Board Members

BPOC’s Board of Directors consists of six individuals, including representatives of cultural institutions that BPOC serves and a representative of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership.
Chair : Dean Yager
I.T. Manager, The Old Globe
Dean Yager has worked at The Old Globe since 1993, serving first as Box Office Representative, then as Assistant Box Office Manager, then as Information Systems Assistant Manager, then as I.T. Manager. Dean has been an active member in the user community of the Ticketing/ Fundraising systems that The Old Globe uses and strongly supports sharing knowledge among a community. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego. He brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the BPOC board.
Charles Castle
Deputy Director and CFO, Museum of Contemporary Art
Charles Castle has been with MCASD since 1990 and is charged with managing Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Facilities, Security, Information Technology, Food Services and Retail Operations. Castle holds an MBA degree from the Anderson School at UCLA and has previous employment experience with The Frederick Weisman Foundation, the J. Paul Getty Trust and the University of California.
Peter Comiskey
Executive Director, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
An Australian native, Peter Comiskey has a long track record of bringing together diverse stakeholders to launch and operate public cultural and science programs on two continents. Before joining the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, he served as the Executive Director of the Downtown Anaheim Association, a nonprofit group working with Anaheim city officials, Anaheim’s Redevelopment Agency, and multiple property owners to drive visitation of the city’s downtown precinct through developing and launching a number of major public events. Upon moving to the US in 1998, Peter assisted in the launch of Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, and then led the US operations of an international tourist attractions group in Baltimore. Returning to California in 2007, he became the founding Executive Director of Anaheim’s MUZEO Foundation, creating a unique model for regional cultural arts venues in the newly rejuvenated downtown Anaheim. Comiskey holds an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and bachelors degrees in business and education from Australian universities.
Tabitha McMahon
Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Museum of Man
McMahon has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit financial and operational management. In her current role as Director of Finance for the San Diego Museum of Man, she is responsible for all aspects of financial management, human resources, IT, security and facilities. Prior to joining SDMoM in August 2013, she was the CFO/Vice President of Business Operations for Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis, IN where she oversaw the financial management, data management, IT and human resources for the organization. Previously, she was the Controller for Hoosier Oncology Group in Indianapolis, IN, where she was responsible for all accounting, financial reporting and analysis, human resources and contract negotiations. Before that, as Controller for CODAC, the largest Adult Behavioral Health Provider in Tucson, AZ, she was responsible for all health care claims and billing, contract negotiation and compliance, accounting and consolidated financial reporting and analysis for CODAC and six subsidiary LLC holding companies. She holds a Baccalaureate of Accounting from University of Phoenix. Tabitha has served on the Board of Directors, Finance Committee and Gala Planning Committee for the Starfish Initiative. Tabitha is also a member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and a graduate of the United Way of Central Indiana’s Executive Women’s Leadership Program.
Beth Redmond-Jones
Vice President of Engagement and Education, San Diego Natural History Museum
Beth Redmond-Jones is an accomplished and award-winning museum professional, business owner, and former consultant, with a wide range of management, leadership, design, and hands-on project experience. Beth’s strong suits are strategic planning, exhibitions, museum programming, museum operations, donor cultivation, grant writing, human resources, and financial management. In her present position as vice president of engagement and education at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), Beth oversees the Exhibits, Education, and Volunteer departments. She has developed, designed, and project managed exhibitions and public programs for numerous cultural institutions and has held a number of executive and senior management positions at museums over the past 29 years. Beth holds a master’s degree in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of New Hampshire.
Jarrod Russell
Independent Consultant, Executive Strategy, Sustainability, Smart Cities, and more
Jarrod is a San Diego-based independent consultant with a background in executive strategy, sustainability, smart cities, climate adaptation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to consulting, he lectures on sustainability and community development at San Diego State University. Jarrod has a Master’s degree from the School of Global Policy and Strategy and a Bachelor’s in international political science and physics, both from UC San Diego. He has worked for various types of organizations—Fortune 500s, startups, nonprofits, NGOs, government, and academia. Jarrod has also held various leadership positions during his career. He was director of public affairs for a San Diego startup with 150 employees. He was a board member of the Downtown San Diego Partnership and chaired the organization’s Tech-Startup Committee. He was an active member of the San Diego Economic Development Corporation. Jarrod now resides in Ocean Beach. He grew up in Oceanside, where he still visits his parents often. Some of his favorite hobbies include surfing, climbing, and acro yoga. What’s his favorite place to get tacos you ask? ¡Salud! in Barrio Logan. And, of course, Jarrod is a fan of Balboa Park. He has served as a trustee at the San Diego Museum of Man since 2015.