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Alabama Humanities Foundation

Executive Armand DeKeyser

Please contact Armand DeKeyser at adekeyser@ahf.net

Armand DeKeyser began as the new executive of the Alabama Humanities Foundation on June 1, 2012. A native of Mobile and a graduate of Auburn University, DeKeyser returned to his home state after a number of years working in Washington, DC, most notably as Chief of Staff to Senator Jeff Sessions. DeKeyser’s experience across Alabama fits with the AHF’s recently renewed commitment to offer programming in every county in the state. In addition to his more than 30 years of leadership experience in government and private business, DeKeyser is a 28-year veteran of Army active and reserve military duty.

Alaska Humanities Forum

Executive Nina Kemppel

Please contact Nina Kemppel at nkemppel@akhf.org

Nina Kemppel assumed her duties as the President/CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum in August 2012. Prior to joining the Forum, Nina was a principal at the Coraggio Group, a West Coast strategy and organizational change firm based in Portland, Oregon. She has worked with many non-profit organizations to develop long-term growth strategies and improve operations. Nina also spent four years at Oliver Wyman, a global consulting firm, in their Boston office where she worked with Fortune 500 companies on strategic and business growth initiatives.

Alaskans may well remember Nina Kemppel as a four-time Winter Olympian in cross-country skiing. In an international racing career that spanned 13 years, Nina also claimed a record 18 national championships. At the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, she skied to 15th place in the 30-kilometer classical race, which at the time marked the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman. She also won Seward’s Mount Marathon race nine times, including eight in a row.

Nina has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Olympic Committee. Nina is a member of the Athena Society and was inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Amerika Samoa Humanities Council

Executive Niualama Taifane

Please contact Niualama Taifane at niualamat@ashcouncil.org

Niualama E. Taifane is the first Executive Director of the Amerika Samoa Humanities Council, which was established in 1994. She holds an M.Ed. from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Before joining the ASHC, Ms. Taifane served the American Samoa Government for 18 years through the Department of Education. She was a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and education specialist for the Special Education Division. She taught two University of Hawaii-Special Education undergraduate courses at the American Samoa Community College under the auspices of the University Affiliated Program. She is High Talking Chief.

Arizona Humanities

Executive Brenda M. Thomson

Please contact Brenda M. Thomson at bthomson@azhumanities.org

Brenda Thomson assumed her duties as Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council in March 2010. "Brenda Thomson brings with her a contagious enthusiasm for humanities work and a fountain of fresh and innovative ideas to move the Council forward into the 21st century. Her passion for celebrating diverse literacies and expanding the AHC outreach to new and diverse communities is fundamentally connected to AHC's vision, mission, and values. We are extremely lucky to have Brenda at the helm," said Dr. Neal A. Lester, Chair of the Arizona Humanities Council Board of Directors.

Thomson specializes in executive management, fundraising, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Arizona Humanities Council, Thomson served as the Director of LearnLaw LLC, Director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU, and Executive Director of the Maricopa County Bar Association.

She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Yale University in 1983 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1989. Thomson said, "I went to Yale to become a composer. I studied piano for many years and wrote music, and had dreamed of becoming a songwriter. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with literature and poetry and decided to major in English."

Her passion for literature and the humanities attracted her to the Arizona Humanities Council. "The humanities teach us about all facets of the human experience, and more. They help us bridge cultural, religious, and viewpoint differences, and learn what we have in common."

Thomson also enjoys spending time with organizations that promote education and diversity through a wide array of community and volunteer activities which include reading to 3rd graders each week with BookPALS, the Diversity Leadership Alliance, AZ State Bar Diversity Task Force, Valley Leadership, Florence Crittendon, Glendale Chamber Foundation, Phoenix Rotary 100, and Park Central Toastmasters.

Arkansas Humanities Council

Executive Paul S. Austin

Please contact Paul S. Austin at psaustinahc@sbcglobal.net

Paul Austin became executive director of the Arkansas Humanities Council in 2008. For 23 years he served as executive director of the American Indian Center of Arkansas, a nonprofit organization that receives substantial federal funding. In his capacity as AICA executive, he also has served as executive director of the National Trail of Tears Association, which supports documentation and interpretation of the U.S. Indian removals of the 1830s. Paul, who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has long been active in public humanities circles in Arkansas and nationally. He served on the Arkansas Humanities Council board for six years, two of them as chair. His experience includes working effectively with nonprofit boards, managing federal grants, and lobbying at the state and national level.

Cal Humanities

Executive Julie Fry

Please contact Julie Fry at jfry@calhum.org

Julie Fry joined Cal Humanities as its President and CEO in February 2015. Prior to joining Cal Humanities, Julie served as a Program Officer for Performing Arts Program at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, California, managing a grantee portfolio of more than 140 nonprofit arts organizations. Fry has extensive experience working and volunteering with arts-based organizations. Recently she has been on the Advisory Committee of the Arts Education Partnership, the Steering Committee for the Alameda County Alliance for Arts Learning, the Arts for All Pooled Fund in Los Angeles, and is the founding Chair of the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Arts Education Funder Coalition. In 2014 she was named as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in the Nonprofit Arts in America in Barry’s Blog. She earned her BBA in Economics and French from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MBA in International Finance from the University of St. Thomas (Houston), and is pursuing a MA in Historic Preservation from Goucher College (Baltimore).

