Core Faculty

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Dionne O'Dell

Interim Program Director, Arts, Cultural Management, & Museum Studies Program & Academic Specialist, Department of Theatre

Dionne O’Dell will be taking over as Interim Program Director for ACM&MS starting Fall 2022. She also teaches in the ACM&MS program and is part of faculty in the Department of Theatre, where she specializes in Children’s Theatre and is the Artistic Director of the Sense-Ability Ensemble, a group that creates theatrical performance for audiences that are neurodiverse.  For ACMMS, Dionne teaches the undergraduate and graduate Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management Museum Studies courses, Development and Fundraising for Arts and Cultural Management and Education and Outreach courses.  Dionne has previously worked in both Development and Education for Lincoln Center Theater, one of the largest nonprofit theatres in the US.  For more info:,and

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Devon Akmon

Director, MSU Museum & MSU's Science Gallery

Devon Akmon is director of the MSU Museum and MSU’s Science Gallery. Previously, Devon served as a Senior Consultant with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. His work included providing organizational guidance and support on artistic and strategic planning, community engagement, institutional and programmatic marketing, fundraising, and board development for a wide-range of cultural institutions from across the United States. Prior to that, Devon served as the second director of the Arab American National Museum (AANM). Devon currently serves on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums and Artspace. | @DevonAkmon

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Susan J Bandes

Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Susan J. Bandes is Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies. She received her MA and PhD degrees from Bryn Mawr College, specializing in Roman Baroque painting. She served as Director of MSU’s Kresge Art Museum (now the Broad Art Museum) from 1986 until 2010 where she curated numerous exhibitions and wrote many catalogues. Among these are: Affordable Dreams: The Goetsch-Winkler House and Frank Lloyd Wright, an exhibition and subsequent edited book on the local Usonian house’s 50th anniversary in 1990; WPA in Michigan, and American Modernism. She teaches Renaissance and Baroque Art, Modern Architecture and Curatorial Practices. She is a member of the Print Council of America and is a frequent assessor and accreditor for the American Alliance of Museums.


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Max Evjen

Academic Specialist, Arts, Cultural Management & Museum Studies Program

Max Evjen is Faculty in the Department of Theatre, where he teaches Site-Specific Performance and is core faculty in Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies, where he teaches Introduction to Arts & Cultural Management and Learning in Museums. He is also Digital Humanities Coordinator in the Digital Humanities program at MSU. He has more than 15 years of experience in arts & cultural management and informal science learning.

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Tina Newhauser

Academic Specialist, Department of Theatre

Tina M. Newhauser (faculty: Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies / Department of Theatre) has been a professional arts manager and advocate since the late 80’s. She’s worked in both the non-profit and commercial sectors as well as the corporate event industries. With extensive experience in Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, and touring theatre management, Tina teaches courses on stage and production management, facilities and operations, event production and planning, as well as arts advocacy and non-profit structures. Ms. Newhauser is also Head of the BFA in Stage Management for the Department of Theatre.


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Abigail Tykocki

Academic Specialist, Department of Theatre

Abigail Tykocki (she/her/hers) is an academic specialist, leading communications for the MSU Department of Theatre and teaching for the MSU Arts , Cultural Management, and Museum Studies program. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Michigan State and a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College with an emphasis on performing arts. She has worked in marketing, fundraising and audience development for Vermont Stage Company, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. She also worked as Marketing and Public Relations director for a municipally operated fiber-internet company. Abigail serves on the Arts Commission for the City of East Lansing and as President of the East Lansing Pinecrest Neighborhood Association.

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Mary Worrall

Curator, Textiles and Social Justice Michigan State University Museum

Mary Worrall is Curator of Textiles and Social Justice at the Michigan State University Museum. Her research interests include quilts and quiltmakers, dress, women’s history, and craftivism. Worrall works with developing and managing exhibition, research, collections, and educational programs. Her work includes addressing social justice issues through exhibition, collections, and community co-curation.

Other MSU Faculty

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Kelly Hansen

Graphic Designer & Museum Exhibit Designer for MSU Outreach and Engagement

Kelly Hansen is an award-winning graphic designer and museum exhibit designer for Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement. Prior to this she honed her design and marketing skills for over a decade working as the creative director at a local advertising agency. She has an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management, and a B.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University. Kelly is also an artist whose paintings have been featured in shows at the Scarab Club in Detroit, the Ann Arbor Art Center, and the South Haven Center for the Arts, among others. She teaches Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management.

