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, Director/Interpretation Curator, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta (GA).  Formerly, Director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experiences, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (OH).

Trevor Beemon, Manager of Digital Communications, Atlanta History Center (GA)

Jamie Bosket, 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, President, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (VA)

Janet Carding, Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

Gonzalo Casals, Director of Public Programs, Education & Community Engagement, Friends of the High Line (NYC).  Formerly, 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).  Former 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, Executive Director, Rensselaer County Historical Society (NY)

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

Beth Grindell, Senior Curator, Archaeological Division, Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona (AZ).  Former 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 Ritchie, Director, Golden History Museum (CO)

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Taylor, Diversity Outreach Program Manager, Minnesota Historical Society (MN)

Sally Roesch Wagner, Founding 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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