Colorado Humanities

Executive Margaret A. Coval

Please contact Margaret A. Coval at mcoval@coloradohumanities.org

Margaret A. Coval has been Executive Director of Colorado Humanities since 1997. She joined the Colorado Humanities staff in 1982 and has served as Program Officer, Assistant Director, and Associate Director. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was employed by Binghamton University. Coval has a B.A. from Colgate University, an M.A. from the University of Denver, and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Executive Leadership Program. While at Colorado Humanities, Coval has developed and directed dozens of public humanities programs. She is co-founder of the High Plains Chautauqua, executive producer of the NEH funded Conversations 2000 public radio programs and the Five States of Colorado documentary film, and has developed several institutes for K-12 teachers. In 2004, Coval facilitated the merger of the Colorado Center for the Book with Colorado Humanities, securing the Center’s future and doubling the number of CH programs. She is a member of the board of the Federation of State Humanities Councils and serves on the Federation’s Legislative and Conference Planning Committees. Recently she served on the Colorado Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has served on the advisory boards of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future and the El Pomar Foundation.

Connecticut Humanities

Executive Douglas G. Fisher

Please contact Douglas G. Fisher at dfisher@cthumanities.org

Parnes, who joined CH full time in July 2010, worked for more than two decades at Mystic Seaport as director of exhibitions and interpretive programming. He served as director of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex before moving to Maryland in 2006 to head the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Parnes was a Connecticut Humanities board member during the 1990s and was its chair from 1996 to 1998.

A Thomas Watson Fellow and graduate of the Hotchkiss School and Middlebury College, Parnes has served on numerous regional, national, and international museum boards and is currently the secretary general of the International Congress of Maritime Museums and a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums.

Delaware Humanities Forum

Executive Marilyn Whittington

Please contact Marilyn Whittington at dhfdirector@dhf.org

Marilyn Whittington became executive director of the Delaware Humanities Forum in October 2002. Mrs. Whittington most recently worked as a licensed real estate agent for Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors. She is former special assistant to the regional administrator for the federal Small Business Administration's Region III, former special assistant to the State Secretary of Services to Children, Youth, and Families and director of constituent relations for the governor of Delaware. Mrs. Whittington has also served on the boards of community organizations, most recently as chair of the Delaware Humanities Council. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Delaware.

Humanities Council Washington, DC

Executive Joy Ford Austin

Please contact Joy Ford Austin at jaustin@wdchumanities.org

Joy Austin was appointed Executive Director of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC in December, 2000. She joined the council after serving as a program manager for the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, DC. Prior to her work at the Center, Ms. Austin was a consultant to the Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, MI, where she worked with the Kellogg Expert in Residence Program, as well as consulted with the foundation on all aspects of the creation of a monument to the Underground Railroad. Ms. Austin received her BA in English Literature from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and a Master of Science Degree in Non-Profit Administration at Trinity College in Washington, DC. She recently completed a survey of African American Museums for the Presidential Commission planning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and was lead consultant to the Chicago Housing Authority and the ABLA Working Group on a feasibility study for the development of a museum of public housing. Additionally, she is working on a book about black museum pioneers, which stems from her previous work with the African American Museums Association.

Florida Humanities Council

Executive Janine Farver

Please contact Janine Farver at jfarver@flahum.org

Janine Farver joined the Florida Humanities Council staff in September 1992 and was appointed Executive Director in spring 2005. Prior to working for FHC, Janine worked for ten years as the station manager at WMNF Radio, a public radio station in Tampa. She worked in the film division of the California Department of Education and in the public relations department of the Consul General of Japan's office in San Francisco. Janine graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. As Director, she continues to oversee the Council's publications and communications, including Forum, the Council newsletter, the annual report, and the radio series. She also coordinates Parallel Lives programs and writes corporation and foundation proposals.

Georgia Humanities Council

Executive Jamil Zainaldin

Please contact Jamil Zainaldin at jz@georgiahumanities.org

Jamil Zainaldin holds the BA in History from the University of Virginia and the Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. Previously he was president of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, deputy director of the American Historical Association, and staff director of the Task Force on Social Security and Women of the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging. He is an adjunct professor at Emory University, and has taught at Northwestern and Case Western Reserve Universities. He is interested in how the humanities coincide with concepts of citizenship, civic engagement, and civic values.

Guam Humanities Council

Executive Kimberlee Kihleng

Please contact Kimberlee Kihleng at kim_ghc@teleguam.net

Kimberlee has been the Executive Director of the Guam Humanities Council since 2005. Under her leadership, the Council has expanded its partnerships with local and regional organizations, and broadened the scope of its activities to highlight Guam’s diverse cultures, especially in relation to the larger Pacific Islands region. Kimberlee has overseen some of the Council’s most ambitious and rewarding programs, including Writing the Pacific: Albert Wendt Comes to Guam, Dance and Identity in the Pacific, four Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street exhibit tours, and NEH We The People projects, “8,000, How Will It Change Our Lives: Community Conversations on the US Military Buildup on Guam, “The Micronesian Question”: Issues of Identity, Migration and Belonging on Guam, and I Tano yan I Tasi, Land and Sea: Ecological Literacy on the US Pacific Island of Guam. Prior to her current position at the Council, Kimberlee served as the Executive Director of Mission Houses Museum, a fully accredited history museum and national historic landmark in Honolulu's Capitol District focusing on Hawaiian and Pacific history, culture and art. From 1997 to 2000, Kimberlee was the Visiting Scholar in Micronesian Studies at the University of Guam, as well as Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program. Kimberlee, a Fulbright Scholar, has carried-out long-term ethnographic research in Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and short-term ethnographic study in the Republic of Palau. She earned both her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Hawaii Council for the Humanities

Executive Robert Buss

Please contact Robert Buss at rbuss@hihumanities.org

Robert (Bob) Buss has been executive director of the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities since 2003 and before that served as its program officer for twenty years. Bob's academic background is in comparative philosophy, with an emphasis on religious ethics and philosophy of art. He has taught philosophy, logic and critical thinking at Chaminade University of Honolulu and world religions at Kapiolani and Honolulu Community Colleges. He has a special interest in philosophy of literature, environmental ethics, and Confucian and Buddhist studies.

