Symposium Committee

Megan Ennes, Assistant Curator of Education, Thompson Earth System Institute, Florida Museum 

Megan Ennes is the Assistant Curator of Museum Education at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Ennes assists TESI with educational evaluation. Her research currently focuses on examining factors that influence the science interests and career aspirations of underrepresented youth.

Ennes spent much of her career as an educator in an aquarium where she also developed curricula and professional development opportunities for teachers. She is a member of the National Network of Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation and serves on their Scientific Partnerships committee.

Elise LeCompte, Registratar of Anthropology Collections, Florida Museum 

Elise LeCompte is registrar and administrator for the Florida Museum of Natural History.  Ms. LeCompte has served as collections manager, exhibit registrar, and conservation technician at museums in Florida, and consults on collections management, curation, exhibit design, and artifact treatment for museums throughout the southeast.   She serves as an accreditation and museum assessment program reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums, council member and coordinator of the Southeastern Museums Conference Career Center, Travel Grants Coordinator for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, and mentor for the Florida Association of Museums Connecting to Collections program.  She is also an adjunct professor for the University of Florida Museum Studies program.

Darcie MacMahon, Director of Exhibits and Public Programs, Florida Museum

Darcie MacMahon is the Director of Public Exhibits and Public Programs at the Florida Museum of Natural History. As part of the Florida Museum executive team, she oversees everything related to the public experience, from exhibitions and educational programs to security guards, gift shops, and live butterflies. 

Val Minson, Chair, Marston Science Library, UF Libraries

Porchia Moore, Assistant Professor of Museum Studies

Valrie Minson is agricultural librarian at the University of Florida, where she has been employed since 2005. She received her bachelor's degree in English from University of South Florida, a master's degree in Library Science from Florida State University.

Her research interests include: enabling collaboration and exploring new roles for librarians in data infrastructure and technology innovation. These areas of expertise developed from her work on preservation initiatives, to develop a Semantic Web application designed to enable research and collaboration across disciplines, and development of support services for the agricultural sciences.

Dr. Porchia Moore has recently joined the Museum Studies program as Assistant Professor. Her areas of interest include:

Areas of Interest:    

  • Critical Race Theory

  • Inclusive Praxis in Cultural Heritage Spaces

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics

  • Critical Heritage Studies

  • Cross-Pollination/Convergence Issues in Libraries, Archives, Museums, Greenspaces

  • Muse Tech + Muse Social 

  • Liberatory Praxis and Black Radical Traditions in Museums/Cultural Heritage

Briley Rasmussen, Director of Museum Studies and Assistant Professor 

As Director of the Museum Studies program, Dr. Rasmussen is engaged with current practices in museums and issues impacting the future of museums. She is particulary interested in how museums engage with and impact social justice issues. As a practioner and academic, she is concerned with preparing students and emerging professionals to be socially conscious and ethical museum leaders. 

Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler, Director of Exhibitions, UF Libraries
Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Associate Professor of Art History

Lourdes Santamaría-Wheeler is the Exhibits Coordinator at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies. At the Libraries, she oversees an exhibition program that enhances research and learning opportunities by sharing and interpreting the Libraries’ collections. Her work addresses an increasing imperative to academically engage students outside the classroom, and reveal collections to a broader public. She specializes in exhibitions, technology, community engagement, and broad access.

Maya Stanfield-Mazzi is an art historian specializing in art of Pre-Columbian and colonial Latin America, especially that of colonial Peru. She focuses on the ways in which native Amerindians contributed to creating new forms of Catholicism in the New World. She has published articles in Current Anthropology, Hispanic Research Journal, Colonial Latin American Review, Religion and the Arts, and The Americas. She also wrote bibliographic essays on painting in the Viceroyalty of Peru and Andean textiles for Oxford Bibliographies Online.

Laurie Taylor, Chair of Digital Partnerships + Strategies, UF Libraries

Laurie N. Taylor, PhD, is UF’s Digital Scholarship Librarian. Her work focuses on socio-technical (people, policies, technologies, communities) needs for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. She works heavily with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) where she is the Digital Scholarship Director, LibraryPress@UF where she is the Editor-in-Chief, Digital Humanities Working Group and the DH Graduate Certificate, and Research Computing with these and other activities geared towards enabling a culture of radical collaboration that values and supports diversity, equity, and inclusivity.

UF Museum Studies 

20th Anniversary

Museums Challenge

A Symposium for Transformative Practice

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Museums Challenge

Feb. 16-18,