Meet Our Staff
Executive Director: Martin Mahoney
Martin holds an impressive and progressive track record of more than 20 years of Museum leadership experience. At the Norman Rockwell Museum, Martin was responsible for managing the Museum’s national and international traveling and onsite exhibitions as well as supervising Registration, Collections, Facility Operations, and Security Departments. As a member of the museum executive team, he was deeply involved in fundraising and budgeting on the institutional level, managing multiple departments, overseeing the preservation and operational management of the Museum’s historical buildings, and participating as a key stakeholder in the institutional strategic planning for the expansion of the Museum.
Additionally, Martin has curated numerous exhibitions including Journey: David Macaulay (2019), Perspective and Place: Thomas W. Barrett’s Hudson River Valley (2016), and Mort Kunstler: The Art of Adventure (2014), to name a few. He graduated from Castleton State University with a BA in history and holds advanced degrees from both the State University of New York at Albany, where he received an MA in Public History and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where he completed his MBA. Martin also participated in the prestigious Getty Leadership Institute (now the Museum Leadership institute) in 2019.
A member of the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Martin has served as the chapter vice-chair and chair and has previously sat on the boards of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center as well as the Massachusetts Art Commission at the State House. He is particularly interested in the intersection of history and popular culture, as well as the evolving cross connection of environmental stewardship and community advocacy and how they can be leveraged as economic engines to assist in the revitalization of communities.
Curator: Jamie Franklin
Jamie has been curator at the Bennington Museum since 2005. His scholarship has focused on American art of the early to mid-20th century, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of modernism and self-taught art. He has organized exhibitions and written books, essays and articles featuring artists and topics including Erastus Salisbury Field, Grassroots Art, Impressionism, Rockwell Kent, Anna Mary Robertson Grandma Moses, and Alice Neel. His 2014 exhibition Alice Neel/Erastus Salisbury Field: Painting the People was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most memorable exhibitions of the year and his 2016 exhibition Milton Avery’s Vermont was lauded as being “as close to a perfect show as mere mortals can mount.”
In his free time Jamie likes to explore the forests, mountains, lakes, and rivers of southwestern Vermont with his son, with whom he enjoys fishing, finding “critters” (mostly amphibians and reptiles), and rockhounding, and partner, with whom he enjoys foraging for wild mushrooms and exploring old graveyards.
Visitor Services and Store Manager: Jasen Frederickson
Jasen has been with the museum since 2013, before which he attended Bradford College for Sociology, Human Studies. Jasen brought over 14 years hospitality experience in Hotel Management when he joined the Museum team. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Director of Advancement: Alexina Jones
Alix has worked with Bennington Museum in various capacities since 2019, beginning as Campaign Manager, moving into Interim Director, Deputy Director, and most recently serving as Director of Advancement. Her malleable skill set reflects past positions as Founding Director of Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (a Hubbard Hall project), and Director of First Night Saratoga (a program of Saratoga Arts) for which she also served as Development Associate.
Alix holds a BA from Skidmore College where she studied English, and an MA from New York University where she studied Classical Vocal Performance. In her free time enjoys walking around the farmlands of White Creek, NY with her husband, German Shepherds, and (when she’s willing) daughter.
Director of Public Programs: Deana Mallory
Deana has been with Bennington Museum since 2005. During her time at Bennington Museum, she has launched Museum ABCs for preschoolers and their adult companions, the Music at the Museum Concert Series, and, most recently, Art at Lunch, a virtual series of art-based programs. She loves sharing our community’s amazing stories with school-age learners, community members, and visitors from all over the world.
Deana holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master’s degree in education from St. Rose College in Albany, NY. In her free time, Deana likes to garden and spend time with her husband and son.
Facilities Manager: Tom Moriarty
Tom was born and raised in Bennington, where he and his wife Amy still live. Around age eight, he started work in the concrete business that his father owned. Eventually he started his own construction business, Moriarty Builders. After 20 years, many bridges, and many homes later he landed his dream job at Bennington Museum where he has worked for the past 17 years. When not repairing gutters, mowing the lawn, and building exhibition displays, Tom enjoys a good game of golf.
Collections Manager: Callie Raspuzzi
Callie has been the Collections Manager at the Bennington Museum for since 2004. Her job includes keeping track of the Museum’s tens of thousands of objects, photographs, rare books, and archival collections and ensuring that everything is properly cared and accounted for. She attended Colgate University and has a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the George Washington University. The variety, beauty, and occasional absurdity of the Museum’s collection never cease to impress her. She lives in a lovely historic house in nearby Washington County, New York, and her mundane hobbies include gardening, cooking, and home improvement projects.
Development Associate: Ryan Senecal
Ryan is a development professional with over 10 years of experience at UMass Amherst and MCLA. He specializes in annual giving and data analytics. The Berkshire County native has his Bachelors in Business Management from UMass and obtained his MBA in ’20. He joined the team at the museum as of July 2022. In his spare time you may find him playing disc golf at the nearby Willow Park.
Office Manager: Marie Thibodeau
Marie Thibodeau is a retired Office Manager from the NYS Office of Children and Families and lives in North Bennington. She has been with the Museum since 2018 as the part time Office Manager with a focus on Development and Membership support. Marie describes herself as someone who enjoys family, friends, good food, a well written story, and the comforts of home.