About Our Presenters

Nile Blunt

Nile Blunt, PhD 
McPherson Director of Academic Programs
Memorial Art Gallery

Dr. Nile Blunt serves as the McPherson Director of Academic Programs at the Memorial Art Gallery and is an Assistant Professor of Curatorial Practice in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Rochester. He serves as the Gallery’s chief educator and therefore directs the design, development, and implementation of all engagements with regional k-16 students and educators; leads exhibitions and collection-focused public programs; and spearheads a number of the museum’s community-based programs and initiatives. With over a decade of experience in arts education and engagement, Blunt is deeply passionate about the power of art to transform the lives and broaden the world views of members of many diverse communities. In a previous role, Blunt served as the Head of School Programs at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

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Toni Guglielmo, PhD
Director
Museum Leadership Institute 
Claremont Graduate University 

Toni Guglielmo is Director of the Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (MLI@CGU). At MLI@CGU since 2013, she has led the development of international executive education programs serving over 1000 museum leaders from around the globe. She is project director for POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network, which launched in April 2020.  

Dr. Guglielmo is an art historian and educator with a passion for making museums accessible to wide audiences and fostering leadership, innovation, and inclusion in the museum field. Her career bridges positions in both academia and museums, and reflects her interests in combining history, theory, and practice. Toni frequently serves as a guest lecturer and is currently teaching at Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to MLI@CGU, she led an award-winning distance learning program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her museum work specializes in concept and design  development of  start-up museum projects; exhibition, curriculum, and program management; and leading innovative online learning initiatives. 

Studying art history, she holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from Tufts University, and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2017-2021, she has served as associate editor for  Curator: The Museum Journal and is currently an editorial board member for the Journal of International Museum Education. 

Sofia Gutierrez 
Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement
UCI Institute and Museum of California Art

Sofia Gutierrez is the Associate Director of Education & Community Engagement at the UCI Institute and Museum of California Art.  As a mixed-media teaching artist and Museum Educator for 30 years, with a MS.Ed- Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City, Sofia has work for many world-class art institutions throughout Los Angeles and Orange County in California. She has worked for the Museum of Contemporary Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Watts Towers Art Center, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Orange County Museum of Art. Sofia has held leadership positions and consulted on museum education, but her favorite thing to do still, is to teach and make art with students of all ages, especially in the museum and offsite in the community. It is what continues to challenge her, and keeps her curious about her work, the arts, culture, and the world.

Gustavo Herrera

Gustavo Herrera
Executive Director 
Arts for LA

Gustavo was appointed as Arts for LA’s Executive Director in December 2018.  Prior to working with us, he was the Western Regional Director for Young Invincibles (YI), where he was responsible for leading YI’s California offices, including its West Coast expansion. As director, he set strategic direction and advanced YI’s policy priorities on health care, higher education, jobs, and civic engagement for the region.

Before starting at YI, Gustavo was the Chief Operating Officer of L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes, overseeing the day-to-day operation of a county museum, including the oversight of a master plan committee responsible for strategically developing three acres of additional museum campus. From 2010-2012, Gustavo led the Maestro Foundation, a classical music and performance arts foundation, as the Director of Organizational Development. Between 2007-2010, he assessed and recommended business growth strategies in the US marketplace for the global Fortune 500 Company, American Honda Motors, Co.

Gustavo holds a Master of Business Administration degree from American Jewish University and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with an emphasis in socio-politics and economics and Art History from the University of California Santa Barbara. Gustavo served on the Board of Directors of the Create: Fixate Arts Organization (2006-2010). He is a current Strong Workforce Implementation Advisory Board Member for the California Community Colleges, Advisory Board Member for the California Physician’s Alliance and founding Board Member of Silverlake Forward.

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Melody Kanschat 
Professor of Practice 
Arts Management 
Claremont Graduate University 

Melody Kanschat was appointed Executive Director of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (now Museum Leadership Institute–MLI@CGU) in 2013, where she led a team that served over 1000 museum professionals via a variety of online and in-residence executive education programs. She retired from the Executive Director role in January 2021 and continues to remain active in the program and at the University as an advisor and professor. Prior to her MLI@CGU experience, Melody enjoyed a 22-year career with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she served in a variety of executive capacities, including President and Chief Operating Officer. In her private practice, Melody provides executive coaching and consulting services to a variety of non-profit institutions focusing on leadership, operational stability, strategic planning, and capital project development.

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Amber Kea-Edwards 
Ph.D. Candidate 
Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences 
Claremont Graduate University

Amber Kea-Edwards is a PhD candidate in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University and a research associate of LeAD Labs. Her specialization includes race, leader identity, and leader development. As a research associate at LeAD Labs, she has presented at both national and international conferences and has a publication in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. She has taught organizational behavior at California State Polytechnical University, Pomona in the school of Management and Human Resources and the psychology of emotion and motivation at California State University Los Angeles within the Department of Psychology. 

