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.

Rupert Shepherd

Rupert Shepherd

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Collection Information Manager, National Gallery, London

Rupert Shepherd initially trained as an art historian, specialising in the Italian Renaissance, before moving into museum documentation, dabbling in humanities computing and digitisation along the way. Having managed the Ashmolean Museum’s documentation for three years, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ for six, he has been Collection Information Manager at the National Gallery, London since 2016.

From Kiosks to Linked Data: the Digital Cataloguing and Management of the National Gallery’s Collections 


Monique Abadilla

Senior Assistant Registrar, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Monique Abadilla is a Senior Assistant Registrar, Exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Prior to working in exhibitions, she has also worked with outgoing loans and permanent collection at LACMA. She has lead several multi-lender exhibitions including international traveling exhibitions and will be working on an upcoming contemporary Chinese exhibition that will be touring domestically. In addition, she has helped pioneer the digital condition reporting program at LACMA. She has a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, Washington DC.

There and Back Again: Exhibition Data and Workflows at LACMA

Julie Ahlers

Sr. Executive Assistant to Chairman-CEO, Crown Equipment Corporation

Julie Ahlers is the Sr. Executive Assistant to Chairman-CEO at Crown Equipment Corporation. Over the past 26+ years, she has been the curator of the corporate and private collections. The items in these collections range from artwork, to decorative arts, to fine furniture, to political and movie memorabilia, and more. During her tenure, the collection has grown from two file drawers of information, to thousands of records. She began tracking the information in a simple spreadsheet, then migrated to an insurance-provided program, then to the best database available (TMS, of course). Julie has learned curatorial duties from the hands-on, trial and error method. Her colleague, Micayla, has shared her wealth of formal education/knowledge; and Julie has also attended training at Gallery Systems, which proved to be extremely beneficial. She looks forward to sharing the helpful hints, challenges, and benefits of TMS, through her years of experience with you. She also hopes to continue to learn more from other Collective Imagination attendees.

The Bicycle (Museum) Thief: How Stolen Collection Objects Brought a Reevaluation of Data Capture at the Bicycle Museum of America

Hilde Bøe

Digital Collection Manager, Munch Museum 

Hilde Bøe is Digital Collection Manager at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. Her tasks are administering the collection database and publishing Edvard Munch’s writings at She is on the board of The Norwegian Literature and Language Association and of Nordisk Nettverk for Edisjonsfilologer (Nordic Network for Scholarly Editors). She has a Master in Nordic Literatures and Languages. Bøe formerly worked with the digital scholarly edition of Henrik Ibsen’s Writings.

An Efficient and Reliable Workflow? Practicalities and Technicalities Using TMS and Conservation Studio

Carol Clark

Collections Database Administrator, Saint Louis Art Museum 

Carol Clark is the Collections Database Administrator at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Before joining SLAM in 2016, she worked primarily in collections management in history museums, including the Missouri Historical Society’s Library and Research Center. Her interests include facilitating communication, improving workflows, and using existing data to better understand patterns, identify priorities, and address areas of need. Carol holds a BA in Ethnomusicology (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies (Northern Illinois University). When not contemplating collection information, she can often be found operating a sound system, playing music, or dancing.

Publishing Collection Records Online: FlexFields for Improved Workflow, and Using Data to Determine Priorities.

Amanda Dearolph

Database Administrator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Amanda Dearolph is the Database Administrator for TMS at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Since joining the museum in 2015, she has participated in projects and workflows across the museum providing data analysis, reporting writing, and user support. This includes maintain multiple systems that are integrated with TMS including the digital asset management system, the online collection platform, and the museum’s recently developed object location and movement application. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Florida and her master’s degree in museum studies from the University of Washington along with a certificate in audience research and evaluation.

There and Back Again: Exhibition Data and Workflows at LACMA

Kevin Forkan

Head, Archives and Library, M+

Kevin Forkan manages the M+ Collection Archives. He joined M+ in early 2016 as the first archives professional in the museum, and has put in place policies and procedures for acquiring, preserving, cataloguing, and making available archives acquired into the M+ Collections, as well as endless hours of arrangement and description. Prior to coming to Hong Kong, he worked for many years at the National Archives of Ireland, 400 metres away from this conference venue. Other previous roles include working at University College Dublin Archives, working on higher education policy at the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, and being an historian of early modern Ireland.

