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

John Lovell

Executive Director

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, John 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 (Cooperstown Graduate Program), and attended the Attingham Summer School on the English Country House.  John lives in Albany with his wife Audrey Nieson.

Executive Committee

President – Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

Director, Cooperstown Graduate Program

Gretchen Sorin holds a B.A. in American Studies (Rutgers University), an M.A. in Museum Studies (Cooperstown Graduate Program) and a Ph.D. in American history (University at Albany/SUNY). Dr. Sorin has over 35 years of experience in the museum profession consulting with more than 250 museums. She has served as 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 (NY), and the award-winning Wilderness Cure: Tuberculosis and the Adirondacks for the Adirondack Museum. She is Director and Distinguished Professor of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Dr. Sorin writes and lectures frequently on African American history and museum practice.

Vice-President – Michael Cagno

Executive Director, Noyes Museum of Art

From 1999-2006, Michael Cagno served as Executive Director of the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Art (Millville, NJ). Since 2006, Michael has served as Executive Director of The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College. Michael serves on the Board of Trustees of Art Pride New Jersey, and previously served on the board of the New Jersey Association of Museums and as Vice President of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. Michael has a B.A. in Fine Art from Rowan University, and an M.A. in Museum Management and Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration from Seton Hall University. He shares his passion for the arts as adjunct arts professor at Cumberland County College and Stockton College.

Secretary – 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 MAAM’s Registrars Committee and a long-time participant in their White Gloves Gang service project.

Treasurer – Barbara Bartlett

Director, Lorenzo State Historic Site

From 2002 to 2016, Barbara Bartlett served as director at Lorenzo State Historic Site/New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (Cazenovia, NY). Ms. Bartlett previously worked as the Restoration Coordinator for NYS Parks Central Region. 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 for fourteen years as adjunct professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University. Ms. Bartlett holds a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. from Columbia University and a certificate for Not-for-Profit Executive Management from Museums Collaborative.

Representatives

District of Columbia – 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. She develops virtual museum exhibits and Teaching with Museum Collections lesson plans in collaboration with parks, as well as 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 Service-wide implementation of 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).

New Jersey – Margaret O’Reilly

Curator, Fine Art, New Jersey State Museum

Margaret O’Reilly was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum (Trenton) in 2016. She joined the State Museum staff in 1988, and, in 1997, became Curator of Fine Art, organizing over 100 exhibitions including a re-installation of the Museum’s art collection – American Perspectives; and the critically well-received exhibitions, Wendel White: ManifestTranscendent: Toshiko Takaezu in the Museum CollectionWomen’s Works; and Mel Leipzig: A Retrospective. Margaret has an MA in painting and a BA in visual communications from Kean University.  She earned certification as an institutional protection specialist from the International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association of Museums.

Delaware – Jessica Jenkins

Manager of Marketing & Public Relations, Delaware Art Museum

Jessica Jenkins is currently the Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the Delaware Art Museum. Prior to joining DAM in 2012, Jessica was the Director of Communications at Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, PA. She also has more than 10 years of experience as a graphic designer, web designer, and marketing consultant for a variety of businesses, nonprofits, and private clients. She served on the Board for the Chris White Community Development Corporation and the Brandywine Valley Museums and Gardens Alliance in Wilmington, Delaware. Jessica holds a MA in Museum Communication and a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts and currently teaches communication courses in the Museum Studies Graduate Program. Jessica served as co-chair for MAAM’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Wilmington, DE.

At-Large

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 10 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 a docent at Glenstone (Potomac, MD).

At-Large – Danielle Rice

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

Dr. Danielle Rice, Program Director of the Museum Leadership MS at Drexel University, has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of museum management. From 2005 to 2013, she served as Executive Director of the Delaware Art Museum and, prior to that, was curator of education and associate director for programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  She has also led the education departments of the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) and the Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford, CT). Danielle also serves on several boards, including the Philadelphia Art Alliance (Vice Chair), and Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site (Chair). Danielle holds a doctorate in the history of art from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

At-Large – Prudence Procter Haines

Consultant to the Museum Field

Prudence Haines has a long history in the nonprofit, heritage and museum fields.  A graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies, she is the recent past Director of the History Affiliates program at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.  Previously, she served as the Executive Director for Historic Yellow Springs (Chester Springs, PA) and the Shofuso, Japanese House and Garden (Philadelphia, PA).  She has also worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Rockwood Museum and Hagley Museum and Library (both Wilmington, DE).  Her publications include articles on volunteer management in history museums, and contributions to the AASLH StEPs program and Tri-state Coalition for Historic Places Standards and Practices for Historic Site Administration.

At-Large – Beth Levinthal

Executive Director, Hofstra University Museum

From 2006 to her retirement in 2017, Beth Levinthal served as the Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum (Hempstead, NY).  Previously, she worked at the Heckscher Museum of Art (Huntington, NY), as School, Youth and Program Coordinator, then Director of Education and Public Programs, and finally as Executive Director. Reflecting Levinthal’s commitment to the role of museums as integral and fundamental educational and cultural resources, she has developed numerous exhibitions and educational programs.  Beth is an officer of the Board of Directors of the Museum Association of New York, and also serves on the boards of the Long Island Arts Alliance and the Huntington Arts Council.  She is a Peer Reviewer the American Alliance of Museums’ accreditation program.

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