The NEMA Board

The NEMA board of directors is a microcosm of the museum community, representing a dynamic variety of disciplines, leadership roles, and interests to serve the organization in championing its mission.

If you or someone you know would like to be considered for the NEMA board of directors, please contact Dan Yaeger.

President
Janie Cohen
Executive Director
Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont
802-656-0750

Janie has served as director of the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont since 2002, having served as the museum’s curator for eleven years prior to that.  She received her Master’s Degree from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and her lifelong passion for museums began with internships at The Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  Before arriving at the Fleming Museum, Janie directed the traveling exhibitions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and organized exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe as an independent curator.  She is an internationally-published Picasso scholar and enjoys writing in creative genres as well.

First Vice President
Dawn E. Salerno
Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations
860-536-7601 x209

Dawn currently works as Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations for Mystic Museum of Art. She has held positions in the education departments of The Wadsworth Atheneum and Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Her many years of work in Connecticut-based museums serves her well on the board of Connecticut Humanities where she chairs the grants committee. As a NEMA Board member and museum professional, she has a particular passion for the issue of pay equity. She’s also been happy to serve on the Advocacy, Nominating and Program Committees of the NEMA Board. She earned her Masters degree in Museum Education Leadership at Bank Street College and she continues to draw inspiration and knowledge from those peers as well as the larger museum community. Dawn began her career in museums with a docent training course. She’s also been fortunate enough to visit some of the most significant cultural sites and museums across the world, thanks to parents who chose to teach abroad.

Vice President
Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Vice President

Wyona is the Vice President at Arts Consulting Group in their Museum and Executive Search practice areas. Prior to join ACG, she was Executive Director of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. She served as Deputy and then Executive Director of Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton MA.  With 21 years of experience leading museums, she currently serves as the network Chairperson of the AAM’s Leadership and Management Network and the Haystack School for Crafts. She has previously served on the College Art Association Museum Committee and was a Director at Large and Program Committee co-chair on the South Eastern Museums Conference governing council. In addition to her work with national, regional, and local museum organizations, she has served as Chair of the Roanoke City Arts Commission and as a national grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Vice President
Douglas Stark
Director
401-849-3990

Doug has worked in a number of capacities in three sports museums: the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, New Jersey, and presently as museum director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. His experience has included collections care, content and exhibit development, strategic planning, branding and messaging, product development, and program and outreach. Doug received his BA in American history with a minor in the History of Art at Brandeis University, an MA from New York University, and an MBA in non-profit management from UMass/Amherst. He is a member of several museum organizations and has written sports and museum articles. He is also the author of The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team.

Treasurer
Mark S. Gold, Esq.
Partner
413-443-1700

Mark is a partner in the law firm of Smith Green & Gold, LLP in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and International Studies from The American University, a law degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. His practice includes business and corporate law, venture capital and traditional financing, and nonprofit and museum law.  He is a frequent contributor to articles and panels on issues of legal issues, governance and deaccessioning.  Mark has traveled extensively all over the world and is particularly fond (obsessive, perhaps) of flying for free using miles accumulated in all sorts of imaginative ways and sharing his strategies and techniques. His blog on the subject can be found at www.TakingFlightBlog.com.

Secretary
Kate McBrien
Chief Curator
207.774.1822 x236

As the Maine Historical Society’s Chief Curator, Kate travels throughout the state, working with the wonderful people of Maine to preserve their history. Kate says, “I believe museums are a place to inspire, offer an opportunity for discussion and contemplation, and bring an understanding to today’s events. That is why I look forward to work each day.” Kate holds a master’s degree in museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Outside of work, she can often be found in the garden or playing with her young son and daughter.

Board Member
Maria Cabrera
Supervisor, Community Relations
617-589-0418

Maria came to Boston from Cuba just before her fourth birthday. She grew up in a working class family where “fitting in” while keeping your cultural identity was forever present. However, this was the foundation that shaped Maria’s future commitment to being inclusive of all. After graduating from Graham Junior College, she went on to study Business Management and Community Building and Advocacy at UMass/Boston.  Since 1975 Maria has been advocating for underrepresented communities to be included in the life of cultural institutions, by understanding each other’s goals and sharing resources. In addition to her service to NEMA, Maria is co-founder and board member of Cultural Access New England, a network that works to promote access in all cultural institutions, and is on the board of the Governance Council for Boston Family Engagement Network.

Board Member
Rebekah Beaulieu, PhD
Associate Director
(207) 725-3275

Rebekah is the Associate Director for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. She directs all financial affairs and fund management, legal governance and risk management, administration, and facility operations of the BCMA. Rebekah is active in the New England Museum Association as co-chair of the Academic Museums and Galleries Professional Affinity Group, as well as the American Alliance of Museums, where she serves on the board of the Historic House Network and as an MAP/Accreditation Peer Reviewer. She also serves as a trustee of the Pejepscot Historical Society and a member of the Village Review Board in Brunswick, Maine. Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and Art History from the George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University. Rebekah completed her Ph.D. at Boston University in American and New England Studies, her dissertation a study of small museum management and best practices.