Archives and TMS: Configuring, Cataloguing, Cleaning, and Communicating

Susen Friedrich

Senior Manager History Management, adidas AG

Susen Friedrich is Senior Manager in the adidas History Management Team overseeing the archive database, eMuseum as well as different collections. She studied Museology at Leipzig University of applied science. After her diploma she worked as a freelancer for different museum projects. In 2008 she joined adidas to build a professional archive. In this year the great cooperation with Gallery Systems started.

TMS: Meeting the Demands of a Global Brand

Emma Fulce

Curatorial Assistant, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University 

Emma Fulce graduated from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in Art History and Classics. After completely her graduate work at Indiana University in the History of Art with a concentration in Oceanic Art she began working at the Eskenazi Museum of Art as a Curatorial Assistant and now works as one of two Collections Specialists for the museum.

How to Move 45,000 Objects in Less than a Year

Micayla Gray

Museum Coordinator, Bicycle Museum of America

Micayla Gray has served as the Museum Coordinator at the Bicycle Museum of America in New Bremen, Ohio since July of 2017. Working in a smaller institution, her role encompasses a wide range of museum functions, including: curation, collections management, exhibition design, and guest relations. Likewise, she assists with tasks associated with the interconnected corporate archives, library, and art collection. Micayla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Bowling Green State University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, specializing in Museum Studies, through Kent State University.

The Bicycle (Museum) Thief: How Stolen Collection Objects Brought a Reevaluation of Data Capture at the Bicycle Museum of America

Heather Hales

Associate Registrar, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University 

Heather has been part of the Eskenazi Museum of Art team since embarking on the MA program in Arts Administration at Indiana University in 2001. As a graduate student, she served as the Fess Fellow working with the photography archives and participated in the museum’s first major digitation project in the early 2000s. In 2005, she became the Assistant to the Director under Dr. Adelheid Gealt. In 2011, she moved to the registrarial department where she manages rights & reproductions and copyrights, handles all incoming gifts and purchases and manages the permanent collections with the assistance of Collections Specialists Emma Fulce and Kelli Thomas.

How to Move 45,000 Objects in Less than a Year

Ashley Hall

Manager of Collections Information, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Ashley Hall has been the Manager of Collections Information at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 2015. 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.

TMS at the Met

Autumn Harrison

Project Management Coordinator, The J. Paul Getty Museum 

Autumn Harrison is the Project Management Coordinator in Collection Information & Access at the J. Paul Getty Museum where she coordinates data projects, user training, and assists broadly across a wide array of collection information management areas. Autumn works closely with registrars and curators to facilitate TMS projects and develop workflow solutions. Autumn has worked at the Getty for 15 years, where she has seen slide libraries come and go, collection pages develop into robust resources, and interns become department heads. She has trained over 500 people in TMS and collections management. She holds dual BA degrees in Art and English and minors in Spanish and Portuguese from University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a practicing artist and musician. Coming from a non-technical background, she understands the struggles of trying to bridge the art-minded with the database world.

Technical Solutions for Everyone: How the Getty Uses Accessible Technology to Manage TMS Data

Peter Kloser

Administrator, Kunsthistorisches Museum 

Art historian (2000 University of Vienna), thesis: Fluxus & Chance; 1995-2000 assistant wood conservator; 1998 – 2011 staff of the German ifa (Institute of foreign relationship) for its worldwide travelling Exhibition “Fluxus in Germany 1962 – 1994”; 2000 – 2005 Inventory of Art for the Archdiocese Vienna; 2005 – 2015 Executive Director of “Kunstverwaltung”; 2005 – 2010 TMS Administrator, State Museum of Lower Austria; since 2010 TMS Administrator Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna “KHM-Verband”

Provenance, File Cards, and the Central Depot; Online Access to Records of Looted Artwork

Jack Ludden

Assistant Director, Head of Web & New Media Development, The J. Paul Getty Trust

Jack Ludden is an Assistant Director at The J. Paul Getty Trust and is head of web and new media development. Jack helps define the Getty’s strategic vision and find creative, sustainable solutions that connect cultural heritage experts to the world. Leading the transformation of the Getty’s digital experience has been an ever-changing journey as new technologies and shifts in audience’s expectations continuously redefine how cultural organizations connect with society. Jack is the current past-Chair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Professional Network Committee. Before working at The Getty, Jack worked for Disney Online, The Shoah Visual History Foundation and was a founding member of Red Card Studios. He received his BA from Northwestern University and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Connecting Experts: How to Effectively use Personas and Journey Maps

