TAM Councilors-at-Large Nominees
The nominees for the four Councillor-at-Large positions for the 2017-2019 term of office have been selected. Get to know the nominees and vote.
Eligibility criteria include: a current individual membership in TAM; availability to attend four TAM Council meetings each year, as well as a two-day retreat; availability to attend the Annual Meeting during term of office; and willingness to serve on at least one TAM Council committee.
Voting ends February 27, 2017.
Rebecca Bridges, Head of Programming and Interpretation
The Grace Museum
Rebecca Bridges has been with the Grace Museum in Abilene since December 2012 beginning as Registrar. Prior to coming to the Grace, Rebecca served as the Registrar/Collections Manager for The Old Jail Art Center in Albany for almost five years. In March of 2016 she transitioned into the role of Programming & Interpretation where she is responsible for all adult, college, and family programming as well as all in-gallery interactives and interpretation.
Rebecca has been an active member of the Texas Association of Museums since 2008. Beginning in 2009 she served as Councillor-at-Large for the Permian Basin Museum Association and then as President until its sunset in 2014. For the past two years Rebecca has served as the Chair for the Art Affinity Group. Rebecca has served a two-year term on the Annual Meeting Programming Committee, has been a speaker multiple times, and currently is serving on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Abilene.
Stacie Hanna, Director of Marketing and Education
Stacie Hanna is the Director of Education and Marketing at the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. She has been with the Museum since 2011. While at the Petroleum Museum she has instituted new programs such as Building Bots Robotics and revamped other programs including Family Science Night and Summer Science Camp. Stacie was also instrumental in the recent re-branding of the Petroleum Museum and has begun digital marketing campaigns. Since 2012, Stacie has been a member of TAM. She has presented at TAM annual meeting sessions and is currently the vice-chair of TAMEC. In her free time, she volunteers at her church and loves spending time with her son, Conner, and husband, Wesley.er.
Danella Hughes, Director of Development
McAllen Society for the Performing Arts
As an experienced communications professional, Danella has a proven track record in almost all areas of Marketing, Advertising, and Communications. She is a leader in the Marketing & Advertising industry in highly effective communication strategies not only in Texas, but also across the nation. It is her belief that the comprehensive success of museums and performing arts societies are a clear and compelling testimony to the values of excellence and teamwork.
She is drawn to the Arts because of her committment to working in a field that fosters any and all types of art and science education. Her goal is to help the Texas Association of Museums achieve its goals, plans, and recognition. She has served as the Past Chairman of Leadership McAllen, Past President of American Advertising Federation-Rio Grande Valley (AAF-RGV), and an active Board Member for the United Way of South Texas. She received Accreditation in Public Relations from Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in 2009 and earned her Certified Museum Professional (CMP) from American Alliance of Museums (AAM) in 2014.
Melissa Linden, Professional Fundraiser and Museum Volunteer
Melissa Linden has been a professional fundraiser in Boston, New York City and Austin, Texas since 2001, and she has been a dedicated volunteer since 1988. Melissa has worked for the Audubon Zoo, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Boston Children's Museum, in addition to her work in educational fundraising. Most recently, she has worked to support the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the University of Texas at Austin.
Aaron Pan, Director
Don Harrington Discovery Center
Aaron Pan was born in San Francisco, CA, and grew up in Amarillo, TX. Aaron is the Executive Director of the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Prior to his directorship, Aaron was the Curator of Science at the Fort Worth Museum of Science. He is also currently a research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, board member and Secretary of Cal Farley’s – Boys Ranch, and chairman of the Convention and Tourism Committee for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pan’s research interests includes the evolutionary history, floristics, and paleoecology of African Cenozoic tropical moist and wet forest ecosystems, velvet ants (Mutillidae) of the High Plains, and the flora and lepidopteran fauna of the Southern Rockies.
George Tobolowsky, Independent Artist
Native to Dallas, George began his professional life in business and legal fields. Though he had taken a minor in sculpture in college, he did not begin producing art until 10 years ago. Since then, he has produced more than 450 sculptures and participated in 30 solo exhibitions and 31 group exhibitions across the country. His welded steel sculptures, fashioned from industrial metal castoffs he finds in scrapyards and fabrication plants, can be found in both public and private art collections worldwide. Recent exhibitions include the “Interdisciplinary Residency Program” at Texas A&M University, the International Museum of Art & Science in McAllen, and the State Fair of Texas.
Sarah Beth Wilson, Curator of Exhbitions and Collections
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Sarah Beth Wilson joined the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in October 2014. Prior to this position, she worked at various art galleries in Houston, Texas, and taught art history with Lone Star Community College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both art history and museum studies from Baylor University, Waco (2006), and attended Texas Christian University, Fort Worth (2009), for graduate school where she was awarded a full fellowship, travel grants and graduated with her Masters of Arts in art history. Wilson brings a wealth of art knowledge to AMSET, including curatorial, installation and research experience. She has given numerous lectures at art galleries and institutions, including speaking to art department students at Baylor University about her career in the art world, and most recently presented at the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art Annual Symposium (Dallas, 2016) and the McFaddin-Ward House Historic House Museum Lecture Series (Beaumont, 2016). Wilson is also published and wrote the appendix including artist biographies for Dr. Katie R. Robinson’s recent book entitled Mid-Century Modern Art in Texas (published by UT Press, 2014), as well as articles and essays in her curatorial position at AMSET. She currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Executive Committee and Board for the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA), on the programs committee of the Texas Association of Museums (TAM), and is a member of the 2017 Leadership Southeast Texas class. As Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at AMSET, Wilson envisions, plans, researches and oversees museum exhibitions from their inception, manages the museum’s collection and curatorial staff, and performs numerous other curatorial duties.