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.

Scarlett V. Hoey Membership and Development Manager

Scarlett is the newest addition to the NEMA team. Born in Queensland, Australia, and raised in the Boston area, Scarlett has had the opportunity to work in museums and historic sites on two continents.Her love of museums, people, and storytelling flourished when she attended the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she received a BFA in Art History and Photography. She volunteered as a co-chair for the NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals, helping to coordinate professional development opportunities, such as salary negotiation workshops and career conversations. Her past work experience includes ArtsWorcester, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, The Boston Athenaeum, Boston’s Old South Meeting House, and Brisbane's Newstead House. She is currently part of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement as well as the Leadership Worcester Class of 2017-2018.

Heather A. Riggs Director of Administration

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 Director of Engagement

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.