Billy Fong began his tenure as Executive Director of TAM in February, 2016. He has held posts at museums around the country including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA) and the Dallas Museum of Art. His focus has primarily been external affairs, fundraising, and marketing.
Originally from Florida, Billy earned his B.A. from University of South Florida and did his graduate work at City College/City University of New York. It was during his tenure at the High Museum of Art that he was nominated and accepted in the Getty's prestigious Museum Leadership Institute. This intensive management program, in its 37th year, is for CEOs, Directors, COOs and senior-level executives who influence policy, effect change and is aimed at helping experienced executives become better leaders to strengthen their institution's capabilities.
Jennifer Coleman joined TAM in February, 2015. She comes to TAM with nearly a decade of experience in Texas museums. Prior to joining TAM she has worked as Archivist at the Pearce Museum at Navarro College, in Corsicana and Director of Interpretation and Collections at the CAF Airpower Museum in Midland. Born and raised in Texas, she earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville and her M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Her experience in museum work includes collections work, exhibition research and design, event planning, grant writing, and educational programming. Jennifer has been a TAM member since 2013.
An established professional with three+ decades of leadership and museum experience, Ruth Ann Rugg is well versed in the challenges facing museums today. In 2016 she assumed the new role of Director of Special Projects at TAM. In this capacity she will continue to work for TAM on focused initiatives such as the Museums United Phase 2 project, TAM’s partnership with the Summerlee Foundation to advance the sustainability project, and other special programs. Rugg has been on staff of TAM since 2008 and a member of TAM since the early 1980s. A native Texan, Rugg graduated from Texas Christian University. Her career includes positions at the Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas.