Small Museum Association

Small Museums Working Together

About Us

The Small Museum Association is an all volunteer organization serving small museums in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. SMA's mission is to develop and maintain a peer network among people who work for small museums, giving them opportunities to learn, share knowledge and support one another, so that they, in turn, can better serve their institutions, communities and profession.

Board Members

President: Rod Cofield, Executive Director, Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater, MD (Email:
Vice President: Allison Titman, Accreditation Program Officer, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC (Email:
Treasurer: Dayna Aldridge, Registrar & Membership Coordinator, Historic Ships, Baltimore, MD
Secretary: Kathryn Blackwell, Fairfax County Park Authority, Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Great Falls, VA

    • Rebecca Lawrence, Manager of Public & Outreach Programs, Ephrata Library, Ephrata, PA
    • John Verrill, Principal, Practical Matters for Small Museums, Executive Director, Early American Industries Association, Hebron, MD
    • Dr. Kasey Grier, Director of Museum Studies Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
    • Lindsey Baker, Executive Director, Laurel Historical Society, Laurel, MD
    • Mary Helen Dellinger, Museum Curator, Manassas Museum System, Manassas, VA
    • Lacey Villiva, Education Manager, Gunston Hall Plantation, Lorton, VA
    • Brooke Ashley Lynn Salvanto, Deputy Director, Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, Tuckerton, NJ
    • Derek Finn, Director of Operations, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA
    • Trenda Byrd, Director of Education and Outreach, Tubman Museum, Macon, GA
Immediate Past President: Jason Illari, Executive Director, Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA
Legal Advisor (ex-officio): Hurst Hessey, Hessey & Hessey, P.A., Baltimore, MD

Conference Committee Members

Conference Committee Co-Chairs: Allison Titman, American Alliance of Museums email & Allison Schell, Chadds Ford Historical Society email
Speaker Coordinator: Auni Gelles, Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area email & Sarah Bowser, North Dakota Art Museum
Resource Hall Coordinator:  John Orr, Art-Reach email
Conference Registration/ Webmaster:  Kelsey Ransick, email 
Hotel & Banquet Coordinator:  Samantha Dorsey, City of Bowie Museums email
Scholarship & Award Coordinator: Robert Forloney, Program Developer & Cultural Institution Consultant email
Graphic Design: Yana Myaskovskaya
Membership Coordinator & Publicity: Jesse Gagnon email 
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