Museum Staff

IMG_23601 Dr. Francine Carraro, Ph.D. Museum Director  22 years of experience as executive director of The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine: and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I was also a tenured full professor of art history at Texas State University. My experience in both the museum and the university environments has been challenging and fulfilling. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in  American Studies from the The University of Texas at Austin; an M.F.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas; and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hendrix College, Arkansas. I received other professional training in a seminar on Caring for Collections with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a symposium on CEOs and Governance from AAM Professional Education Program, and Post-graduate training at the University of Colorado on Museum Management.
IMG_2384 Connie Nolen Administrative Assistant    Connie became a member of the museum team April 2012. Coming from Dillard College of Business at MSU and before that a background of self employment in the graphic art, embroidery and screen printing business for 17 years.  Connie serves as publisher of our website, bi-weekly newsletter and social media sights. Creative engineer for all printed media for the museum.  Also assisting the Director and other team members to make the museum a wonderful place promoting all types of art and serving our community as well as MSU.
 MH Mary Helen Maskill Public Programs Director     Mary Helen has been a part of the museum staff since October of 2005. As the Public Programs Director she works with museum outreach, coordination and teaching of summer camps, exhibition education, and event coordination. Mary Helen received a Commercial Art degree from Harris School of Advertising and a B.A. at Tulane University where she studied painting and drawing.
DANNY Danny Bills Curator of Collections and Exhibitions     Danny Bills has been a part of the museum since 1998. As the Curator, he is responsible for the cataloging, preservation and presentation of the Museum's artwork and objects. He also manages exhibition installation. Danny received his B.F.A. from Midwestern State University in 1994 and his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
2014-09-24 11.30.58 BriAnna Satterfield Collections Manager     BriAnna graduated from MSU in 2011 with a B.F.A. concentrating in painting and printmaking.  She went on to complete her Masters in Museum Science at Texas Tech University, joining professional skill and creativity tailored for art museums. BriAnna works closely with the collection and exhibitions to ensure all aspects of collections handling, inventory, transportation and records management.
1796412_10203277908450092_845050887_n Shirley Desborough Business Manager   Shirley began volunteering at the museum 14 years ago. She joined the part time staff 7 years ago and handles the Museum's accounting .  Shirley retired after 35 years banking experience.  Her other volunteer activites include working with the Girls Scouts for 45 years, and hospice over the last 10 years.