New Museum Staff and Promotions

The Wolfsonian is pleased to welcome new staff members and announce recent promotions. 

Rachel Battista, Executive Assistant
Rachel has joined the museum’s staff as executive assistant, working closely with the interim directors. She received an undergraduate degree in international relations from Northeastern University in 2010. Fluent in Italian and Japanese, she spent two years as a marketing assistant for a small leather factory outside of Florence, Italy, and then worked as a strategic business management assistant at Toyota’s North American headquarters in northern Kentucky. Other experience includes time as a program coordinator for an educational travel company and volunteering to help reforest northern Kentucky.

Carolyn Gentry, Marketing and Communication Coordinator
As marketing and communications coordinator, Carolyn oversees the workflow processes and project schedule for marketing and communications and manages facility rentals. She has been working in marketing at the museum since 2013, initially as the marketing assistant before being promoted to her current position in early 2014. Carolyn’s extensive experience with arts organizations includes previous employment at The Wolfsonian in 2006–07, as visitor services coordinator. Additionally, she has worked at the Adrienne Arsht Center, New World Symphony, Bass Museum of Art, and Cincinnati Arts Association. Before working in the arts, she started up and ran a bed & breakfast in Orlando for five years. She holds a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati and received an undergraduate degree in business administration with a minor in Spanish from Florida A&M University.

Jessica Kennedy, Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs
Jessica has been promoted to assistant director for education and public programs, after holding the position of manager of youth learning and engagement. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing educational and public programs, producing associated materials, leading youth and school tours, overseeing audio-guides and the docent program, developing participatory experiences in conjunction with exhibitions, and other initiatives aimed at audience engagement. She has a robust background in education and the arts, having worked with museums and schools for several years. Previously, she was assistant curator of education for public programs at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. She has taught and worked with students from K–12 through undergraduate, including teaching at the University of Florida and Kansas State University. She received an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where she studied art history and women’s studies, then attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which she received a master’s degree in modern art history, theory and criticism. She went on to earn a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School and a master of arts degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College.

Caitlin Maxcy, Senior Visitor Experience Associate
Caitlin has been with The Wolfsonian for nearly two years, holding positions as museum shop and box office assistant and as senior staff assistant prior to her recent promotion to senior visitor experience associate. She works in the ticket office and museum shop, and maintains museum attendance records. A graduate of DeLand University, where she majored in humanities and minored in music and Spanish, she is currently working toward her graduate certificate in museum studies from FIU. In addition to The Wolfsonian, her museum experience includes a year as a volunteer docent at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Laura Phillips, Collections Manager
A longtime museum professional who has worked in museums and heritage and public sector organizations for more than ten years, Laura specializes in collections information management, museum documentation, and collections management. At The Wolfsonian her responsibilities include overseeing collections management activities, establishing collections management policies, and supervising access to the collections. Prior to The Wolfsonian, she held positions at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Sackler Library, the Institute of Archaeology (all at University of Oxford, UK); English Heritage National Monument Record Centre (UK); and Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery (UK). From 2010 to 2013 she was the founding head of museums documentation for Qatar Museums Authority. Laura earned an honors undergraduate degree in classical studies from the University of Western Ontario, a post-graduate diploma in professional archaeology from the University of Oxford, and an MPhil from the University of Bristol.

Whitney Richardson, Curatorial and Exhibitions Assistant
As curatorial and exhibitions assistant, Whitney provides support to the curatorial and exhibitions team in developing and producing exhibitions. Although she recently assumed this position, she is a longtime Wolfsonian employee, with five years of experience as an assistant registrar at the museum, through 2013. She then spent a year at The Art Institute of Chicago as assistant registrar for loans and exhibitions before returning to The Wolfsonian. She has extensive experience at museums and cultural institutions including the Victoria & Albert Museum and Christie’s. She received an undergraduate degree in the history and theory of architecture from Columbia University and an MPhil in the history of decorative arts and design from the University of Glasgow. 

Caption:

Wolfsonian staff members
from left (back row): Carolyn Gentry, Rachel Battista, Laura Phillips, Caitlin Maxcy
from left (front row): Jessica Kennedy, Whitney Richardson