Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.


Rick Smith, Office Manager

Kate Walker, Marketing Coordinator

Among her six years of museum experience, Brianna has interned at a number of Northeast Ohio museums, hunted through the Andy Warhol Museum archives, and served as an Ohio History Service Corps member assisting 10 organizations. She has said for the past several years that her dream job was working in a small, Cleveland-area museum, and now she has the honor of leading one in beautiful Shaker Heights!


She holds a BFA in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MLIS with a focus on museum studies, archives, and special collections from Kent State University. Brianna's hobbies include hiking, visiting museums (of course), reading, doing her best on New York Times crossword puzzles, and continually searching for the best gluten-free pizza (currently #1: Lorenzo's in Oberlin). 



Kate is an award-winning communications professional who has experience working in a variety of industries including: non-profit, corporate, and government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cleveland doing strategic communications, consulting as well as sales and marketing work. Kate loves working with people and learning about their history. Kate lives with her family in Shaker Heights and is excited about working at the Shaker Historical Society and utilizing her communications experience to help raise awareness about this history of our great community!



Brianna Treleven, Executive Director

An avid reader of history and visitor to historic sites, Rick Smith has found a new home for his hobby at The Shaker Historical Society. 

A corporate “PR guy” for more than 30 years, Rick knows a lot of history about the aluminum, aerospace and automotive industries and a little history about the eye care, energy and travel businesses.

Rick and his wife, Anne, a retired independent school administrator and public school history teacher are enjoying their second “tour” of Shaker Heights as grandparents.  They lived and worked in Shaker Heights for thirteen years during their first tour and reared their two children, Rick and Carolyn.  Their son, also a Rick, served on the SHS Board and his daughter, Hazel, serves as a student volunteer at SHS.   If you don’t believe history repeats itself, albeit in genealogical reverse, just ask the Smiths.

Rick, the elder, holds a bachelor’s degree in history (what else?) from Muskingum University and a master’s degree in public relations from American University.

Rick looks forward to meeting and hearing the history stories from many SHS members and guests at the Museum. 



Samantha Rodgers, Docent 

Samantha is a student at Case Western Reserve University pursuing not one, not two, but three majors!