Staff and Board

Our Executive Director

Charity M. Counts

P.O. Box 6267

Fishers, IN 46038-6267

Phone: 1-888-724-4266

Email: ccounts(at)

Our Board of Directors (Officers)


Katie Van Allen

Managing Director of Museum Services

Missouri History Museum

5700 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63112

Phone: 314-361-7291


Ben Garcia

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Learning Officer

Ohio History Connection

800 E. 17th Ave

Columbus, OH 43211


Cheryl Darr

Chief Financial Officer

The Magic House

516 S. Kirkwood Road

St. Louis, MO  63122

Phone:  314-288-2511


Kate Kocienski

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Grand Rapids Public Museum

272 Pearl Street NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Lesley Wright

Director, Grinnell College Museum of Art

Grinnell College

145 Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

1108 Park Street

Grinnell, IA 50112

Phone:  641-269-4642

Our Board of Directors (At-Large)

Ellen Censky

President & CEO

Milwaukee Public Museum

800 West Wells Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

Paul Fladten

Senior Public Relations Manager

Discovery World

500 N. Harbor Dr.

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Danny Gonzales

Director, Exhibitions Research

Indiana Historical Society

450 W. Ohio St.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

Kaman Hillenburg

Collections Manager

Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

411 SE Riverside Drive

Evansville, IN 47713

Joanne Jones-Rizzi

Vice President of Science, Equity, and Education

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 West Kellogg Boulevard

St. Paul, MN  55102

Charles Katzenmeyer

Vice President, Institutional Advancement

The Field Museum

1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Chicago, IL  60605

Hathaway Maranda

Vice President of Development

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO 64111

Whitney Owens

Chief Learning Officer

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45203

Brenda Raney

Deputy Director, Advancement and Community Engagement

Minnesota Historical Society

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.

St. Paul, MN 55102

Jennifer Scott

Anthropologist, Public Historian, and Curator

Part-time Assistant Professor, The New School, NY

Chicago, IL 60607

Dr. Charles Wash


National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center

1350 Brush Row Rd

Wilberforce, OH 45384

Gregory Wittkopp

Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Cranbrook Institute

39221 Woodward Ave.

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48303-0801

Senior Advisors

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko


Illinois State Museum

502 S. Spring St.

Springfield, IL 62706