Meet the Team

Meet Our Team

Katherine Carlson

Executive Director

Katherine has been at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum since 2008 beginning her journey as the administrator, curator and now the Executive Director. She was born and raised in Prince George, then went to UNBC to get a degree in anthropology with a minor in history. Her studies included an intersessional course that took them on study trips to many of the region’s top historic facilities. The Railway & Forestry Museum ignited her imagination so much so that she did a research contract for the organization a year after her 2007 graduation.

Kathy is also the President of the Nechako Rotary Club, Vice-Chair of Northern Interior Communities Association, Membership Coordinator for Team Rubicon and on the Board of Directors for Heritage BC. “I was privileged to be able to learn, piece by piece, how this facility operates, I took courses that helped me understand how a museum is run and how history is preserved, and now I really get to apply that knowledge.”

Maria Martins

Curator

Maria joined the team of the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum as a summer student in 2017 and has been here ever since. Having completed her bachelors in History with a minor in Anthropology focusing in environmental history. She is currently advancing her studies with a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria.

Maria began her current role of Curator in 2020 and started managing our collection, from the very small to the very large pieces of rail and forest industry equipment. ‘I knew from the beginning that being at the CBCRFM was the right place for me, as I can bring my passion of industrial history to life.’

Brian Wich

Parks Manager

Brian began his journey at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum as a volunteer, then became a member of the Board of Directors. He was hired on as the Parks Manager in 2014 and never looked back. Brian holds a Certificate in Advanced Electronics from BCIT. He is an active member in the Model Train community with a love for N Scale trains. When he isn’t at work, which is seldom, he loves to spend time with his family.

‘My favorite part of being at the CBCRFM is meeting people from all over the world’. When he’s not maintaining the 8-acre grounds or collaborating on restoration projects with our Curator, you can find him on the museum’s 71/2-gauge Minirail, either on-site or at the many regional events we attend.

Alisha Rubadeau

Marketing and Programming Manager

Alisha started at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum in 2020 right before their biggest event, Celebration of Lights. Having worked at museums and non-profits throughout BC, she brings over 20 years’ experience to the team here at CBCRFM. She was previously Chair of the Prince George Heritage Commission, and has a soft spot for PG, history having grown up here.

Bringing a love of our community and a knowledge of events, Alisha hopes to bring more events to the community and create accessibility for everyone. ‘Being at the CBCFRM has allowed me to bring my passion of local history and events together.’

Katie Kramer

Gift Shop Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

Katie joined us at the Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum in 2021 after finishing her bachelors at UNBC in Environmental Studies. Her passion lies with environmental citizenship and bottom-up environmentalism.

Katie is excited to work in the non-profit field and is looking forward to finding new passions here at the CBCRFM. ‘I am excited to further my knowledge and my career with the team here.’ You can find Katie’s smiling face at the front desk of the museum, greeting everyone that comes through our doors.