About the SEMC

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), is a nonprofit membership organization, is an association of museums, museum staff, independent professionals and corporate partners focused on the Southeastern United States including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

We work to:

  • Provide educational and professional development opportunities
  • Improve the interchange of ideas and information
  • Encourage respect and collegiality

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.

SEMC By-Law revisions (2019)

Contact Us: 
SEMC
 PO Box 550746 
Atlanta, GA 30355-3246
[404] 814-2048 Office 
[404] 814-2031 fax
zwillits@semcdirect.net



 Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Council Officers and Directors 

The SEMC Council nomination slate was presented and approved by the membership at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 9am CST (10am EST) in Rogers, Arkansas at the SEMC2022 Annual Meeting. 

OFFICERS 

President
Headshot of white male, Matthew Davis, smiling with a suit on

MATTHEW DAVIS
DIRECTOR OF HISTORIC MUSEUMS
GEORGIA COLLEGE 
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA
[478] 445-4545




Vice President

DR. CALINDA N. LEE
PRINCIPAL
SOURCES CULTURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LLC
ATLANTA, GA
[678] 999-8990


Secretary
Headshot of black female, Deitrah J. Taylor, smiling with black shoulder length hair and a green blazer.

Deitrah J. Taylor
Public Historian/Dramaturg/Playwright
Perry, GA
[478] 320-4010


Treasurer


SCOTT ALVEY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
KENTUCKY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
FRANKFORT, KY 
[502] 782-8045



Past President

Headshot of white female, Heather Marie Wells, smiling with long blond hair and a greeen shirt

HEATHER MARIE WELLS
DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
CRYSTAL BRIDGES MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
BENTONVILLE, AR
[479] 418-5755





   COUNCIL Directors 

Headshot of white female, Glenna Barlow, smiling with long brown hair and blue dress

GLENNA BARLOW
CURATOR OF EDUCATION 
COLUMBIA MUSEUM OF ART
COLUMBIA, SC
[803] 343-2187




Headshot of white male, Dr. Alexander V. Benitez, smiling with a collard shirt

DR. ALEXANDER V. BENITEZ 
DIRECTOR OF MUSEUMS AND TOURISM
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH 
PORTSMOUTH, VA
[757]393-8983




Tafeni English-Relf
Director, Civil Rights Memorial Center
Southern Povery Law Center
Montgomery, AL  
[334] 956-8272



 

Katie Ericson
Director of Education
Michael C. Carlos Museum
571 S. Kilgo Circle
Atlanta, GA 
[404] 727-2363 


Headshot of white female, Nancy Strickland Fields, smiling with blond and brown shoulder length hair and a white blouse

NANCY STRICKLAND FIELDS
DIRECTOR AND CURATOR 
MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHEAST AMERICAN INDIAN
PEMBROKE, NC
[910] 521-6282




Mid-body shot of black female, Brigette Janea Jones, smiling with brown curly hair, white blouse, and blue slacks


BRIGETTE JANEA JONES
DIRECTOR OF EQUITABLE PARTNERSHIPS
BELLE MEADE HISTORIC SITE AND WINERY
NASHVILLE, TN
[901] 643-3784



Medium shot of black female, Pamela D.C. Junior, smiling with short brown hair, pink cardigan, and multicolored blouse



PAMELA D.C. JUNIOR 
DIRECTOR
TWO MISSISSIPPI MUSEUMS
MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY
JACKSON, MS
[601] 576-6851 





Medium full shot of black female, Rosalind Martin, smiling with curly black hair, glasses, black scarf, and cream/black dress

ROSALIND MARTIN
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
KNOXVILLE MUSEUM OF ART
KNOXVILLE, TN
[865] 523-6349








michelle Schulte
Senior Curator and Director of Programs  
LSU Museum of Art | Shaw Center for the Arts  
Baton Rouge, LA 
[225] 389-7205 


Headshot of white male, Michael Scott, smiling with glasses and white collard shirt

MICHAEL SCOTT                                         
PROJECT MANAGER 
SOLID LIGHT
LOUISVILLE, KY
[724] 456-4971
 


Headshot of black male, smiling with beige blazer
AHMAD WARD
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
HISTORIC MITCHELVILLE FREEDOM PARK
HILTON HEAD, SC
[843] 255-7301



LANCE WHEELER
DIRECTOR OF EXHIBITIONS
NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS
ATLANTA, GA                                         
[678] 999-8990