Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, Professor of History at PSU, will transition into a new role as Interim Director of the Museum of the White Mountains starting in January of 2016, following a semester at James Madison University where she is serving the first half of her American Council on Education Fellowship, a program that prepares leaders in higher education. In the interim, Dean Cynthia Vascak will be overseeing the Museum programming, operations, and staffing and collaborating closely with the Museum’s Advisory Council, chaired by Woolsey Conover.
Dr. Blaine is a Museum Scholar and has previously curated three exhibitions at the MWM. Her research focuses on the development of American identity in the eighteenth century and the Americans’ historical relationship with the White Mountains. Her leadership experience includes serving as the founding department chair of History, Philosophy, and Social Studies Education and as PSU Faculty Speaker.
Rebecca Enman joined the Museum of the White Mountains as the Collections Assistant in September of 2014. A New Hampshire native, Rebecca holds an M.S. in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College in Boston. She has experience working with museum archives, special collections, and cultural heritage organizations, and has completed archival internships at the Concord Free Public Library in Concord MA and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Following graduation, Rebecca gained museum cataloging and collections care experience as the Collections Assistant at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough NH. Her special interests include improving access to collections through enhanced archival description and digital projects.
Kevan Ouellette began working at the Museum of the White Mountains as the Administrative Assistant in August of 2014. An Army veteran, Kevan spent four years as an airborne infantryman stationed at Fort Polk, LA where he helped train U.S. forces before they deployed to combat theaters overseas. He took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was deployed from 2004-2005 where he earned the rank of Sergeant. After his enlistment he earned a B.S. in Professional Golf Management with a minor in Business from North Carolina State University. As a PGA Professional, he worked at several brand new golf facilities and took part in helping to create many of the operations and procedures that are still in place today. Kevan is originally from Connecticut but has quickly fallen for the unique beauty that the White Mountains have to offer.