KIM VILLALPANDO – Executive Director, Phippen Museum
Villalpando is the executive director of the Phippen Museum, located in the majestic Granite Dells of historic Prescott, Arizona. Named after inspirational local artist, George Phippen, the museum opened its doors in 1984 and is dedicated to the presentation and preservation of the art, history and heritage of the American West. Villalpando started her career with the Phippen in 2003 as the museum’s bookkeeper. She was promoted to director in 2005 and continues to be enthusiastically dedicated to helping the public learn more about the incredible art of the American West and the unique ranching heritage and history of Arizona’s Central Highlands.
Villalpando grew up north of Chicago in Lake Forest, Illinois and received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in 1982, majoring in lodging, restaurant and tourism administration. There, she met the love of her life, Tony Villalpando, her husband of 33 years. Together they have two adult children, Justin and Kristin.
Villalpando loves Prescott for the beautiful climate and the quality of life. She stays involved with the community as a member of the Prescott Corral of Westerners, the Prescott Tourism Advisory Board, all the local Chambers of Commerce, and has served twice as president of the Rotary Club of Prescott.
When she’s not working, Villalpando loves to travel and considers herself quite the foodie. A favorite pursuit is finding and experiencing new dining venues, with a particular interest in those offering regional and cultural fares.
Villalpando believes that the Phippen Museum plays a valuable role as a cultural leader in the community and encourages locals who have not visited to stop by and explore the awesome experiences it offers. She feels that the Phippen has a very bright future ahead, including plans for a stunning outdoor pavilion, expansion of its collection room, numerous landscaping improvements and a sculpture garden.