Heather Karellas, Web and social media coordinator, Atlanta History Center
As a senior at Emory University, Heather is our youngest EMP leader. She is a double major in Business and History, and she has already held a variety of Museum positions. At the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, she has worked as a Museum Store Sales Associate, an Administrative Intern directly under the COO, and a Marketing Coordinator. She currently works at the Atlanta History Center updating their website and social media. Her primary interest is combining her passions of Business and History by seeing Museums as both businesses as well as invaluable sources of knowledge, community, and culture. She hopes to work in Museum Marketing or Development after graduating in May 2011.
Clara Hatcher is a MA Museum Studies/MBA student at John F. Kennedy University. She works at the de Young Museum, and has also done art education work abroad with Art Refuge in India, and ComunicArte in Costa Rica. She is interested in the intersection of art and community, of business and social responsibility, of power and moral leadership.
Leslie Howard, candidate, M.L.A. in Museum Studies at Harvard University
Leslie Howard is currently working on her thesis on why museums should collect contemporary objects. In her most recent position at the Nichols House Museum, Howard served as a Membership and Development Specialist, tour guide, researcher, and provided support for the Executive Director. She has also worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston Museum of Science, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Providence College Archives, and the John Brown House in Providence, RI. She has a M.A. in American History.
Jillian Allison, coordinator of education and programs, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Jillian joined the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys in 2008. In addition to her current position, Jillian has worked in development, programs and exhibitions at the Laboratory of Art and Ideas, which has since merged with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver and as a collections manager at the Nicolyasen Art Museum in Casper, Wyo. She has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and a M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University.
Chelsea Hogan, Gallery Teacher, The Getty Villa
Chelsea has been a Gallery Teacher at the Getty Villa in Malibu, California since December 2009. She recently moved to Los Angeles from Washington D.C., where she earned her Masters in Teaching Museum Education from the George Washington University while also working as an educator in a variety of museums, including The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, The National Children’s Museum, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in addition to an internship at the Newseum. She discovered her passion for Museum Education while volunteering as a docent at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, after having completed her Bachelors degree in Art History from Ithaca College in 2005. Chelsea is originally from Upstate New York.
Ian Kerrigan, exhibition manager, 9/11 Memorial Museum
In his current position, Kerrigan serves as Exhibition Manager at the National September 11 Memorial Museum where he oversees the content development for the museum’s inaugural exhibitions to open in 2012. He previously worked at the exhibition design firm Gallagher & Associates, and interned at the National Museum of African Art, the National Museum of Natural History, and the American Museum of Natural History. He received his B.A from Northwestern University in Anthropology and African Studies, and his M.A. from the George Washington University in Anthropology.
Stephanie Massaro, Contractor, National Park Service
Stephanie Massaro has an MA in Public History from American University in Washington DC. She restarted the EMP group in the DC Metro Area after attending her first AAM conference as an EMP Fellow in 2010. She’s been serving on the EMPAC Council representing DC for the past year and has planned numerous events for the DC EMP group. Stephanie has worked as an Archivist and Public Historian for the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks programs (NPS) for the past three years. She runs the NR & NHL Flickr account and works on various outreach publications and web features. Stephanie also works part-time as Museum Educator for the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Stephanie hopes to move her career in the direction of museum education or visitor services in a historic house or history museum. She thoroughly enjoys engaging with the public and helping museums be the centerpiece of public life-long learning.