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Professional Network Council 

The Alliance’s Professional Networks are organized around job responsibilities and areas of common interest within the field. The Professional Network Council is composed of the chair of each network, plus a Council chair and vice chair.

Chair: Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections/Curator, Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA

Vice Chair: Mike Lesperance, Principal, The Design Minds, Inc., Fairfax, VA (LGBTQ Alliance)

  • Lindsey Baker, Executive Director, Laurel Historical Society, Laurel, MD (Small Museum Administrators Committee)
  • Cynthia Brown, Vice President, Exhibitions, Exhibitions International, Minneapolis, MN (Traveling Exhibition Network)
  • Lana Burgess, Director, Museum Management Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia (Committee on Museum Professional Training)
  • James Burns, Museum Adviser, Independent Curator and Scholar, Phoenix, AZ (Curators Committee)
  • Sarah Cohn, Principal, Aurora Consulting, Minneapolis, MN (Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation)
  • Judith M. Gibbs, Deputy Director for Development, Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (Development and Membership)
  • Susan Goganian, Director, Beverly Historical Society & Museum, Beverly, MA (Historic House & Sites) 
  • Heather Farnworth, Director, International Sales, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON (Traveling Exhibition Network)
  • Stacey Halfmoon (Caddo), Director of American Indian Relations, Ohio History Connection, Columbus (Indigenous Peoples Museum Network)
  • Tim Hallman, Director of Communications & Business Development, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA (Public Relations and Marketing)
  • Neal Johnson, Senior Digital Projects Manager, Bullock Texas State History Museum, Austin, TX (Media & Technology)
  • Mike Kirchner, Director of Security & Safety, Practical Management Resources, LLC, Southport, NC (Security)
  • Wayne LaBar, Principal, ALCHEMY Studio, Ridgefield, CT (National Association for Museum Exhibition)
  • Luke McClain Leyh, Lead Representative, Visitor Services, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC (PIC Green)
  • Wyona Lynch-McWhite, Vice President, Arts Consulting Group, Boston, MA (Leadership and Management)
  • Polly McKenna-Cress, Director, Museum Exhibition Planning+Design - University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (Committee on Museum Professional Training)
  • Tony Pennay, Chief Learning Officer, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, Simi Valley, CA (Education Network)
  • Margarita Sandino, Director of Education, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, TN (Latino Network)
  • Stephanie Shapiro, Associate, Eagle Hill Consulting, Washington, DC (PIC Green)
  • Cecile Shellman, Diversity Catalyst, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, PA (Diversity Committee)
  • John Simmons, Curator of Collections, Museologica, Bellefonte, PA (Collections Stewardship)
  • Aletheia Wittman, Seattle, WA (Diversity Committee)
  • Roy Young, Vice President for Guest Experience, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Alexandria, VA (Historic House & Sites)