board of directors

Sean Foran

Curator and Board President

Grace Dee May Museum

A native of San Francisco, Sean Foran enjoyed an extraordinary career in the field of education serving with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Foran served as a classroom teacher, District Advisor, Assistant Principal, Instructional Specialist, and as an LAUSD School Administrator. As a Master Mason, Foran has held a large number of positions within the Masonic Fraternity. He is a Past Venerable Master of the Los Angeles Scottish Rite and served as Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of California, Grand Orator for Grand Council and Grand Chapter, and in 2006 was selected as the Commander of the Year by the Grand Commandery of California. Foran served 10 years on the Masonic Memorial Temple Committee for the Grand Lodge of California. He was also tasked with reviewing and cataloging all artifacts at the Masonic Lodge No. 42 which stood across the Plaza from the Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Foran also established the American Heritage Masonic Museum in LA's Hancock Park District and was instrumental in the development and founding of the Henry W. Coil Library & Museum of Freemasonry in San Francisco. Foran has enjoyed a lifelong marriage to his wife, Vicki. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Reyn Blight

Board Vice President

Grace Dee May Museum

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Reyn Blight was a student at LA High School and Pomona College before attending UCLA Business School. Reyn enjoyed a 30 year career with the City of Los Angeles specializing in community and economic development before his retirement. He remains active improving community life and has served as Chairman for the Los Angeles Development Authority, as President of the Greater Toluca Lake Neighborhood Council, and on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. He is the Executive Director of the Entrepreneur Educational Center as well as serving as Vice President of Grace Dee May Museum Board of Directors. Reyn is justly proud of his Masonic heritage. His grandfather was Grand Orator for the Grand Lodge of California in 1933 as well as being Past Master of Liberal Arts Lodge No. 677. Reyn followed in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps by serving as Master of Liberal Arts in 1986 and in 2003. He is the recipient of the Hiram Award. Reyn is also a member of the Past Masters’ Shrine Club and has been active in Al Malaikah Shrine since the 1980s. Reyn is married with three adult sons and makes his home in downtown LA.

Fred Davis

Board Secretary

Grace Dee May Museum

Born in 1957 in Los Angeles, Fred's family moved to Gardena in 1967 and he has lived there ever since. He attended Harbor College and Long Beach State University, majoring in Political Science. After working for US Steel he was hired by AT&T starting his career as a Service Tech until promoted to management. Fred worked field operations in South and Central Los Angeles, Gardena, Huntington Park, Pasadena, East Los Angeles, Glendale, and now El Segundo. Fred comes from a Masonic Family and joined Gardena DeMolay in 1971, served as Master Councilor, and later as an Adult Advisor.  He has returned to DeMolay as Administrator of Diamond DeMolay League.  He joined Gardena Masonic Lodge and served as Master in 1991.  Fred received the Hiram Award from his Lodge and served as an Inspector for the Grand Lodge of California and Junior Grand Deacon (2005-2006). A member of the Masons4mitts Program he raised funds to provide baseball mitts to inner city kids. Fred is an active member of the Shrine and is currently serving as Master of Redondo Lodge in Redondo Beach. He serves the Grand Lodge of California in Masonic Trials. Fred was involved in Big Brothers, the YMCA, the Gardena Chamber of Commerce, the USO, and a member of the City Seniors Commission. He became involved with the Gardena Willows and is serving his 10th year as President. Fred is currently on the Board of Directors for Project SOY to provide employment opportunities for young people.

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Guy Richmond

Board Treasurer

Grace Dee May Museum

Guy Richmond was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Torrance and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an emphasis on Marketing from Cal State University at Long Beach. He retired after a highly successful 32-year career with AT&T. Guy became a Master Mason in 1993 and has held leadership positions in many Masonic organizations including two Blue Lodges, the Scottish Rite and as an adult advisor in the Order of DeMolay. As a member of Al Malaikah Shrine, he has been active in local Shrine Clubs, and is a Past President of the Koppers Unit 2013. In 1995, Guy was appointed to the officer's line where he focused on membership development. As Potentate of Al Malaikah, his theme "SHRINERS, Having FUN Helping KIDS" reflected his compassion for children receiving care at the Shriner's Hospitals. Guy and his wife Karla enjoy a variety of active outdoor sports including water skiing, motorcycle riding, hiking in the Sierra Nevada and spending time with family and friends.

