Thank you to our staff for their dedication and support.
Mark Harmon joins the A&H from the Washington County Museum in Hillsboro and Portland, Oregon, where he has served as Executive Director since May 2015. Previously, he was Executive Director of the historic Gaylord Building in Lockport, Illinois, and Museum Supervisor for the Downers Grove Park District, Illinois.
Harmon is a passionate executive with experience enhancing the long-term financial sustainability of institutions in Ohio, Illinois, and Oregon. He has supervised or curated more than two dozen exhibitions with 30 years of executive leadership experience at both private nonprofit and government administered museums. His background includes asset management, customer care, and managing educational opportunities. Mark brings specialized leadership skills as both a museum chief executive and a historic sites preservation specialist.
Mark earned his B.A. and his M.A. in History at the University of Akron, and holds a certification in preservation leadership from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mark also served as the President of Illinois Association of Museums, with a membership of 300 institutions, from 1999 to 2003.
Rae Ward came to the A&H in 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 such notable Central Florida brands as the Orlando Science Center, Florida Hospital’s Heart Hospital, United Art of Central Florida, The Red Chair Project, WKMG-TV6 and Children’s Home Society of Florida. She holds a BA in Advertising/Public Relations and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Central Florida.
Jennifer Grozio came to the A&H in 2016 with nine years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and grant writing. Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, she graduated from the University at Buffalo with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish, with a minor in Environmental Studies. Jennifer also holds a Certificate in Proposal Writing from Rollins College. Her nonprofit career began in Orlando, and has granted opportunities to work with such organizations as Junior Achievement of Central Florida, the Orange County Regional History Center, the Adult Literacy League, and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Ten Thousand Villages Winter Park.
Danielle Thomas joined the A&H in 2016 and oversees the facilities and operational systems of the A&H’s two campuses. Her past experience includes supporting program operations at Full Sail University, as well as managing an educational program for Marshall Islanders on the island of Maui. She also has a strong background in retail management and events, and has acted as a community advocate for diverse cultural groups. She holds a B.A. in English and Anthropology from the University of Florida.
Jessi joined the A&H family in February 2016. She has a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Rollins College, and several certificates from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership. She has an 11 year background in printing and graphic design. Jessi previously worked as the Volunteer & Grants Coordinator at The Mustard Seed of Central Florida. She also co-directed the Central Florida Earth Day and Central Florida Veg Fest events from 2010-2015. She enjoys photography, yoga, hiking, cooking, and taking her dog to the park.
Kelly Young is originally from the Florida panhandle and came to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida. She has a B.A. in Art History and served as the president of the Art History Club at UCF for 2 years. During her time at UCF she worked in the John C. Hitt Library as an Archives Assistant in Special Collections and University Archives and as Gifts Coordinator for the Acquisitions and Collection Services department. Kelly also has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and served as a wedding coordinator in Destin, FL for over 5 years. She enjoys reading, traveling, and Disney.
Megan Berry relocated to the Central Florida area from Cincinnati, Ohio and joined the A&H team in 2012. She has a B.A in Anthropology from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.A. in Anthropology 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.
Megan Boye became the A&H’s Art School Manager in 2016. As a past graduate of our Summer Camp program, she brings personal insight and passion to seeing student artists succeed. A graduate of Eckerd College, has more than 20 years experience in visual and performing arts education. Most recently she served as the Director of Education for Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry, and has created arts programming for institutions, schools, national parks and more across the country. Her work abroad includes developing curriculum in Japan, and for various European, Tibetan and East Asian programs. Her credentials include teaching students of all ages – from kindergarten to college and adult learners, in traditional and informal settings. Also an artist, she enjoys a playful, community integrative approach to her artwork. Her recent works include installations, intaglio etchings and mixed media sculptures.
Originally from Long Island, Dan L. Hess received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and a Master of Fine Arts from Stony Brook University in New York. His elaborate video installations, drawings and photographs have been exhibited from New York to Shanghai, and can be found in private collections across the globe. Hess worked as both the Visual Coordinator for Christie’s Auction House and an Adjunct Professor of Art at Stony Brook University.
Danielle Fredrick moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Lake Mary, FL with her family at a young age. She recently received her BA in Art History from the University of Central Florida. Prior to working at the A&H, Danielle learned her administrative and service skills from her 9 years at Publix. She began at the A&H as a dedicated volunteer, then became a Museum Educator, and is now our Administrative Assistant. She enjoys watching movies with her Yorkie, Caesar and cat, Cleo.
Tiffany Owens is originally from Missouri and moved to South Florida in 2010. She received her B.A. in Art History from Florida Atlantic University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Public History at the University of Central Florida. Starting off as one of A&H’s Museum Educators in 2016 she is now the Collections Registrar. Prior to working at A&H Tiffany worked for the Palm Beach County Library System for four and a half years. Her most recent projects have been working to digitize artifacts as another way of preserving history as well as increase accessibility for educators, researchers and the curious.
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!
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