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.

Terri Anderson

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Terri is a Cataloger at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She is working with objects to be included in the museum’s inaugural exhibitions, publications, and the Smithsonian’s Collections Search online, as well as developing guidelines for data entry for specific types of objects and specific fields in TMS. She has experience in various collections management, registration and database development roles at Washington DC-area museums including the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She has an MA in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a BA in English from the College of William and Mary.

Building an Inclusive Database: Cataloging Race, Gender, Sexuality and Other Identities

Elsa Badie Modiri

Project Manager & Administrator of the Collections Database
Musée d’Orsay

After holding a variety of positions in the museum field, including Chief Registrar of the Egyptian Antiquities department at the Musée du Louvre where she set harmonizing procedures and supervised works movement of every kind, Elsa Badie Modiri now works in the documentation center at the Musée d’Orsay. There  since 2007, she has taken part in research, documentation of the collections, and various collections management tasks. In 2011, thanks to her broad experience, Elsa was at the heart of a project to renew the collections management system in order to meet the EPMO’s goal of making   the collections database accessible to all professions within the corporation’s three museums. Elsa is in charge of the implementation of TMS for the EPMO, and was appointed Administrator of the new collections management system in 2015.

The “Récolement”, a French affair? Audit of the collection for the Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée Hébert

Caitlin Badowski

TMS Administrator
Smithsonian Institution, National Postal Museum

Caitlin Badowski has worked at the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum in various roles since 2004. She currently serves as the TMS database administrator within the Collections Department, and enjoys finding new and better ways to manage the museum’s collection information. Caitlin graduated from The George Washington University with a master’s degree in Museum Studies, with an emphasis on Collections Management, in 2010. Caitlin lives outside Baltimore, MD with her husband and three children.

Adopting the TMS Importer Tool

Alexandra Bancroft

Assistant Registrar
UCLA Hammer Museum & the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts

Alexandra Bancroft is Assistant Registrar at the Hammer Museum and serves as database administrator for TMS. She manages TMS user-experience at the Hammer, including customizing reports, training staff, and tailoring forms, list views and data views. During the Hammer’s recent upgrade to TMS 2012, she coordinated efforts between the Registrar’s department, IT and Gallery Systems to ensure a smooth transition from TMS 9.35. In addition to her TMS responsibilities, Alex handles registration for 6-8 exhibitions per year.

Adapting your Database: Customizing TMS to Meet Institutional Goals

Madeline Betts

Collections Database Manager

Madeline Betts holds the post of Collections Database Manager at Tate. Her primary responsibilities are to continually develop TMS to support changing and new gallery processes and ensure a continuing high standard for collections information through the specification of data standards. She works in support of collection-related projects, providing expertise on how TMS can be employed to capture, structure and deliver data to meet access and publication needs at Tate. She has worked closely with TMS at various institutions for five years, spending the latter three years at Tate. Firstly in the role of Collections Database Officer, she was later appointed to her new position in 2014. Her interests and experience lie in collections management, information management and history. She received her BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2008 and later graduated from Durham University in 2010 with an MA in Museum and Artefact Studies.

Managing Museum Workflow: A Roundtable Discussion

Kate Blanch

Administrator, Museum Databases
The Walters Art Museum

Kate Blanch is the Systems Manager, Data and Digital Resources at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. She oversees the museum’s databases, data-driven web-components, collections data API and digital resources. This encompasses systems in support of digital asset management, collections management, conservation documentation management and constituent management. She works to integrate dependent data structures, support end users, and maintain data standards and technical best practices for applications and hardware. Kate is the lead for the museum’s document digitization initiatives, as well as data sharing and aggregation projects. The Walters places a strong emphasis on open data and public access of digital resources, which makes Kate’s role especially rewarding. Kate has over 10 years of data management and system administration experience in the non-profit world, with a specialization in museum data and imaging services.

Using SQL Server Reporting Services in TMS 2014

Renee Bomgardner

Database 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.

Lions, Tigers, & Bears oh my … Materials, Supports, & Technique Tagging

Carole Campbell

Registrar for Collections Management
The J. Paul Getty Museum

Carole Campbell is the Registrar for Collections Management at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Over the last 17 years she has used TMS to manage data and activities related to collections management in the areas of accessioning, deaccessioning, location tracking, audits, loan processing, art shipping, and rights & reproductions. She also manages data imports and designs customized reports to meet the needs of both the Registrar’s office and exhibition planning staff.

Adapting your Database: Customizing TMS to Meet Institutional Goals

David Cummings

Network Engineer
Gallery Systems

David Cummings has worked for Gallery Systems as a Network Engineer supporting TMS and eMuseum development and deployment for the past 11 years. Previously he worked at the US Department of State as a Network Engineer and has over 35 years’ experience in computer networking technologies. For Gallery Systems, David works extensively on issues related to TMS setup and maintenance including SQL and Oracle database technologies, networking issues and cloud hosting of TMS implementations, such as the hosting of the NARA presidential libraries.

