Museum/Gallery Experience

Executive Director           September 2012-Present

Boone County Historical Society, Boone, Iowa

  • Responsible for the management, direction, and leadership of four individual century-old museums
  • Coordinate and train more than 80 volunteers or interns
  • Attendance, volunteerism, grant funding, and programming have increased under my direction
  • Assure the proper care, improvement, storage, documentation, and use of all archives and collections
  • Established policies for collections care, accessioning, use, copyright policy
  • Maintain excellent relationship with board, membership, and community

MadaMuseo Design           September 2011-Present

Owner, clients are nationwide

  • Design logo, marketing/branding packages, web sites, print collateral, trade show exhibitions
  • Artist gallery prospect research and portfolio submissions
  • Clients include BooST Together for Children, artist Tricia Zimic, Griggs Environmental Strategies,Morris Museum, Thompson Financial, etc.

Administrative Intern           March 2012 – May 2012

New Jersey Historical Society, Newark, New Jersey

  • Compile, write and design 2011 annual report, print and e-newsletters
  • Conduct grant prospect research and write grant proposals
  • Install and de-install photographic exhibitions

Curatorial Intern June 2010 – July 2010

Union Historical Society, Union, Maine

  • Preserved artifacts, photos, and archives
  • Databased collections in Past Perfect
  • Researched, designed and created Civil War exhibition

Assistant Coordinator Feb. 2010 – August 2010

Maquoketa Art Experience, Maquoketa, Iowa

  • Secured $21,000 in grant funding
  • Conducted grant prospect research and proposal writing
  • Compiled marketing and business contact databases
  • Created evaluative materials for exhibits, programs and workshops

Interpreter and PreservationistMarch 2009-Nov. 2009

Cedar Rock: Frank Lloyd Wright signature residence

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Independence, Iowa

  • Preservation of the home and maintenance of the grounds
  • Material care and preservation
  • Guiding tours of the home and estate
  • Exhibit and tour research, layout and design

Museums and Collections Program AssistantAug. 2008 – March 2009

UNI Museums, Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Designed, wrote and produced exhibit materials and signage
  • Installed and struck exhibits, artifact handling
  • Maintained exhibitions and collections
  • Researched, planned, collected artifacts, and built exhibitions
  • Designed programs, posters and publicity materials
  • Created database for record organization and upkeep
  • Implemented technology planning; Facebook, MySpace etc

Visitor Research and Interpretation InternJune 2008 – July 2008

The British Museum, London, United Kingdom

  • Created visitor tracking sheets and exit questionnaires, then administered surveys to 100 visitors
  • Synthesized data into an analysis aimed at exhibition and gallery improvements at the British Museum as well as future venues
  • Presented research to the British Museum interpretation board and curators of the American Scene exhibition

Public Programming AssistantAug. 2007 – May 2008

UNI Museums, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit: Earth from Space

  • Designed publicity campaign and created and coordinated 23 programs for different age groups in connection with exhibit
  • Scheduled guest lectures, completing all details from confirmation, promotion, set-up and take-down
  • Coordinated video showings and childrens’ activities
  • Assisted with design, set-up, and installation of exhibit area
  • Created signage for exhibit and area displays

Curatorial Assistant and  Photograph TechnicianDec. 2002 – Aug. 2005

Jackson County Historical Society, Maquoketa, Iowa

  • Developed a researchable probate database of 5,000+ files
  • Excavated the abandoned, historical Clinton Engines Site
  • Researched and designed exhibits
  • Aided in the development and completion of photograph database
  • Videotaped and provided technological support for programming
  • Charged with open/close of museum and tours

Commissioned Artist2004

Ohnward Fine Arts Center, Maquoketa, Iowa

  • Assisted in designing and producing a permanent wooden mural for the Drew Art Gallery

Commissioned Artist2002

Maquoketa School District, Maquoketa, Iowa

  • Assisted in designing and producing a permanent mural for the school board meeting room. Researched historic photos for mural design

Additional Experience

Graduate Assistantship September 2010 – September 2012

Office of the Dean, College Arts and Sciences

Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

  • Assist in editing academic articles for publishing
  • Perform organizational and administrative duties
  • Revising and compiling faculty chairs instructional manual
  • Design, research, write annual reports 2008-2011 years
  •  Perform organizational and administrative duties



Master of Arts, Museum Professions

Concentration: Exhibition Development

Expected: May 2012

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

 Thesis: Making it Count: Professional Standards and Best Practices in Building Museum Internship Programs

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Studies

Concentration: Public Relations

December 2008

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa


Conferences/Workshops Attended:

  • New Jersey Association of Museums Annual Meeting (May 2012)
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Conference (October 2011) Session Speaker: Strategizing Museum Internships to Meet (and Manage) Everyone’s Expectations
  • Bruce Craig Fellow: Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Conference (October 2010)
  • Iowa Museum Association Conference (October 2009, 2012, 2013) and several workshops
  • The British Museum (July  2008) Workshop – In the Past We Would Have Just Been Invisible


Past Perfect, Adobe PhotoShop, InDesign, Dreanweaver, and Illustrator, Quickbooks, MicroSoft Office Software, PowerPoint, Power Tools


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