• Pat Gylfe

    Participating For: 18 Years, 10 Months

    I have always had an interest in things "western", so when I had the opportunity to become a docent at the Leonis Adobe, it was a natural for me. I was born an easterner in Ohio, but at 11 years moved to Hollywood, graduated from Hollywood High, UCLA and CSUN with a teaching credential. Now, after 20 years of teaching Kindergarten and 4th grade and 50 happy years of marriage filled with traveling, skiing adventures and many sailboats, I've moved to the next phase. I live in Calabasas, "the "last of the old west" and am happily involved in the 1880's events at the Adobe--right where I belong.
  • Connie Danihels

    Participating For: 17 Years, 11 Months

    Hi everyone my name is Connie Danihels and I am a California Native. I love this beautiful, golden state, where I have grown and raised my two beautiful girls alongside my California native husband. With close to thirty years of marriage, we have lived in Old Agoura which is a great equestrian area surrounded by trails and grassy hills. With horses and both vegetables and fruits growing in our backyard, I can relate to living a lifestyle similar to what I teach. Being a docent at the Leonis Adobe has been like my second home. Teaching and working with the groups of children is always a rewarding and heartwarming experience. Sharing the traditions of the Leonis Family and explaining how life was for them is a humbling and enlightening adventure every tour I give.
  • Jim Stehlik

    Participating For: 17 Years, 11 Months

    Jim Stehlik married his high school sweetheart Charlotte in 1963.  Together they raised three wonderful children, and now have three lovely grandchildren as well.  Jim grew up in Van Nuys and has been in the San Fernando Valley his entire life.  

    Jim came to work at the Adobe over ten years ago as a vaquero (cowboy).  While the Adobe has undergone many changes to its school tour program, Jim has remained a faithful and outstanding employee throughout the years.

    Before coming to the Leonis Adobe, Jim spent 28 years working out of Northridge for UPS.  After leaving UPS, Jim owned and operated a coin laundry in Northridge for four years.
  • Janice Swain

    Participating For: 15 Years, 5 Months

    After working for LAUSD as a Cafeteria Training Specialist for 27 years, Jan Swain decided that it was time to retire.  Six months later, Jan was ready to get back to work.  At the urging of her good friend Charlotte Stehlik, Jan became a docent at the Leonis Adobe Museum.  Born and raised in Southern California, Jan enjoys helping to preserve the history of the area.

    Jan is married to her husband Howard.  Together they raised two wonderful children and now have four grandchildren.  In her spare time, Jan enjoys travelling and dedicating her time to a philanthropic sorority which raises funds for Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Kathy Kirby

    Participating For: 13 Years, 9 Months

    Kathy was born in Budapest Hungary but has lived in the San Fernando Valley since she was six years old. She has always been interested in history and taught Western Civilization at Loyola Marymount University (her alma mater) for a number of years. When her daughter left home for college Kathy wanted to find something worthwhile and enjoyable to occupy her time. She enjoys being a museum guide and spending time at the Adobe.
  • Tomo Stephens

    Participating For: 10 Years, 7 Months

    I was born in Japan, but spent my school years in Hollywood, Ca. I have three lovely children and six grandchildren. After I retired from work I lived in Costa Rica doing volunteer work with animals. I now live in Calabasas and am very happy working at the Leonis Adobe Museum as I get to interact with two of my favorite things, children and animals.
  • Sally Fick

    Participating For: 10 Years

    Sally M. Fick was born in Evanston, IL. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was in elementary school. She graduated from Hollywood High School. At age 17 she began working for Occidental Life Insurance Co., Max Factor and Co., then joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she was promoted 19 times in 34 years. During this time, she attended Pepperdine University, at night, receiving an advanced degree in Business Administration and Management. Over the years, she managed clerical and administrative employees. Her last position was Chief Administrator of the Financial Services Organization responsible for budget, cost control, personnel, training, records and space management, creating correspondence and reports. Upon retiring in May 2000, Sally has devoted her time to charitable endeavors. She has been a Docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum for 14 years. She is a member of the Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley for 14 years serving as Treasurer and Development Chairman. She sings with their Choral Music Group who perform in Assisted Living and Nursing Homes. She was Chairman of the Group and Scheduler. She is President of The Old Treasures Club, Inc. She was past President of the Tarzana Lions Club and Treasurer, Zone and Region Chairman. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is a Notary Public for the State of California. Sally is married to her husband, Jeff, and has one Daughter and two grandchildren who attend college. She enjoys traveling, gardening, music and learning. She loves people and educating the children at the Leonis Adobe Museum.
  • Lenny Berg

    Participating For: 9 Years, 3 Months

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I received my B.S. from CSUN with a degree in health science. I am married with two children who are both newly married. I worked in the retail clothing industry which took me to Colorado for ten years. After moving back I worked in the entertainment industry for several years. Once retired, I was searching for some kind of community involvement that would reflect my interests. I enjoy meeting new people and working with children. At an early age I became passionate about cowboys and their place in history. After my wife took her first grade class on a field trip to the Leonis Adobe Museum, she told me she found the perfect place for me. I followed her suggestion and am so happy to have the opportunity to be a Museum Guide.
  • Andrew Brand

    Participating For: 8 Years, 9 Months

    Being  raised on a cattle and turkey ranch in Los Angeles County gave Andy an early appreciation of agriculture.  Family tours of California Missions and Old West towns exposed him to our rich California history. 

