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 is a 35 year resident of Sunnyvale, California.
Jim Reynolds, President
Jim is the current president of the Historical Society. Jim received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at Williams College and an MBA from University of Santa Clara. He worked for 43 years as an engineer in the semiconductor industry, beginning at Fairchild in the 1960’s and continuing as a VP of Micro Mask in Sunnyvale in the 1970’s. In 1981 he became the founder and sole employee of Reynolds Consulting, offering engineering services to the semiconductor industry. He retired in 2002.
Jim has been active in the Los Altos United Methodist Church, serving for 20 years as the President of the Board Of Trustees. He is currently volunteering at Sunnyvale Community Services and Reading Partners at San Miguel School. He is married with three married children and six grandchildren and is the high lonesome singer in the StarGeezers, a 4 man American music group currently playing at churches and retirement facilities. He has lived in Sunnyvale since 1963.
Leslie Lawton, Vice-President
Leslie is a long-time member and docent of the Historical Society and presently is the editor of our monthly newsletter. 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. Her last five years she served as Manager of Community Relations.
Leslie has served as a Board member and President of both the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce (6 years) and Sunnyvale Community Services (12 years). She is also a 1999 graduate of Leadership Sunnyvale.
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 Jose.
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 for 30 years. 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 10 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’ faires. 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.