Carrie Kish

Carrie Kish
Senior Partner and CEO
CultureSync

Carrie has over 25 years of experience as a consultant, a leadership trainer, and a coach who specializes in leadership training for senior executives, physician leaders, entrepreneurs, engineers, nonprofit leaders, and museum executives. She is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold several businesses over the last 20 years, the last one for eight figures. 

Carrie has experience working with executives, companies, and teams as diverse as Microsoft, Virgin Galactic, Coca Cola, The San Antonio Spurs, UNLV Medical School, DaVita Healthcare Partners, The Chinese Museum Association, The World Bank, Zappos, and the California Medical Association. 

Carrie has a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and Change Leadership from Columbia University. Carrie is a CTI Leadership Graduate, a Mastery University Graduate, a Leadership Mastery Graduate and a UCLA Graduate. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and the Past President and Executive Advisor of The International Coach Federation in Los Angeles. She serves on the faculty of the American College of Physician Leaders, and has been on the faculty with the Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University since 2015.

Carrie lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband of over 30 years.  They have 4 sons, 3 grandchildren, two dogs, a bunch of chickens, and two beehives. 

Robert LaFrance, PhD
Director
David Owsley Museum of Art
Ball State University

Robert LaFrance is the director and chief curator of the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University, which boasts a growing encyclopedic collection of global art and a robust exhibition program of early modern, modern, and contemporary art. Previously, he was curator of pre-modern art at Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a research associate at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. He has curated exhibitions on George Inness, Paper Impressionists, and Stradivari instruments, and contributed to exhibition catalogues for the National Gallery of Canada, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Groeningen museum in Bruges, Belgium, among others. He is currently focusing his scholarship on exhibitions and the acquisition of works of art that enhance the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection.

Bob studied art history at California State University at San Bernardino. He holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. He is a GLI 2015 alum and has served a peer mentor in the MLI executive education programs.

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Keidra Daniels Navaroli
McKnight Doctoral Fellow, University of Central Florida
Board Member, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Keidra Daniels Navaroli is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Texts & Technology PhD Program at the University of Central Florida and coauthor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press publication This is America: Re-Viewing the Art of the United States. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersections of curatorial practice, digital technologies, and race. She is the former assistant director/curator of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at Florida Institute of Technology; is an alumna of the Museum Leadership Institute’s NextGen Program for Museum Leaders; and currently serves as a board member for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries. 

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Carlos Ortega
Curator
Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation 

Carlos Ortega is an award-winning exhibition curator and creator of meaningful educational experiences for the public. He has had more than a decade of museum practice in Germany, England, Spain, and the United States. His multidisciplinary career encompasses the administration and direction of educational projects and team management for multiple international institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the Vatican, and CVS Health, to name a few. Carlos was the Exhibitions Director at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, CA. where one of his most recent projects, the highly acclaimed community exhibition, Transformations, received a prestigious Thea Award. Carlos currently holds the Curator position at Rancho Los Cerritos Museum and Historic Site in Long Beach, CA where he develops community-based exhibitions that are bringing new audiences to the institution. 

Carlos’ professional experience transcends the parameters of the traditional museum model. He is an advocate of the visitor experience, proposing avant-garde concepts that bring innovation, inspiration and education to new levels of public accessibility. Carlos is currently a Board Member of the Western Museums Association (WMA). He received his M.A. from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and his B.A. from the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

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Kim Perkins, PhD
Organizational Psychologist and Author

A former journalist and pro athlete, Dr. Kim Perkins works on innovation, culture, and communication with leaders at top organizations large and small, including Warner Bros., Modern Health, Genentech and Dropbox. She holds a Masters degree in Program Evaluation and a PhD in Positive Organizational Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Kim loves supporting the arts and comes from a family of fine artists. In partnership with LeAD Labs, she has served as a coach in the executive education programs for the Museum Leadership Institute, as well as helped teams of citizen artists bring large art installations to Burning Man. As a mixed-race person, she has spent 20 years leading groups around issues of diversity, voice and trauma recovery. She has presented workshops in partnership with Management Leaders for Tomorrow, which invests in Black, Latinx youth talent to secure high-trajectory jobs in science, tech and media, and led corrective gender equity initiatives at new media companies. 

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Damon Reaves
Head of Education 
National Gallery of Art

Damon Reaves is the Head of Education at the National Gallery of Art. Prior to his current role he was the Interim Senior Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has a background in visual art working in drawing, painting, and installation. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, he was awarded the Lock’s postgraduate fellowship.

From 2014-2019 he was the PMA’s Associate Curator of Education for Community Engagement and Access and focused on building relationships between the museum and its surrounding communities. Reaves has also served as the Director of Community Engagement at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and has worked as a teaching artist for the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Art Program. He has participated in the 2019 Tate Intensive: The Case for Action and Clark Art institute’s museum education colloquium What we May Be.