Idaho Humanities Council

Executive Rick Ardinger

Please contact Rick Ardinger at rick@idahohumanities.org

Rick Ardinger is the Executive Director of the Idaho Humanities Council. A former magazine editor and English instructor, Mr. Ardinger served as IHC's Assistant Director from 1991 to 1996 before assuming the position of Executive Director in the fall of 1996. He holds a BA degree in English and Philosophy from Slippery Rock State College and an MA in English from Idaho State University. He is the author of several collections of poetry and the editor of several anthologies, including Where the Morning Light's Still Blue: Personal Essays about Idaho (University of Idaho Press, 1995). He is also a letterpress printer and the editor/publisher of Limberlost Press, a small press devoted to the craft of finely printed and hand-bound books of poetry by nationally known and regionally significant writers.

Illinois Humanities Council

Executive Angel Ysaguirre

Please contact Angel Ysaguirre at angel.ysaguirre@prairie.org

Angel Ysaguirre has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Director of Global Community Investing at The Boeing Company, and as a program officer at the McCormick Foundation. Before returning to Indiana Humanities as its Executive Director, he had served as its Director of Programs from 1999 to 2005. At that time, he created programs that include The Odyssey Project; Einstein's Revolutions; and Brown v Board 50 Years Later: Conversations on Race, Integration, and the Law. He's served on the boards of The Donors Forum of Illinois, Theatre Communications Group; I.C.E. (International Contemporary Ensemble), the Illinois Center for the Book, Blair Thomas & Co.; and the Next Theatre. He received his BA in English from Stetson University and his MA in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi.

Indiana Humanities

Executive Keira Amstutz

Please contact Keira Amstutz at kamstutz@indianahumanities.org

A former assistant deputy mayor of Indianapolis and director of cultural development, Keira Amstutz led the city's successful Cultural Development Initiative, a public private collaboration launched to elevate the city's cultural profile. Amstutz has served on a variety of community boards such as the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, Indy Hub, the White River State Park, Herron School of Art and Design Dean's Advisory Council and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. She has served on strategic committees for many community organizations and events including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the NCAA Men's and Women's Final Four. The Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of the city's "40 under 40" in 2006.

Amstutz grew up in Hamilton, Indiana, graduated from DePauw University and served as a fellow in the office of former Indiana governor Evan Bayh. She earned a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and is an alumna of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series.

Humanities Iowa

Executive Christopher Rossi

Please contact Christopher Rossi at c-rossi@uiowa.edu

Christopher Rossi was appointed Executive Director of Humanities Iowa in December 1998. He grew up in Iowa City. Dr. Rossi holds a bachelor's degree in history and political science from Washington University, a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, an LLM in public international law from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining Humanities Iowa, Dr. Rossi was Assistant Professor of International Politics and Foreign Policy at American University, Washington, DC and Director of the Office of Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, White House National Security Council. He is the author of Broken Chain of Being: James Brown Scott and the Origins of Modern International Law and Equity and International Law: A Legal Realist Approach to the Process of International Decision-Making.

Kansas Humanities Council

Executive Julie Mulvihill

Please contact Julie Mulvihill at julie@kansashumanities.org

In January 2007, Julie Mulvihill became the second director in the organization's 34-year history. Julie previously served as the Council's Director of Programs, a position she held since joining the Council staff in 2001. Julie has worked in Kansas' historical and cultural sector for fifteen years. Her previous experience includes serving as education coordinator at the Kansas State Historical Society and curator of education at the Johnson County Museum. Other work experience includes teaching in the Kansas University Museum Studies graduate program, where she currently instructs the Nature of Museums course. On the national level, she is active with the American Association for State and Local History, working to strengthen best practices standards in small museums. A native Kansan, Mulvihill is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Masters in Historical Administration and Museum Studies. She lives with her husband in rural Jefferson County on the family farm.

Kentucky Humanities Council

Executive Ben Chandler

Please contact Ben Chandler at Ben.Chandler3@uky.edu

A Kentucky native, and long-time supporter of the humanities and arts at the state and national level, Ben Chandler joined the Kentucky Humanities Council as its chief executive on July 1, 2013. Chandler comes to the Council after a 21-year career in Kentucky politics. During his tenure in the House of Representatives, Chandler was a four-year member of the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations, which oversees the budget for the National Endowment for the Humanities. From February 2004 through January 2013 Chandler served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Kentucky’s 6th District. Prior to his work as a Congressman he was the 48th Attorney General of Kentucky (1996-2004) and the 45th Kentucky State Auditor (1992-1995).

Chandler graduated with distinction from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in history and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Chandler opened a private law practice before beginning his career in politics.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

Executive Miranda Restovic

Please contact Miranda Restovic at restovic@leh.org

Miranda Restovic was appointed as President and Executive Director of LEH in February 2015 after serving as interim executive for the past year. Restovic began her professional career at the LEH nine years ago. She has served as LEH Deputy Director, as well as Director of the LEH’s PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program. A nationally-recognized, outcomes-driven program, PRIME TIME is the longest running and most effective humanities-focused family literacy model in the nation, serving families in all 64 parishes of Louisiana, and in 40 other states, since 1991. Restovic holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Orleans, as well as a Bachelors or Arts in International Relations and Italian from Mount Holyoke College.

