Jenna Bonistalli is a visual artist who creates works on paper. Her current work engages the sculptural elements of handmade paper, drawing and thread. She teaches arts-based curricula in both school and community settings.
Dr. Anderson is currently the Curator for Aerodynamics at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Anderson has published ten books, some in multiple editions, in the areas of aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, airplane performance, hypersonic aerodynamics, high-temperature gas dynamics, the history of aerodynamics, and the history of aeronautical engineering.
Diana Baird N’Diaye’s interdisciplinary training in anthropology, folklore, and visual studies—and her experience as a studio craft artist—support more than three decades of scholarly work, which focuses on expressive culture in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.
Jade D. Banks (Jade!) is a teaching artist, arts administrator, book publisher, producer, community folklorist, photographer and author of “On Being Fat, Black and Female”. Founder of Iman Books, she served as publisher of “Signifyin’ Harlem” literary journal, executive editor of eleven youth anthologies in the NYC School system, and publishing adviser for “On Fire!!” literary journal of Rider University. Jade is Director of the Community Folk Culture Program at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center.
Lindsay Bartholomew is Science Curator at the Miami Science Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum. Currently Bartholomew is working on the content development of exhibitions for the upcoming Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami. Bartholomew is also working to expand and implement science communication channels for the Museum, including social media as well as youth and workforce development opportunities.
Paul E. Ceruzzi is curator of aerospace electronics and computing at the National Air and Space Museum. His work includes research, writing, planning exhibits, collecting artifacts, and lecturing on the subjects of microelectronics, computing, and control as they apply to the practice of air and space flight.
Roger Connor is a museum specialist in the Aeronautics Department of the National Air and Space Museum. He curates a range of technical collections, including air navigation equipment, aircraft instruments, radar and avionics, pilotless aircraft, U.S. Army ground forces aircraft, helicopters, gyroplanes, as well as vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.
As part of the Smithsonian’s History Explorer team, Naomi helps develop content for the Museum’s Web site for teachers, and teaches best practices for using these resources through teacher workshops. She is passionate about providing young people engaging opportunities to explore the past and to develop historical thinking skills by examining primary source materials.
Marcee Craighill is Director and Curator of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State. In this capacity, she is responsible for the suite of 42 period-style rooms in which the Secretary of State, President, Vice President, and Members of the Cabinet meet with and entertain official guests. The rooms contain an outstanding collection of 5,000 American fine and decorative arts of the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Davis joined the National Museum of American History, Behring Center in 2007 as a curator in the division of Home and Community Life. She has served on the curatorial teams for the 2008 exhibition Barriers to Bridges: Asian American Immigration After Exclusion, the 2009 exhibition Creating Hawai ‘i and the future permanent exhibition, American Enterprise, focusing on the history of American business and innovation. Prior to joining the museum’s staff, Davis served as the deputy director and chief curator of the Maryland Historical Society, assistant director in the Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, and director of The Octagon Museum. Davis has a Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, an M.A.T. in Museum Education, George Washington University, an M.A. (all but thesis) Art History, State University of New York at New Paltz, and a B.A. in English from Russell Sage College.
Joe has shifted focus to astronomical imaging in the
position of Science Imager for Chandra’s Education and Public Outreach
department. Joe gives frequent public talks on the art of image
processing in astronomy as well as on the importance of descriptive
metadata in outreach astronomy.
Mary Dussault directs research and development for several national astronomy and science education projects that engage learners in both classroom and museum settings.
Ryan Dwyer recently came on board at AS220 Youth as its Communications Coordinator. Ryan studied art and video at CCRI and New England Tech. His excellent ability to reason and articulate thoughts comes from his years as a youth debater and, more recently, as an Americorps VISTA managing Rhode Island’s Urban Debate League.
Dr. Elizabeth K. Eder works with classroom teachers, policy makers, and administrators in a wide variety of settings across the United States. In her current position, she develops strategic partnerships, educational products, and educator services to meet the museum’s mission to improve visual arts integrated teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms nationwide.
Angie Estrada is a conservation biologist with the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Panama, where she coordinates the volunteer, husbandry and outreach programs.
Mychalene Giampaoli is an Education Specialist at the National Air and Space Museum and is responsible for weekend family programs. She was the lead educator on the Time and Navigation exhibition team.
Brian Gratwicke leads the amphibian conservation program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute where he coordinates a pan-Smithsonian response to the global amphibian crisis.
Courtney L. Green was born and raised in the inner city of Cleveland,Ohio. She is very proud to say she is a resident of the Glenville community and works in that same community as well. Courtney has worked for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for seven years with Special Education, and really gets enjoyment working as an educator.
