Norman is President and CEO of Conner Prairie Museum in Fishers, Indiana, and is a leader with a 35-year history of successfully developing innovative approaches and compelling visions for operating history and general museums. As the Executive Director and CEO of six different historic sites and general museums in Tennessee, Virginia and Indiana, Burns has developed nationally recognized-award winning interpretive and educational programs, conferences, concert series, publications, and exhibitions. Burns has served on various boards and committees for local, state, regional, and national cultural organizations and is a long-time reviewer for IMLS, NEH Challenge Grants, and AAM Accreditation and MAP programs. BA and MA in History, Middle Tennessee State University.
Norman Burns, II
Conner Prairie Museum
Burt became Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection in 2009, after having led the USS Constitution Museum in Boston for fourteen years. He was the Director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc from 1986 to 1995, and began his museum career in 1983 as Executive Director of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Burt is a 1976 honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and served on active duty as a Field Artillery officer for five years. In 1983, he received an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He attended the Getty Leadership Institute, and has since served as a presenter for the program. Burt chaired the AAM Accreditation Commission from 2012 until 2017. He also was president of the Council of American Maritime Museums and the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, and has served on the AASLH Council.
Ohio History Connection
John joined the museum profession in 1980 as the founding director of the National Afro-American Museum and as a senior staff member of the Ohio Historical Society. He is the former director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the Cincinnati Museum Center. He served as the president of the Ohio Museums Association, the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He served on numerous committees of the American Association of Museums including on the Executive Committee. He was director of the International African American Museum in Charleston and senior consultant for the development of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. Currently he is the director of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. He is a graduate of Berea College where he serves on the Board Trustees. He received his MA and PhD from Howard University. He was awarded distinguished service awards from Berea College, The National Peace Corps, the AAAM, and AASLH.
Immediate Past Chair
National Museum of African American Music
Mountain Top Vision was started in 2016 by Dina Bailey to address the growing needs of fundraising and organizational development for small arts + culture organizations. Her previous positions have included being the Director of Methodology and Practice for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, the inaugural Director of Educational Strategies for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Director of Museum Experiences for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and a high school English teacher at Pike High School. Dina holds an undergraduate degree in Middle and Secondary Education, with a concentration in English, from Butler University (Indianapolis, IN); a graduate degree in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex (Brighton, England); and, a graduate certification in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH).
Mountain Top Vision, LLC
Rebekah Beaulieu is the Director of the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. She is an Accreditation Commissioner for the American Alliance of Museums and an active Peer Reviewer for AAM’s Accreditation/MAP programs, IMLS, and the NEH; and is chair of AAM’s Historic Houses and Sites Professional Network, vice-president of the New England Museum Association, and a board member of Connecticut Humanities. She has also served on the faculty of AASLH’s History Leadership Institute and is the author of Financial Fundamentals for Historic House Museums (2017). Beaulieu holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University, Masters degrees in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in Arts Administration from Columbia University, and a doctorate in American Studies from Boston University, with a dissertation a the study of financial models in historic house museums.
Florence Griswold Museum
Lisa Anderson is the Executive Director of the Museum of Art at Utah Valley University. Previously, she was the CEO of the Mesa Historical Museum and the founder of the Arizona Spring Training Experience. She has worked in museums for over 34 years and earned her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Wake Forest University. In addition, she has taught Museum Studies at Arizona State University and at Utah Valley University. She has served on various local, state, and national boards and committees, including the Western Museums Association, the Central Arizona Museum Association, and the Museum Association of Arizona. Anderson has also served on the AASLH Awards and Programs Committees, and has chaired the Leadership Nominating Committee. She currently serves on AASLH Council and is the Chair of the Governance Committee.
Class of 2022 – interim appointment
UVU Museum of Art
Veronica Gallardo is the Surratt House Museum Director with the Natural and Historical Resources Division (M-NCPPC). As a 14-year museum professional with a broad range of experience in public history, her passion lies in increasing the relevance of cultural institutions by providing a more complete and comprehensive history through more diverse and inclusive programs and strategies. Ms. Gallardo’s board professional experience includes working with a historic preservation firm on the SurveyLA project, focusing on increasing public awareness of LatinX local neighborhoods’ significance, where historic preservation is complex, diverse, and forgotten. She also worked at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., a historic house museum that preserves the history of the 19th-century African-American community of Weeksville, focusing on providing aid to the local communities through preservation and educational programs centering on self-determination and freedom. Veronica recently worked at Fort Monroe. She managed and strengthened facility operations and collections programs and strengthened inclusive and diverse interpretive exhibitions that address race, identity, and social history by emphasizing the narratives of diversity, democracy, defense, and nation-building.