    Andy spent 35 years in the dairy industry, first by servicing local dairy farms for Quality Control and Laboratory services.  Primary services were later provided for New Mexico and Texas dairy farms with pioneering regional dairy laboratories that Andy designed, operated, and staffed. 

    In retirement Andy is attentive to the families and careers of his five children.  His pursuits include self improvement, music, and study of the sciences.  He lives in Calabasas raising teenage grandchildren.
  • Paula Stromquist

    Participating For: 8 Years, 4 Months

    I am a native Angeleno who grew up in Silverlake and attended public schools until graduation from John Marshall High School.  After earning a BA from UCLA and an MA and teaching credentials from CSULA, I spent 36 years teaching 4th grade and special education with the Oak Park Unified School District.  The history of California including Rancho Life is right up my alley!

    Retirement has afforded my husband and me more time to pursue our many interests:  Culinary pursuits, dining out (Love discovering LA's many ethnic cuisines), reading, music-all kinds, attending plays and concerts, travel, shopping, and trivia games.  I have been in the same women's poker group (OK, more eating and visiting than poker) for over 20 years.  I love dogs, especially Golden Retrievers!  

    Being a life-long learner is a personal goal.  Toward that end, I've recently taken classes in philosophy, financial planning, and opera.  I'm hoping to brush-up on French and Spanish and learn Italian and Mandarin (So I can, at the very least, know what I'm ordering in a restaurant).

    I'm a huge advocate for returning the instruction of Music and Art to prominence in the curriculum of K-12 public schools.  I also have a special interest in the education of girls, especially in developing countries.

    I'm delighted to be a docent at the Leonis Adobe where I can share my love of California history!
  • Maya Debus

    Participating For: 7 Years, 1 Months

    Maya is a California native and has loved California history ever since learning about the missions in the fourth grade. She loves antiques and learning about people and how they lived in years gone by. She collects vintage hats and vintage purses and has an extensive collection of antique hand-painted china. She also loves going to the theater, riding motorcycles and dancing.
  • Robert Conlee

    Participating For: 4 Years, 10 Months

    Robert recently retired after working 29 years at a local hospital. He and his wife live on land once owned by Miguel and Espiritu Leonis. Since his teens, his hobbies include studying late 19th century American history and self-sufficient living skills. He "served" with a Civil War artillery reenactment unit.  His goal is to provide a discovery of 19th century
  • Linda Salvati

    Participating For: 4 Years, 9 Months

    I was born in Athens Ohio, moved to Leucadia California when I was four. Growing up in North County was a fantastic experience. Moved to attend Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, in the late seventies. Received my BA degree in Graphics/Packaging. For the next 35 years, I worked in the entertainment industry. Disney, Saban Entertainment and Warner Brothers Consumer Products. I learned of the Leonis Adobe Museum from my neighbor Janice Swain, who has been a docent for eleven years. I asked if I could see in detail what the tours are all about. I shadowed Janice and decided I would like to become a tour guide. I'm pretty new to this group. Everyone is so wonderful and kind! The Leonis Adobe has a rich history, and sharing this history is a great experience.
  • Pam Pinkham

    Participating For: 4 Years, 1 Months

    Pam, while a California native, became a "Valley Girl" just before entering the 4th grade. She attended North Hollywood High School and then went on to Los Angeles City College. Her first career was as a dental assistant. She eventually moved on to a 36-year career as an administrative assistant at a local aerospace company supporting executive staff, and then in the Human Resources organization before recently retiring.

    Her path to the Adobe comes from an on-going interest in American history, and specifically, the daily way of life that people lived during the 1880's. She is eager to continue learning and then passing on that knowledge to others. Pam is married to her husband Phil who she met at a square dance many years ago. They love to travel and then Pam enjoys creating a scrapbook of memories afterwards.
  • Suzanne Kush

    Participating For: 4 Years

    As a native of Los Angeles, I have always loved this city and all it has to offer with the culture, art, history and architecture. I graduated from CSUN with a degree in 2D art and textiles. Since that time, I have a been a docent, guide or volunteer for many of the wonderful organizations in Los Angeles.