Maine Humanities Council

Executive Hayden Anderson

Please contact Hayden Anderson at hayden@mainehumanities.org

Hayden W. Anderson joined the Maine Humanities Council as Executive Director in August 2012. Anderson was interim Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland for the past year, and since 2009 has served as the Development Director for the nonprofit immigration legal aid organization. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, he is an experienced nonprofit leader and certified as a strategic planning, board development, annual fund, and capital campaign consultant.

Anderson has worked in development for Seattle University, Calumet Lutheran Ministries in New Hampshire, and for a Minneapolis fundraising consulting firm. Yet he also has a broad background in the humanities, earning a Ph.D and M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Amherst College.

Maryland Humanities Council

Executive Phoebe Stein

Please contact Phoebe Stein at pstein@mdhc.org

Dr. Phoebe Stein joined the Maryland Humanities Council (MHC) as Executive Director in July 2008, directing MHC’s programming, grant making, marketing, fundraising, and governance efforts. With a mission of stimulating and promoting civic dialogue on issues critical to Marylanders, MHC annually brings over 500 free public humanities programs to communities across the state. Thousands more Marylanders experience the Maryland Humanities Council’s programs through broadcasts on local radio and television stations and through the internet.

Stein was on board for the final events of MHC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembrance and Reconciliation special initiative, which won a Schwartz Prize for excellence in humanities programming in November 2008. Stein added to MHC’s roster of programming by developing its Practicing Democracy initiative, which brings together people with opposing points of view to discuss contentious issues.

Stein came to the Maryland Humanities Council after eight years with the Illinois Humanities Council (IHC). There she was responsible for several major initiatives, including a highly successful effort to increase the national visibility of IHC. She also helped to create and promote a series of year-long public programs that stimulated and promoted informed dialogue and civic engagement in Illinois. Stein taught Writing, American Literature, and Women’s Literature at Loyola University of Chicago and DePaul University.

Stein earned her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Loyola University of Chicago. The author of numerous articles on modern American literature, most recently she published an article in PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, on reading communities and Literature & Medicine, a MHC program created by the Maine Humanities Council and run nationwide.

Mass Humanities

Executive David Tebaldi

Please contact David Tebaldi at tebaldi@masshumanities.org

David has been executive director of Mass Humanities since 1985. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy at Rutgers University, and taught philosophy and applied ethics at Rutgers College, Cook College, and the University of Wyoming. Prior to returning to his home state in 1985, David was executive director of the Wyoming Humanities Council. In that capacity, he served on a task force to assess the quality of humanities education in the state’s public schools and authored its report, “Humanities Education in Wyoming's Public Schools.” He is the editor of an anthology, Reflecting on Values: The Unity and Diversity of the Humanities and has published numerous essays and opinion pieces on the public humanities. David also has taught at Mount Holyoke College and at Amherst College.

Michigan Humanities Council

Interim Executive Jan Fedewa

Please contact Jan Fedewa at jfedewa@mihumanities.org

Jan Fedewa is the Interim Executive Director of MHC. Prior to returning to the Council, she served as the Executive Director and Director of Grants and Partnership Programs. Before joining the Council in 1997, she experienced a career in public service with the State of Michigan. Jan was Communications Specialist in the Michigan Department of Consumer and Industry Services (formerly the Department of Commerce) and worked in the Governor’s Office during a gubernatorial election. As Communications Specialists, she worked closely with the Director of the Department of Commerce and the Governor’s staff on media and event strategies and served as editor of the Department’s and Arts Council’s newsletters along with other statewide publications. She is active in the community serving on numerous nonprofit boards. Jan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Davenport University, Grand Rapids, summa cum laude. She also holds minors in Communication and Social Sciences.

Minnesota Humanities Center

Executive David O'Fallon

Please contact David O'Fallon at david@mnhum.org

David O'Fallon, PhD, became president of the Minnesota Humanities Center November 1, 2010. He has led state and national education initiatives, including executive director of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, Minnesota, and, since 2002, as CEO of the MacPhail Center for Music. He was director of arts education at the National Endowment for the Arts and staff director at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. There he led a task force that placed the arts in the national education goals. Previously he was at the University of Minensota and help develop a leadership program with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He consults widely on leadership, strategic thinking, organization development. Has extensive experience working with the Minnesota state legislature, successfully increasing public support for the humanities.

Mississippi Humanities Council

Executive Stuart Rockoff

Please contact Stuart Rockoff at srockoff@mhc.state.ms.us

Stuart Rockoff was born in Ft. Worth and raised in Houston, Texas and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut with a BA in history.  He received his Ph.D. in US history from the University of Texas at Austin with a special emphasis on immigration and American Jewish history.  He has taught several history courses in American and ethnic history at such schools as the University of Texas and Millsaps College.  From 2002 to 2013, he served as the director of the History Department at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, Mississippi. In November, 2013, he became the executive director of the Mississippi Humanities Council, where he works to develop and support public humanities programs around the state. He lives in Jackson with his wife Susan and their two daughters.

Missouri Humanities Council

Executive William S. Belko

Please contact William S. Belko at sbelko@mohumanities.org

Dr. William (Steve) Belko joined the Missouri Humanities Council as Executive Director in February 2015. Dr. Belko comes to the Missouri Humanities Council from the University of West Florida where he was the Director of the graduate program in Early American Studies, the Director of the graduate certificate program in Historical Preservation, and an Associate Professor of History teaching courses in U.S. Constitutional and Legal History, Jacksonian America, the Early Republic, and the Southern Frontier. Previously, Belko was the Director of the Michigan Lighthouse Project a government-nonprofit partnership created to preserve and transfer ownership of America’s historic lighthouses. Belko has worked as a Regional Director for the Missouri Secretary of State, a campaign manager, and a regional campaign coordinator for the 1992 presidential election. Dr. Belko is also an award winning author. His fourth book, Philip Pendleton Barbour, 1783-1841: An Old Republican in King Andrew’s Court is forthcoming.

