Living in the Bahamas until I was 9, I have always had a fascination with the stories I may have missed hearing as a child and the history I felt I left behind. Feeling an innate connection to the sea, I pursued a degree in Anthropology at the University of Central Florida and focused the majority of my efforts on pursuing Underwater Archaeology. I forgot all about my love of stories. However, as I continued my education it became evident that my real passion was ensuring that other people’s voices were heard. My extensive background in customer service, marketing skills and a touch of artistic flare, worked well in a small museum where we must all take on many roles. I feel extremely lucky to be able to combine my work background with my love for the sea, and my passion, every day when I come to work.
History in general is my passion – primarily preserving histories that have been forgotten, or lost. To me, history is more than dates and facts. I love being a part of the process that changes someone’s perspective, to see the change in a person’s face when they realize how relevant history is to our daily lives. I studied history with a concentration in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina (Master’s) and interned at the Earl Scruggs Center Shelby as well as the Mountain Heritage Center. My background in customer service, lends itself to the Education Coordinator position, as well as museum work in general, as everyone who walks through our doors deserves the best possible experience.
Visitor Services Coordinator
I am passionate about museums and what they offer their surrounding communities. I knew that I wanted to work in a museum at a very young age but I also knew that I wanted to be able to draw the people in those surrounding communities to their respective museums. I wanted to be the one who introduced the museum to the public. So, in 2010 I did just that. I was able to secure marketing internships at the Southwest Florida Museum of History and Imaginarium followed by an internship with International Fine Art Expositions/Seafair and the Lee County Alliance for the Arts. In 2013, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a Minor in Marketing and Art from Florida Gulf Coast University and continued my museum journey with the History of Diving Museum. I am thrilled to be a part of the Florida Maritime Museum team and look forward to the adventures that lie ahead with the museum and the Folk School.
I believe it is important to know where you come from and what your family went through to get you where you are. As a native of Manatee County, I take pride in my family history here and in this state. That belief led me to major in history, both in my BA and MLA from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Before my current position I was a Project Archivist for Bealls, a company with over a 100 years of Manatee County roots. I have been with the Florida Maritime Museum since May of 2013 and love being able to call the Commercial Fishing Village of Cortez my work home.