    I have two grown sons living in Arizona and five grandchildren. I am fortunate to be able to share this special gem with my granddaughter Zoe, as well as the many children that attend the Leonis Adobe School Tours. Hopefully, I will spur their love of culture and history.
  • Alicia Arrigo

    Participating For: 3 Years, 11 Months

    A native New Yorker, I grew up on the majestic Hudson River surrounded by nature, beauty, and history.  My childhood was spent stomping through the woods discovering old property lines marked by stone walls, and cemeteries of prominent families of the day.  All of this peaked my interest immediately and my love of history was born. The more knowledge I attained about my surroundings the more I had to see with my own eyes. I was fascinated knowing George Washington had his headquarters near my home town, and how the Hudson River played such an important role during the revolutionary war! I spent much of my free time exploring this amazing history and that continued when I made Los Angeles my home in 2004.  I immersed myself in California history and began visiting old missions, cemeteries, stage coach stops, and towns. When I saw an opportunity arise at The Leonis Adobe it was a perfect match for me. As a mother of three I especially enjoy greeting our excited elementary school tours to our museum and hope the experience and knowledge I provide them lasts a lifetime. I am proud to be a part of the Leonis Adobe family and welcome all near and far to join us here in Calabasas for a glimpse into Ranch life of the 1880s.
  • Shosh Byron

    Participating For: 3 Years, 11 Months

    Shosh grew up in England where she received a degree in Theatre Arts.  When she moved to the U.S., she worked in the music industry, in the Artist Relations department of A&M Records. At that time, Shosh met her soon to be husband. She left A&M to become a “stay at home mom,” and happily raised her two children. Once they were settled in school, she went back to the work force but this time in the field of education. She was the Director of Admissions at Sierra Canyon School and the Executive Director of the Day Camp. After 20 years at Sierra, Shosh changed her career to become a Preschool Director and worked at several preschools in the Valley. She finally returned to an elementary school, as the executive director of Woodcrest School. Shosh retired for a year but missed the interaction with children and teachers. Says Shosh, "Working as a tour guide at the Leonis Adobe Museum is the perfect combination. I get to enjoy working with the guides and love showing the children what life was like in the 1880s."

    Shosh lives in Chatsworth with her three dogs. She loves spending time with her two grandchildren, the theater, all genres of music and world history.
  • Deborah Levinson

    Participating For: 3 Years, 10 Months

    Deborah is a California native who was born with a history book in one hand (and a phone in the other). She loves Los Angeles, and relishes introducing out-of-town visiting friends and relatives to the hidden spots of Los Angeles rather than the better known "tourist" type venues. She only recently discovered Leonis Adobe Museum and fell immediately in love, and as such is thrilled to be able to learn more about this part of local Los Angeles and California history then turning around and sharing the information with others. If you see her, ask her to show you her two favorite items on the tour --- the Saddle in the upper tank house and the toaster in the Adobe kitchen.
  • Wendy All

    Participating For: 3 Years, 1 Months

    I've spent most of my career as a toy designer and illustrator with Mattel, Disney Consumer Products and others. However, I also have a life-long passion for archaeology and history. I firmly believe it is essential history be presented in engaging ways to ensure we protect and honor those important aspects of who we are and where we come from.

    I have been a volunteer with UCLA's Cotsen Institute of Archaeology's Rock Art Archive since 1998, mapping rock art (petroglyphs and pictographs) in the Mojave Desert area for preservation and publication. I'm also part of the Getty Conservation Institute Rock Art Network and the Easter Island Statue Project, both conservation and preservation organizations who work to document rock art world-wide. I also have professional degrees in art and linguistics. My husband Jay, a studio violinist, knows our vacations must, whenever possible, include at least one rock art site.

    On the lighter side, I've also done recreations of historic places, most notable, "Cafe Frankenstein, 1958", a notorious Laguna Beach Beat-era coffee house for San Diego Comic Fest, (a nostalgic version of Comic-Con International) and just finished illustrating (May 2019) an educational and charming children's chapter book about young Queen Victoria and her dog, Dash.

    It's thrilling to be part of the Leonis Adobe Museum! Here are people with loves and interests similar to mine, and I get to share my eclectic skill set with everyone.
  • Laura Kaplan

    Participating For: 2 Years, 11 Months

    Laura grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she and her family frequently visited, performed in, or worked at outdoor dramas (plays based on historical events presented at their actual sites). She earned a BA in Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, having pursued a career in acting before switching gears to the field of counseling psychology. She earned an MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Los Angeles. After starting a family, she became a stay at home mom and moved to Calabasas where she and her family have lived for over 22 years. She was very active as a parent volunteer at her children's school where she enjoyed working with the students in various activities. Now that her children have grown and flown, she is delighted to combine her lifelong interests into being a tour guide at the Leonis Adobe Museum and sharing the history of 1880s Calabasas.
  • Jerry Plummer

    Participating For: 2 Years, 10 Months

    Hello everyone, I am a Southern California native who was born in Santa Monica, in 1959 my family joined the migration of young post World War II families that moved to the wide-open spaces of the San Fernando Valley. The Valley was a great place to grow up with everything so new and exciting; the San Fernando Valley even had its own song. My family history ties to the Plummer family and Plummer house that serves as the greeting center for the Leonis Adobe Museum. According to my families research they believe we are distant relatives of Captain John Cornelius Plummer the father of Eugene Rafael Plummer. I went to school and college in the West Valley and began my 50-year career as a California General Contractor and Real Estate Consultant. I married and raised my family in an equestrian area with acres of riding trails and open spaces just as the Valley was when I was growing up. We have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Now that I'm semi-retired I spend my time with my family, play a little golf, tennis and continue to research and share our history at local farms and museums in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. I am honored to have been selected as a Leonis Adobe Museum Tour Guide. Western History is one of my passions and I look forward to sharing the 1880s Leonis Adobe History with you.