Bringing the Cats into the Barn: Building a Hosted, Multi-site TMS in the Cloud

Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

Collections Data Manager
Yale Center for British Art

Emmanuelle is currently the Collections Information Manager at the Yale Center for British Art. In her current role, she oversees the creation of and access to the museum’s collections data. She plays the lead role in ensuring its intellectual and technical integrity. She identifies and implements new data standards and technologies to disseminate to as wide an audience as possible as well as to support the scholarly mission of the Center. Under her guidance, the YCBA has launched its first online collections catalog. Her primary responsibilities are creating, modeling and publishing the museum’s collections information in an online environment as well as in Linked Open Data format to support the Center’s various digital scholarship collaborations with world-wide institutions. She has been a CIDOC board member since 2013. She previously worked at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. She has a Master’s of Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Using TMS to produce Linked Open Data

Allison Evans

Stark Museum of Art

Allison Evans began her career at the Allentown Art Museum after graduating from Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in Art History. Working under a grant, Evans did data entry in the collection management system. At the same time, she worked as the cataloger of the Apothecary at the Moravian Museum in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 2001, Evans became the Assistant Registrar at the Delaware Art Museum, and was later promoted to Registrar. During her tenure she converted their collections management system to TMS. After accepting the position of Registrar at the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House in 2007, she was tasked with the job of choosing a new collections management system. She now holds the title Collections Manager/Registrar and also acts as the system administrator for TMS. Evans has also project managed several exhibitions, presented twice at the Texas Association of Museum’s annual conference, and is a lead member of the IT Committee for the Stark Foundation. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Information Science at the University of North Texas.

My Fowl Obsession: Using Intellectual Child Records in TMS

Emily Foss

Domestic Outgoing Loans
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emily Foss is the Associate Registrar for Domestic Outgoing Loans at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York a position she has held since 2012. As an Associate Registrar she coordinates loans, packing, shipments, insurance and a yearly traveling exhibition. Emily oversees The Met’s Outgoing Loans transition into TMS and contributes to The Met’s Collections Emergency Plan. She received her BA in Art History from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2001 and is working towards a certificate in Arts Administration at New York University. Prior to joining The Met in 2007 she worked as a Collections Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History and as a registrar at Sotheby’s Auction House in New York and the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.

Transitioning to TMS: Tracking Outgoing Loans at The Met

Melissa Gold Fournier

Manager of Imaging Services and Intellectual Property
Yale Center for British Art

Melissa Gold Fournier has been a museum collection professional—and active TMS user—since 1998. In her current role at the Yale Center for British Art, Melissa oversees digital imaging, manages the Center’s intellectual property and rights-related collection information, and serves as the lead for the Center’s participation in Yale University’s shared digital asset management system. Melissa served as the convener of Yale University’s Open Access Implementation Working Group and oversees the online release of the Center’s open images. She is the current chair of the Museum Computer Network’s Intellectual Property Special Interest Group.

IIIF for Open Images in Museum Collections

Maddie Goforth

Collections Information Associate
Princeton University Art Museum

As a Collections Information Specialist at the Princeton University Art Museum, Madison Goforth works with the rest of Collections Information team to manage, digitize, and catalogue the Museum’s information about the collections and provide access to this content to the staff, university community, and beyond. She works to deliver data in useful and usable ways and is interested in delivery formats and methods that are as accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Madison graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Informatics and Museum Studies.

Deconstructing Components

Ashley Hall

Manager of Collections Information
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ashley Hall is the Manager of Collections Information at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to working at the Met she was the Museum Content and Technology Administrator at the New-York Historical Society. She has also worked at the Met in the Registrar’s office as a Special Project Assistant and as a Quality Assurance Assistant at Gallery Systems. Ashley has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from Seton Hall University and an undergraduate degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Transitioning to TMS: Tracking Outgoing Loans at The Met

Kenneth Hamma


Kenneth Hamma has been an independent consultant since 2008, working with cultural heritage organizations to increase their effectiveness with digital technologies. Clients have included Yale University, Rockefeller Archive Center, Canadian Heritage Information Network, Museums of New Mexico, and the Yale Center for British Art. He currently serves also as a Senior Advisor to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He was until 2008 Executive Director for Digital Policy and Initiatives at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. Prior to that he served the Getty Museum as Assistant Director and Associate Curator of Antiquities.

Keynote: Data, Not What It Used To Be

Emily Houf

Collection Information Specialist
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture

Emily is an information professional with a background in history and archives, currently serving as Collection Information Specialist with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an MA in History from DePaul University.

