The Interviewees

The nucleus of Leadership Matters consists of 36 interviews with history and cultural heritage museum leaders from across the U.S. and Canada.  We heartily thank our interviewees for their candid, thoughtful, enthusiastic, often poignant and sometimes funny, reflections on their personal career journeys, museum leadership today, and what the heck it all means.

Some of our interviewees have changed positions since we interviewed them.  We note their current positions, followed by the position they held when we contacted them.

Hope Alswang, Executive Director/CEO, Norton Museum of Art (FL).

Dina Bailey, CEO, Mountain Top Vision, LLC. Formerly, Director/Interpretation Curator, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta (GA) and Director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experiences, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (OH).

Trevor Beemon, Executive Director, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, Inc. (GA). Formerly, Manager of Digital Communications, Atlanta History Center (GA).

Jamie O. Bosket, President and CEO, Virginia Museum of History & Culture. Formerly, Vice President, Interpretation and Events Division, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, (VA).

Edward R. Bosley, James N. Gamble Director, The Gamble House (CA).

Robert Burns, Director, Mattatuck Museum (CT).

Colin G. Campbell, Retired; former President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (VA).

Janet Carding, Director, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Formerly, Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.

Gonzalo Casals, Director at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NYC). Formerly, Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement, Friends of the High Line (NYC) and Deputy Executive Director, El Museo del Barrio (NY).

Anne Cathcart, Former Curatorial Assistant, Chesterwood (MA).

Catherine Charlebois, Curator of Exhibitions, Collections and Oral History Programs, Centre d’histoire de Montreal, Canada.

Melissa Chiu, Director, Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (DC).  Formerly, Museum Director and Senior Vice President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs, Asia Society Museum, (NY).

Christy S. Coleman, President and CEO, American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar (VA).

Kippen de Alba Chu, Executive Director, Iolani Palace (HI).

James Enote, Executive Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center (NM).

Ilene J. Frank, Chief Curator and COO, Connecticut Historical Society. Formerly, Executive Director, Rensselaer County Historical Society (NY).

Pamela E. Green, Former Executive Director, Weeksville Heritage Society (NY).

Beth Grindell, Retired; former Senior Curator, Archaeological Division, Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona (AZ) and Director, Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona.

Timothy Grove, Education Chief, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (DC).

Lynne M. Ireland, Deputy Director, Nebraska State Historical Society (NE).

Jennifer S. Kilmer, Director, Washington State Historical Society (WA).

Robert A. Kret, Director, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, (NM).

Burt Logan, Executive Director and CEO, Ohio Historical Society (OH).

Andrew E. Masich, President and CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center (PA).

Tonya M. Matthews, Ph.D., President & CEO, Michigan Science Center.  Former Vice President of Museums, Cincinnati Museum Center (OH).

Anne Grimes Rand, President, USS Constitution Museum (MA).

Nathan Richie, Director, Golden History Museum & Park (CO).

Van A. Romans, President, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (TX).

Ellen M. Rosenthal, Retired; former President and CEO, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (IN).

Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (CA).

Rebecca M. Slaughter, Museum System Administrator, City of Las Cruses (NM).  Formerly, Director, Branigan Cultural Center (NM).

Ryan Joshua Spencer, General Manager, Greenfield Village. Formerly, Senior Manager- Venue Interpretation and Firestone Farm and Manager, Firestone Farm and Equine Operations, The Henry Ford (MI).

Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer; formerly, Diversity Outreach Program Manager, Minnesota Historical Society (MN).

Sally Roesch Wagner, Founder and Executive Director, Matilda Joslyn Gage Center (NY).

Kent Whitworth, Executive Director, Kentucky Historical Society (KY).

David W. Young, Executive Director, Cliveden (PA).

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