Elected to the Board of Museum Council in 2011, and involved in committees since 2009, Nicole is an advocate for all things visitor-centered. At Longwood Gardens, she helps manage a Membership Program of over 67,000 households and works with a range of community programs. Additionally, she is the founder of the Visitor Experience Group, which hosts an annual conference aimed at those in visitor serving roles of arts and cultural institutions. Imagining and executing new ideas are her passion. Prior to working at Longwood Gardens, Nicole spent time at Fleisher Art Memorial, the Arts and Cultural Office of the City of Wilmington, Easter Seals of Southeastern Philadelphia, Chester County Historical Society, and Shofuso. Nicole graduated with an M.A. in Museum Education from the University of the Arts and a B.A in Art History from Villanova University.
Patrick Wittwer, currently the manager of the Wells Fargo History Museum, has served in the Philadelphia museum community since 2002, with roles in education at the Franklin Institute, visitor experience at Please Touch Museum, and as the director of the Museum of Elfreth’s Alley. Patrick came to the Museum Council in 2016 through the merger with Philadelphia Emerging Museum Professionals.
Outside of Museum Council, Patrick chairs both the Marketing Committee for the Visitor Experience Conference and the Business Museums Affinity Group for the American Association of State and Local History. He also serves as the Philadelphia representative to the National EMP Network. Outside of the museum world, Patrick enjoys camping, West Wing reruns, all things whimsical, and is very likely the biggest Muppet fan you will ever meet.
Though currently the donor relations coordinator at the Franklin Institute, Mitchell Frizzell has spent the past 12 years at non-profits such as Longwood Gardens, the Marlboro Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival in capacities ranging from guest services and membership, to box office, to fundraising and donor events. Mitchell has a Bachelor of Music in Music History and German from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. An avid Germanophile, Anglican chorister, and general nerd, you will also find Mitchell deep in thought while playing quizzo in Philadelphia’s Gayborhood each and every week with his team Sassy Rass and the Rascals.
Avi Decter is the Managing Partner of History Now, an interpretive planning consultancy. His projects have focused on a wide range of challenging issues, among them the Holocaust (US Holocaust Memorial Museum), labor conflict (Boott Cotton Mill Museum), and civil war (National Civil War Museum). He has held senior positions with the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) and Winterthur and, most recently, directed the Jewish Museum of Maryland. An advocate of “next practice,” Avi was a founder and Board Chair of the Council of American Jewish Museums. He is writing a book for the AASLH on “Exploring American Jewish History through 50 American Treasures,” a follow-up to his 2016 book, Interpreting American Jewish History at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield).
Michael Madeja is the Museum Programs Coordinator at the American Philosophical Society (APS) and was elected to the Museum Council Board in 2016. When not explaining what’s Philosophical about the APS, Mike volunteers with Young Involved Philadelphia’s Board Prep Program and assists with the AAM’s Education Committee’s Mentoring Program. Before the APS, he filled education roles at a variety of institutions such as Ford’s Theatre, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Philadelphia Zoo. Mike is a graduate of the Museum Education Program at the George Washington University and holds a B.A. in Biological Anthropology from Temple University.
Museum Programs Coordinator
American Philosophical Society
Amanda Lampel is an Education Program Coordinator at the Please Touch Museum, the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia, where she is the lead coordinator for studio arts programs, school programs, and community programs. She is interested in how informal learning experiences can help build relationships and empower learners. Before moving to Philadelphia, she was a freelance educator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Wave Hill, and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. She has an M.A. in Art History from the City College of New York and B.A.s in English and Art History from Binghamton University.
Professionals (EMP) Chair
Education Program Coordinator
Please Touch Museum
Elizabeth (Liz) Russell is the Content Developer and Strategist at Bluecadet, Fishtown-based digital agency servicing museums. Liz has been in the museum field for over 15 years where her work has included photography and media production, graphic and exhibit design and content development for exhibitions, digital experiences and website. Before coming to Bluecadet, she has worked on media, curatorial and exhibit teams at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Independence Seaport Museum, American Swedish Historical Museum, Penn Museum, Erie County Historical Society and the Walters Art Museum. Liz is a graduate of the Museum Exhibition Planning and Design program at the University of the Arts and holds a B.S. in Photography from Kent State University.
Content Developer & Strategist
Ah-Young Kim is currently the Manager of School Visits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. With 18 years of experience in museum education, she now oversees school group, multi-visit, and school group programs. She has been an integral member of multiple special exhibition teams where she developed education programs and teacher resources, planned and implemented community engagement initiatives, created content for digital interpretation stations and labels, and even helped with fundraising. She loves facilitating a collaborative working environment with colleagues across the museum and partners in the community and is invested in providing the best visitor and learning experience to school groups.
Manager of School Visits
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Allison Krisch is the Public Programs Manager and Summer Camp Director at the Penn Museum. Allison has spent the past 11 years working as an educator, primarily focused on museum programming that integrates children, teens, and young adults into the museum experience. Allison has an M.A. in Museum Education from the University of the Arts and a dual B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a huge bibliophile and loves dinosaurs, anthropology, and history, especially early Medieval English history. Allison has been a part of the Museum Council Board since 2014.
Public Programs Manager
& Summer Camp Director
Maxine Gaiber is the Interim Executive Director of Carpenters Company at Carpenters’ Hall. Prior to her current position, she served as Executive Director of the Gershman Y. Previously, she was Executive Director of the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (now Delaware Contemporary), Director of Education and Public Programs at the San Diego Museum of Art, Director of Education at the Orange County Museum of Art in California, and Associate Director of Education at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She was the founding board president of the Delaware Arts Alliance, has served on the board of Delaware’s Forum for Executive Women, and is currently on the board of the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia. She has served as a peer reviewer for National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the American Alliance of Museums, Delaware Division of Arts, Delaware Fund for Women, and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. She has an MA in Art History and Museology from the University of Minnesota and has completed the Getty Leadership Institute program for museum executives.
Mike Adams serves as Director of Education at the National Constitution Center where he oversees educator outreach and professional development programs, the creation of instructional resources, design and assessment of student workshops, and other key educational initiatives. Before joining the Center, Adams served as Education Coordinator at Historic Philadelphia, Inc. where he developed site-based, student programming incorporating interactive storytelling and first-person historical interpretation. In addition to his work at the Center, Adams currently serves as Co-coordinator of Museum Education at the University of the Arts, President of Philadelphia’s Historic Neighborhood Consortium, Co-chair of the Young Friends of Independence National Historical Park, and At-large Board Member of the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia. In 2017, Adams was named by Billy Penn news as one of Philadelphia’s “40 under 40” for his work in promoting tourism in the city’s historic district. He holds an M.S. of Education and a B.S. of Secondary Education Social Studies from Temple University.
Director of Education
National Constitution Center