Building an Inclusive Database: Cataloging Race, Gender, Sexuality and Other Identities

Kimberly Koons

Museum Collections Officer
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)

Kimberly Koons is the Museum Collections Officer for the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives & Records Administration, and oversees collections policy and procedures, cataloging standards and daily database administration for the 13 Presidential Library museums since 2004. Kim’s background includes over 23 years in collections management, documentation and preservation for history, ethnographic, art, rare book, archives and mixed collections, and holds an MA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.

Bringing the Cats into the Barn: Building a Hosted, Multi-site TMS in the Cloud

Marin Lewis

Collections Information Specialist
Princeton University Art Museum

Marin Lewis has been with the Princeton University Art Museum for five years. As a Collections Information Specialist she works on various cataloging projects, primarily to catalogue the scholarly information generated from both museum activities and that of visiting researchers and interns. She also works collaboratively with her colleagues on digital imaging and data-sharing projects. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology, with a minor in Museum Studies from Beloit College in 2005 and her M.A. in Museum Anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University in 2007.

Deconstructing Components

Brian MacElhose

Collections Database Analyst
Dallas Museum of Art

In 1996, MacElhose began working as a Preparator for the University of South Florida’s Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa) where he received his BA, majoring in Theatre Design and minoring in Studio Art. In early 2001, he became the Registrar/Preparator for Zabriskie Gallery (New York City).  After three years, MacElhose returned to the museum world as the Assistant Registrar for the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). Subsequent promotions culminated in his role as Associate Registrar for Collections in 2008. At MAD, he merged two of his interests, computers and the fine arts, by managing the museum’s database, TMS. In addition, he also oversaw accessioning, deaccessioning, outgoing loans, and rights and reproduction requests. In response to an opportunity to work more with data, MacElhose took a position at the Dallas Museum of Art as the Collections Database Administrator in 2012 and became the Collections Database Analyst in 2014. He currently works on developing and documenting data entry procedures as well as writing custom Crystal Reports, TMS List Views, TMS Data views and SQL View Tables to assist TMS users with their work flows and data quandaries. In his free time he enjoys skateboarding, attempting to learn code, and collecting stuffed pandas.

Funnel to Faucet: Increasing the TMS user base @ the Dallas Museum of Art

Jane Milosch

Director, Provenance Research Initiative
Smithsonian Institution

Jane Milosch, founder and now Director of the Smithsonian’s Provenance Research Initiative at the Smithsonian Institution oversees the WWII-Era Provenance Research Project and advises on international cultural heritage projects, provenance, and training programs. Prior to this she served as Senior Program Officer for Art, directing pan-Institutional art programs and led new interdisciplinary initiatives and strategic planning efforts for the arts at the Smithsonian’s eight art units. In 2014, Milosch was appointed to Germany’s International “Schwabing Art Trove” Task Force as the U.S. Representative. Her previous appointments include Chief Curator at the Renwick Gallery and Curator at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Iowa. Her research interests include modern and contemporary art, craft, and design, especially the intersections of art, science, design, and new technology.

Provenance as Process: from Research and Data to Public Access and Collaboration

Erin Narloch

Database/Project Manager & Consultant
adidas AG

Erin has her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she started her museum career at the Chazen Museum of Art. In 2005, she began at the Woodson Art Museum as a curator of education, where she developed innovative programming, presented at a UNESCO world conference, completed graduate school at Johns Hopkins University, and served on various local, regional, and national boards. In 2011, she worked at the Brooks Museum of Art, and had the great privilege of being the founding director of the Morton Museum of Collierville History. Erin relocated to Nuremberg Germany; there she worked on learning German (es ist schwierig!), presented the Germanisches National Museum with an Accessibility Plan and led interactive tours on topics like the Color Blue and German Food & Drink History. Erin joined adidas in 2014, she is responsible for database and IT project management, as well as overseeing the development of a strategic plan and content strategy for a new external website.

TMS: Meeting the Demands of a Global Brand

Morten Nybo

Project Manager
Danish Agency for Culture

Morten Nybo is a digital advisor and project manager at the Danish Agency for Culture and the Danish Ministry for Culture, and has been responsible for the eMuseum website. His main line of work is digital communication projects such as apps, web and social media efforts for the Danish Arts Foundation and the Danish Agency for Culture.

Opening Up and Engaging Users: Working with eMuseum and API

David Parsell

Systems Manager
Yale Center for British Art

Currently Systems Manager Information Technology at the Yale Center for British Art, David Parsell has worked in the museum world for over two decades at Yale University. First at the Yale University Art Gallery where he built the museum’s technology foundation, installed TMS, and built a bar code system using a beta version of the TMS bar code manager. At the Yale Center for British Art, David initially worked to make TMS a viable tool for collection management and cataloging at the Center. Later projects include automated media records insertion in TMS and the Yale University DAM, exporting and mounting TMS data for harvesting by the world; including the Center’s website, the Yale Discovery website, Google Art project, the Museum Network and etc. In the last year, David has managed the implementation of the TMS Conservation Studio and plans to retire January 1st 2017 after fifty years in the working world.