William Matt

Executive Director, Meadow Brook Estate, Oakland University

William Matt is the Executive Director of Meadow Brook Estate at Oakland University. Meadow Brook Estate consists of the original 1,400 acres donated by Matilda Dodge Wilson to create Oakland University, which includes many historic buildings with the centerpiece being Meadow Brook Hall. The Executive Director is responsible for financial, operational, education, development, collections, marketing and property preservation functions for the estate and hall. Formerly the Deputy Director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, his career at MSU began at the MSU Museum assisting with projects involving environmental upgrades for collections care and helping to launch the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Bill worked for MSU Residential & Hospitality Services with a business and project management focus before joining MSU Broad in 2014. He was instrumental in leading the creation of the MSU Broad Art Lab, an auxiliary gallery and activity space adjacent the museum. He has a bachelor’s degree in business and master’s degree in education administration both from MSU. He has been a presenter at AAMG, and works with AAM as a peer site reviewer for museum accreditation.

Affiliate Faculty

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Donna Braden

Senior Curator at The Henry Ford

Donna R. Braden has had 43 years of experience as a curator at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, beginning as a curatorial assistant and moving up, most recently, to Senior Curator.  She has a B.A. in anthropology, with distinction in American History, from Ohio State University and M.A. degrees in Museum Studies from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, Winterthur, Delaware, and in Liberal Studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She has published many blogs, as well as numerous articles and books, including Spaces That Tell Stories: Recreating Historical Environments (2019), The Henry Ford Official Guidebook (2017), and Leisure and Entertainment in America: Based on the Collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (1988).

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Eugene Dillenburg

Writer and Exhibit Designer

Eugene Dillenburg was born in Chicago in 1960 and makes no apologies for either.  Over the past 30-odd years – some of them very odd indeed – he has worked for the Field Museum of Natural History, the Shedd Aquarium, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a museum on a campus down in Ann Arbor which shall not be named.  He has also contributed to a wide variety of projects as a consultant, including work at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the National Canal Museum, and the Science Center of Kuwait.  He currently feeds eight cats, not all of them his.

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Katharine M. Hude

Owner/Attorney of Hude Legal Services PLLC, Professor of Law and Policy

Kate has a JD from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a MS in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Boston University, and a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from the University of Michigan. Kate practices in the areas of nonprofit and business law, contracts, copyright and trademark, probate and estate planning, and real property.  She also provides nonprofit consulting, association management, and advocacy services to nonprofits. A resident of Lansing, Kate is active in the community, serving as the Fund Development Committee Chair of the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, the Junior League of Lansing Endowment Board Chair, and as a member of the City of Lansing Mayor’s Arts and Culture Commission.  

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Heather-Marie Montilla


Heather-Marie Montilla, a dynamic integrative leader, has worked in arts, cultural, educational, and community building arenas for nearly 20 years. Having been an Executive Director for 8 years, Heather has a wide range of experience in management, finance, strategic planning, marketing and fundraising, as well as designing and implementing resource development and management plans that motivate staff and increase community engagement. Heather holds an MPA From Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with an Advanced Management Technique and Finance and a BA from Duke University with a double major in Public Policy and Art History, as well as a Markets and Management certificate. In addition, Heather participated in the DeVos Institute of Arts Management programs focused on Capacity Building, Strategic Planning and Strategic Planning Implementation. 

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John Simmons

Writer and Museum Consultant

John E. Simmons consults and teaches collection workshops worldwide and serves as Associate Curator of Collections at the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum & Art Gallery, Penn State University. His books include Museums: A History (2016), Things Great and Small: Collections Management Policies (2nd edition, 2018), and Museum Registration Methods (6th edition, 2020).

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Barb Whitney

Executive Director of the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center

Barb Whitney is an arts educator, administrator, and visual artist. In her role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center she has increased arts engagement through diversity, inclusion, and equity.  Of note, Whitney serves as adjunct faculty for Michigan State University and Vice-Chair for the Mayor’s Arts & Culture Commission in Lansing, and she recently received the Michigan Art Education Association’s Distinguished Service Award. For more about Barb Whitney, visit, and for more about Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, visit

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Graduate Students

Emma Creamer

Emma is a current graduate student who is pursuing the thesis track MA in the ACM&MS program as well as a graduate certificate in community engagement. She got her BA in anthropology with a minor in classical archaeology from the University of Michigan. Emma is currently a collections assistant at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, MI as well as the Broad Art Museum SEEK Research and Exhibition Fellow. Using her background in community-driven archaeological research, she plans on writing her thesis on community-based participatory methodologies as a form of decolonization in archaeology and how those methods can be applied to current museum collections and museum collecting strategies.

Arielle Creps

Arielle Creps (she/her/hers) is an arts and culture administrator focused on developing sustainable avenues of support that allow non-profit organizations to provide equal access while making a positive difference within the community at large. She is currently the Business Development Coordinator with ArtPrize, where she supports efforts to solicit, coordinate, and communicate with ArtPrize sponsors and prospective partners. She has been involved in arts and cultural organizations across the country including the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas, El Paso; Lansing Art Gallery; and Potter Park Zoo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History & Visual Culture with a minor in Museum Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Geography from Michigan State University.

