Get to know the staff at The Tucson Presidio who each, in their own way, help to keep Tucson’s history alive.

Amy Hartmann-Gordon – Executive Director
Amy has worked in the areas of non-profit management and fundraising for twenty years. She has been the Director of Presidio Museum for seven 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.   Amy received her MBA in 2000 from the University of Arizona.

Kate AvalosDirector of Interpretive Programming
Kate originally came to the Presidio as a docent before joining the staff as Volunteer Coordinator. She next took over the Living History program and Cultural Events series. Kate creates public programming with a focus on the diverse representation of the history and cultures of Tucson and Arizona through historic re-enactment, interactive activities, and cultural celebrations. She also researches, writes, and designs exhibits for the museum. In 2020, she completed her Masters in Museum Studies, with a focus on Public History, at the Harvard University Extension School. She earned her bachelor’s in History and Animal Sciences from the University of Arizona.

April Bourie – Marketing & Sales 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.

Ginger Thompson – Community Engagement and Education Manager 
Ginger is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.A. degree in Anthropology and a minor in American Indian Studies. She has several years of professional archaeological experience in the Tucson area as an archaeological field tech, archaeological laboratory tech, and an archaeological laboratory manager.
With a passion for public history, culture, and community Ginger works to create interactive and hands-on programming that assists the Tucson Presidio Trust in sharing the rich culture and history of Tucson with all members of the community. She manages children and family programming such as Morning Muster and Family Funday. She works to create partnerships between the Trust and local cultural/historical organizations. She also participates in the planning of cultural events and and the creation/updating of displays. Ginger also manages the docent program and the youth volunteer program for ages 9-17.

Aaron Johnson – Front Gate Assistant and Special Event Support
Aaron Johnson began as a volunteer at the Presidio Museum and soon became indispensable.  He supports operations at the front gate as well as for special events. Aaron has a background in special education, working with special needs children and adults as well as providing test correction for online public school testing software companies.