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Alex Curio currently serves as Development Manager of the Northwest African American Museum. She is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the full range of the Museum's fundraising, membership, and grant-related efforts. Alex graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University, where she double-majored in Art History and English with a minor in French. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Museology from the University of Washington, where she worked as a Research Assistant on a federally-funded research project that explored how people learn on museum blogs. She has interned and worked for many organizations including the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Overlake School, and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Facilities and Security Coordinator
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Maurice Jones is head of our Operations Management department. Maurice graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor of arts in American and French History and he brings fresh energy and enthusiasm for maintaining and developing NAAM.
Manager, Communications and Volunteers
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Leilani Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator, has a strong background in both art history and studio arts. She received her Bachelorâ€™s degree in Art History from Seattle University, before working with the Northwest African American Museum. Leilani is responsible for not only coordinating the NAAM Volunteer Corps, but also touring groups of visitors and facilitating the Museumâ€™s art programs for visiting school groups. Leilaniâ€™s ability to organize and lead a large volunteer corps, as well as assist in developing multiple areas of the Museum make her an essential part of the NAAM team.
Olivia Littles Erickson, Membership Associate, is responsible for managing membership requests and databases, and assisting with grant writing. Currently a Ph.D. student in anthropology at the University of Washington, her interest in museums and history has led to positions at the William S. Hart Museum in Los Angeles, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, and The D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago, before coming to NAAM in 2007.
Office and Finance Manager
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Linda was born in Texas and spent
about 10 years in Honshu Japan teaching English in public and private schools
and worked as a full-charge bookkeeper for the FAR East Boy Scouts via way of
her husband’s military career. Prior to
moving overseas she worked for a Dept. of Defense engineering firm as their
finance manager overseeing various government contracts. Since moving to the Northwest in 2001 she’s
worked as finance and administrative director for the March of Dime, Pierce
County AIDS Foundation and Rosehedge Multifaith Works, and Controller for
Lifelong AIDS Alliance before coming on board to NAAM in June 2013. She
brings over 17 years of administrative and accounting expertise including ten
years in nonprofit managerial accounting, budget planning and forecasting to NAAM’s
Management Team. In her free time she
enjoys listening to jazz, gardening, and hanging out with family on Whidbey
Membership and Administrative Associate
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Membership and Administrative Associate is charged with managing NAAMâ€™s membership program and providing administrative support for the office and fellow staff members. Anne first came to NAAM as a curatorial intern as part of her education in the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, which she graduated from in 2012. She is happily following suit as a former NAAM intern turned staff member.
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Chieko Phillips joined the NAAM team as an curatorial intern during her first year of the University of Washington master's program in Museology and has since made a home of the Museum. While pursuing a BA in history from Davidson College in North Carolina, her enthusiasm for museums and public history blossomed after rewarding internships at the Atlanta History Center and the Levine Museum of the New South. As the curatorial assistant at NAAM, Chieko will continue to immerse herself in the collections and exhibitions with a curiosity her parents nurtured and supported from a young age.
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Rosanna Sharpe is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has over twenty years of experience working in museums. She holds a BFA in Arts Administration from Long Island University, Southampton, NY and an MFA in museum studies from Syracuse University, NY. Her post graduate degree focused on museum administration and African American studies. Ms. Sharpe has previously worked at the Tacoma Art Museum, as Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and, most recently, Manager of the Traveling Exhibition Program and Collections at Experience Music Project in Seattle. Her curatorial projects featuring renowned glass artists include: Transparently Built: A Group Show of Glass Installations; Debora Moore: Natural Reflections; Best in Show showcasing Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen; Tom Patti: Illuminating the Invisible and Paul Stankard: Botanicals. In addition to exhibition planning, Ms. Sharpe also has extensive publication management experience. In her leisure time, Rosanna practices Ashtanga yoga and enjoys reading, cooking and studying the Spanish language. She lives in Seattle with her adult daughter.
Barbara Earl Thomas
Deputy Director/Major Gifts Officer
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Barbara has previously served as the Museum Curator and Executive Director and currently functions as NAAMâ€™s Deputy Director and Major Gifts Officer. Barbara Thomas is a visual artist and a writer with a longstanding record as an arts administrator. She has overseen programs for Seattleâ€™s Department of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Northwestâ€™s largest arts Festival, Bumbershoot. Her administrative career spans more than 20 years and her professional art career that is thankfully still in progress spans 25 years. In her administrative career she has worked with individual artists in all genres and with most of Seattle's Arts-presenting organizations. She has created programs for individual artists and overseen large and complicated budgets.
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Katie Williams, Museum Educator, comes to NAAM with a passion for community-based museums. Her interests in art and history combined with a love of people led Katie to study museums and how they can best tell their stories to engage and educate visitors. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor's degree in Art History and earned a Masterâ€™s degree from the Museum Studies program at John F. Kennedy University. Prior to working at NAAM, she interned at the Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Nordic Heritage Museum, as well as the Oakland Museum of California.