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Katherine Hagman

Katherine is an artist, educator, and creative events producer reveling in the spaces where scientific and creative inquiry collide. She is currently the Associate Coordinator of the MSU Science Festival where she designs and facilitates educational experiences in the STEAM disciplines for both public and K12 audiences across the state of Michigan. With over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has also worked with organizations such as the MSU Museum and ArtPrize to uplift and enrich communities through festivals and events celebrating art and culture.  Her academic and professional interests are vast but include science communication, informal adult education, educational entertainment, and experiential learning.

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Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan

Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan (she/her/hers) is a curator, writer, and arts administrator based in Detroit. She has served as the co-founding editor of Infinite Mile, a Detroit-based journal of art and culture, and has worked in commercial art galleries and non-profit art organizations in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and New York. Junkermeier-Khan has organized numerous exhibitions of contemporary art internationally in various capacities. Through her work and studies, she wants to create systemic change within art & cultural organizations where inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) are realized in the production, consumption and critique of contemporary art and culture.

Ben Lash

Ben Lash (he/him/his) graduated with bachelor’s degrees in cognitive science and theatre arts with a minor in psychology from Marquette University in the spring of 2022. Since moving to Michigan, Ben has been working as a graduate assistant in the Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Lab, the ACM&MS department’s representative in the Council of Graduate Students (COGS), and a member of the board of directors at the Williamston Theatre. Ben is passionate about making science more engaging and accessible through work in museums and the arts.

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Kathleen McPeek

Katie is a graduate student focusing on Museum Studies. Before joining the program, Katie received a bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology. She currently works for W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, where she hopes to put theory into practice. Katie is broadly interested in community engagement. She aims to cultivate a passion for plants for those whose potential may still be dormant.

2021 Cohort

Kathiely Rivera Torres

Kathiely (she/her/hers) enjoys being involved in events and building connections. When she was a  volunteer for arts and culture organizations in Puerto Rico she found her love for non-profit administration. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras and two internships from the National Museum of American History and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. It is important for her to be in a program that aligns with her values and that’s why she chose Michigan State University to pursue this master’s degree. She has worked as an education graduate assistant at MSU Broad Art Museum, volunteered for the MSU Museum, and is currently the ACM&MS Graduate Program Assistant. She likes walking around campus, discovering new food with friends, and visiting museums.

C Widmann

C Widmann (they/them/theirs) is a person who wears many hats in the creative and academic world. They have BA’s from MSU in English Literature and Theatre, and continued a minor in Arts & Cultural Management into an M.A. Their areas of interest include publication management, writing center management, and video game community management. They are the Graduate Assistant at The Cube, and a seasoned writer for both The Current and HerCampus MSU. C works as a consultant in the MSU Writing Center as well as on the communications team for Creativity In The Time Of COVID-19, a grant funded by the Mellon Foundation. C is putting ACM coursework to practical use as a part of MSU Club Fencing, where they are the head of recruitment and a dedicated fencer. They are also the PR and Community Manager for the Planetside 2 gaming outfit 2RAF, follow on Twitch @darkknightsrevenge. 

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Kailey Wracan

Kailey is a current graduate student. She received her BA in Anthropology and History from Alma College where she was provided the opportunity to serve as a historic trades intern at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She then spent six years working at an agricultural product dealership, eventually becoming the Location Operations Manager before returning to academia to pursue her passion in museums. A jack of all trades, Kailey hopes to one day work in a smaller museum where she will get to wear many hats. She is currently serving as the Visitor Experience intern at the MSU Museum for the Spring 2022 term.

Caitlyn Tanner

Caitlyn is a current graduate student focusing on Museum Studies. Prior to attending Michigan State University, she received a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College with a major in History and a minor in Anthropology/Sociology. Caitlyn worked as a Student Researcher at the Hosford History Center and Lawrence Archives during her undergraduate years, before going on to serve as a Scholar in Residence. She currently works as a Library Services Assistant at the Charlotte Community Library, where she is able to combine her academic and professional interests to enrich the community around her.


Katie Mielens

Katie graduated with her bachelor’s in art, art history, and museum studies from Central Michigan University in 2015. Since then, she has worked as an educator and teaching artist at various museums, schools, summer camps, and non-profits in Michigan, Wisconsin, Italy, Washington, and North Carolina. She also served three years in AmeriCorps with City Year and ArtistYear. Katie is interested in youth and community development through the arts, which includes accessible, co-created programming and exhibits.