MAAM Leadership

The Board of Directors includes an Executive Committee as well as one representative each from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and six Members-at-Large.


Executive Director:

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Executive Director - John Lovell


John Lovell has been a long time member of MAAM representing every stage of his career from emerging professional to seasoned museum worker. He has served the organization as conference session presenter, workshop organizer, annual meeting chair, and board member and officer. Prior to assuming this position, he worked as administrator of state historic sites in New York’s Hudson Valley, and most recently as director of the Bureau of Historic Sites for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. He holds a graduate degree in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and attended the Attingham Summer School on the English Country House. John lives in Albany, New York, with his wife Audrey Nieson.



2016 Executive Committee:



President - Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

Director, Cooperstown Graduate Program

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin holds a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and a Ph.D. from the University at Albany in American history. Dr. Sorin has more than thirty- five years of experience in the museum profession working for more than 250 museums as a museum consultant. She has served as a guest curator for many exhibitions including Through the Eyes of Others: African Americans and Identity in American Art; the nationally acclaimed traveling exhibition, Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews for the Jewish Museum in New York and the award-winning Wilderness Cure: Tuberculosis and the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Museum. She is currently Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a training program for museum curators, educators and directors co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. Dr. Sorin writes and lectures frequently on African American history and museum practice.



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Vice-President - Michael Cagno

Executive Director, Noyes Museum of Art

From 1999- 2006, Michael Cagno served as the Executive Director for the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Art in Millville, New Jersey.  During his tenure in Millville, Michael worked with government and community organizations to revitalize its downtown by using the arts as a catalyst for economic development and social transformation. Since August 2006, Michael has served as Executive Director of The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College. This partnership has allowed the museum to increase its capacity to make the arts more accessible and inclusive for residents of southern New Jersey. Today the Noyes Museum operates a museum shop, art studios and soon a new gallery in Hammonton.


Michael currently serves on the Board of Trustees for New Jersey Art Pride and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museum, and has served as board member for the New Jersey Association of Museums and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance as Vice President.   Having a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from Rowan University, Masters Degree in Museum in Management and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University has allowed Michael to follow his passion for the arts.  He also shares this passion as an adjunct arts professor at Cumberland County College and Stockton College.




Treasurer - Barbara Bartlett

Director, Lorenzo State Historic Site

Effective May, 2002, Barbara Giambastiani Bartlett was appointed the director at Lorenzo State Historic Site, Cazenovia, NY. Ms. Bartlett previously worked as the Restoration Coordinator for Central Region and her primary responsibilities were directing the capital program for cultural and historic resources throughout the Region, at both historic sites and parks, and conducting environmental reviews and coordinating cooperative agreements with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Cornell University. Before working for New York State, she was the executive director of the Preservation Association of CNY and the Madison County Historical Society. She has also served as an adjunct professor with the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University for fourteen years. Ms. Giambastiani Bartlett holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. degree from Columbia University and a certificate for Not-for-Profit Executive Management from Museums Collaborative.

2016 Representatives


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New York Representative - John Haworth

Director, George Gustav Heye Center, National Museum of the American Indian


John Haworth is Director of the National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye Center in New York City. Prior to join the Museum’s staff in 1995, he served as Assistant Commissioner for Cultural Institutions at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. At NYU, he taught arts management & cultural policy courses for fourteen academic years, and has also lectured extensively at regional, national and international conferences (including UNESCO’s conference in Paris in April 2010). He has written several articles for national magazines and museum & exhibition publications. Mr. Haworth has an MBA from Columbia University, where he also was designated as a Revson Fellow on the Future of New York City in 1979. He chairs the Museum Association of New York, and serves on the boards for Americans for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Museum Association, Public Art Network Council, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Mr. Haworth is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.




District of Columbia Representative - Joan Bacharach 

Museum Curator, Museum Management Program, National Park Service

Joan Bacharach serves as a curator with the NPS Museum Management Program developing policies and procedures for documentation, preservation and protection, and access to NPS collections. These archeology, ethnography, history, archives, geology, biology and paleontology collections number over 40 million objects and 50,000 linear feet of archives that are located at over 360 NPS parks, centers, and historic house museums nationwide. Joan develops virtual museum exhibits and Teaching with Museum Collections lesson plans in collaboration with parks that are available on-line at, together with the NPS Museum Handbook and Conserve O Gram [COG] series. Joan is the COG series editor and does training for the Department of the Interior {DOI] museum program. As NPS Museum Registrar, she managed the Servicewide implementation the Automated National Catalog System and led the task force in the development of DOI documentation policies and procedures. Before joining NPS, Joan was the collections manager in the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.



Maryland Representative - Shawn Herne

Deputy Director, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation


Shawn M. Herne is the Deputy Director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation in Baltimore,

Maryland. He has worked developing and administering museum exhibits and programs that are

exciting and engaging, believing that the best visitor experiences come from museum elements

that provoke thought and conversation. Prior to joining the Babe Ruth Museum, Mr. Herne

served as Executive Director of the Hammond-Harwood House in Annapolis, Maryland. He has

taught railroad history for the University of Baltimore and published The Railroad Timekeepers,

a book on railroad timekeeping. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland

Museum Association and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.