Ron Hopkins

Board Member

Grace Dee May Museum

Ronald Hopkins was born in Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. In 1985 he moved to Los Angeles and joined The Aerospace Corporation, where he is currently employed as a Tech Fellow. In 2008 he was awarded the President's Award by The Aerospace Corporation for "outstanding commitment in providing the critical analytic foundation for major National Security Program Acquisition Decisions."  Dr. Hopkins and his team developed a unique modeling and simulation capability which has provided the primary analytic support for critical, high-level national decision makers.

He was raised a Master Mason in 1980 and is a four-time Past Master of Los Angeles Lodge No. 42 and a recipient of the Hiram Award. He is a Past Venerable Master of the Los Angeles Scottish Rite and currently serves as Director of the Work. He served seven years on the Grand Lodge Legislative Analysis Committee, two of those as Chairman. He is also a member of the York Rite, Commandery, and Allied Masonic degrees.

Ron Hart

Board Member

Grace Dee May Museum

director emeritus

Audrey Marie Stein

Director Emeritus

Grace Dee May Museum

Educator, Professor, Mentor, Researcher, Art Collector and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Grace Dee May Museum, Audrey Marie Stein was a woman of remarkable vision.

 

A native of Nebraska, Audrey was the daughter of William and Amelia Stein. Bright and inquisitive, Audrey was an excellent student and, at a time when few women were seeking degrees in higher education, Audrey set her sights on improving her knowledge and advancing her career opportunities. She first achieved a Bachelor of Science in Education at Emporia State University in Kansas majoring in Biological Science with a Minor in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. She next earned a Masters Degree in Education in 1953 from the Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado.

 

Beginning her career as a high school teacher in Grand Island, Nebraska, Audrey spent three years in midwest classrooms before moving to California where she worked for the Downey School District, first as a teacher and then as a district supervisor.

 

Seeking a wider range of professional opportunities, Audrey became a professor at Orange Coast College beginning in 1968 before serving as the Director of Vocational Education for Orange Coast College from 1978 through 1986. 

 

As a champion of vocational training opportunities for students, Audrey authored several career-related publications for the Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa. She also served as Director of a groundbreaking pilot program for mobile classrooms to expand access to vocational education. 

 

Over the course of her career, she achieved recognition for implementing innovations in educational opportunities including the development of a Power Sewing Vocational Program, the design of Vocational Foods Occupations Trailer Concept, and the development of the Vocational Training Program of Commercial Food Services.

 

As part of the Family of Freemasonry, Audrey  was initiated into the Order of the Eastern Star, Garden Grove Chapter  No. 483 in 1997 and five years later she joined the Order of the Amaranth, Charity Court No. 120.

 

Audrey enjoyed a wonderful marriage with her husband Joseph Leonard Feisthammel. As a couple, they shared a loved of learning, travel, art, and history which led them to become avid collectors of fine art and historical artifacts from all corners of the globe.

 

In 2004, Audrey Marie Stein became the Director of the Grace Dee May Museum. Her lifelong passion for collecting and preserving works of art combined with her affinity for education was the cornerstone of establishing a museum to display her private collections. Her vision was to create a venue where students and the public could not only view her incredible collections but also enjoy researching opportunities and hands-on learning experiences to enrich their understanding of the creative expressions of artists from around the world.

 

Today, the Grace Dee May Museum stands as a dream fulfilled. The Museum will remain a place where art and history can be studied and appreciated for generations to come.

ILLUMINATING THE LEGACY OF THE WEST

Grace Dee May Museum at the Historic Shrine Auditorium

665 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

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