2019 Conference Planning Committee

In order to produce the best possible conference experience, we recruit individuals from a range of museums and organizations in the host city. These individuals develop the conference program, host events, recruit volunteers and support development efforts.

Conference Co-Chairs

Caitlyn Perry Dial, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Development

MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Michigan Museums Association Board Member

Kate Kocienski

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Grand Rapids Public Museum

AMM Board Member

Gregory Wittkopp

Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research

Cranbrook Institute

AMM Board Member

Committee Members

Petra Alsoofy


Arab American National Museum

George A. Bayard III

Executive Director

The Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives

Louise Stewart Beck

IMLS Conservator

The Henry Ford

Mallory Bower

Southeast Michigan Field Representative

Michigan Historic Preservation Network

Julie Burgess


Grand Rapids Art Museum

Stacey Burns

Program Manager

Grand Valley State University

Cheryl Chidester

Curator & Collections Manager

Argus Museum/WCHS

Elizabeth (Beth) Chilton

Executive Director

Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Joseph Cialdella

Program Manager for Public Scholarship

University of Michigan

Sarah Humes

Associate Registrar

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Rachel McKay

Accessibility and Inclusion Manager

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Melanie Parker

Interpretive Planner

Detroit Institute of Arts

Joel Zwart

Curator of Exhibitions

Grand Valley State University Art Gallery


Lisa Craig Brisson

Executive Director

Michigan Museums Association

Charity Counts

Executive Director

Association of Midwest Museums

Jessica E. Fischer

Conference Coordinator

Association of Midwest Museums

Claire Johnston

Membership and Communications Coordinator

Michigan Museums Association