To all those who joined us on The Launchpad this spring-THANK YOU! We had so much fun putting this all together and because of its success, we are looking to how we can continue to grow this programming. Thank you to the Southeastern Museums Conference for partnering with us!

If you missed take off this spring, you can check out the recording of our “Landing the Job” webinar here:

Details from The Launchpad, Spring 2022 with the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)

Submission deadline has come and gone! Match emails have been sent out containing contact information and resume to be reviewed. It is up to the two of you to schedule a convenient time to review your resume before April 19.

On April 19 at 6pm EST, “Landing the Job” Virtual Panel Session.

This was a moderated discussion on how to be prepared and confident for your next interview. You’ll hear from emerging museum professionals who have recently landed a job and from seasoned leaders who have filled many positions. Gain valuable knowledge about timely topics including salary discussion, trends in interviewing etiquette, and how to convey your interest in a position with emphasis on the virtual interview process.


Kristina Durocher
Director and Curator
Museum of Art
University of New Hampshire

Kristina is the director and curator of the Museum of Art of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Her curatorial program embraces one-person and group thematic exhibitions that support student learning and faculty instruction and facilitate teaching through art as a primary source for academic and social engagement. Kristina is a strong advocate for giving back to the museum profession and arts community. She enjoys connecting with colleagues from across the field to strengthen opportunities for professional development. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the New England Museum Association and has served as the New England Regional Representative for the Association of Academic Museum and Galleries since 2015.


Shatavia Elder
Vice President of Education
Atlanta History Center

Shatavia Elder currently serves as Vice President of Education for an Atlanta area museum. Shatavia serves as the strategic lead for all educational initiatives within the museum space in connection with the institution’s mission. She leverages the diverse resources of the institution and pairs them with researched-based education practices to create innovative, immersive, and meaningful experiences for students and families.

With over 15 years of experience in the public school systems, Shatavia has served in multiple capacities, leading and coaching school and district-level professionals and providing extensive support in curriculum and instruction.

As a consultant, Shatavia has facilitated trainings locally, nationally, and internationally to include: National Youth at Risk, First Generation at Yale University, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC), and Haiti Educational Council. Shatavia received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of West Georgia and her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Nova Southeastern University. She was recognized as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of the State.

Marilynn Hoffman
Museum Search and Reference

Marilyn has been successfully placing professionals at museums since 2005. She leads Museum Search & Reference, an executive search firm focused on museum director and curator placements. The firm has conducted over 100 nationwide and international searches and Hoffman presents frequently at museum conferences.

Hoffman had a 26-year museum career, capped by 18 years as a successful and respected museum director. At age 27, she became Director of the Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA, and then took the helm of one of the top 100 art museums in North America, The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. She previously held two curator posts and educator positions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the RISD Museum in Providence. Hoffman serves on many boards and advisory committees, and often presents at New England Museum Association (NEMA). She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Art History from Brown University. She received NEMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.

Patrick Martin
Education Coordinator
Civil Rights Memorial Center/Southern Poverty Law Center

Patrick Martin got his degree from the University of Tennessee where he studied the effects of race and religion in American history. After almost four years at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, where he studied the ways in which Jackson’s faith influenced his policies on Indian Removal and Slavery, he just recently started working for the Southern Poverty Law Center where is is the Education Coordinator for the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama. 

Lance Wheeler
Director of Exhibitions
National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Educated at Belmont Abbey College (BA) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MA), Lance Wheeler is from Jersey City, New Jersey, with a passion for history and exhibitions. Lance currently serves as the Director of Exhibitions at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights located in Atlanta, Georgia. Lance previously served as the Education & PR Manager for the Margaret Walker Center & COFO Civil Rights Education Center at Jackson State University and served as the inaugural Curator of Exhibitions at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. In those roles, he used exhibitions to create dialogue around civil and human rights history to help bridge the events from the past to current issues in the 21st century. As a public historian and community curator, Lance has worked effortlessly with civil rights families and organizations such as the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute to connect with communities and engage with youth. In addition, he worked with Black, Brown, and Indigenous farmers to deepen their understanding and analysis of their truth and legacies on the broader movement. Lance also participated as a thought leader for the National day of Racial Healing for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He discussed the essential role museums could play in the healing process for all people. Currently, Lance serves on the council for Southeastern Museum Conference, and is the chair for emerging museum professionals for the Association of African American Museum; and is an active member of the American Association for State and Local History. He is published in the Museological Review and Inside Southeastern Museum Conference. Lance believes, “At its simplest form, museums are more than buildings that house artifacts; museums are and should be places that take individuals on a spiritual journey bridging the past with the present and beyond.

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