Welcome to the New Age: Implementing TMS Conservation Studio

Chad Petrovay

TMS Administrator
The Morgan Library and Museum

Chad Petrovay joined the Morgan Library and Museum in 2015, as the TMS Administrator. He also chairs the institution’s recently inaugurated Data Governance Committee, which makes recommendations to the administration concerning data security, data quality, procedures and documentation. His interests include examining how the cultural heritage sector 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.

Managing Museum Workflow: A Roundtable Discussion

Lynn Putney

Associate Registrar
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Lynn Putney has worked in Registration and Collections Management at SAAM since 1987. Her specialties include cataloguing, inventory, project management and collections management. Her tenure at SAAM includes two major collection relocations (SAAM full building renovation, 2000-2006; Renwick Gallery full building renovation 2013-2015) and acquisition of the Nam June Paik Archive in 2009, as well as experience using a steady progression of recordkeeping systems and databases culminating with TMS. She received her BFA with Special Honors and High Distinction in Intaglio Printmaking from the Iowa Print Group (University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA); Phi Beta Kappa, in 1986 and is a practicing artist in addition to her museum career.

Time-Based Media Arts and TMS

Margret Schild

Head of the Library
Culture Department of the City of Düsseldorf

Diploma in Documentarianship in 1986; Head of the Libraries of the Theatre Museum and the Film Museum Duesseldorf since 1993. Since 1995 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 – specifically performing arts.

Looking Behind the Scenes: Documentation of Theatre History Within the d:kult Network

Emily Schlemmer

Assistant Registrar, Collections Information
Smithsonian American Art Museum

Emily Guth Schlemmer is Assistant Registrar for Collections Information at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. As officer of accessions, Emily manages permanent collection acquisitions and recordkeeping for over 42,000 objects. She administers the temporary loan program, conducts intellectual property rights research, and generates statistical collections reports. Emily has developed registration procedures for digitizing core records and managing complex time-based media and multi-component artworks. Emily is a member of the Smithsonian’s Time-based Media Art Working Group and was a Co-Principal Investigator in the 2013 Smithsonian Grand Challenges Grant for Time-based Media Art. During her tenure at SAAM, Emily served as Co-Facilitator of the FY12-16 Strategic Plan staff initiative. Emily earned a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in Alfred, NY (2005) and a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University (2014).

Time-Based Media Arts and TMS

Jeffrey Smith

Assistant Registrar for Collections Information
Freer and Sackler Galleries

Jeffrey Smith received his BA in Visual Arts from Bowdoin College in 1984, and has worked at the Smithsonian since 1989, first at the National Museum of African Art where he became the Database Administrator and created the museum’s first collections search. In 2004 he moved to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where he is the Assistant Registrar for Collections Information, maintains the TMS database and helps support a growing number of online collections initiatives.

Provenance as Process: from Research and Data to Public Access and Collaboration

Yer Vang-Cohen

Senior Manger Collections Records and Review
Brooklyn Museum

Yer Vang-Cohen has recently joined the Brooklyn Museum team as the Senior Manager of Collections Records and Review. Before her time at Brooklyn, she spent a year and half abroad in Hong Kong, implementing TMS for M+, a new contemporary art museum, set to open in 2018. Today, she is responsible for all aspects of the Brooklyn Museum database, including the management of TMS work flows, the various methods of data extraction for users (reports, listviews, dataviews), and collaborating with IT on digital initiatives. Before living as an expat in HK, she spent 10 years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Curatorial and Collections Information Management. She has a Masters in Visual Culture and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and is currently pursuing a certificate in GIS and Design at Pratt University.

Managing Museum Workflow: A Roundtable Discussion

Farris Wahbeh

Director, Research Resources
Whitney Museum of American Art

Farris Wahbeh, Director of Research Resources, works within the field of cultural informatics to enhance access to art and archival collections. He oversees the Frances Mulhall Achilles Library and maintains the Museum’s Special Collections, archival materials in support of research within and outside of the Whitney Museum, as well as the Permanent Collection Documentation Office, which maintains the cataloguing and content standards relating to works of art in the Whitney’s permanent collection. Farris has gained experience from a wide range of institutions, including Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Provenance Index, the Creative Audio Archive in Chicago, Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, as well as the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulazziz Center for World Culture.

Performance Art, Notes on Cataloguing and Documentation

Jessica Williams

Associate Collection Information Manager
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jessica Williams is Associate Collection Information Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her current position primarily focuses on reporting and analysis of data from TMS. Her areas of interest and expertise are museum collection information and database management.

 A Framework for Reporting and Analysis with TMS


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