The Wolfsonian is pleased to welcome new staff members and announce the following promotions:
David Almeida, visual resources photographer
David recently was promoted to the position of visual resources photographer. He works primarily with the library collection, digitizing rare books, ephemeral materials, photographs, and prints. He also updates and maintains the library’s exhibitions website and gifts website. David has worked at The Wolfsonian for six years. With this promotion, The Wolfsonian now has two full-time photographers primarily focused on digitizing the library and objects collections. Prior to joining the museum, David worked as a lab technician at Tropicolor Photo Lab and District Lab; he has also worked with Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on digitization of historic photographs. A native of Portugal, David attended the Instituto Superior de Novas Profissoes in Lisbon. He also attended Barry University, from which he received a certificate in photography.
Sharon Aponte Misdea, deputy director, collections preservation and access
Sharon is responsible for overseeing all areas related to the physical care and management of the collections, including the registration department, library, digital asset management, and exhibition design. Sharon brings a wide-ranging professional background to The Wolfsonian, including a recent focus on building infrastructure and facilities for three new museums in the past six years. Most recently she served at the National Museum of Qatar as deputy director for curatorial and collections management. She has many years of archaeological field experience, including at the ancient Maya site of Tikal where she worked for five years in the early 2000s. Sharon has also taught anthropology and archaeology at universities and colleges. She received an undergraduate degree in anthropology with a minor in archaeology from Montclair State University and attended the University of Pennsylvania for Ph.D. studies.
Erin L. Wolfe, development associate
Erin has recently been promoted to development associate after working in the department for the past year. Previously, she was an intern in The Wolfsonian’s registration department while working full time as manager of collections and administration at the History of Diving Museum in Islamorada. At The Wolfsonian she is part of a team that works on fundraising, donor relations, annual giving, special events, and membership. Erin also serves as liaison to The Wolfsonian–FIU Advisory Board. She received a bachelor’s degree in art history from Florida State University before returning to school to pursue her master’s degree in museum studies from Baylor University. Erin has worked at museums in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. She recently established the Miami Emerging Museum Professionals group, an initiative of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), to provide local professional development and networking opportunities.