Each year, the History Leadership Institute recruits forward-thinking leaders from the field of history, museums, and nonprofits to serve as facilitators for the Institute’s daily sessions. Institute facilitators help the Associates better understand and more deeply engage a variety of issues facing history organizations. Below is a list of facilitators from 2017.


Max-van-Balgooy-@-AlamoMax A. van Balgooy is president of Engaging Places, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places. He has worked with a wide range of historic sites and preservation organizations (James Madison’s Montpelier, San Francisco Heritage, Historic Denver, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West) on interpretive planning and business strategy, is on the Steering Committee of the History Relevance Campaign, regularly teaches in the museum studies program at George Washington University and leads workshops for AASLH.

2017 Facilitators

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Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Jenny Burch


Knight Ridge Consulting

Norman Burns

President & CEO

Conner Prairie

Margo Carlock

Executive Director

National Association of Interpretation

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko

President & CEO

Abbe Museum

Traci Cromwell

Director of Collections

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

John Dichtl, Ph.D.

President and CEO

American Association for State and Local History

Ramona Duncan-Huse

Senior Director of the Conservation Lab

Indiana Historical Society

Cathy Ferree

President and CEO

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Barbara Franco

Founding Director Emerita

Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum

Conny Graft


Conny Graft Research and Evaluation

Tim Grove

Chief of Museum Learning

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

John Herbst

President and CEO

Indiana Historical Society

Catherine Hughes, Ph.D.

Director of Interpretation and Evaluation

Conner Prairie

Charles Hyde

President & CEO

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Julie Johnson, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Owner

J2R2 Leadership and Change Associates

Trevor Jones

Executive Director and CEO

Nebraska State Historical Society

Richard Josey

Manager of Programs

Minnesota Historical Society

Ronni Kloth

Program Director, Community Development

Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Susannah Koerber

Chief Curator & Research Officer

Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites

Randi Korn

Intentional Practice Leader and Founding Director

Randi Korn & Associates

John Garrison Marks

External Relations Coordinator

American Association for State and Local History

Erin Carlson Mast

Executive Director

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Jay Miller


National Association for Interpretation

Michael Murphy


Indiana Historical Society

Pamela Napier

Design Strategist & VP of Operations

Collabo Creative

Ellen Paulin

Manager of Interpretation

Conner Prairie

Sarah Pharoan

Senior Director of Methodology and Practice

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Greg Philips


Plow Digital and Plow Games

Laura Roberts


Roberts Consulting

Jennifer Pace Robinson

Vice President of Experience Development

The Children s Museum of Indianapolis

Marianne Sheline

Program Specialist, Education and Exhibits

Indiana Historical Society

Jessica Stavros

Development Officer for Historic Sites

Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites

Matthew Toland

Executive Director

International Preservation Studies Center

Ken Turino

Manger of Community Engagement and Exhibitions

Historic New England

Max van Balgooy


Engaging Places LLC

Jim Vaughan


Jim Vaughan Consulting

Terri Wada

Cofounder, Design Strategist and President

Collabo Creative

Kent Whitworth

Executive Director

Kentucky Historical Society

Elee Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Indiana University School of Liberal Arts

Lawrence Yerdon

President & CEO

Strawbery Banke Museum

David Young, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Cliveden of the National Trust

Todd Zeiger

Director, Northern Regional Office

Indiana Landmarks

2017 Faculty Biographies

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