Humanities Montana

Executive Ken Egan

Please contact Ken Egan at ken.egan@humanitiesmontana.org

Before coming to Humanities Montana in February 2009, Ken Egan was a member of the Department of English at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri where he began teaching in 2002. After receiving his B.A. at the University of Montana-Missoula and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught at Middlebury College in Vermont and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, where he was faculty chair and divisional chair of Arts and Humanities. He served on the board of Humanities Montana during 1989-1993. Ken has received Fulbright grants to teach at the University of Athens and Comenius University in Slovakia. He has authored book-length critical studies of nineteenth-century American and Montana literature, including Hope and Dread in Montana Literature published by the University of Nevada Press in 2003. Ken was born in Polson, Montana and graduated from high school in Great Falls.

Humanities Nebraska

Executive Chris Sommerich

Please contact Chris Sommerich at Chris@humanitiesnebraska.org

Chris Sommerich became executive director of Humanities Nebraska in January 2011. He joined the staff in 2004 as director of development. Chris holds a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he served as undergraduate advisor for the department while a graduate assistant, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). He worked in development for the National Audubon Society's Nebraska state office for four years before coming to Humanities Nebraska.

Chris has taken a leadership role among professional fundraisers in Nebraska, serving on the board of directors for the Nebraska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and is currently its president. During his tenure, AFP-Nebraska hosted the regional Mid-America Conference on fundraising in Omaha. He served on the national planning committee for the National Humanities Conference in Omaha in 2009. Humanities Nebraska received the 2010 Nebraska Friend of Tourism Award for bringing the National Humanities Conference to Omaha.

Nevada Humanities

Executive Christina Barr

Please contact Christina Barr at cbarr@nevadahumanities.org

Christina Barr became Executive Director of Nevada Humanities in January 2009. Previously she worked as a folklorist for the Western Folklife Center, the Nevada Arts Council, and the Vermont Folklife Center. She has a M.A. in Folklore from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a B.A. in Slavic Cultural Studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Barr has documented traditional art forms, communities, and cultural issues around North America and abroad, and has shared her work through presentations about folklife fieldwork, scholarship, and community based cultural work. She is a member of the Arts and Culture Advisory Board to the City of Elko, and is the founding president of the Salt Lake City based non-profit Culture Conservation Corps. In 2007 she received an Electronic Media Award for Best Documentary by Las Vegas Women in Communications for The 24 Hour Show radio series, which documents the lives and experiences of Las Vegas' casino and entertainment industry workers. An active participant in national and regional cultural organizations, she has served as a panelist and consultant for numerous organizations and agencies including the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Northwest Folklife, the Illinois Arts Council, the Western States Arts Federation, the American Folklore Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

New Hampshire Humanities Council

Executive Deborah Watrous

Please contact Deborah Watrous at dwatrous@nhhc.org

Deborah Watrous has been on the staff of the New Hampshire Humanities Council for 22 years and has served as Executive Director since 2004. Returning to the mission of the organization when it was first founded in the 70s, Watrous has championed the application of the humanities to an understanding of contemporary public issues, including religion and politics, immigration policy, and contemporary constitutional questions. Watrous re-activated the NHHC’s adult literacy program, which has now expanded to serve 16 adult literacy providers around the state, including in all three state prisons. And she has overseen the dramatic expansion of the NHHC’s speakers’ bureau, Humanities to Go, into the largest provider of accessible public humanities programming in the state with 450 talks offered each year in more than 150 NH communities in partnership with more than 250 NH organizations.

In 2011, the organization won the NH Business & Industry Association’s “New Hampshire Advantage Award,” was named the “2014 Cultural Catalyst” by NH Magazine, and, along with New Hampshire Public Radio, was awarded the Helen & Martin Schwartz Prize for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the Federation of State Humanities Councils for “The Socrates Exchange” in 2010.

Watrous serves as Secretary of the Board of Leadership New Hampshire and is a 2008 graduate of the program. She has served on the Boards of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, Woodside School, and the Concord Chorale. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Kirkland College and a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Executive Briann Greenfield

Please contact Briann Greenfield at bgreenfield@njch.org

Briann G. Greenfield is Executive Director of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities with a mission of promoting civic engagement through humanities programming. Previously, Dr. Greenfield was Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University where she administered the department’s Public History Program and taught broadly across the curriculum.  Dr. Greenfield received her M.A. in Museum Studies and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. She held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Winterthur Museum. In 2010, she received Central Connecticut State University’s prestigious Board of Trustees Research Award. She is the author of Out of the Attic: Inventing Antiques in Twentieth-Century New England (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009). Dr. Greenfield has served as a trustee of Connecticut Humanities and as a member of the Connecticut Historical Society’s Collections Steering Committee. She has also worked on the editorial team of Connecticut Explored, a state-wide history magazine. In 2013-2014, she co-chaired the program committee for the National Council on Public History’s annual meeting in Monterey, California.

New Mexico Humanities Council

Executive Craig L. Newbill

Please contact Craig L. Newbill at cnewbill@nmhum.org

Craig L. Newbill is a Southwest regionalist and oral historian whose research and writing are focused on American history and literature. Born on the Llano Estacado and raised in the Canadian and Pecos River Valleys, he is a life-long resident of New Mexico. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, where he has taught classes. His dissertation is entitled, "Oral History Studies from Eastern New Mexico Homestead Areas: Life Along the Caprock from 1900 to 1941."

