TAM Councillors-at-Large Nominees
The nominees for the three Councillor-at-Large positions for the 2018-2020 term of office have been selected. Get to know the nominees and vote.
Eligibility criteria include: a current individual membership in TAM; availability to attend four TAM Council meetings each year, as well as a two-day retreat; availability to attend the Annual Meeting during term of office; and willingness to serve on at least one TAM Council committee.
Voting ends February 27, 2018.
Elizabeth Higgins, Director of Development
Girls Incorporated of San Antonio
Elizabeth Higgins is a fundraising professional currently serving as Development Director for Girls Inc. of San Antonio, a girl focused non profit with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. She has a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from Baylor University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Oral Roberts University. Previously, Elizabeth has had a 10 year career in museums acting as the Capital Campaign Officer for the Witte Museum where she worked on a $100 million capital campaign, Registrar for the Witte Museum, Exhibition Coordinator and Registrar for the Tyler Museum of Art, as well as History Curator for the Ohio Historical Society. Though currently working in the greater non-profit arena, her passion is in museums and creating and supporting the unique educational experiences found only with museums and their collections.
Melanie Johnson, President and CEO
The Health Museum, Houston
Dr. Melanie Johnson is the President and CEO for the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum. She comes to The Health Museum as the first
African American woman to hold a senior position in the history of the Houston Museum District and most recently, Dr. Johnson achieved national designation status for The Health Museum, as the only museum in the District that is a Smithsonian Affiliate. In her short tenure as CEO, Dr. Johnson has nearly doubled attendance and increased revenue by more than 30 percent. Prior to her arrival at The Health Museum, she served as the Director of Education for NASA’s Space Center Houston.
Dr. Johnson’s effectiveness has received recognition by the largest association for museums. She was awarded the esteemed Nancy Hanks award for Professional Excellence out of 5,000 annual museum participants representing 50 countries, including the Smithsonian. Further, she was the 2015 recipient of the Pierre and Marie Curie award for Humanities in Managua, Nicaragua for her contributions to global education. She was featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” as she presented facts about the Faith 7 Mercury capsule, on Radio Disney and Forbes Magazine. She was selected for Center for Houston’s Future (2014) and American Leadership Forum (2016). She was awarded the Ivy League Charitable Education Foundation award for one of the City of Houston’s Best Educators for two consecutive years, and one of the Top 30 Influential Women of Houston award in 2015.
Dr. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business/French from Auburn University, a Masters of Hospitality Management from the University of Houston, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University.
Dr. Johnson serves on various boards, including the Houston Museum District Association, South Main Alliance, Park Plaza Hospital, Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy, and Texas Southern University’s Foundation. She also serves as an active member of Greater Houston Partnership and Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Margaret Koch, Deputy Director
Bullock Museum, Austin
Margaret Koch joined the Bullock Museum team in January 2013 and serves as Deputy Director with special emphasis on educational programming, interpretation, and exhibitions. She has over 30 years' experience in the museum field and cross-cultural education, and holds an MFA in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Prior to her arrival in Texas, Margaret served as Director of Exhibitions and Research at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis with oversight of curatorial, conservation, exhibition development, design, and production. She has presented at TAM, AASLH, and AAM and looks forward to getting to know her Texas colleagues and their needs better.
Amy Rogers, Managing Director
1940 Air Terminal Museum, Houston
Amy Rogers is the Managing Director of the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, TX where she has held this position since September 2011. Amy holds a BA in History from Sam Houston State University and a MA in Nonprofit Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. She is an accomplished grant writer and fundraiser having secured funding for multiple museum programs. Amy served as a staff of one until October of 2014 when she was influential in securing the necessary funding to hire additional staff members based on her vision to further develop and grow the museum.
In addition to her work at the museum Amy was elected in 2012 to serve as Councilor at Large of the Southeast Texas Museums Association (SETMA) and currently serves as the organization’s Secretary. She presented on the topic of Nonprofit Board Relationships at the 2014 TAM Annual Meeting and on Small Museum Growth and Organization at the 2014 Mutual Concerns of Air & Space Museums Conference in Washington DC. She is a current member of the TAM Program Committee and also volunteers with the Houston Airport Systems. She holds membership in TAM, SETMA, AAM, and various other professional organizations. Amy truly has a passion for historic preservation and museum interpretation and enjoys working with others who dedicate their time and talents to this field.
Charlie Walter, Director
Mayborn Museum, Baylor University, Waco
Charlie Walter currently serves as director of Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum. He has worked in the museum field since 1986 and has held additional positions as director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Executive Vice President of Programs at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and recently helped to open the new San Antonio Children’s Museum, The DoSeum, as Chief Operating Officer.
Walter has served on the Board of the Association of Children’s Museums, was the Annual Conference Program Committee Chair for the Association of Science and Technology Centers, and is an American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Visiting Committee Member. He was selected as a Noyce Leadership Fellow in 2010. Walter has numerous publications on museum administration, education collaborations, and exhibition development to his name. He has been a project leader or senior staff member on a variety of National Science Foundation funded projects.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with and emphasis in Museum Science from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from the University of North Texas.