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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.
Karina Jimenez grew up in Broward County, Florida, beside the Everglades. She moved to Orlando in 2010 to attend UCF, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught an art history class at Rollins College Summer Camp, and was an educator at the Orlando Science Center. She returned to school in 2015, this time to study graphic and web design at Valencia College. In the meantime, she worked as the resource specialist for a literacy nonprofit and drove an ice cream truck! Outside of work, Karina serves on the board of directors for Orlando Roller Derby, where she is also a skater, and she is working on restoring a 1940 bungalow where she lives with her husband and their cat and dog.
Taylor Battle is a grants professional, adjunct art instructor, and painter, born in Landstuhl, Germany and raised in Florida. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art & Design in 2011. In 2016, she received her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Central Florida. Her paintings, prints and illustrations have been exhibited throughout Florida and Georgia. Her past volunteer work includes the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA-Orlando), for which she served on the board. Outside of work, Taylor loves acrylic painting, multi-media drawing, mystery podcasts and all things Marvel.
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Randall is thrilled to return to Central Florida and join the A&H team. He spent the last six years in San Antonio, Texas as Chief Creative Officer helping to transform the Witte Museum into a state of the art regional museum where Nature, Science, and Culture Meet. Randall also worked with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History during their complete renovation. Other projects include: the Tupperware world headquarters Confidence Center and The Top of the Rock Legacy Gallery. Randall began his career and spent 11 years at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California as Curator of Collections/Exhibitions Producer. Randall is passionate about creating engaging, immersive and transformative visitor experiences.
Danielle 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, our Administrative Assistant, and now our Education Manager. She enjoys watching movies with her Yorkie, Caesar and cat, Cleo.
Becky Vlaming joined the Education team at A&H in March 2018. She studied Art Education at Western Michigan University and has over 15 years of teaching experience in various settings. Formerly a homeschooling parent, she has spent the last 10 years educating her own children, while staying active in the arts and culture scene of Orlando. She has volunteered with local organizations such as CREDO, teaching sewing to students at the John H. Jackson Center, and currently teaches a weekly after-school art class to the students at NewCity Parramore. She is passionate about creating engaging learning opportunities through experience and exploration. Becky believes that all children should have access to explore art, history and culture in their communities. As a transplant from the East Coast, she loves living in Orlando and exploring Central Florida with her family.
Semie Shin was born and raised here in Orlando, FL. She has recently graduated from UCF with a B.A in Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management, along with a minor in Digital Media. Before becoming the Collections Registrar, she was a longterm volunteer at the A&H, learning many things about the A&H and its beautiful collection. Her lifelong desire is to help connect people to art in any way possible.
Katie, who was born into a Foreign Service family, spent her formative years living overseas in places such as Helsinki, Finland and Dhaka, Bangladesh. She eventually moved back to Florida to complete her high school career in Kissimmee. Katie graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in International Relations and Art History and now is a resident of Downtown Orlando.
Her years overseas helped foster a love for culture, art, and history and help root an interest in working in museums and art institutions. Katie found a perfect blend of these interests in the Art and History Museums – Maitland, in which she began working in 2018. In her free time Katie volunteers as a Docent at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her boyfriend, Matt and their cat, Albus.
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.
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.
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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.