Newbill has been employed by the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) for the past eighteen years and was named Executive Director in 1996. Newbill is Chair of the New Mexico Centennial of Statehood Steering Committee to plan for the state’s centennial commemoration in 2012. He is committed to community life and dedicated to bringing the humanities to all New Mexicans to include all voices and perspectives in the public humanities.

New York Council for the Humanities

Executive Sara Ogger

Please contact Sara Ogger at ogger@nyhumanities.org

Sara Ogger was appointed Executive Director of the New York Council for the Humanities in March, 2007. She began at the Council since March, 2002, as Grants Officer, going on to direct the grants program, oversee all Council-run programs, and successfully securing the Council's first significant state funding. Previously, from 1999 to 2001, she was a visiting professor of German at Montclair University in New Jersey, teaching language, literature, and humanities courses. She received her Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University in 2000, where she also taught. She holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and was a guest student at the University of Tübingen, Germany, from 1988-89. She has served as Vice Chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and was a member of the Advisory Board of the Project on Civic Reflection. In 2015 she joined the board of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. She and her husband, Jean-Gabriel Neukomm of SPAN Architects, are raising two young sons in Lower Manhattan.

North Carolina Humanities Council

Executive Paula Watkins

Please contact Paula Watkins at pwatkins@nchumanities.org

Paula Watkins joined the North Carolina Humanities Council as executive director in 2013. Prior to being at the North Carolina Humanities Council, she served as Assistant Director and South Carolina Book Festival Director at The Humanities Council SC.

A Hartsville, SC native, Watkins joined the staff at The Humanities Council SC in October of 2001 in the role of Finance and Business Manager. She brought two national programs to The Humanities Council SC in 2004: Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Healthcare and the traveling Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition Barn Again. She was promoted to Assistant Director and SC Book Festival Director in 2005 and coordinated eight festivals, overseeing the addition of the Children's Fieldtrip Day, the Children's Pavilion, and the Literary Vine partnership with Richland Library. Under Watkins' leadership, the SC Book Festival attained new heights in attendance, fundraising, and cultural outreach. Watkins was recognized in 2011 with the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award from Richland Library for her efforts in advancing interest in books and libraries. During the 2013 SC Book Festival, Watkins was honored by the City of Columbia with the key to the city because of her service in the literary and cultural arts, and Saturday, May 18, 2013 was named Paula Watkins Day. Watkins is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in biological sciences.

North Dakota Humanities Council

Executive Brenna L. Gerhardt

Please contact Brenna L. Gerhardt at daugherty@ndhumanities.org

Brenna Gerhardt became director of the North Dakota Humanities Council in June 2008. For the previous three years, she served as the Council’s program and resource coordinator. During her time at the Council, Brenna has been an active participant in the Council's long range strategic planning process and has overseen the implementation of the Council's new programming initiatives. A native of Center, North Dakota, Brenna received her B.A. from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Following graduation, she moved to Cambridge, MA to pursue a M.T.S. from Harvard University. In 2005, she moved back to North Dakota. According to Brenna, "When my husband and I made the decision to move back to the state, we were motivated by two factors: a strong sense of community and the possibility of professional advancement. Simply put, we wanted to live in a place were people were actively engaged in their communities and where there were resources to create new opportunities for ourselves. We have never regretted our decision."

Northern Marianas Humanities Council

Executive Scott Russell

Please contact Scott Russell at srussell@pticom.com

Scott Russell, executive director as of January 2010, joined the staff of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council in December 2001 as the program officer. He was promoted to Assistant Executive Director/Program Officer in December 2004. Russell received a B.S. in political science and history from Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Prior to joining the Council, Russell spent 24 years in the field of historic and cultural preservation, first as Director of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Office of Historic Preservation (1977-82), and then as Deputy Director and staff historian for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Division of Historic Preservation (1982-2001). He has written widely on the history and historic resources of the Northern Mariana Islands including Tiempon I Man'mofona, a comprehensive overview of the archipelago's ancient culture and early colonial history. Russell currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History and Culture and on the editorial board of the Micronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the region's first online humanities journal.

Ohio Humanities Council

Executive Patricia N. Williamsen

Please contact Patricia N. Williamsen at patw@ohiohumanities.org

Ms. Williamsen holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Toledo and an M.A. in Film History and Theory from The Ohio State University.  She began her career in nonprofit administration with the Ohio Humanities Council in 1984 as the half-time coordinator of OHC’s first Council-conducted project.  From 1985 until 1993, she served as the Council’s Assistant Director for Development and Public Relations.  She has held a variety of administrative positions, including Executive Director of Community21, Columbus’ public access television station.

She returned to the Council in 2002 as its Director of Development and was promoted to lead the agency in 2011.  In addition to fund-raising activities, Ms. Williamsen has advanced the Council’s mission by developing strategic partnerships for Council-conducted projects on civic reflection, heritage tourism, and history. Most recently, she directed “Images of the Great Depression: The New Deal in Ohio.”

An active photographer and writer, her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines; current projects include documenting street performers throughout the United States.

Oklahoma Humanities Council

Executive Ann Thompson

Please contact Ann Thompson at athompson@okhumanities.org

Ann Thompson became Executive Director of the Oklahoma Humanities Council in February of 2006. Prior to coming to OHC, Thompson served as Director of the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan. She holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in American history from the University of Illinois. Ann’s background includes over 10 years’ education experience as a secondary school teacher in Bismarck, North Dakota, and as the Curator of Education at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Additionally, Thompson served as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center in Pueblo, Colorado, and as the archivist for the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C

Oregon Humanities

Executive Adam Davis

Please contact Adam Davis at a.davis@oregonhumanities.org

Adam joined Oregon Humanities in August 2013 as the organization’s fifth executive director. He previously served as director of the Center for Civic Reflection and prior to that was the organization’s director of training and publications. He is the cofounder, former director, and former board chair of Camp of Dreams, a nonprofit organization providing year-round programming for underserved young people in Chicago, and the editor of Taking Action (2012) and Hearing the Call across Traditions (2009), and coeditor of Talking Service (2008) and The Civically Engaged Reader (2006). He was a longtime philosophy and literature instructor in The Odyssey Project, a college-level humanities program for low-income adults and a past leader of wilderness trail crews for the US Forest Service. Adam received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2003.