Brian MacElhose

Collections Database Analyst, Dallas Museum of Art

In 1996, MacElhose began working as a Preparator for the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida (Tampa) where he received his BA, majoring in Theatre Design and minoring in Studio Art. In 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 position 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 TMS database. 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 and workflow models as well as writing custom SSRS reports, Crystal Reports, TMS Listviews and Dataviews, SQL views, triggers, and function, etc. to assist TMS users with their everyday data related jobs and data quandaries. In his free time he enjoys skateboarding, getting inked, traveling, and long walks on the beach at sunset while puppies follow behind nipping at his heels.

Let’s Get Visual, Visual – Let Me See Your Data Talk: The Power of Data Visualizations

Fatima Mahdi

Collections Information Specialist, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Fatima Mahdi is the Collections Information Specialist and TMS database administrator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA. Previously, she worked on database projects for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of the American Indian, Asia Society, Salmagundi Club, American Federation of Arts, and the US Senate’s Office of the Senate Curator. She has a master’s degree in art history from New York University. Fatima enjoys writing TMS documentation when it takes her away from data cleanup.

Ten Great Ideas for Improving Your TMS Documentation

Allison Nicks

Registrar, Delaware Art Museum

Allison Nicks is a registrar at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Delaware. She is responsible for new acquisitions processing as well as the incoming and outgoing loans programs. Additionally, she is the manager of the museum’s Office of Rights and Reproductions. Before joining the Delaware Art Museum in 2016, she worked as an assistant registrar at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia where she had previously received her Bachelors in Art History.

Getting the Most from your Crate Storage by Using TMS Shipping Module

Margret Schild

Head of Library, Theatermuseum 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.

Work–Expression–Manifestation–Item: How Can we Archive the Unarchivable?

Tine Schmidt

Registrar, Munch Museum  

Tine Schmidt Haislund is a Registrar at the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. As a registrar she works with Collection Management as well as managing all loans to and from the museum. The Munch Museum is currently planning a big move of its entire collection to a new museum building in Oslo and for this project Schmidt Haislund will be working full time for the next few years planning, organizing and executing the move of the collection. Schmidt Haislund has a Master in Art Administration for COFA, University of New South Wales, Australia and prior to her work at the Munch Museum she worked at The Art Museums of Skagen, Denmark.

An Efficient and Reliable Workflow? Practicalities and Technicalities Using TMS and Conservation Studio

Gisela Schulte-Dornberg

Project Manager and Head of the Digital Archive of Art and Culture in Duesseldorf

Gisela Schulte-Dornberg has been project manager and head of the Digital Archive of Art and Culture in Duesseldorf (d:kult) since its beginning in 2003. She gained profound knowledge as a software engineer before she studied Prehistory, Cultural Anthropology and Geology at the University of Cologne. In her studies she focused on the Upper Paleolithic in Europe and Gender Studies in Archaeology. After her masters degree she worked as a research associate in the Neanderthal Museum before she started working on the d:kult project. Since 2003, she has been engaged in the Special Interest Group Dokumentation of the Deutscher Museumsbund and is member of the Working Group Data Exchange. Since 2008 d:kult has been part of the Competence Network German Digital Library.

TMS in Duesseldorf: Highlights and Solutions from 15 Years of Collaboration

Kelli Thomas

Collections Specialist, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University 

Kelli Thomas graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Arts Administration. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned in the Registrar’s office at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. She now works as a Collections Specialist for the museum.

How to Move 45,000 Objects in Less than a Year

Jim Whittome

Database Manager, M+

Jim Whittome joined M+ as the Collections Database Manager two and a half years ago, after a nineteen year stint with the University of Alberta Museums in Edmonton, Canada. He first entered the museum profession when Windows was a novel computing concept. Since then he has worked with a number of CMS applications. Although he studied anthropology and exhibited no penchant for programming or scripting of any kind, he now finds himself mulling over table joins and database views. Despite these challenges, Jim is dedicated to ensuring that M+ realises the full potential of TMS.

Archives and TMS: Configuring, Cataloguing, Cleaning, and Communicating


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