Sherrae M. Hayes is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American and African Studies at Michigan State University (MSU) coupled with graduate certification in Urban Education (MSU – College of Education). Her research interests/goals include uncovering a more complicated perspective concerning the distinct nature of how urban Black students communicate a sense of self, pride, and identity via style of dress and fashion, particularly as a form of critical literacy.
Susan Holly is the Senior Historian in the Department of State’s Office of the Historian, and the Executive Producer of the office’s educational video series for high school and middle school students
Michael Hulslander is the Manager of Onsite Learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is responsible for science education at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and manages the Museum’s hands-on learning centers, including the How Things Fly gallery, the Moving Beyond Earth gallery, and the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, as well as the Museum’s youth Explainers Program.
Andrew K. Johnston is a geographer at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum. His research focuses on remote-sensing technology and its uses for observing environmental and geophysical processes.
Carrie Kotcho leads the development of innovative digital learning resources for teachers, students, and parents, including Smithsonian’s History Explorer, the Museum’s web portal for K-12 educators, and OurStory, a family literacy website that focuses on American history content.
Anne Kugler serves as the Director of AS220 Youth. Her background is one part art, one part social services. She is a visual artist, with an MFA from Bard College. She also studied social work and completed her psychoanalytic training at Washington Square Institute in New York. She’s a licensed psychotherapist and ha s worked in clinics and private practice settings.
Dan McCallister is an Education Specialist in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. A former middle-school teacher, Dan specializes in creating lesson plans and professional development experiences that engage students and teachers in scientific practices using data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Magdalena Mieri organizes and implements a variety of programs focusing on the Latino experience in the United States. Her role as Director, Program in Latino History and Culture is to develop collaborations across the museum, and at the local and national levels, to tell the rich stories of Latinos. She is a member of the [...]
Ashley Naranjo develops online experiences for students that encourage them to connect with the world around them through Smithsonian-wide resources, collections and experts.
As a curator in the museum’s political history division, Harry R. Rubenstein shares responsibility for the political history, reform movements, civil rights, and labor history collections.
Sharon Ryan directs science education and outreach at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Her “frog” projects include the annual Panamanian Golden Frog Day Festival in August and a new amphibian exhibit that will open next year at STRI called the Fabulous Frogs of Panama.
Carlene Stephens is a curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her responsibilities include care of the museum’s historical collections of clocks and watches, machines for recording and playing back sound, locks, and robots.
Dr. Frank Summers is an astrophysicist working in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His expertise spans a diverse range from research cosmology and high performance computing to scientific visualization and general astronomy outreach. At Space Telescope, he contributes to all aspects of Hubble and astronomy outreach through news media, web sites, educational programs, museums and planetariums.
Tony Thomas is education program coordinator at the Anacostia Community Museum. A native Washingtonian, he was a science teacher in several school systems in the D.C. area. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and Trinity University. He has been at Anacostia since 2008.
Shannon Thomas Perich’s interest in the history of photography reaches from the earliest daguerreotypes to today’s digital technology. She has authored two books, curated a number of exhibitions, teaches, and maintains the first collection of photography in an American museum.
Dr. Stephanie Toothman oversees programs that support stewardship of park cultural resources and preservation documentation and assistance through partnerships with other federal agencies, state, tribal, and local governments, and public and private organizations.
Sally Van de Water is the program coordinator for The Will to Adorn Youth Access Program, and also coordinated the Will to Adorn program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Before joining the staff of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in February 2013, she was the research coordinator for the Will to Adorn research projects in the US Virgin Islands and was a member of the advisory committee.
Velasquez started as an intern in the National Museum of Natural History in 1995 and joined the National Museum of American History in 1997. His research interest includes Latino history, identity and material culture, food ways, Spanish America colonial history, and immigration/migration. He was co-curator for the Bracero Oral History Project and associated traveling exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964. Past exhibits and projects include, Mexican Treasures at the Smithsonian; AZUCAR! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz; A Collector’s Vision of Puerto Rico; Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian, as well as many other exhibit cases and special projects. He is currently co-curator for FOOD; Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, and the project Smithsonian Immigration\Migration Initiative. Velasquez received his M.A. from George Washington University and B.A., from University of Missouri, Columbia.
In leading the Museum’s Daily Programs and its Program in African American Culture, Chris works to engage visitors in conversation about our nation’s rich and diverse history. As Director of Daily Programs, Chris created the Museum’s award-winning historic theater programs which offer interactive, personal presentations of stories of America’s past that resonate in the nation’s present. The director of the Program in African American Culture since June 2004, Chris also wants to enrich the experience of every visitor by offering them a glimpse into the rich history and culture of black Americans and an understanding that the American experience springs from many diverse stories.
Briana Zavadil White creates and manages in-gallery school programs, designs and facilitates teacher workshops (both in-gallery and in school districts around the country), develops teacher resource guides, and collaborates with other museums to provide innovative programming for schools and teachers.