Lifetime Achievement Award

From time to time NEMA honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the museum field over the course of a distinguished career. Our Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a professional’s commitment to excellence, leadership in the field, service to others, and support of NEMA.

NEMA was honored to recognize Florence Griswold Museum Director Jeffrey Andersen with its 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award on November 11 as part of the 98thAnnual NEMA Conference in Mystic, Connecticut.

L to R, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, Jeff Andersen, Janie Cohen, Director, Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, and Dawn Salerno, Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations, Mystic Museum of Art.

Jeff has been director of “Flo Gris” for 40 years, during which time he has transformed the institution from a seasonal attraction with visitation of fewer than 1,000 per year to a dynamic art and history museum with a staff of 20 and visitation of over 70,000 annually.

He is an expert on historic American artists associated with Connecticut, and has been a board member and treasurer of NEMA, board member of CT Humanities, and has led review committees for museums seeking accreditation with AAM. A native of Northern California, Jeff holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY-Oneonta), and a B.A. in History from Lewis and Clark College.

"Throughout his career, Jeff has been an inspirational leader at the Florence Griswold Museum, on the NEMA board, and all of his community service,” said NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger. “We’re proud to honor his commitment to the field with this Lifetime Achievement Award. Very well deserved."

 

To suggest someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award, please contact the NEMA office.

 

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

NEMA was honored to recognize Paul Revere Memorial Association Executive Director Nina Zannieri with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award on November 6 as part of the 97th Annual NEMA Conference in Portland, Maine.

Nina was honored for her service to the museum field over 35 years, along with her leadership and mentorship work through NEMA and national museum organizations.

New England Museum Association Executive Director Dan Yaeger (left) presents the organization’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Paul Revere Memorial Association Executive Director Nina Zannieri. With Yaeger and Zannieri is Strawbery Banke President and CEO Lawrence Yerdon.
L to R, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, Nina Zannieri, and Strawbery Banke President and CEO Lawrence Yerdon.

Prior to joining the Paul Revere Memorial Association in 1986, Nina was curator at the Rhode Island Historical Society. She served as Vice Chair of the American Association of Museums from 2002-2003 and was on the AAM board from 1999-2003. She served as President of the New England Museum Association from 1998-2002 after service on the Board from 1988-1996 and 1997-2002.

She served on the American Association for State and Local History Council and is currently Chair of the Ethics and Professional Standards Committee. She also currently sits on the board of the Freedom Trail Foundation. Nina is a frequent guest lecturer for the museum studies programs at the Harvard Extension School and Tufts University. She is also involved with several North End community groups. She received her BA in history from Boston College and her MA in Anthropology/Museum Studies from Brown University.  

"This award is a testament to Nina’s passion, commitment, and vision in her work for and with New England’s museums. Her leadership has made an incredible impact on the cultural landscape in Boston and throughout the United States,” said NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger in announcing the honor. “We are proud to acknowledge her lifetime of service to our field.”

 

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

NEMA was delighted to honor retired Connecticut Humanities Council Executive Director Stuart Parnes with its second Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Annual Meeting on November 19 as part of the 96th annual conference in Boston/Cambridge.   

L to R, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, Stuart Parnes, NEMA Board President Susan Funk
L to R, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, Stuart Parnes, and NEMA Board President Susan Funk

Stuart served as a director and officer on the NEMA board in the 1990s, and has served on numerous regional, national, and international museum boards including the International Congress of Maritime Museums. He is also a long-time peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums.  

      

Stuart worked with history museums in Connecticut for 30 years. He joined the Connecticut Humanities Council full time in July, 2010 and worked for more than two decades at Mystic Seaport as director of exhibitions and interpretive programming. He served as director of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex before moving to Maryland in 2006 to head the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Stuart has worked with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, and museums in France, Ireland, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

 

While at Connecticut Humanities, Stuart focused on diversifying audiences for the humanities so that they better reflect the changing demographics of the state. In a time of social stress and change, Stuart is quoted as saying, "the stories that we tell, the organizations that we support are that glue that holds our communities together."

 

 

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

NEMA honored retired Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Executive Director Charlie Browne with its first Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Annual Meeting on November 15 as part of the 95th annual conference in Newport, Rhode Island.

Caption: Retired Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium Executive Director Charlie Browne receives NEMA’s first Lifetime Achievement Award on November 15, 2013. (L to R, Browne, NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger, Paul Revere Memorial Association Executive Director Nina Zannieri, and NEMA President Phelan Fretz, also the executive director of ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center.)“Charlie epitomizes all that is good in the museum field,” said NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger. “His service to museums and to our association has been exemplary. It is fitting that we honor his career with our first Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Yaeger presented the award along with Nina Zannieri, executive director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association, who regaled an audience of more than 400 museum colleagues with anecdotes of Browne’s early days in the field.

Browne worked at the Fairbanks Museum, located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, for 35 years, 21 of them as executive director. He came to the museum field from teaching environmental education. He has been a leader in the museum community nationwide, with service to NEMA as a long-time board member and officer. He has also been a leader in the Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance and the American Alliance of Museums, where he has served on its nominating committee, program committee, and accreditation programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a certificate from the Getty Leadership Institute.