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WAYNE LABAR
ALCHEMY studio

NAME President

Wayne Labar

Wayne is principal of ALCHEMY studio with 29 years of experience in museum and science center planning, project management, creative team leadership, exhibition design and development, implementation, technology and networking. His current interests are leading organizations to becoming more impactful to their communities, developing innovative exhibitions and public programming, and advancing the museum field with new paradigms that shape our society's means of communicating and working together. He holds a BA in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, attended The Getty Leadership Institute and served on its Advisory Committee and is a member of numerous associations. “I want to continue NAME's role as a thought leader and as an important resource to the museum and exhibition field. In the coming years we look to broaden our impact across all different types of museums worldwide, strengthen and develop Exhibition and other communication efforts, and to offer more opportunities for people in the exhibition field to network and share experiences both regionally and nationally.”

PENNY JENNINGS
Oakland Museum of California

NAME Vice-President

Penny Jennings

Penny has been working in the museum world since the 1980s, first as a student of technology and material culture, then as an educator and exhibit developer for projects far and wide, mostly in science, history and children's museums. Most recently, she led teams of Exploratorium exhibit developers, designers and engineers, working on two large planning, design and fabrication projects. She has served on the Board of NAME since 2006. “I think we have a whole lot to learn from sharing our successes and failures, and hope that by doing so we can create a more thoughtful and creative professional community.”

BETH REDMOND-JONES
San Diego Natural History Museum

NAME Treasurer

Beth Redmond-Jones

Beth Redmond-Jones is the Senior Director of Public Programs at the San Diego Natural History Museum. For over 25 years, Beth has been working on-staff and as a consultant to museums of different disciplines developing and designing exhibitions and public programs. She holds a Masters in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in Art History and minors in biology and studio art from the University of New Hampshire. Beth has a long prior history with NAME. As a Western Regional Rep, then as a Board Member-at-Large—where she oversaw the branding of the NAME identity and Exhibitionist (now Exhibition), and finally, as the Managing Editor of Exhibitionist. In the position of Treasurer, Beth hopes to continue the financial stability of the organization, guide solid fiscal decisions, and contribute to the vision and future of NAME.

 

IAN KERRIGAN
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

NAME Secretary

Ian Kerrigan

Ian Kerrigan is the Director of Exhibitions for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. He completed his undergraduate studies in anthropology at Northwestern University and earned his master’s degree in anthropology at The George Washington University, and has previously coordinated exhibition design, content, and master planning projects for cultural, history, and music museums across the country. He is a guest lecturer at museum studies and design programs on exhibition development, community engagement, and memorial museums. Ian is a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a peer reviewer for AAM’s Museum Assessment Program, a past contributor to the Exhibitionist journal, and has previously served on AAM’s National Program Committee.

DARCIE A. MACMAHON
Florida Museum of Natural History

NAME Fundraising Chair

Darcie Macmahon

Darcie is Exhibits & Public Programs Director at the Florida Museum of Natural History. She served as NAME’s Southeast Regional Rep from 2007-2012 and has headed up the sponsorship program since 2010. She became involved with NAME because she believes it is the best forum for people interested in museum exhibitions to network, share ideas, support excellence, develop best practices, and move the field forward. “As Regional Rep I worked to carry this mission to the region and its conference, especially to expand exhibition dialogue among colleagues from smaller institutions who do not have resources to be involved at AAM. Being a Member-at-Large allows me more time to focus on coordinating sponsorships, a program which is vital to our well- being and allows us to do what we do best – conference events, forward-thinking initiatives, and Exhibition – our amazing journal.”

VALERIE KING
1220 Exhibits

Marketing Chair

Valerie King

Valerie King is an Account Executive with 1220 Exhibits where her responsibilities include marketing and new business development. Valerie has been in the museum industry for 20 years and her experience includes public relations for a commercial art gallery, development for a not-for-profit arts foundation and project management for exhibit fabrication. Valerie holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University. “I want to help members make a connection with NAME and build relationships between our diverse association of museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums. We can each gain ideas and inspiration from the innovative exhibits and programming our colleagues are doing.”

CLARE BROWN
Corcoran School of the Arts + Design

Membership Chair

Clare Brown

Clare Brown is the Program Head for the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University. She has been a professor of exhibition design for 8 years and a practicing exhibition designer for nearly 20 years. Clare has worked at the National Museum of American History, the New-York Historical Society, and the Newseum. Her current interests focus on pushing the boundaries of exhibition design, the intersections of digital and physical design, experiential design, and creative exhibition development and design processes. Clare is an enthusiastic exhibition design professional with wide access to student populations. "I would love to work to encourage more students and young professionals to become involved in NAME, and help NAME maintain its relevance in this continually evolving field."

