Patagonia Grammar School. He is a US Army veteran and has a B.S. in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. German retired in 2008 from the US Postal Service after delivering mail for nearly 28 years in Tucson. His interests include bicycling, viewing murals, landscaping and maintaining trees. German has served on the board since 2009.
Maureen (Sullivan) De La Ossa was born in Rochester, NY and moved to AZ at the age of 2. She went to school at the one-room schoolhouse in Lochiel, before the family moved to Patagonia, where she went to elementary and high school. She attended college at NAU and returned to Patagonia where she married her high school boyfriend, Onofre, and raised five children. Maureen started as a clerk with the US Postal Service in 1979 and retired in 2007 as the Patagonia Postmaster. Ranching has always been important to her because she was raised on a ranch before she married into a ranching family. Onofre and Maureen raised Corriente cattle for forty years that were sold to rodeo contractors across the country. Her husband passed away in 2012 and Maureen splits her time between a ranch in the San Rafael Valley and their home in Patagonia. Maureen became a museum member in 2014 and has served on the board since 2016.
Bob Bergier‘s family has been in the Patagonia area for a hundred and twenty years In 1900 two sets of his great grandparents come to the area to ranch cattle. Bob attended Patagonia schools from first grade through high school. His father, Raymond, and his aunt Edith, also graduated from Patagonia High School Bob has a B.S. in Art from Northern Arizona University and is an Army Veteran. He and his wife Gayle have worked the family ranch since 1976. Bob has served on the board since 2012.
Ralph Schmitt is a retired construction contractor from Illinois. He and his partner ran the Duquesne Inn in Patagonia for several years. Ralph has served on the board since 2009.
Linda Shore grew up as a “military brat” and traveled extensively around the world before her father retired to AZ when she was in high school. She earned a degree in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University where she met her husband Tom. They are antique collectors and owned several shops in the Midwest while pursuing careers in the information technology industry (her) and as a teacher (him). They moved to Patagonia in 2016 and became members of the museum that year. The combination of their interest in antiques plus Tom’s knowledge of American History made the 2017 offer to become co-curators of the Museum a dream come true.