Board Member
Kristina L. Durocher
Director
603-862-1996

Kristina is the director and curator of the Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire. Previously, she was assistant curator then curator of collections at the Fitchburg Art Museum from 2001-2011. Her curatorial program embraces one-person and group thematic exhibitions that support student learning and faculty instruction and facilitate teaching through art as a primary source for academic and social engagement. Kristina is a strong advocate for giving back to the museum profession and arts community. In addition to her service on the NEMA board, she currently serves as the New England Regional Representative for the Association of Academic Museum and Galleries. She holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a concentration in contemporary art. She received a dual BFA Degree in Art History and Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Board Member
Judith Tolnick Champa
Independent Curator
401-831-3423

Judith is a self-described hybrid, conjoining contemporary art curating and editing. She is the former editor-in-chief of Art New England magazine. Formerly Judith was director of curatorial affairs at Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery and director/curator the former Fine Arts Center Galleries at the University of Rhode Island. She earned a BA from Brandeis University and an MA in the History of Art from Brown University. Judith believes that museums are the bedrock of our culture. Hence, symbolically, they seem to be the first to be raided and destroyed in wartime. She listens whenever possible to recorded classical music.

Board Member
Serena Furman
Principal
978-793-0137

Serena began her museum career at the New England Aquarium during the building-wide gallery renovations. She then became curator of design for the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts, where she designed 70 exhibitions over 8 years.  As principal of A Space she is especially proud of Discover Ancient Egypt at the Fitchburg Art Museum and her project management consulting at Christopher Chadbourne and Associates for new museums including the National Infantry Museum, Tampa Bay History Center, and the Upcountry History Museum. Museums provide public space where visitors can have new experiences in unique environments that deliver stimulating content. Exhibitions achieve superior results when they are born out of a team of experts that synthesize information, artifacts, and design. Serena is a conservation commissioner and has personally certified four vernal pools.

Board Member
Pilar Garro
Castle Hill Engagement Manager
978-356-4351 x4050

Pilar is the Castle Hill Engagement Manager at the The Trustees of Reservations's Crane Estate. Prior to that she was the  site manager of Historic New England’s Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, a position she held for over eight years.  She holds a BA from Wheaton College, an MA in Museum Studies: Applied Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and attended the Attingham Summer School in July 2010.  As an adjunct professor in the Tourism Hospitality program at the North Shore Community College and a board member of Discover Gloucester, Pilar is also very active in the tourism community.  Watching people transform after a museum visit is one of the many reasons Pilar is passionate about the field.  Outside of museums Pilar enjoys curling up with historical fiction and spending time with family and friends.

Board Member
Susan J. Goganian
Director
978-922-1186

Sue has been the director of the Beverly Historical Society since 2008, caring for three historic properties, a collection of nearly a million objects and documents, and creating programs and publications on all aspects of Beverly history. Before that, she spent 15 years learning about Boston history at the Old State House Museum and the Boston Harbor Association and passing on that great heritage to tourists on the Freedom Trail. Sue’s interest in history was sparked by her research into her family’s roots, and their experiences as 19th century immigrants to Boston, and she returned to school for a M. A. in public history from Northeastern University. Her prior experience in retail buying and management have also been helpful in engaging visitors and building earned income. She is particularly drawn to immigration history, neighborhood stories, and the contributions of women. Sue is a co-chair of the Historic House Network of the American Alliance of Museums, a member of the Boston Landmarks Commission and the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission, a trustee of Essex Heritage and a past president of the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail.

Board Member
Matt Kirchman
Exhibit Planner
617-233-8702

Matt is an interpretive planner and exhibition developer, and is the President and Creative Director of ObjectIDEA, a consulting firm based in Salem, MA. The firm offers expertise in museum facility programming, interpretive planning, exhibition development, and design. His clients range from social and cultural history museums, to natural history museums, science centers, zoological parks, visitor centers, and aquariums.

In addition to serving on NEMA’s Board, Matt sits on the Leadership Council for Historic New England, is the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Association for Interpretation, and provides editorial review for Exhibitionist Magazine, the publication of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME). He teaches exhibition planning in the Graduate School of Arts in Sciences, Museum Studies, at Tufts University. Matt collects museum visits and keeps a record of each and every one. His current collection numbers over 4000 visits from Bangkok to Boston, New Zealand to New York.

Board Member
Sherman “Pat” Morss, Jr.
Life Trustee/Associate Principal for Historic Preservation
USS Constitution Museum/ Finegold Alexander & Associates
978-281-1970

Pat received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia.  He has been working most of his career at Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc in Boston where he is an Associate Principal.  Projects have included many National Register historic properties, including the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, as well as renovations, adaptive use and new construction for public buildings, courthouses, educational institutions, and libraries in New England and beyond.  Pat is a life trustee of the USS Constitution Museum, and current member and former chair of the Curatorial Committee.  He is also a founding and emeritus member of the Advisory Council of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, and former council chair.  He has been involved with NEMA for the past 15 years.

Board Member
Cathy Saunders

Cathy was the director of education at Providence Children’s Museum from 2005-2016, where she oversaw the museum’s educational programming and visitor experience. Her prior experience includes eight years coordinating youth programs at Science Museum of Minnesota. She is passionate about museums and their role in the broader museum community and society. She holds a BA in Human Ecology from Macalester College and an MSEd. in Museum Education Leadership from Bank Street College of Education.

Board Member
Marieke Van Damme
Executive Director
(617) 547-4252

Marieke has worked in non-profits for over 15 years, starting as an Americorps VISTA in Alaska. Her museum career began in collections and evolved into historic site management and administration/fundraising. She is currently the Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Society in Cambridge, MA. In 2014, Marieke launched Joyful Museums, a project studying workplace culture. She tweets from @joyfulmuseums and co-hosts the podcast Museum People.