BECKY MENLOVE
Natural History Museum of Utah

Program Co-chair

Becky Menlove

Becky is the Associate Director for the Visitor Experience at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City where she oversees exhibits, public programs and guest services, and school programs. She was responsible for managing the design and construction of ten permanent exhibits and indoor and outdoor public spaces for a new 160,000 square-foot facility opened in November 2011. “During my 14 years at NHMU, NAME-sponsored workshops, panels, and programs have informed, inspired, and challenged me. I'm thrilled to participate in the important work NAME does for its members, and for all the visitors we serve.”

BETH KAMINSKY
Independent Exhibit Developer, Writer & Project Manager

Program Co-Chair

Beth Kaminsky

Beth has a passion for museums and believes in the power of exhibits to connect with people. She works with institutions and firms, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in museum experiences. Beth started her career at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where she discovered her strengths to be a visitor-centered approach and an ability to work well with diverse teams and stakeholders. Over the years she’s delved into topics ranging from fossils to fish to space. On staff at History Colorado from 2009 to 2015, Beth helped transform a traditional historical society into an active museum for local families, school groups, and tourists. Beth has an M.A. in Museum Studies and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Denver.

JENNY-SAYRE RAMBERG
National Aquarium

Member at Large

Jenny-Sayre Ramberg

Jenny-Sayre is the Director of Planning and Design at the National Aquarium. She is honored to serve on the NAME Board and looks forward to continuing to her participation. Jenny-Sayre is particularly interested in continuing to foster connections and creative exchange between the museum and aquarium/zoo community and to help develop more re-energizing opportunities for NAME members like the 2009 Creativity and Collaboration retreat that was held in Monterey. “I’d like to help NAME create more and new opportunities for all of us to connect with each other to share work challenges, ideas and experience.”

JOANNE JONES-RIZZI
Science Museum of Minnesota

Member at Large

Joanne Jones-Rizzi

Joanne is excited to join to the NAME board and is interested in expanding meaningful access to museums with exhibitions that are relevant to audiences who do not yet think of museums as their cultural institutions. Joanne began her career as an exhibit developer and cultural program leader at the Boston Children's Museum in 1985. She is co-author of the book Opening the Museum, and has written numerous articles exploring ideas related to identity, race, and community. She has served on the editorial advisory board of Exhibition and the ACM program Committee. In 2005 she joined the Science Museum of Minnesota. In her current role as Director of Community Engagement at SMM she leads a group that is committed to being thoughtful and intentional about defining community and creating approaches that advocate equitable access, reciprocity, meaningful participation, and cultural relevance to a broad range of communities. Joanne advises museums nationally and internationally on exhibition development and community engagement.

ERIC SIEGEL
UC Botanical Garden

Member At Large

Eric Siegel

Eric is the Director of the University of California Botanical Garden in Berkeley. He was previously Director and Chief Content Officer at the New York Hall of Science, where he lead the Hall’s education, program, exhibition development, science, and technology functions. Eric has been in senior roles in art and science museums for over 25 years and has published extensively in the museum field. As a consultant he has worked with They Might Be Giants, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Endowment for the Arts and many other organizations. Eric graduated from the CORO Leadership New York program, and holds an MBA in arts administration from SUNY Binghamton. He teaches actively as a member of the graduate faculty of the New York University Museums Studies and Interactive Telecommunications programs. Eric was President of NAME from 2008 to 2010 and will continue to contribute to NAME’s mission as Member-at- Large.

JASON JAY STEVENS
Flutter & Wow Museum Projects

NAME Web & Media

Jason Jay Stevens

Jason is Principal of Flutter & Wow Museum Projects, an exhibit design and fabrication firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Working at the intersection of art and science, specializing in custom technology and beauty and logic in design, the studio's portfolio covers a diverse range of noteworthy projects, including permanent and traveling exhibitions, history, art and interactive science exhibits. Jason's two decade career in the museum field goes hand-in-hand with a lifelong passion for museums and the art of exhibition.  He is an award-winning writer – including essays for NAME's Exhibitionist  – and multimedia artist, and a tireless polymath. He teaches Exhibit Design and Environmental Design at Lawrence Technological University. Jason helps oversee NAME's web presence, including social media and Exhibitionist online.

DOUGLAS SIMPSON
Cambridge Seven Associates

NAME Immediate Past President

Douglas Simpson

Douglas plays a senior role leading exhibit teams at Cambridge Seven Associates, an award-winning architecture and exhibit design firm. Working closely with curators and content experts, he has created a diverse array of mission-driven, participatory visitor experiences for natural history, history, cultural, and children's museums, as well as zoos and aquariums. Currently, he is designing exhibits for the Lao Niu Children's Museum in Inner Mongolia, China and recently completed exhibits for the Philadelphia Children's Zoo and the National Aquarium of Saudi Arabia. Douglas holds two self-designed degrees: the first in Environmental Science, Political Science, and Sociology, and the second in Exhibition Design. He has studied at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and taught Exhibition Design at Massachusetts College of Art. With a long-standing expertise in sustainability, he is a LEED Accredited Professional. Douglas is committed to strengthening NAME's service to the field and looks forward to serving as Immediate Past President.