Nicole Krom, President
Membership and Outreach Manager
Elected to the Board of Museum Council in 2011, and involved in committees since 2009, Nicole is an advocate for all things visitor-centered. She is the founder of the Visitor Experience Conference aimed at those in visitor serving roles of arts and cultural institutions and also on the board of her local library. Imagining and executing new ideas are her passion. Prior to working at Longwood Gardens, Nicole spent time at the Arts and Cultural Office of the City of Wilmington, Easter Seals of Southeastern Philadelphia, Chester County Historical Society, Shofuso, and most recently, five years at Fleisher Art Memorial as the Audience Engagement Manager. Nicole graduated with an M.A. in Museum Education from the University of the Arts and a B.A in Art History from Villanova University.
Saralyn Rosenfield, Vice President
Director of Education
Delaware Art Museum
Saralyn Rosenfield is currently the Director of Education at the Delaware Art Museum where she oversees a range of arts-based programs, interpretation, and community partnerships. Ms. Rosenfield served as the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia’s Vice President for Programming from October 2013 – June 2016, and has been involved with the Programming Committee since 2012. In addition to being on the Museum Council Board, she is on the Philadelphia Museum Education Roundtable committee. Ms. Rosenfield has a M.S.Ed. in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education, and a B.F.A in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Timshel Purdum, Vice President
Assistant Vice President, Public Experience
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Timshel Purdum is Assistant Vice President, Public Experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. At the Academy, she leads the cross departmental Experience Planning Committee responsible for ensuring an excellent visitor experience in the museum. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and AmeriCorps foundations and is a founding member of the Philadelphia Museum Educator’s Roundtable. She has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary, and a M.A. in Environmental Education from the New Jersey School of Conservation, Montclair State University. She’s been in the science education field for over 20 years and will continue to do so until they nail shut her recyclable coffin. Her favorite color is blue, her favorite number is 8 (infinity y’all) and as far as she is concerned, cephalopods rule the universe.
Jamie Hughes, Treasurer
Assistant Director of Development
Fleisher Art Memorial
Jamie was elected Treasurer of the Museum Council in 2014, after having served as an at-large board member for two years. She has ten years of experience in Philadelphia’s arts and cultural community, including positions in visitor services, membership, and development at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum, and Fleisher Art Memorial. Jamie has a B.A. from Villanova University, where her coursework included an internship in visitor studies at the Philadelphia Zoo. She has served as a grant review panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program, and earned certificates in Principles of Fundraising offered by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Digital Media for Print & Web from Moore College of Art & Design.
Michael Madeja, Secretary
Museum Education Coordinator
American Philosophical Society
Michael Madeja is the Museum Education Coordinator at the American Philosophical Society (APS). Mike was elected to the Museum Council Board in 2016. While not explaining what’s Philosophical about the APS, Mike volunteers with Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room, serves as a co-moderator of #MuseumEdChat, and assists with the AAM’s Education Committee’s Mentoring Program. Before the APS, he filled education roles at a variety of institutions such as Ford’s Theatre, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Philadelphia Zoo. Mike is a graduate of the Museum Education Program at the George Washington University and holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from Temple University.
Charles Miller, Membership Chair
Charles Miller is the Deputy Director at Art-Reach, a Philadelphia non-profit that works to make the arts and cultural sector more accessible to people with disabilities and low-income communities. Before landing in Philadelphia, Charlie was working in operations & program development for an international study center.
Bridgette Matison, Marketing Chair
Bridgette Matison was elected to the Museum Council Board in 2016. She is a visual artist with a passion for the arts and culture community in Philadelphia. She has served in areas of fund development and special events at Fleisher Art Memorial, Painted Bride Art Center, and PAPAYA (PA Performing Arts for Young Audiences). She received a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration at Drexel University. While at Drexel, she served as the Director of Special Events for Arts Administration Graduate Association. She also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of New Mexico.
Allison Krisch, Programming Chair
Public Programs Manager and Summer Camp Director
Allison Krisch is the Public Programs Manager and Summer Camp Director at the Penn Museum. Allison has spent the past 11 years working as an educator, primarily focused on museum programming that integrates children, teens, and young adults into the museum experience. Allison has an M.A. in Museum Education from the University of the Arts and a dual B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a huge bibliophile and loves dinosaurs, anthropology, and history, especially early Medieval English history. Allison has been a part of the Museum Council Board since 2014.
Patrick Wittwer, Emerging Museum Professionals Chair
Wells Fargo History Museum
Patrick Wittwer, currently the manager of the Wells Fargo History Museum, has served in the Philadelphia museum community since 2002, with roles in education at the Franklin Institute, visitor experience at Please Touch Museum, and as the director of the Museum of Elfreth’s Alley. Patrick is the chair of the Emerging Museum Professional Committee, which is dedicated to assisting museum workers as they begin and advance their careers. Patrick also serves on the Marketing Committee for the Visitor Experience Conference, the Corporate History Committee for the American Association of State and Local History, and is the Philadelphia representative to the National EMP Network. Outside of the museum world, Patrick enjoys camping, West Wing reruns, all things whimsical, and is very likely the biggest Muppet fan you will ever meet.
John Orr was elected to the Museum Council Board in June of 2014 and served as President from June 2014 through June 2015. Prior to his role on the Board, he served on the Marketing and Communications Committee. He has spent 19 years in Philadelphia’s cultural community with stops at the Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, Fleisher Art Memorial, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. He currently serves as the Executive Director at Art-Reach. His focus in recent years has been on increasing arts accessibility through community engagement and the process of co-creation with underserved communities. He also serves on the Conference Planning Committee for the Small Museum Association to assist in planning the largest annual conference for small museum professionals in the mid-Atlantic region.
The Executive Director of The Gershman Y, Maxine Gaiber has over forty years of service as an arts and culture leader. Prior to her current appointment, she was Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts for eight years. Previous positions include Director of Education and Public Programs at the San Diego Museum of Art, Director of Education at the Orange County Museum of Art, and Associate Director of Education at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She was the founding board president of the Delaware Arts Alliance and has served on the board of Delaware’s Forum for Executive Women. She has served as a peer reviewer for National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the American Alliance of Museums, Delaware Division of Arts, Delaware Fund for Women, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. She has an MA in Art History and Museology from the University of Minnesota and has completed the Getty Leadership Institute program.
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Presently, the Assistant Director of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, one of America’s oldest independent libraries, Eileen has been actively involved with the Museum Council of Philadelphia since 1976. She has been Treasurer, Program Chair, and has served on the Membership Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Educators and Curators Committees of the Museum Council.
Public Relations/Social Media Coordinator
Tom Stanley graduated from Susquehanna University in 2007 with a B.A. in Broadcasting, and worked in travel/tourism journalism and public relations after college. Since 2011, he has worked in the PR office at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, currently serving as the museum’s social media coordinator. Tom is a photographer, a lover of public art, and a strong believer in the power of the museum experience.