Thornock named general manager of new Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

The Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center Board of Trustees has selected Marriah Thornock as the museum’s new CEO.

Thornock has worked at the museum for almost nine years and has held several positions. She is currently the Museum’s Director of Operations and Special Projects and prior to that she served as Volunteer and Membership Coordinator as well as Deputy Director for a time.

Thornock said one of his biggest goals is to bring the community back into the museum after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have classes starting for the kids. We’re starting our bus tours again, which was an incredibly popular thing. We did geology tours and indigenous history tours.” Thornock said, “We’ve had the chance to assess what’s meaningful to the community.”

Thornock also prioritizes improving the visitor experience at the museum. She used an upcoming exhibit from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as an example. The exhibit, titled “Zoo in You,” explores the world of germs inside the human body.

“There are institutions like the Smithsonian that put on amazing traveling exhibits. I’m excited to be working with our curator of exhibits over the next year to really dig in and identify who the biggest organizations are, what they have and how we can bring the larger world to Wenatchee,” Thornock continued.

Thornock will begin his new role on Friday. Its promotion concludes a six-month search process by the museum’s board of trustees following the resignation of Keni Sturgeon at the end of September. Laurel Turner served as acting director, but her contract only runs until Thursday.

Thornock holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Washington. She also holds an executive master’s degree in nonprofit management from Evan’s School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

James C. Tibbs