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Executive Laurie Zierer

Please contact Laurie Zierer at lzierer@pahumanities.org

Laurie Zierer began as the new executive director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council in November of 2012. Laurie is a champion for the humanities in Pennsylvania. She is a leader in designing, funding, and marketing humanities programming. She passionately believes in the power of the humanities to open minds, and inspire cultural dialogue that brings people together to build a better future for generations to come.

With 17 years PHC tenure, Laurie joined the organization as a program officer and quickly moved up the ranks. Prior to accepting her new position, Laurie served as interim director. Her previous positions also include senior program officer and assistant director. Laurie has produced the Telly Award-winning television show Humanities on the Road with PCN-TV (the state’s version of C-SPAN) and Humanities Live with WHYY-TV (Southeastern Pennsylvania’s PBS affiliate). Other special projects have included a collaborative grant partnership with Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, library book programs for adults and teens, lectures with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors like Frank McCourt, museum interpretation projects like Raising Our Sites: Community Histories of Pennsylvania, and Storyline, a call-in radio program on women’s literature.

Laurie holds a B.A. in English from Temple University and an M.A. in Rhetoric from Penn State. She also taught English at Haddonfield Memorial High School in New Jersey. She is a graduate of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College and holds certificates in Fund Raising and Executive Administration from University of Pennsylvania’s College of General Studies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of New Century Trust, a Philadelphia based organization founded in 1882, with a mission to improve the economic and social status of women and girls.

Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades

Executive Cesar Rey Hernández

Please contact Cesar Rey Hernández at fphpr@prtc.net

Dr. Rey is a well known figure in Puerto Rico, and is a Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. He has a doctoral degree in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he received the highest national award for doctoral studies, the Gabino Barreda Prize. He has more than 29 years of academic experience, and has been the author and co-author of numerous academic books and professional articles in the fields of sociology, education, and migratory issues. He has vast administrative experience in higher education. Dr. Rey was the Puerto Rico Secretary of Education from 2001 through 2004. In 2005, he returned to the faculty at the University of Puerto Rico and continued his research, distinguishing himself recently with his work on Human Trafficking in Puerto Rico.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Executive Elizabeth Francis

Please contact Elizabeth Francis at elizabeth@rihumanities.org

Joining the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities as executive director in 2013, Elizabeth Francis leads the Council’s promotion of public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement and works with the Council’s board of directors and leaders in government, higher education, and cultural organizations to connect humanities resources and perspectives with challenges and opportunities in the state. Before her role at the Council, Elizabeth was director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Brown University for 10 years. She earned her doctorate in American Studies at Brown, and her book, The Secret Treachery of Words: Feminism and Modernism in America, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2002. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College. Elizabeth taught at Brown and the University of Rhode Island for several years, has been a member of the board of the International Charter School in Pawtucket, RI, and chaired the Grants Committee as a member of the board at RICH. As a member of the RI Commerce Corporation board in 2013-2014, Elizabeth co-authored a strategic plan to develop the creative and cultural economy. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, on the Community Advisory Board for Rhode Island PBS, and on the newly re-established state Commission on Women.

Humanities Council South Carolina

Executive Randy L. Akers

Please contact Randy L. Akers at rlakers@schumanities.org

Randy Akers has been Executive Director of the South Carolina Humanities Council for over two decades. A graduate of Garrett Theological Seminary and Northwestern University, he received a Ph.D. in religious studies. He has participated in archaeological digs in Israel (Roman period) since 1974. He is an instructor at the University of South Carolina. During his tenure, the Council has established a statewide humanities festival, an annual book festival and has launched the South Carolina encyclopedia project.

South Dakota Humanities Council

Executive Sherry DeBoer

Please contact Sherry DeBoer at sherry@sdhumanities.org

Sherry DeBoer was appointed Executive Director of the South Dakota Humanities Council on June 1, 2007. DeBoer has worked at the Council since 1987, serving in a variety of capacities. Her most previous position was as Director of the South Dakota Center for the Book program and Deputy Director of the Council. In that position, she has coordinated the South Dakota Festival of Books, The Big Read and the One Book South Dakota program.

Humanities Tennessee

Executive Timothy Henderson

Please contact Timothy Henderson at tim@humanitiestennessee.org

The Board of Directors of Humanities Tennessee named Tim Henderson as Executive Director of the organization following outgoing President Robert Cheatham’s retirement at the end of 2012. Henderson has been with Humanities Tennessee since 1998, serving most recently as the Director of Operations.

Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Union University in Jackson,

Tennessee, and masters’ degrees in English and information science from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee Knoxville, respectively.

Humanities Texas

Executive Michael Gillette

Please contact Michael Gillette at mgillette@humanitiestexas.org

Michael L. Gillette has been Humanities Texas’s executive director since 2003. His former positions include directing the LBJ Presidential Library’s Oral History Program from 1976 to 1991 and serving as director of the Center for Legislative Archives from 1991 to 2003, with responsibility for the official records of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives at the National Archives. Gillette serves on the advisory board of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University and the board of directors of the Congressional Education Foundation. He is a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and served as its president in 2009. His previous affiliations include the board of directors of the Everett Dirksen Congressional Leadership Center and the Law Library of Congress’s National Digital Library Program. Gillette is the author of Launching the War on Poverty: An Oral History and editor of Texas in Transition. His newest book, Lady Bird Johnson: An Oral History, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. He received his BA in government and his PhD in history from The University of Texas at Austin.

