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.

Nik Honeysett

Chief Executive Officer, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

Nik Honeysett is CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a technology non-profit consultancy that provides support, development and strategy for the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego and beyond. Previously, he was Head of Administration for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, administrating at the Museum’s two campuses in Brentwood and Malibu. Formerly, he lead the Getty’s Web Group and before moving to Los Angeles, he was Head of Production at Cogapp, a UK-based consultancy specializing in interactive and online multimedia for the cultural sector in Europe and the USA. He currently sits on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums and MCN (Museum Computer Network), and teaches a course on the culture and management of museum technology through Johns Hopkins’ Museum Studies Masters Program.

Keynote: Collections Management in an Experience-Driven World 

Alana Aymat

Collection Database Coordinator, Museo de Arte de Ponce

Alana Aymat joined the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) in Puerto Rico in 2016 as the Collection Database Coordinator.  Her duties include creating data standards and leading a data cleanup project of The Museum System (TMS).  In addition, she is collaborating on a project with the Conservation Center, assessing the paper collection of the Museum.  Before joining the MAP, Alana completed a graduate internship with the Vocabularies Program, at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California. Previous to this she worked at the Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte de Puerto Rico of the University of Puerto Rico.  She coordinated a digitization project of 4,000 art posters and in the process established the data standards for TMS. Alana holds a master’s degree in information science and a bachelor’s degree in art history, both from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

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

Jessica Bocinski

Exhibition Coordinator Assistant, Chapman University

Jessica Bocinski is a Senior Art History and Anthropology undergraduate student at Chapman University. Jessica is currently the Exhibition Coordinator Assistant at Chapman University’s Art Collections Department, where she has worked for nearly two years helping design and install the Art Collections’ exhibitions, and researching the University’s collection of African objects and Russian icons. Jessica is also a Student Art Ambassador, an Ambassador for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, and Vice President of the Art History Club.

Teachable TMS: Students, Staff, and TMS at Chapman University

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

Richard Grant

Executive Director, Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Richard Grant is the son-in-law of the artist Richard Diebenkorn. He is currently the Executive director of the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. He was a partner in the management consulting division of Deloitte, Haskins and Sells (now Deloitte & Touche) specializing in project management. For 20 years he taught the Project Management class at the Haas Graduate School of Business at UC Berkeley. After leaving Deloitte he worked with Gallery Systems, overseeing the simultaneous conversion of all five Smithsonian Art Museums to TMS. The Diebenkorn Foundation has just published the 4-volume, 2,100 page Diebenkorn Catalogue Raisonné. The family began the project in 1994 and worked on it continuously for 22 years.

Fighting Back Against Fakes: Using TMS to Create the Catalogue Raisonné of Richard Diebenkorn

Diane Hart

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

Matt Lawson

Digital Assets Administrator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Matt Lawson has a BFA in Photography from Louisiana Tech University. He came to the MFAH as a Digital Imaging Specialist in 2008. In 2009 he coordinated the implementation of Extensis Portfolio at the MFAH. After the MFAH decided to adopt Gallery Systems’ Media Studio, he has worked on creating migration tactics to bring data and assets to Media Studio from Portfolio, building interfaces in Media Studio that facilitate workflows, and testing security for end users.

TMS Media Studio and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: From Concept to Operation

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

Brenda Podemski

Principal Project Specialist, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Brenda Podemski has over 25 years of experience with all aspects of museum collection information management. She is responsible for the oversight and management of the Museum’s collection database and plays an integral role in data-driven projects of all stripes: from management of data entry and ingestion projects, to analysis and implementation of data standards and best practices, to integration of collection data into public presentations of cataloging and interpretive material.

TMS Metadata Inside Out: How the Getty Manages Data Flow

Tania Rodriguez Santiago

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

Tania Rodriguez Santiago is an Assistant Registrar at the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where she works managing the collection database. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in Art History in 2011. After graduating, she worked at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture assisting curators for the Third San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2015 she earned a master’s degree from the Turabo University in Arts Administration and is currently leading the museum’s second digitization project of its Puerto Rican print collection.


2014: A Digitization Odyssey

Ann 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

Marty Stein

Photographic and Imaging Services Manager, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Marty Stein holds degrees in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and Rice University and has been the Manager of the Photographic and Imaging Services Department for over 20 years. The department, which began as a slide library in 1983, now is responsible for all art object photography at the MFAH.

TMS Media Studio and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: From Concept to Operation

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

Lindsay Shen

Director of Art Collections, Chapman University

Lindsay Shen is the Director of Art Collections at Chapman University. She has over 20 years teaching and museum experience in the USA, UK and China. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and has also worked for cultural organizations in Europe, Asia and North America. Both her writing and photography are rooted in her belief that we have a responsibility to be good stewards of our landscapes and cultural treasures.

Teachable TMS: Students, Staff, and TMS at Chapman University

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

David Thompson

TMS Administrator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

David Thompson, with a BFA in Painting and an MBA from the University of Houston, has worked at the MFAH for 12 years in project manager and systems analyst roles for several major systems projects, including the museum’s digital asset management efforts since 2006. In his current role as TMS Administrator, he has recently focused on the implementation of Media Studio; the development of processes and scripts to migrate images and data from the museum’s legacy DAMS, Extensis Portfolio, to TMS/Media Studio; and the leveraging of Media Studio to improve existing processes, such as photography requests.

TMS Media Studio and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: From Concept to Operation

Manon Wogahn

Curatorial Administration Assistant, Chapman University

Manon Wogahn is a senior at Chapman University studying Art History and French. This is her fourth year with the Art Collections department, and currently works with programming, exhibitions, and TMS guides and training. She has represented the Collections as an Art Ambassador for three years, and was a lead student working on Chapman’s PST: LA/LA exhibition, My Barrio: Emigdio Vasquez and Chicana/o identity in Orange County. Manon also works at the Leatherby Libraries as a Marketing Assistant, and is the President of the Art History Club on campus.

Teachable TMS: Students, Staff, and TMS at Chapman University


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