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Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
New England Regional Representative
Jennifer Berglund is an Exhibit Developer and Writer at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, a consortium of museums that includes the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the Semitic Museum, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received both a B.A. In Biology and M.S. In Science and Medical Journalism from Boston University, and is the recipient of multiple awards as a journalist, filmmaker, and science communicator. Her passions lie in the communication of science to a broader public, and she believes the museum environment to be the ultimate medium for this purpose. She is eager to join other museum professionals in strategizing about how museums can best serve the public in an ever-changing world.
KAREN DE SEVE
Creative Content Studio
Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative
Karen de Seve has been telling stories about science and natural history since the 1990s for museums, magazines, textbooks and television. Her award-winning creative skills center on science writing, content development and media production. She has been on staff at the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History, ScienCentral, Inc., and Liberty Science Center—where she reported from the Bering Sea and led a team to win a Gold MUSE award. She has also taught science writing at Rutgers University. Now the creative force of Creative Content Studio, Karen is interested in expanding local NAME workshops and social happenings throughout the mid-Atlantic region. In 2013 Karen helped organize the first NJ NAME networking event, and she wants to build on that initial step of forging a strong regional community to foster the sharing of resources and creativity for all aspects of exhibition work.
The Henry Ford
Midwest Regional Representative
Donna Braden has been with The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, for 38 years, as a curator and exhibition developer. Her exhibition work has included everything from content development and label writing to conceptual planning, team leadership, liaison to design firms, project management, and visitor evaluation. She also consults on exhibition planning and conceptual development, from serving on NEH panels to writing exhibition scripts to assisting museums with the preparation of RFP’s and the development of positive working relationships with design firms.Donna has given many workshops and presentations about exhibition planning and development at museum conferences and has published several related articles, including for NAME’s Exhibition.
Mountain-Plains Regional Representative
Ben Griswold has been designing exhibitions for museums and other cultural organizations since 2007. He is the founder and principal of Spatial Poetics LLC, a Colorado-based exhibition design company. With a background in architecture, studio art, and craft, Ben’s approach to design embodies a sensitivity to materials and a concern for visitor experience. He has collaborated with a diverse range of clients, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, History Colorado Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In 2012 he designed Becoming Van Gogh at the Denver Art Museum, the highest- attended exhibition ever at that institution. Ben has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes in art history, studio art, and design.
Southeast Regional Representative
Under Cynthia’s focused direction and guidance, Solid Light and its team of content, multimedia, design, and fabrication experts have consistently produced premier, award-winning exhibit and media experiences that educate, enliven, and inspire. A design professional with over 30 years of experience, Cynthia has supervised the creation of unforgettable visitor experiences for museums, corporations, non-profits, universities, and visitor centers. Her love of storytelling coupled with her mastery of exhibit design and fabrication has helped Cynthia make an indelible mark on the museum world—one that has given institutions new and exciting ways to engage their visitors. Solid Light is a 100% woman-owned business and a certified WBE. In 2010, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) in the Louisville region named Cynthia Businesswoman of the Year. Solid Light supports many industry associations and professional groups, and Cynthia’s involvement with the Southeastern Museums Conference will be important to her work as NAME’s Southeast Representative.
The New Children's Museum
Western Regional Representative
Megan Dickerson is currently the Manager of Exhibition Development at The New Children’s Museum, a new model of children’s museum in which each exhibit is a one-of-a-kind artwork commissioned from a contemporary artist. From 2003 – 2013, Megan worked at Boston Children’s Museum, where her user-centered interventions included Boston's Longest Dinner Table, a three-month community project focused on family dinner and culminating in a giant interactive public artwork; GoKids in Boston Neighborhoods, a two-year health and nutrition project co-designed with teens and Boston Housing Authority family development tenants; and numerous, playful interventions on Friday dollar nights, from projecting short films on the Museum's iconic milk bottle to leading families through spy-style alternative reality games. Prior to her children’s museum work, Megan Dickerson worked in programs and exhibitions at the MASS MoCA, the Peabody Essex Museum, and numerous historic sites. Since 2013, Megan has researched play and playfulness through the Play and Playwork program of the University of Gloucestershire. As the NAME Western Regional Rep, Megan hopes to connect NAME's diverse membership in the western states through new opportunities for networking and the sharing of best practices.