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Art & History Museums – Maitland Board Of Directors 2014-2015

Thank you to our Board of Directors for their dedication and support.
Executive Committee Directors 
Elisha Gonzalez Bonnewitz, President
Keith Ramsey, Past President
Nathan N. Balint, Vice-President
Secily Wilson, Second Vice-President
Lisa Junkerman, Secretary
Christopher Grim, Treasurer
Gus Bobes, Jr.
Jackie Brockington
Duncan DeWahl
Hudson Marvel
Tom Maurer
Mark Mitchell
Gloria Pickar
Dave Plotkin
Jonathan Smiga
Jon Wood


Andrea Bailey Cox
Executive Director & CEO
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Andrea Bailey Cox has extensive leadership experience through her work in museums and the non-profit sector over the past 16 years. Ms. Cox’s past experience includes leading the Maitland Historical Society; managing collections at the Wellesley College Art Department; supervising outreach programming at the Fuller Craft Museum; and program marketing at the Maitland Art Center and at the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. Ms. Cox has recently been honored with the Martin Bell Scholarship at Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business providing full tuition for the Executive MBA program. Ms. Cox is a current MBA candidate at the Crummer School. Ms. Cox is a past Board Member of the Florida Association of Museums. She has been nominated as an Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Woman to Watch, an Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40, and Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction. Ms. Cox’s bachelor’s degree is in Art History from New College of Florida.

Megan Berry
Museum Education Manager
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Megan Berry is new to the Central Florida area after making the big move from Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has a B.A in Anthropology from Miami University and a Post-Graduate Certificate from the University of Cincinnati.  She has experience in several different museums including the Anthropology Museums of Miami University, the Cincinnati Museums Center, and the Dayton Society of Natural History at the Boonshoft Museum.  At the Centers for Disease Control: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Ms. Berry served as an Intern and later a Guest Researcher curating and cataloging a collection of Historic Industrial Hygiene Equipment. Outside of the museum world, Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt and their cat, Oz.


Danielle Thomas
Director of Operations
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Megan Boye
Art School Manager
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Jessi VanPelt
Marketing & Events Manager
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Kelly Young
Rental & Retail Manager

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  Danielle Fredrick
Administrative Coordinator
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(Bio coming soon)

Rebecca Sexton-Larson
Chief Curator
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Rebecca Sexton Larson is a Tampa based studio artist working with historic photographic processes. She graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Fine Arts and Mass Communications. She was awarded Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in 1998, 2002, and 2008. In 2006, she received an Artist Enhancement Grant from the State of Florida and, in 2005, was commissioned by the City of Tampa to be its Photographer Laureate for a year.

During the past 15 years, Sexton Larson has taught, curated, lectured and exhibited work nationally at various arts institutions and organizations. Sexton Larson’s photographs are in numerous major collections throughout the country, including: Polaroid, Progressive Corporate Art, Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Holland and Knight Law Firm, Polk Museum of Art, and the Tampa Museum of Art.  Larson’s past museum experience includes positions at the Tampa Museum of Art, Polk Museum of Art and Leepa-Rattner Museum.


rsz_spear-drawing-rae-page-001Rae Ward
Director of Marketing
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Rae Ward came to the A&H in October 2014 having two decades of marketing communications experience, with an emphasis in Central Florida arts and culture. She maximizes relationships gained through her former service to boards such as Visit Orlando’s Global Marketing Task Force and UCF’s Nicholson School of Communications Alumni Board to create strategic marketing initiatives for the A&H. Her experience is varied, having managed successful marketing and public relations programs for organizations such as Orlando Science Center, Florida Hospital’s Heart Hospital, United Art of Central Florida, WKMG-TV6 and Children’s Home Society of Florida. She holds a BA in Public Relations (Journalism) and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Central Florida.


rsz_spear-drawing-dave-page-001Dave Zaleski
Curator of Collections
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Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Dave studied German History at St. Olaf College, in Minnesota and the master’s program in Architectural History at The Savannah College of Art and Design. He spent five years as the Curatorial Assistant at the Telfair Museum of Art’s Owens-Thomas House and a decade with the same title at the Racine Art Museum, the nation’s leading contemporary craft museum. He lived abroad for several years in Germany, but now enjoys reading historical biographies, watching the Golden Girls and relaxing with his standard poodle, Sammy.

Marla Pickelsimer
Museum Educator

Born in Tennessee, Marla Pickelsimer graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in history.  After moving to Florida, she earned a specialist degree in education.  For 36 years she taught History in Seminole County Public Schools.  For the last seven years Marla has enjoyed being a Museum Educator at A&H and becoming involved in other local history projects.



Judith Pauline
Museum Educator

Judith Pauline has lived in Central Florida most of her adult life. She worked as a nurse in Orlando before making the decision to concentrate on raising and educating her children. Judith has always been an active community volunteer leading tours of historic places, educating both adults and children, singing, and supporting those in need through various programs. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places and gardening.


Tiffany Owens
Alexis McNeely
Museum Educators

Many Thanks to Artist Andrew Spear for creating the A&H staff portraits!Visit Andrew’s website at:  


Artist & Historian Advisory Council

Dr. Rosalind Beiler, University of Central Florida, Director of Public History and Associate Professor

Dr. Julian Chambliss, Rollins College, Department of History, Faculty Member

Carl Creasman, Valencia College, Professor of History

Suzanne Oberholtzer, Artist

Dr. Heather Parker, Saint Leo University, Chair of Social Sciences Department and Associate Professor of History

Dawn Roe, Rollins College, Associate Professor of Art

Rachel Simmons, Rollins College,  Professor of Art

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