Class of 2023 – interim appointment
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Christy S. Coleman became the executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in 2020. Prior to that she was the CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, VA. She began her career at Colonial Williamsburg. During her time with CW she had increasing levels of responsibility finally serving as Director of Historic Programs. In 1999 she was named President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI. In 2008, Ms. Coleman was named President and CEO of the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar. In 2013 she helped orchestrate the merger of ACWC with the Museum of the Confederacy to create ACWM. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Hampton University. Christy has served on a number of local commissions and national boards, among them- the American Alliance of Museums and the AASLH..
Class of 2022
As VP of Business and Operations for the Indiana Historical Society, Jeff Matsuoka has lead the finance/accounting, HR, IT, facilities, retail/wholesale, special events, security, foodservice, facility rentals and visitor service functions for the institution since 2007. He has also served as the interim VP of Education and Community Engagement for the past year overseeing educational programming, exhibitions, and local history services. He is a current member of the AASLH Audit Committee and previously served as a member of the Investment Committee and a SHA participant and faculty member. Prior, he was Theater Director for the IMAX Theater coordinating its integration into the newly built Indiana State Museum where he later served as VP of Operations and Marketing. He has 8 years management experience with Marriott International and is a graduate of Purdue University with a MS degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Indiana Historical Society
Alexandra Rasic is the James N. Gamble Executive Director of The Gamble House Conservancy in Pasadena, CA. She has great passion for activating historic sites in ways that make them more relevant, meaningful, and enjoyable to the communities they serve. Volunteering at the Homestead Museum in the City of Industry, CA, where she then worked for over 25 years, was her springboard to the field. An advocate for robust volunteer programs, she has volunteered herself for a number of history and educational organizations and worked for over a decade as a freelance archivist for one of Los Angeles’ oldest aggregate manufacturers. Volunteering for AASLH since she graduated from the Seminar for Historical Administration in 2004 (now known as the History Leadership Institute), she also co-teaches a workshop for the organization focused on visitor engagement and exhibits in history museums. Alex has a B.A. and M.A. in history from California State University, Los Angeles, and a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford’s Center for Professional Development.
Class of 2022
The Gamble House Conservancy
Trevor Jones is Executive Director and CEO of History Nebraska. He has worked as a curator, exhibition designer, educator, and digital specialist in museums and universities around the country. His passions are improving management in museums and helping organizations use their artifact collections to support their mission. He has written and presented extensively on these topics, and is the founder of the group Active Collections and co-editor of the book of the same name. Trevor holds BA degrees in history and German from Grinnell College, an MA degree in history and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Trevor served on the AASLH Leadership Nominating Committee and Program Committee.
Class of 2023
Director of the Washington State Historical Society since 2011, Jennifer oversees the statewide operations of the Society, including management of the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, WA, the Research Center and Archives also in Tacoma, and the Historic Lord Mansion in Olympia, WA. Jennifer was previously the Executive Director of the Harbor History Museum in Gig Harbor, WA, where she led a major capital campaign to build the museum’s new waterfront facility. Prior to her work in museums, Jennifer began her nonprofit career working for the Paul G. Allen Family Foundations. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Wellesley College, and a master’s degree in politics from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. In Tacoma, Jennifer is an active member of the cultural community.
Class of 2023 and 2019 – interim appointment
Washington State Historical Society
Since 2016, Jennifer Ortiz has served as the Museum Services Manager for the Utah Division of Arts & Museums (UA&M) and oversees the state’s Museum Services Program and staff, which provides ongoing support, technical assistance, and professional development opportunities to the state’s 250 museums. A 2011 graduate of the Museum Studies Program at Tufts, Ortiz also recently completed the Getty Leadership Next Gen Program. She co-administers the STEPS-UT Pilot Program, a partnership between UA&M, the state humanities council, and the Utah Division of State History. Using AASLH’s Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS), this pilot effort offers seven small museums and local history organizations in Utah a two-year enrichment opportunity. Ortiz is a member of AASLH’s Field Services Alliance.
Class of 2023
Utah Division of Arts & Museums
A co-founder and leader of the African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM), Michelle is a Los Angeles local with twenty plus years of small volunteer museum experience. She is also a retired fire service professional with over thirty years of emergency medical and emergency management experience. Her work in these arenas has resulted in enterprise-wide leadership programs; occupational health and safety initiatives; community risk reduction efforts; and twenty-three years of AAFFM’s free educational programming for adults and youth. She serves on the Headington Institute Board of Directors, Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center Resource Council, and Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference Strategy Committee. Michelle is a licensed California Paramedic with an MA in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University and BS in Community Health Administration from the University of California, Davis.
