About our staff
Amy Hartmann-Gordon – Executive Director
Amy has worked in the areas of non-profit management and fundraising for eighteen years. She has been the Director of Presidio Museum for six years, stewarding the growth and development of the Presidio into a sustainable cultural attraction. During this time she has overseen the Museum's change in operating agreement with the City of Tucson and has stewarded the development of daily programming to enhance the regular visitor experience. Previously she was Director of Finance for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' 2008 re-election campaign where she managed the initiative to raise over $3 million. Amy worked at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as Associate Director of Marketing and as Development Officer where she was engaged in corporate fundraising, group sales, front-gate supervision, oversight of the annual Gala and major donor interaction.
Amy was included in the Arizona Daily Star’s “40 Under 40” list. She has served two terms on the board of the Tucson Children’s Museum and three terms on the University High School Foundation and Alumni Association which has raised over $200,000 in four years. Amy received her MBA in 2000 from the University of Arizona.
Jean Baxter – Education Director
Jean Baxter’s professional career is in the area of education. She spent the last twenty-five years of her career as a reading teacher for the Flowing Wells School District and many years as a staff development specialist and teacher trainer. Before that she worked for the Department of Defense based in Okinawa and Germany. In her retirement, she became a professional storyteller specializing in historically-based presentations. She has two Master’s degrees in Education (Reading and Administration) from the University of Arizona.
April Bourie - Marketing Director
With over 20 years of experience in marketing and sales, April is able to combine her interests in history and tourism to promote the Presidio Museum to potential visitors. April previously worked at Tohono Chul Park, another Tucson attraction, as the Marketing Director and the Director of Visitor Services. In addition, she served as the Tourism Sales Manager at Visit Tucson for six years, promoting Tucson as a vacation destination. April earned her MBA from the University of Arizona and earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University. She has lived in Tucson since 1995 and enjoys being a tourist in her own town and traveling around the world with her family whenever possible.
Jennifer Potter - Front Gate and Gift Shop Manager
Jennifer comes to the Presidio after 10 years as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. Prior to that she worked as the Marketing Director and Business Manager for Crizmac Art and Cultural Education Materials. As past Executive Director of the De Grazia Art and Cultural Foundation, she brings a depth of knowledge in museum management and southwestern arts and culture. Her years of active participation in public arts and service organizations such as the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Mayor's Cultural Heritage Task Force, KUAT Advisory Board and Tucson Community Foundation give her a unique perspective on life and the arts in Tucson. Jennifer grew up in Latin America, and also works as a bilingual interpreter and translator for local and international publications. She received her Master’s in Organizational Management.
Kate Avalos-Volunteer Coordinator and Interpretive Activities Manager
Kate originally came to the Presidio as a docent before joining the staff as Volunteer Coordinator and Interpretive Activities Manager. In her position Kate has been highly successful at coordinating Presidio volunteers and translating their vast knowledge into great visitor experiences. She has worked with the docents to develop a number of “lessons” that are packaged as kits including the cochineal kit, the chocolate kit, the period clothing truck, the children’s games trunk and many more. She is currently working on her Masters in Museum Studies, with a focus on Public History, at the Harvard University Extension School. Her previous work experience includes being an Internet Search Assessor for Lionbridge Technologies, merchandiser for Old Navy and Marketing Associate for the Thoroughbred Times, an international horse racing publication. Kate earned her bachelors in History and Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona.
Ginger Thompson – Education Coordinator
Ginger Thompson received her B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and completed her archaeological training with Pima Community College's Archaeology Center. She has several years of experience in fieldwork and laboratory work predominately with the Hohokam culture. She began working at Old Pueblo Archaeology Center's Education Department in 2011 as an educator for the OPEN3 program and a presenter for the Openout program. Over the years she has developed a passion for education that has led her to become a certified substitute teacher. She started at the Presidio in September 2018.
Dennis Buller- Facilities, Special Events and Safety Manager
Dennis Buller served our community at the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper for 37 years. Upon retirement he began pursuing his skills as a blacksmith which led him to the Presidio Museum. He quickly became an important supporter and is now on staff as Facility and Safety Manager and Interpretive Education Presenter.