In 2019 he was guest faculty at the Banff Centre Training’s for the Not-yet artist’s residency and participated in The Tate Intensive: A Case for Action at Tate Modern. Damon has presented on several panels including Striving Towards An Equitable Future: Addressing Systemic Injustice As A Cultural Organization institutions and Who Is We? Intersection, Engagement & Equity Efforts in Philadelphia Art institutions. His talks focus on community building, surrendering authority, and fostering inclusion at art institutions. He was a collaborator on Philadelphia Assembled a large -scale social-practice work that sought to highlight moments of resilience in a rapidly changing city.

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Carolina Romero-Morgan
Managing Director
CultureSync

Carolina is a Managing Director at CultureSync. She has over 20 years experience as a talent and organizational development professional. She is an exceptionally skilled trainer, program and curriculum developer, leadership and career coach, and change leader. Carolina is passionate about fostering diverse, inclusive, and equitable environments where teams and organizations flourish through individual development, partnerships, and purpose. She specializes in working with organizations in technology, health care, allied health, education, non-profit, and institutions of higher learning. 

Carolina has a master’s degree in organizational communication with a specialization in human resources. She is also a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles. Carolina is a certified administrators of a variety of organizational and leadership development instruments including Hogan Assessment Level I and Level II and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

Carolina is Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), an International Coach Federation Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC), and a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE)®

Carolina lives in Los Angeles. She puts her leadership skills into expert practice raising her teenage daughter. She is an enthusiastic chef and baker who delights in making great food that elevates eating to a culinary art.  She loves feeding people (and her pets) and generally beautifying all things. 

Justin Samortin
PhD Student
LeAD Labs Claremont Graduate University

Justin Samortin is a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University studying Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Leader Development. Justin has conducted research on diverse groups including the LGBTQ+ community. He has presented at the Western Psychological Association conference and has expertise in leader identity development, feedback, and the use of psychological capital to support the career path of leaders. Justin is also a certified executive coach and has worked with leaders from all levels for the past three years. He has coached competitive cheerleading for over a decade and uses his expertise to build strong communities by empowering cheerleading gyms through organizational development.

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Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick
Director of Education
Crocker Art Museum 

Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick is the Director of Education at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. With an expansive view of art and museum education, rooted in a social justice framework, Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick has served in a variety of roles within the museum field, including as executive director of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and held positions in education at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the New York State Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. As the Crocker Art Museum’s director of education from 2000 – 2004 and 2008 – present, Stacey oversees the institution’s education department, which annually serves more than 60,000 people through its art education programs and is ranked 7th in ticketed public programs among the 214 leading art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (according to Association of Art Museum Directors, 2016). Most recently, Stacey spearheaded the Crocker’s Block by Block initiative, a unique arts engagement endeavor that brought together more than 30,000 people within the Sacramento community, accompanied by audience research and evaluative component. Due to her efforts, the Crocker is one of the few art museums in the country to develop an expansive early-childhood initiative that includes a suite of programs for children ages five and younger, storybooks, Art Packs available at Sacramento’s public libraries, and museum art installations designed for early learners.

This past year Stacey was Co-Chair of Creative Edge, Sacramento’s plan for Arts, Culture, & Creative Economy and 2018 Sacramento Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award recipient. Stacey has also received a National Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Exceptional Woman Award, been named Art Educator of the Year by the Sacramento Arts and Business Council, and in 2017 was named Museum Educator of the Year by the National Art Education Association. She currently serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California and has previously served on the Boards of Celebration Arts, SOAR, Inc, and the California Association of Museums and as a member of the California Department of Education’s Arts Education Task Force and on the leadership team of the Forum for Leadership in Museum Education. Stacey holds a Master of Science in Museum Education Leadership from Bank Street College of Education and is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and the Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Program. A native New Yorker, Stacey credits her parents for her strong work ethic and love for the arts.

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Dana Mitroff Silvers
Founder and Director
Designing Insights LLC

Dana is a human-centered designer, workshop facilitator, and design researcher with expertise building innovative products, services, and experiences in museums and cultural heritage organizations. She runs a San Francisco Bay Area-based innovation consultancy, Designing Insights LLC, teaches Design Thinking at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and is a human-centered design instructor and facilitator for the LUMA Institute. She has been a faculty member of the Museum Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University since 2017.

Dana is the former head of the web at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she oversaw the research, development, design, and production of the museum’s award-winning website for over 10 years. She regularly presents at museum conferences, including Museums and the Web, Museum Computer Network, American Alliance of Museums, and MuseumNext, and has authored numerous articles and chapters on technology and design in museums.

Dana holds an MA in the History of Art from the University of Chicago and a BA in Journalism from the University of Southern California.