Class of 2024
African American Firefighter Museum
Sarah Zenaida Gould is the interim executive director of the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that she was the founding director of Museo del Westside, a community participatory museum in that city. A longtime museum worker, she has curated over a dozen exhibits on history, art, and culture. Gould is co-founder and co-chair of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, a national organization that promotes historic preservation within American Latino communities and advocates for the protection of Latino (in)tangible heritage. She serves on the boards of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association, the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, and the Mexican American Civil Rights Institute. She is an active member of the Westside Preservation Alliance, a coalition dedicated to promoting and preserving working-class architecture and affordable housing in San Antonio. She received a BA in American Studies from Smith College and an MA and PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan.
Sarah Zenaida Gould
Class of 2024
Mexican American Civil Rights Institute
Gina Vergara-Bautista was an archivist with Hawaii State Archives (HSA) where she led the development of its digital collections for access to Hawaii’s historical records. She assisted in the establishment of the Hawaii State Digital Archives by acquiring initial federal and state funding. Five years ago, she became Hawaii’s Records Management Supervisor. She oversees the operation of the Records Center, provides records management training, assists agencies in establishing records retention schedules, and advocates for the transfer of historical records to HSA. She has Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management Information Systems and Master of Library and Information Studies degrees from the University of Hawaii. She has served in official roles with the Association of Hawaii Archivists, Hawaii Council for the Humanities, Filipino-American Historical Society of Hawaii, and ARMA Hawaii Chapter. She serves as archivist for eFil Filipino Digital Archives to preserve and make known the history of Filipinos in Hawaii.
Class of 2024
Hawaii State Archives
Roberta Carothers is the Chief of the Collection Management Division at the National Museum of the US Air Force, where she has worked for eighteen years. Ms. Carothers began her career processing artifact donations, creating improved storage environments for objects, and developing exhibits. She was the Project Manager for the design, construction, and artifact layouts for the museum’s 4th Building addition, a 224,000 sq ft building. In 2015, Ms. Carothers moved into management. She oversees the USAF Heritage Program’s historical property collection of 2,900 aircraft and 133,000 artifacts at NMUSAF or on loan to 771 loan accounts worldwide. She has a BA degree from Albion College in history and an MA degree in history/ public history from Wright State University. She is a Board of Trustee member for the Ohio Museum Association and leads monthly meetings with aviation museums around the country.
Class of 2025
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Luis F. Fernández is the Executive Director of the Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum where he leads community awareness of the Dominguez Family, the Homestead Adobe, and Rancho San Pedro. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Department of History at Santa Ana College. Prior to that, he was an assistant archivist and assistant curator. Fernández earned a Masters of Arts in History from California State University Fullerton. He is co-author of “Mexican American Baseball in Orange County,” “Doss v. Bernal: Ending Mexican Apartheid in Orange County” and “Paul P. Duron: Design and Manufacture of Cryogenic Industrial Pumps.” Due to his success in local historical research, he was named “Best Local Historian of 2012” by the OC Weekly. His research has been featured in Univision Noticias34, StoryCorps, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Los Angeles Times and the OC Weekly.
Luis F. Fernandez
Class of 2025
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum
Richard Josey is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Collective Journeys LLC, a consultation and contracting service for museums and historical organizations interested in producing inclusive historical narratives. Richard spent 20 years building inclusive narratives at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society. Josey began his career in 1985 as a history interpreter portraying African-Virginian experiences in the 17th and 18th centuries, including slavery. In 2001, he became a manager of interpretive programs and soon after supervised staff and developed programs that cross class, race and gender boundaries. In 2012, Josey became the Manager of Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society and directed the development of interpretive programs and provided administrative supervision and support for the Society’s network of 26 historic sites and museums. Richard is an alum of the Getty Leadership Institute and the formerly titled Seminar for Historic Administration, now the AASLH History Leadership Institute (HLI). He serves on the faculty of HLI, as well as the George Washington Teacher’s Institute, is assistant chair for the AASLH Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and also serves on the AASLH Task Force on the U.S. 250th and the History Relevance Steering Committee.
Class of 2021 – interim appointment
Collective Journeys, LLC
State Curator and Museum Curator for the State Historical Society of Iowa since 2013, Leo has worked across the Midwest. He is committed to diverse and accessible history. He maintains a relationship with the Meskwaki nation in Iowa and many community groups. Two exhibits he curated have received Awards of Merit from AASLH. He co-launched the museum’s Iowa History 101 series, is a frequent guest on Iowa Public Radio and shares diverse Iowa history stories. He began his career at Living History Farms in Iowa, worked as an associate curator at Conner Prairie in Indiana, and was a curator at the Henry Ford in Michigan. He also worked as a curator and educator at Salisbury House in Iowa. Leo has a B.S. in history from Iowa State University (ISU), an M.A. in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University, and completed coursework toward a PhD from ISU.
Class of 2025
State Historical Museum of Iowa