All-a-Board! Navigating Board/Staff Relations
Virtual Workshop - Wednesday, November 18, 2020
A balanced partnership between a museum board and staff is critically important in the success of the organization. Yet, why is it that so many museums find it difficult to find the perfect balance? This workshop will look closely at a variety of board governance models and how to navigate the tricky relationships between board and staff.
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Karen Daly, Executive Director, Dumbarton House
Karen, a museum professional dedicated to preserving our nation’s history for future generations, has led Dumbarton House, the headquarters of NSCDA, as the Executive Director since 2008. Before becoming the Executive Director, Karen served as education director at Dumbarton House and taught fourth grade in the District of Columbia Public Schools. She credits her parents’ insistence on history-themed vacations as a child and her incredible undergraduate experience at the College of William and Mary for her passion for preservation. Karen’s daily work covers various aspects, including strategic planning, institutional advancement, staff management and financial oversight. Karen has been awarded the William A. Cochran Award by the Citizens Association of Georgetown and, during her tenure Dumbarton House was awarded the Communitarian Award by the Georgetown Business Association. Currently, Karen also serves as a board member of the Virginia Association of Museums and the Georgetown Business Association.
Sam McKelvey, Executive Director, Menokin Foundation
Sam is the Executive Director of Menokin in Warsaw Virginia. During his four-year tenure, Sam has managed a re-branding of the site, a shift in mission, launching dedicated research on the enslaved and their descendants, oversaw the planning and building of the Remembrance Structure, managed an expansion of staff and programming as well as overseeing the $8.5 million capital campaign that will allow the Glass House Project become reality. Prior to his tenure, Sam managed multiple museums with Henrico County Historic Preservation and Museum Services including Meadow Farm Museum, Dabbs House, Clarke-Palmore Museum, and Walkerton Tavern. Sam holds a BS in both Geography and History from James Madison University and an MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sam is also a member for the Virginia Association of Museums Council. Sam’s profound passion for museum management has come from seeing the change that cultural organizations can make in society.
Nathan Stalvey, Director, Clarke County Historical Association
Nathan is the Director of the Clarke County Historical Association and a member of the Virginia Association of Museums Council. He started his 20-year career at the University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum where he worked as the Curator of Traveling Exhibitions and Design. Nathan then served as the Director of Exhibitions and Head of Collections at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Kentucky prior to his hiring in 2014 as the Director at CCHA. As Director, he oversees the operations of both a museum in downtown Berryville, as well as the historic 18th-century Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood.