| Director – Mike Simons
Mike Simons joined the NEM staff in January 2005. Mike comes from the National Museum of Health and Medicine where he worked as Registrar. Mike has a BA from Kent State University and a MA from Southern Illinois University. He trained as an archeologist, doing fieldwork and research in India, Micronesia, the Greater Antilles, and the Eastern U.S.
Assistant Director –Alice Donahue
Alice Donahue received her Masters degree in Public History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2008. Her graduate research focused on clothing and material culture in the colonial era Chesapeake region. Alice comes to the museum from Mount Clare Museum House, where she was curator.
Museum Educator – John Walstrum
John Walstrum received his BS, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland in Technical and Industrial Education. He previously served as a full-time faculty member and held major administrative roles at five community-technical colleges, including serving as president of Clover Park Technical College (WA).
Administrator – Kathleen Foster
Kathleen Foster received her BA in History from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014. In addition to her studies, Kathleen co-curated an exhibit for photographer Robert Houston and interviewed steel workers from the former Sparrow’s Point Steel Mill for the Mill Stories documentary project. She joined the NEM staff in May of 2014, from her previous position in the Albin O. Kuhn Library’s Special Collections Department.
Visitor Services Representative – Ashley Abrew
Ashley Abrew received her BA degree in archaeology with a minor in history at Hood College, in Frederick MD. In addition to her degree, Ashley has performed archaeological excavations through Hood College as well as UMD Study Abroad Program. Ashley also interns at the Historical Society of Frederick County.