2024 Leadership institute 

April 7 - 12, 2024
The Galt House Hotel 
Louisville, Kentucky 

Congratulations to the SEMC Leadership Institute Class of 2024!

Kristopher Allen
Senior Manager of School and Volunteer Programs
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Atlanta, Georgia

Alyssa Blades
Assistant Director of Development
Frist Art Museum
Nashville, Tennesses

Amelia Gallo
Head of Community Engagement
Thomasville History Center 
Thomasville, Georgia

Kelly Goodner
Assistant Director of K-12 Programs
National World War II Museum 
New Orleans, Louisiana

Stefanie Green
Interim Operations Officer
Kennesaw State University: Museums, Archives, Rare Books, & Libraries
Kennesaw, Georgia 

Carolyn Hannan
Head Designer
Frist Art Museum
Nashville, Tennessee

Tamara Herring
Executive Director
Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
Ridgeland, South Carolina

Meredith Kablick
Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs 
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 

Frances Mykoff
Development Director
Louisiana Art and Science Museum
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Michelle Lopez
Collections Manager/Registrar
National Civil Rights Museum
Memphis, Tennessee

Michael Morris
Two Mississippi Museums
Jackson, Mississippi

Raka Nandi
Director of Exhibits and Collections
Museum of Science and History 
Memphis, Tennessee

Jessica O'Connor
Public History Director
Alabama African American Civil Rights Heritage Sites Consortium
Birmingham, Alabama

Ashleigh Oatts
T.R.R. Cobb House Museum/Watson-Brown Foundation
Athens, Georgia 

Sierra Polisar
Head of Collections 
Newcomb Art Museum - Tulane
New Orleans, Louisiana 

Erika Witt
Southern University at New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, Louisiana

Charles Welsko
Supervisor, Historical Marker Program 
Kentucky Historical Society 
Frankfort, Kentucky

All 2024 Leadership applications were reviewed by the Leadership Institute Selection Committee.

Read what past Leadership Institute graduates had to say about their experience!

"My Institute experience gave me confidence and empowered me. I now have the tools to make my professional challenges work for me rather than against me."

"I feel more confident in knowing what makes me my best self and am also leading my team to have opportunities to be their best selves."

"The Leadership experience gave me the power to think bigger about my working relationships and be less affected by pettiness."

"I can better diagnose strengths and weaknesses in my organization, understand the phases of where we are and identify areas that need to be addressed. I feel better equipped to make positive changes."

"I loved the instructors and they fit perfectly together. They introduced a culture of positivity and lifting each other up. That's not an across-the-board standard."


 2022 Leadership Institute Graduates          2020 Leadership Institute Graduates
SEMC is grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and partners of the Leadership Institute


                                       Special thanks to Banks Creative for the Leadership Institute logo design

                 The next SEMC Leadership Institute will be offered April 12-17, 2026 at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, North Carolina