Ellen Alvord
Ellen Alvord
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Ellen Alvord
Class of '89
Interim Director and Weatherbie Curator of Education and Academic Programs

Ellen manages and develops the Museum’s Teaching with Art program for both academic and community audiences. She serves as a liaison to faculty, actively encourages collaborations with campus and community partners, and promotes object-based learning across disciplines. Ellen holds an M.A.Ed from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from Mount Holyoke.

Aaron Miller
Aaron Miller
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Aaron Miller
Assistant Curator of Visual and Material Culture and NAGPRA Coordinator

Aaron assists with the general research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum’s collection, with a focus on decorative arts, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of material and visual culture, including the holdings of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. With a background in anthropology and history, he holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Hannah Blunt
Hannah Blunt
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Hannah Blunt
Assistant Curator

Hannah manages and develops exhibition projects and assists with the general research, interpretation, display, and care of the Museum’s collection. She has a background in American art and holds an M.A. from Boston University and a B.A. from Davidson College.

Taylor Anderson
Taylor Anderson
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Taylor Anderson
Class of '15
Art Museum Advisory Board Fellow

Taylor assists the director, curators, and collections manager with research, inquiries, cataloging, and special projects. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in mathematics and art history, with a concentration in Ancient Roman art and architecture.

Wendy Watson
Wendy Watson
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Wendy Watson
Consulting Curator

Wendy works on research and interpretation of the museum collection and consults with staff on special projects including exhibitions and collection-based installations. Her special interests are Italian Renaissance, ancient art, and the decorative arts. She holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an A.B. from Smith College.

Kendra Weisbin
Kendra Weisbin
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Kendra Weisbin
Assistant Curator of Education

Kendra facilitates the use of the Museum and its collections by faculty and students, as well as K-12 educators, and acts as the coordinator of the Museum’s Student Guide Program. Kendra’s background is in Islamic art, and she holds an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Linda Delone Best
Linda Delone Best
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Linda Delone Best
Collections Manager

Linda is responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures that ensure the proper documentation, indemnification, preservation, protection, movement, and installation of works of art in the permanent collection, the Skinner museum and objects in the custody of the museum for loans or exhibitions. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has held registrarial positions in museum of various sizes and governance.

Jackie Finnegan
Jacqueline Finnegan
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Jacqueline Finnegan
Class of '08
Museum Preparator

Jacqueline facilitates the logistical installation, preparation, movement, and storage of the museum’s permanent collection and long-term loans. She is also responsible for installing special exhibitions, managing the Museum’s gallery spaces, and providing support to the Curatorial and Education departments. Jacqueline has a M.A. in Museum Studies from Syracuse University and received a B.A. in Studio Art from Mount Holyoke College.

Samuel Lopes
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Samuel Lopes
Curricular Preparator
Laura Shea
Laura Shea
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Laura Shea
Class of '06
Digital Collections Coordinator & Museum Photographer

Laura is responsible for all aspects of the digitization project, including physically handling and preparing art and artifacts for photography. She also photographs a variety of Museum related events, such as exhibitions, guest speakers, classes, tours, and faculty workshops. Laura holds a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and has a background in photography.

Debbie Davis
Debbie Davis
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Debbie Davis
Manager of Museum Advancement and Finance

Debbie oversees the Museum’s membership and donor relations activities, administrative functions, and the Museum’s budget. She earned a B.S. in Recreation Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Masters in Education Policy, Research and Administration from UMass Amherst.

Maggie Finnegan
Maggie Finnegan
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Maggie Finnegan
Interim Senior Administrative Assistant

Maggie manages office administrative functions including supervising student receptionists and event staff, providing support to the Director and Manager of Museum Advancement and Finance, coordinating Museum events, and facilitating communications and public relations activities. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Syracuse University and is currently earning her PhD in Northern Baroque Art History from Boston University.

John Burt
John Burt
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John Burt
Financial Coordinator

John’s time is shared between the Office of Professional and Graduate Education at Mount Holyoke College and the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. For the Museum, John processes financial transactions, analyses financial data and prepares reports for internal and external users. He’s earned a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, an MBA from William Carey University in Mississippi, and a MSA from Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Rachel Beaupre
Rachel Beaupre
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Rachel Beaupre
Special Projects Consultant

Rachel oversees many of the Museum’s publications, including its newsletters, annual reports, and special exhibition catalogues. With a background in curatorial work, she also acts as a consultant and project manager for enterprises such as the Museum’s recent rebranding and website redesign project. She holds a B.A. from Colby College in Art History and Studio Art and some Art History graduate credits from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Sue Sormanti
Sue Sormanti
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Sue Sormanti
Museum Guard
Dennis Campbell
Dennis Campbell
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Dennis Campbell
Museum Guard