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Executive Leadership

Deborah Emont Scott, Louise Taft Semple President/CEO

As the Louise Taft Semple President/CEO of the Taft Museum of Art since 2009, Scott is ultimately responsible for all operations of the Museum, including its intellectual and programmatic direction, and also provides strategic direction. She serves as the institution’s chief fundraiser and works to advance the Museum’s reputation in the community, region, and beyond. Prior to coming to the Taft, Scott spent 25 years at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where she was curator of modern and contemporary art, then chief curator, and also took a leadership role in major capital projects. An expert in contemporary art, Scott has written widely and lectured extensively during her 35-year career.

 

Nick DeCourcy, Director of Operations and Visitor Experience

Nick DeCourcy joined the Taft Museum of Art in 2017. He is responsible for the Museum’s operations and visitor experience teams, including admissions, food and beverage, events, retail, facilities, IT, and capital projects. DeCourcy has more than 15 years of experience in events, facility management, and business process improvement and has worked for for-profit businesses, education, and arts organizations. He was head of commercial development at Sheffield Hallam University, where he handled business improvement in a revenue-generating division serving 40,000 students. DeCourcy also spent several years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, where as operations manager he gained his first experience of managing services in a historic building (albeit one a century younger than the Taft!).

 

Jen Horvath, Director of Development

Jen Horvath joined the Taft Museum of Art in 2015. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Taft’s foundation and corporate relations, membership program, annual giving, and individual donor cultivation. Horvath has 19 years of experience in finance at the Procter & Gamble Company. In 2012 she chose to pursue dual master’s degrees in art history and arts administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is active in her community as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Walnut Hills High School Association, and teaches Sunday school at St. Mary's Parish in Hyde Park.

 

Lindsey NeCamp, Vice President of Philanthropy/Deputy Director of External Relations

Lindsey NeCamp joined the Taft Museum of Art in November 2014. A graduate of Miami University and the Farmer School of Business, she has over a decade of external relations experience. NeCamp is responsible for planning and guiding the strategic direction of external communications, marketing strategy, and strategic planning. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), active in the community and was a member of C-Change Class VII. NeCamp is currently a member of the Junior League of Cincinnati and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 

Beth Kipp Siler CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Beth Kipp Siler is responsible for managing the financial operations of the Museum. She has more than 20 years of experience in a number of industries, including public accounting, health care, consumer goods, financial services, nonprofits, and investments. Most recently, Siler worked at the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance as accounting manager/acting controller. She is an accredited CPA and has a degree in fine arts from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

 

Elise Solomon, Director of Learning and Engagement

Elise Solomon joined the Taft Museum of Art in February 2018. Prior to coming to the Taft, she spent seven years at the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she served in a variety of roles, leading gallery learning opportunities for visitors of all ages, managing docents, volunteers, and interns, and leading the development of temporary participatory installations. Solomon received the Louisiana Art Educator Association Art Museum Education award in 2017. She earned a BS in management from Florida State University and an MA in arts administration from the University of New Orleans.

 

Department Teams

 

Curatorial and Collections

Jen Alverson, Assistant Preparator and Collections Technician

Angela Fuller, Assistant Registrar and Curatorial Assistant

Ann Glasscock, Assistant Curator

Joan Hendricks, Chief Registrar and Collections Manager

Tamera Lenz Muente, Associate Curator

Mark Rohling, Senior Exhibition Designer/Chief Preparator

 

Finance and Security

Shannon Disbennett, Staff Accountant

James MacSkimming, Chief of Security

Pam Momper, Human Resource Admin/Payroll Specialist

Vaishali Shah, Senior Accountant

Beth Kipp Siler, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Security

 

Learning and Engagement

Crishana Manigan, Learning and Engagement Assistant

Emma McAvoy, Assistant Programs Manager

Elise Solomon, Director of Learning and Engagement

Ellen Stedtefeld, Senior Manager of School and Docent Programs

Mary Westwood, Teaching Artist

 

Marketing and Development

Sarah Ditlinger, Senior Manager, Marketing & Strategic Engagement

Jen Horvath, Director of Development

Isabella Kief, Senior Graphic Designer

Kristin McFadden, Manager of Membership and Annual Giving

Lindsey NeCamp, Vice President of Philanthropy/Deputy Director of External Relations

April Sargent-Couch, Senior Database Manager

Diane Stemper, Grant Writer

 

Visitor Experience and Operations

Nick DeCourcy, Director of Operations and Visitor Experience

Abby Fleming, Events Operations Assistant

Sara Stone, Facility and IT Manager

 

Board of Directors

Gerald H. Greene, Chair

Jill T. McGruder, Vice Chair

David L. Hausrath, Treasurer

Jane A. Votel, Secretary

Terri Abare*

Ron T. Bates

Shannon Carter

Paul W. Chellgren

Philip K. Cone

Nancy Fehr

Bonnie Gleaves

Nancy L. Graeter

Christopher S. Habel

Jamie Jewell

Richard F. Kammerer

Dara M. Kendall

Jutta Lafley

John T. Lawrence IV

Timothy J. Maloney

Phyllis L. McCallum

Earl K. Messer

Richard L. Moore

Bradford (Tripp) Phillips

Maj. Gen. Leonard M. Randolph, Jr., MD

James B. (Rick) Reynolds

Ellen Rieveschl

Katherine D. Schmitt

Betsy K. Schwartz

Anne Shanahan

John M. Shepherd

Paul G. Sittenfeld

Dudley S. Taft, Jr.

 

List current as of April 22, 2020

 

 

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