NEMA Staff

The NEMA staff is dedicated to one thing: enhancing the excellence of the museum field. They’re always on call to help with answers, insights, logistics, and the well-timed word of advice. Get to know them.

Main NEMA office number:  781-641-0013

Dan Yaeger Executive Director

Dan has been NEMA’s executive director since April 2010 and has a 20-year history with museums, most recently as the director of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has served as a marketing communications consultant to institutions including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Fine Arts/Boston, Portland Museum of Art, Currier Museum of Art, Mariner’s Museum of Virginia, Old Sturbridge Village, John F. Kennedy Library, and Plimoth Plantation. He has also been a consultant to the publishing industry and to hospitality businesses throughout the U.S.  Dan has been adjunct professor, guest lecturer, advisor, and fellow at Tufts, Harvard, Brown, Bentley, and Lasell. He holds a BA from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from Harvard. In his spare time, Dan has been a freelance writer, professional cartoonist, and was founder of the Essex Base Ball Club, a vintage team which plays by the rules of 1848.

BJ Larson Deputy Director

BJ has more than twenty years in arts and non-profit administration. Before joining the NEMA staff in 2004, she worked for nearly a decade at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where she served as fundraiser and project manager for national projects including To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961-2001. Prior to that, she worked for several years at the New England Foundation for the Arts overseeing regional National Endowment for the Arts grants to artists and project support for organizations. She has served on panels for several foundations and government organizations including the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota Mankato and a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. At NEMA, BJ especially enjoys project management, event planning, and bringing people together through the annual conference.

Heather A. Riggs Communications and Operations Manager

Heather has been with NEMA since 2002. Her love of museums came from working at the Utah Museum Fine Arts as a work-study student in various capacities and later as a full-time employee. Heather holds a BA in Business Management from the University of Utah and an MS in Arts Administration from Boston University. In her spare time she can be found visiting museums and avidly taking photographs.

Meg Winikates Membership and Advocacy Manager

Meg Winikates has more than ten years experience in museums and education. Immediately prior to joining the NEMA team, she worked as the Programs Coordinator for the Art & Nature Center at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.  She has also worked at the Discovery Museums, the Longfellow National Historic Site, the Paul Revere House, and the New England Aquarium, among others. Meg graduated from Harvard with a B.A. cum laude in English Literature & Language, completed the Tufts museum studies program, and received her master’s in arts administration from Boston University. She currently serves as board member for the Museum Education Roundtable and co-chair of their editorial team, as well as serving on the leadership council for MassCreative. Aside from her love for museums, Meg also enjoys writing, travel, jewelry design, scuba diving, playing flute, and taking in a night of theater whenever she can.