Senior Leadership

Todd A. Herman, PHD

Chief Executive Officer/

Gary C. Blankemeyer

Chief Operating / Chief Financial Officer

Hillary Cooper

Hillary Cooper

Director of Advancement & Communications

Michele Leopold

Director of Collections & Exhibitions

Cynthia Moreno

Cynthia Moreno

Director of Learning & Engagement

Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman

Senior Curator of American, Modern, & Contemporary Art

Annie Carlano

Annie Carlano

Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion



TODD A. HERMAN, PHD | President & CEO

Todd Herman joined The Mint Museum in August 2018 as its President and CEO after serving as the Executive Director at the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) for seven years. While there, he brought the institution to fiscal stability, expanded its programming and outreach, and diversified the AAC’s exhibitions to reflect the broader community. He also launched a $100M renovation and expansion project with celebrated architect Jeanne Gang.

As President & CEO of the Mint, he oversees an operating budget of $10M and manages more than 50 full-time and 25 part-time employees. His vision for the Mint includes creating a collaborative atmosphere between arts organizations that positions the Mint as a sustained and integral part of the educational and creative fabric of the community. Through exhibitions and the Mint’s renowned collection, Todd intends to celebrate the diversity of voices expressed in art that will bring the World to the doorstep of this vibrant city.

Todd received his undergraduate degrees in art history and microbiology from James Madison University, an MA degree in art history from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a focus on Italian Renaissance painting. He has worked in the curatorial departments of the Columbia Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art and taught art history at USC, Cleveland State, and for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. He has written extensively on the art of Venice and for exhibitions and catalogs on Italian Renaissance Art, and organized the nationally traveling exhibition “Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, 1940-1950”.

LYNDEE CHAMPION IVEY | Executive Assistant
GARY C. BLANKEMEYER | Chief Financial & Operations Officer


M.B.A. Case Western Reserve University
B.B.A., University of Cincinnati

After more than 25 years in Financial and General Management Gary joined the Mint Museum the end of June 2015. Prior to joining the Mint, in his first endeavor in the non-profit world, Gary was Senior Vice President, Finance for Child Care Resources from January 2010 through June 2015. Prior to Child Care Resources, he held various senior general management and financial management positions over 23 years at Bosch Rexroth Corporation, a German based global manufacturing company.


EBONY HOUSE | Human Resources Director
PAM BEASLEY | Human Resources Coordinator
O'KEIL BACON | Senior Accountant
STEVE YOUNG | Accounting Manager
WHITNEY PUCKETT | Director of Facilities
LISANNE JACOBSON SMITH | Randolph Facilities Manager


HILLARY COOPER | Director of Advancement & Communications
CAROLINE PORTILLO | Director of Marketing & Communications
KATIE MILLER | Director of Development
MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ | Associate Director of Corporate Relations
THESHA WOODLEY | Associate Director of Visitor Experience and Membership
ANN GONZALES | Digital Strategist
JEN COUSAR | Graphic Designer
KITTY HALL | Leadership Giving Manager
ELLIE OSBORN | Advancement Coordinator
MARTHA SNELL | Grants & Advancement Coordinator
LORI ROGERS | Visitor Experience & Memebership Coordinator
SHENILLA SMITH | Guest Services Team Lead




TOM MARTIN | Director of Special Events
GARRY BAILEY | Special Events Coordinator


AMY GRIGG | Manager & Buyer for Retail Operations
LAUREN HARTNAGEL | Assistant Store Manager
HANNAH SNYDER | Museum Store Instagram Account Manager & Associate
ANTONIA ROMEO | Inventory Assistant & Associate
ERIN DARCY | Sales Associate
DORINDA JENKINS | Sales Associate
LEIGH ANN DIDONATO | Sales Associate
DORIS JONES | Sales Associate
RANDY LECOMPTE | Sales Associate
TONI PENNINGTON | Sales Associate
KENNA HOUSE | Sales Associate


MICHELE LEOPOLD | Director of Collections & Exhibitions
JEFF CRAWFORD | Art Services & Installation Technician
HANNAH CROWELL | Exhibition Designer
MITCH FRANCIS | Art Services & Installation Technician
MATTHEW FRIZZELL | Exhibition Graphic Design
JULIA KRAFT | Assistant Registrar
IAN LARSON | Chief of Art Services & Installation
REBECCA MERRIMAN | Registration Assistant
REBECCA O’MALLEY | Exhibition Coordinator
ERIC SPEER | Associate Registrar


ANNIE CARLANO | Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion
REBECCA ELLIOT | Assistant Curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion
DR. JONATHAN STUHLMAN | Senior Curator of American, Modern, & Contemporary Art
BRIAN GALLAGHER | Curator of Decorative Arts


CYNTHIA MORENO | Director of Learning & Engagement
RUBIE BRITT-HEIGHT | Director of Community Relations
JULIE OLSON ANNA | Tour Program Coordinator
KURMA MURRAIN | Community Programs Coordinator
ALEXANDRA OLIVARES | Administrative & Information Coordinator
ELLEN SHOW | Archivist
JOEL SMELTZER | Head of School & Gallery Programs
GENNIFER STANLEY | School Programs Assistant
LESLIE STRAUSS | Head of Family & Studio Programs
JOYCE WEAVER | Director of Library & Archives
ZOE WHITESIDE | Studio Programs Assistant
NORMA ZUPKO | Family Programs Assistant