Utah Humanities Council

Executive Cynthia Buckingham

Please contact Cynthia Buckingham at buckingham@utahhumanities.org

Appointed Executive Director of the Utah Humanities Council in 1997, Cynthia Buckingham first joined the staff in 1983 as Associate Director. She came to Utah from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she was Assistant Director of Government and Public Affairs with the Federation of State Humanities Councils. She has a BA in English and French from Macalester College, and did her graduate work in the University of Minnesota's interdisciplinary American Studies program. In 1988-1989, she was Administrative Director of the fledgling University of Utah Humanities Center, while on leave from UHC. She is a member of the Alliance for Unity, a group of leaders in Utah business, education, religious, political, and philanthropic sectors that promotes civility and civic engagement in order to bridge divides. She was a founding board member and past president of the Utah Cultural Alliance, whose mission is to promote the visibility and viability of Utah's cultural community, and has served as chair of the Utah Nonprofits Association and vice chair of the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Vermont Humanities Council

Executive Peter A. Gilbert

Please contact Peter A. Gilbert at pgilbert@vermonthumanities.org

Peter Gilbert became Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council in March 2002. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an MA in English from the University of Virginia. He worked for ten years at Dartmouth College as Senior Assistant to the President, James O. Freedman, and Associate Provost. He taught English and American History at Phillips Academy in Massachusetts for eleven years and was a litigator at Hale and Dorr in Boston. A frequent commentator on Vermont Public Radio, he has been the executor for Robert Frost’s estate since 1991.

Virgin Islands Humanities Council

Interim Executive Claudette Lewis

Please contact Claudette Lewis at clewis@vihumanities.org

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Public Policy

Executive Robert C. Vaughan, III

Please contact Robert C. Vaughan, III at rcv@virginia.edu

Rob Vaughan is President, CEO, and founding Director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and a member of the faculty of the University of Virginia, where he has taught for 35 years. He has also taught in Executive Education Programs and on Semester at Sea. Among his publications are books on The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (Cambridge) and on The South (Greenwood). He received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Virginia.

Rob has been involved in founding eight local, state, and national non-profit organizations and is a frequent board member, officer, consultant, and speaker to national organizations and institutions, academic associations, universities, and humanities centers. He currently Chairs both the Virginia Lincoln Bicentennial Committee and the Emancipation Proclamation Monument Committee.

Rob’s special interests are his children and grandsons, water sports, poetry, and music. He is an occasional performer who has appeared professionally as MacHeath in The Beggars Opera, Emile de Becque in South Pacific, and Mr. Snow in Carousel, among many other musical productions and performances, concerts and recitals from Maine to Florida.

Humanities Washington

Executive Julie Ziegler

Please contact Julie Ziegler at julie@humanities.org

Julie Ziegler became executive director of Humanities Washington in June 2009, having served as the interim director since January 2009. An eight-year trustee of Humanities Washington (1998-2004 and 2006-present), Ziegler held a variety of board leadership positions, including chair of the Grants, Development, and Finance Committees in addition to several years on the Executive Committee. Ziegler previously held positions with several national companies, primarily in philanthropy, community outreach, and marketing. While at Safeco Insurance she managed the national grants program and several grassroots outreach programs. Prior to that, she worked as Northwest Regional Manager of the Bank of America Foundation. In a volunteer capacity she has worked on behalf of a variety of non-profit organizations such as ArtsFund, Philanthropy Northwest, United Way of King County, Leadership Tomorrow and Powerful Schools.

West Virginia Humanities Council

Executive Kenneth Sullivan

Please contact Kenneth Sullivan at sullivan@wvhumanities.org

Ken Sullivan became executive director of the West Virginia Humanities Council in 1997. A native of the Virginia mountains with Appalachian roots reaching back more than 200 years, Ken came to West Virginia in 1976. He is a historian, educated at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rochester, and the University of Virginia. From 1979 to 1997 he edited Goldenseal, West Virginia’s popular folklife magazine, serving concurrently as state folklife director. He is the editor of the West Virginia Encyclopedia and publisher of e-WV, the online version. He is an officer of the Faculty Merit Foundation of West Virginia and past treasurer of the Federation of State Humanities Councils. In 2015 Ken received the Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folklife honor.

Wisconsin Humanities Council

Executive Dena Wortzel

Please contact Dena Wortzel at dwortzel@wisc.edu

Dena Wortzel first came to the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 1994. Since that time she has worked with community organizations and humanities scholars to design public humanities programs that speak to the interests of Wisconsinites in all parts of the state, in communities of all sizes. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Dena lived in Boston and overseas, supporting the community development efforts of rural groups in Third World nations and educating Americans about issues of world hunger and poverty. For many years she has made her home on a former dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin where she rides horses, tends a prairie, and wages war on more invasive species than she cares to name.

Wyoming Humanities Council

Executive Shannon Smith

Please contact Shannon Smith at shannon@thinkwy.org

Shannon Smith joined the Wyoming Humanities Council as its new executive director in August 2013. Smith comes to the council after six years at EDUCAUSE, a non-profit focusing on advancing higher education through the use of information technology. She’s served on the Board of a non-profit that promotes the legacy of western historian Mari Sandoz and sat on the Nebraska State Historical Society Board of Trustees. Smith also taught at Oglala Lakota College and is author of Give me Eighty Men: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, which won the 2009 Non-fiction Book Award from the Wyoming State Historical Society.