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Pennsylvania Representative - Helen Shannon

Director of Museum Exhibition Design, University of the Arts, Philadelphia


Helen M. Shannon is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Museum Education Program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. From 2001 to 2006, she served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum. She has worked in museum education at the St. Louis Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ms. Shannon holds degrees in art history--a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her teaching career has included positions at Rutgers-New Brunswick and at Sarah Lawrence College. She has spoken at museums and colleges as well as at academic and professional conferences on such subjects as the influence of African art on American modernism, the history of African-American art, and the state of museums.


New Jersey Representative - Margaret O’Reilly

Curator, Fine Art, New Jersey State Museum



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Delaware Representative - Jessica Jenkins

Manager of Marketing & PR, Delaware Art Museum


Prior to Joining the Delaware Art Museum, Jessica was the Director of Communications at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA and worked as an illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, and product developer for a variety of businesses, nonprofits, and private clients. She also serves on the Board for the Chris White Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization in Wilmington, DE that seeks to cultivate a thriving art community through affordable artist housing and innovative collaborations.


Jessica holds a MA in Museum Communication and a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts. She teaches a communication strategies course in the Museum Studies Graduate Program at UArts.



2016 At-Large


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At-Large - Jobi Zink

Registrar, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia


Jobi Zink is currently the Registrar at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Rosenbach in 2014, she was at the Jewish Museum of Maryland for 16 years in various capacities including senior collections manager, registrar, building manager, intern wrangler and traveling exhibitions coordinator.  Ms. Zink has also worked with the collections at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Art and Archaeology.  She holds an M.A. in Art History from American University and a B.A. in Art History from Emory University. Jobi is currently the Vice-Chair of the MAAM Registrar’s Committee and a long-time participant in their White Gloves Gang service project.




At-Large – Judith Landau

Internship Coordinator/Faculty, M.A. in Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Judith has been an educator all her working life, first as a classroom music teacher, then as a museum educator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and finally as a university lecturer. For ten years she was the Assistant Director of the Museum Education Program at the George Washington University, preparing graduate students to enter the museum field. Since leaving GWU she has been a consultant for over 40 museums, training docents, designing school and museum curricula and managing strategic planning activities among other roles. Currently she is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program and is working as a docent at Glenstone.



At-Large – Danielle Rice

Program Director, Museum Leadership, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University



At-Large – Prudence Procter Haines

Consultant to the Museum Field




At-Large – Franklin Vagnone

Executive Director, The Historic House Trust of New York City

Franklin Vagnone has over 20 years of collaborative leadership in non-profit management, financial oversight, fundraising, strategic planning, Board relationships and award-winning cultural program development. His work experience includes a wide spectrum of organizations ranging from private ownership to complex Gov./private multiple-agreement stakeholders. He serves as Executive Director of the Historic House Trust of New York City. 

He has consulted, lectured, and taught nationally for an extensive list of historic sites, museums, historic houses, community-based historic societies, and membership organizations. Seen as a national thought leader in innovative & entrepreneurial non-profit management for historic sites, Franklin has instituted culturally diverse strategies that transform institutions, encouraged innovative thinking that increases operational functionality, engages diverse new audiences, expands relevancy, attendance and fundraising capacity. All of this facilitated with robust partnerships and strong messaging through traditional and social media.

Franklin has served on the advisory boards of many not-for-profit entities as well as HHT’s 23 historic house museum boards.He also moderates an international discussion group – The Anarchist Guide to Historic House Museums and maintains the blog: Twisted Preservation, which to date, has readers in over 45 countries. Currently, he is co-authoring a book with Ms. Deborah Ryan about his "Anarchist Guide" concepts for historic sites. Membership: American Fundraising Professionals, International Committee for Historic House Museums.



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At-Large – Beth Levinthal

Executive Director, Hofstra University Museum


Beth E. Levinthal has a passionate commitment to the role of museums. Since 2006, she has been the Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead, NY. Between 2000 and 2006 she was Executive Director of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York having been the Director of Education and Public Programs 1996 -2000. Among other Levinthal has developed numerous educational programs for learners across the life span.

She is currently a Board Trustee of the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) and served as the founding Secretary of the Board of Directors 2003-2014. Beth Levinthal is a member of the Board of Directors for the Huntington Arts Council on Long Island 2014 -, as well as serving as a Peer Reviewer for Accreditation for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In 2012, Ms. Levinthal was appointed to a two-year renewable term on the NYS Board of Regents Advisory Council on Museums.  She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Museum Association of New York (MANY) 2003-2005; 2009-2014.

Honors include a Malcolm Arth Fellowship from MAAM in 1996, a George Estabrook Alumni Award from Hofstra University in 2005, and a “Woman of Distinction Award,” Distinction Magazine in 2006. Since 2006 she has been a member of ArtTable, an organization recognizing women in the arts.

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