CI 2017 Speakers 2017-06-23T12:22:24+00:00

Meet Our Speakers

Collective Imagination speakers represent some of the most creative and experienced members of the TMS community. CI speakers hail from various institutions and specialties, so professionals of all types are sure to learn something new. Learn more about them below.

Alana Aymat

Collection Database Coordinator, Museo de Arte de Ponce


2014: A Digitization Odyssey

Bethany Bannister-Andrews

Collections and Digital Assets Manager, Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art 

Bethany Bannister-Andrews is the Collections and Digital Assets Manager at Shangri La: Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, a historic house museum in Honolulu, where she manages the physical and digital organization and access of the object, archive, and library collections. Before her current position, she was the Collections Technician and then the Registrar for the 4,500-object art collection. In her newest role, she is also working to manage digital assets and information generated from activities across the institution, including rights and reproductions and research requests. She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from San José State University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.


Thinking outside of Collections: Using TMS to Manage Information across a Small Institution

Renee Bomgardner

Data Standards Administrator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renee Bomgardner is the Data Standards Administrator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Since joining the staff in 2011, she has focused on improving data standards, training users, and writing TMS documentation. She is tasked with assisting the staff with exhibitions, shipping, object, media, and constituent records. Another facet of her jobs involves training the PMA’s Summer Interns and working with them on their various projects. Prior to joining the PMA staff, Renee worked at the Barnes Foundation as a registrar using TMS and was their system administrator. Renee holds a BS in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a MA in American Studies from The Pennsylvania State University.


Constituents: the Names behind the Objects We Collect

David DeBono Schafer

Senior Collections Manager, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

David DeBono Schafer is the Senior Collections Manager at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. In addition to the 1.25 anthropological million objects in the collection, he manages the museum’s digital assets (750K TMS records, 400K digital images, >1M PDF pages) and oversees the operation & development of TMS. David has experience in North and Central American archaeology, and is a semi-professional photographer.


TMS + CMS = CRM: Using the Events Module as a Contact Management System and a Customer Relationship Management Tool

Diane Hart

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Senior Museum Registrar, Williams College Museum of Art 

Diane, Senior Museum Registrar, and Rachel, Associate Registrar, have been working together at the Williams College Museum of Art for 25 years. Their combined experiences support the daily management of the museum’s collection and its exhibition programs, all the while, juggling a multitude of evolving projects including digitization, conservation, storage renovations, archiving, and inventory. They have been utilizing The Museum System since 2009.


Off the WALLS and Out the Door

Chad Petrovay

TMS Administrator, The Morgan Library & Museum

Chad Petrovay joined the Morgan Library and Museum in 2015, as the TMS Administrator. He also chairs the institution’s Data Governance Committee, which make recommendations to the administration concerning data security, data quality, procedures and documentation. He interests include examining how GLAM institutions can appropriate business intelligence and data science techniques developed by for-profit industries to achieve greater value from their data sources. Chad received his BA in Sociology/Anthropology from St Mary’s College of Maryland, and his MA in Archaeology from Durham University. He is currently working on his certification in XML and RDF-based data systems.


The Dynamic Duo: Building Dynamic Reports for TMS with Crystal Reports

Tania Rodriguez

Assistant Registrar, University of Puerto Rico, Museum of History, Anthropology and Art 


2014: A Digitization Odyssey

Anna Stegina

Collections Manager, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Ann Stegina is the collections manager at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. She has previously worked as the registrar at the South Street Seaport Museum. Ann has a background in archaeology with a BA from New York University in Anthropology and Spanish. She received her MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is interested in the preservation of maritime history.


Don’t Touch the Walls: Using TMS’ Sites Module to Document Historic Structures

Margret Schild

Head of the Library, Culture Department of the City of Düsseldorf

Margret Schild received her Diploma in Documentarianship in 1986 and has been Head of the Libraries of the Theatre Museum and the Film Museum Duesseldorf since 1993. Since 1995 she has been an active member in networks in the field of art and museum libraries, collection management, terminological work. Subjects: projects, papers, publications about information management in art and museum libraries, cataloguing, indexing and presentation of information about cultural heritage – especially performing arts.


How Do You Handle Cinematographic Works? An Example of Best Practice within the d:kult Network

Rachel Tassone

Associate Registrar, Williams College Museum of Art 

Diane, Senior Museum Registrar, and Rachel, Associate Registrar, have been working together at the Williams College Museum of Art for 25 years. Their combined experiences support the daily management of the museum’s collection and its exhibition programs, all the while, juggling a multitude of evolving projects including digitization, conservation, storage renovations, archiving, and inventory. They have been utilizing The Museum System since 2009.


Off the WALLS and Out the Door

Julie Thies

TMS Administrator, The Menil Collection

Currently the TMS Administrator at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas. Previously managed TMS at The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and also took the Arizona State University Art Museum through their conversion to TMS.


Using TMS as a Tool of Transparency and Communication for Outgoing Loans

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