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

Alexandra Bancroft

Technical Support Specialiast, Collection Information & Access, J. Paul Getty Museum  

Alexandra Bancroft is the Technical Support Specialist in Collection Information & Access at the J. Paul Getty Museum where she manages the technical aspects of collection information and database management. Alexandra works closely with registrars and curators to facilitate data projects in TMS and develop technical solutions. Prior to joining the Getty, Alexandra was a collections and exhibitions registrar at the Hammer Museum. She holds dual BA degrees in American Studies and Communications from DePaul University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from University of California, Los Angeles.

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

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 http://www.emunch.no/. 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

Archivist, 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

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

Collections Specialist, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University 

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

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”

File Cards Go Online: Unveil the Dark Spots of KHM History 

Matthew Lawson

Digital Assets Manager, 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.

Media Studio: Security, Migration, and Going-Live

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

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

Marty Stein

Photographic and Image 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.

Media Studio: Security, Migration, and Going-Live

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

Dave 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 since 2003 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 and Media Studio; and the leveraging of Media Studio to improve existing processes, such as photography requests.

Media Studio: Security, Migration, and Going-Live

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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