Our Staff

We are eager to bring these beautiful paintings to a wider audience, and to educate about the lives of indigenous and Latina women and men in Central America.  Please feel free to contact us!

Girls Carrying Water from the Well at Chichutá Canton, Andrés Curruchich

Rita E. Moran, M.A. - Director and Curator

Ms. Moran is the Director and Curator of the Helen Moran Collection. A lifelong activist, she created the Collection in 2007 to promote dignity and human rights for indigenous and Latina women, indigenous peoples of Latin America, and undocumented immigrants to the United States. Ms. Moran has curated more than a dozen exhibitions at colleges, libraries, and community centers throughout the country. She can give gallery talks introducing the artworks and the artists, and can also speak on violence against women and the struggle for human rights in Guatemala, as reflected in the Collection.


Ms. Moran is an ESL Instructor at City College of San Francisco, and has taught English to Latino and indigenous immigrants for 15 years. She is currently collaborating on the memoir, The Passion of la Niña Milagros: Growing Up in the Violence of El Salvador.  In 2011 she was a member of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission’s delegation investigating violence against women. She earned her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her M.A. from San Francisco State University.

Maureen Bourbin, M.A. - Curator

Ms. Bourbin joined the Helen Moran Collection as a curator in 2017. She specializes in researching the symbolism in Spanish colonial devotional artwork, and has worked as a consultant, lectured, curated exhibitions, and published articles on the subject. Ms. Bourbin currently serves on the Board of Cultural Connections and on the Advisory Board of Groundswell at City College of San Francisco. Former Board service includes the California Mission Studies Association, the Museum Studies Special Interest Group of San Francisco State University, and the Treasure Island Museum Association. Ms. Bourbin received her MA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University.