Based on a vote put to the MER membership, the following people have been accepted for the 2011-2014 MER Board Term. Welcome to our new members!

Beth Maloney Beth Maloney has worked in the field of museum education since 1996. Currently working as a consultant, she provides educational expertise to museums and cultural organizations of diverse sizes and disciplines. Before consulting, she worked an educator and audience advocate in a variety of museums including the Oakland Museum of California, the California Academy of Science, and the Museum of the City of New York. She has a MSEd from the Museum Education Program at the Bank Street College of Education and taught a course in museum education at the University of New Mexico for several years. Beth currently serves as Chair of the Publications Committee on the Board of the Museum Education Roundtable.

Joy Kubarek-Sandor currently oversees a suite of informal science education programs as Manager of Student & Teacher Programs at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL.  The team offers a variety of standards-aligned programs for students and teachers, engaging them in real-world situations through problem-based learning and firsthand experiences with the scientific process and the natural world.  Prior to this role, Joy worked in education coordinator capacities at the Great Lakes Aquarium, Minnesota Sea Grant, and the Minneapolis Park & Rec Board.  She also serves as adjunct faculty with National Louis University and assists with research at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  She has her B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, an M.Ed. with a focus on environmental ed from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Science Education at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Karleen Gardner, Curator of Education at the Memphis Brooks Museum, is committed to developing dynamic, meaningful, and thought-provoking museum experiences for visitors of all ages. Currently, a Kress Leaders Fellow in the Leadership in Museum Education graduate program at Bank Street College of Education in New York City, she will receive her M.S. in Education in 2011. Gardner also holds a M.A. and a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in English. She is active in the field and presents at regional and national conferences including the American Association of Museums, the National Art Education Association, and the Tennessee Art Education Association. Karleen has served as a grants panelist for the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In 2008, she was selected as the Tennessee Art Education Association’s Outstanding Museum Educator of the Year.

Elisabeth Nevins has enjoyed over 10 years helping people connect with content, collections, and stories in ways that engage, enlighten, and inspire. Her firm, Seed Education Consulting (Seed/Ed), develops educational programs and interpretive content for museums, historic sites, and cultural organizations.

Nevins has worked in the education departments of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Connecticut Historical Society, and Historic New England. Most recently she served as the first full-time director of education and interpretation for Boston’s Old North Church historic site, where she managed the development of the Tories, Timid, or True Blue? website—winner of an American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Award of Merit—and created Old North’s first on-site education program for elementary-aged students.

She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and an M.S.Ed. in Museum Education and Early Adolescent Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education.

Paige Simpson is the founding Director of the Balboa Park Learning Institute, a collaborative learning laboratory and organizational development program for staff and volunteers of arts, science, and cultural institutions. Prior to her work in Balboa Park, Paige led an innovative museum/school partnership program for the National Gallery of Art and D.C. Public Schools. She has also worked as a museum educator for museums in Virginia, North Carolina, and England. Paige holds a M.A.T. in museum education from the George Washington University and a M.A. in nonprofit leadership and management from the University of San Diego. Paige’s special interests include leadership and learning, creating equitable and engaging audience experiences, and collaboration.

Museum Education Roundtable, Current Board of Directors

Jill Overlie
Curator of Education, Longmont Museum & Cultural Ctr
Longmont, CO

Vice President, Chair, Governance Committee
Stacy Fuller
Head of Education, Amon Carter Museum
Fort Worth TX

Karen Daly
Executive Director, Dumbarton House
Washington, DC

Gabrielle Wyrick
Associate Director of Education
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, MA

Chair, Publications Committee
Beth Maloney
Museum Education Consultant
Baltimore, MD

Journal of Museum Education, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Tina Nolan
Associate Director of Partnerships, National College of Education, National-Louis University
Chicago, IL

Journal of Museum Education, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Cynthia Robinson
Professor of Museum Studies
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Chair, Communications Committee
Sarah S. Marcotte
Museum Services, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA

Chair, Membership Committee
Laureen Trainer
Denver Museum of Nature and Science, CO

Chair, Programs Committee
Nancy Richner
Museum Education Director, Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY

Chair, Finance Committee
Matt Hill
Project Manager
Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN

Chair, Planning Committee
Tania Said Schuler
Curator of Education, Ball State University Museum of Art
Muncie, IN

MER Office
Rose Stapp, Office Manager
P.O. Box 15727
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-547-8378
Fax: 202-547-8345
E-mail:[email protected]

DC Liaison
Ann Caspari
Early Childhood Education Specialist, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC

Jill Dixon

Erik Holland
Site Supervisor, Fort Buford Historic Site, State Historical Society of North Dakota
Bismark, North Dakota
Ex-Officio Board Member, Past President ‘07-’09

Jessimi Jones
Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus, Ohio

Michael Kates
Fort Des Moines Museum
Des Moines, Iowa

Carole Krucoff
Oriental Institute Museum
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Victoria Ramirez
Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, Texas

Julia Rose
Director, West Baton Rouge Museum
Port Allen, LA