Executive Team

The Heritage Park Museum Project Team is composed of members dedicated to preserving the community’s heritage for future generations. The members of this team are as follows:

Laura Babcock, Director

Laura is a long-time community leader and former Heritage Preservation Commissioner with a life-long passion for preserving history. Laura served on the Orchard Heritage Interpretive Exhibit Project Advisory Board for the society and was the Project Manager during its construction. She also chaired and served as Project Manager and Coordinator for the successful Museum Barn Relocation Project for the City of Sunnyvale in 2003. Laura was employed as private practice, department manager in radiology of Orthopedics at Stanford University Medical Center for thirteen years and is now the principal of Laura’s Garden Design.

She is a 1986 graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale, and serves on the Leadership Sunnyvale Board of Directors and the Historical Society Board of Directors. Laura brings extensive experience in leadership, project development and project management to this team. Laura has been a resident of Sunnyvale, California since 1979.

Leslie Lawton, President

Leslie is a long-time member and docent of the Historical Society and has been the editor of our monthly newsletter since 2007. She has owned her own transcription business, We Produce, since 1984 and has lived in Sunnyvale since 1977, but in Santa Clara County since 1959. Prior to starting her business she worked for Syntex Pharmaceuticals in Palo Alto for 18 years. There, she served as Manager of Community Relations.

Leslie has served as a board member and president of both the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce (six years) and Sunnyvale Community Services (twelve years). She is also a 1999 graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale.

Heather Jauch, Vice-President

Heather is a Sunnyvale native and graduate of Homestead High School. She is currently attending San Jose State University to complete her Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management. She was raised with an appreciation for history, especially California history. Many family summer vacations were spent in the gold country, north of the Bay Area. Volunteering with the Sunnyvale Historical Society was a natural fit for her. Heather started volunteering in the gift shop in 2008 soon after the new museum opened its doors. She has helped out with several events such as the general store committee for Sunnyvale’s centennial celebration in 2012 and the gift shop satellite locations during several special events such as the authors’ event in 2013 and the antique appraisal fair in 2014 and anywhere else she can help out. Heather has been a board member since 2013. She enjoys being an active member of the historical society and museum to help with preserving Sunnyvale history for generations to come.

In Heather’s spare time when she isn’t studying or at the museum, she can be found hanging out with her nieces and nephews. She also is a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan.

Jim Fredrickson, Treasurer

Jim is a CPA who has been involved in the Silicon Valley finance arena for the past 40 years.  After receiving his BS in accounting from Brigham Young University, he started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen.  He then became the controller and later the CFO for a Boeing company named ARGOSystems based in Sunnyvale.  Jim later worked for a variety of public and private technology companies in the valley and is currently the Vice President of Finance at Aptina, LLC, in San José.

Jim continues to be actively involved in service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many capacities, including leadership and financial roles, for many years.  Jim and his wife Susan have lived in Sunnyvale since 1984.  They raised their seven children here and were involved in various community organizations including two Little Leagues based in Sunnyvale and the Homestead High School Music Boosters.  They currently have 13 wonderful grandchildren.

Linda Kubitz, Secretary

Linda Kubitz is a “California Girl”, born in Glendale and raised in the Southern California towns of Altadena and Santa Barbara. She graduated from California State University at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and taught grades 2, 3, 4, and 6 in a teaching career that spanned 28 years. During her last ten years of teaching Linda was the Language Arts Coordinator for her school and led students and fellow teachers in several writing workshops and annual district-wide young authors’ fairs. For several years she served on the board of the Santa Clara County Reading Council.

Linda has always enjoyed history, and when her retirement from teaching coincided with the building of the Heritage Park Museum, she found her volunteer niche. Volunteering at the museum since opening day in 2008, Linda has served as a docent for both adult visitors and the school program. During last year’s Centennial celebration Linda was the co-chairman of Sunnyvale’s city-wide children’s writing and drawing contest. She recently worked on the revision of a museum publication describing the westward trek of the Stevens-Townsend-Murphy wagon train. Sunnyvale residents since 1970, Linda and her husband have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Other advisory committees and chairs are established as needed.