Art & History Museums – Maitland Board Of Directors 2014-2015
Elisha Gonzalez Bonnewitz, President
Keith Ramsey, Past President
Jim Dorman, First Vice-President
Nathan N. Balint, Second Vice-President
Secily Wilson, Secretary
Jonathan Smiga, Treasurer
Gus Bobes, Jr.
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.
Devin Dominguez joined the Art & History Museums – Maitland in January 2012, bringing with her several years of experience from the Central Florida cultural community. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), holds a BA in Humanities from the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing an MA in Arts Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a community advisory board member of the Neighbors Network and is an active member of numerous professional and community organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Metropolitan Business Association, and Equality Florida. Ms. Dominguez was a 2011 and 2012 nominee for the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Art School Manager
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Amanda Henry recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. After graduation, Ms. Henry volunteered in the development department at the Orange County Regional History Center. Ms. Henry also worked as a Nursery School teacher while pursuing her degree. Her interests include art, cooking, music, and travel.
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.
Terrance has a broad base of museum experience including tenures at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and the Orange County Regional History Center. An Orlando native, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in education and is passionate about arts accessibility and engagement.
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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.
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.
Director of Operations
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A native of St. Cloud, Florida, Cynthia Melendez earned a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Central Florida. In her previous position as Curator of Collections at the Orange County Regional History Center, Cynthia managed the operations and staff of the collections department. Prior to becoming Curator of Collections, Cynthia served as photo archivist managing the History Center’s vast photo archive. Cynthia’s passion for history and museums began as a child while visiting various museums on vacations, so it was only natural that she later combine the two interests into a career.
Brittany Green was born and raised in Central Florida. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management, majoring in Event Management and minoring in Hospitality Management. During her time in college, she interned at TravelHost Orlando where she worked as Event Coordinator.
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.
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 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.
|Many Thanks to Artist Andrew Spear for creating the A&H staff portraits!Visit Andrew’s website at:http://spearlife.com/|
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