Amy Skillman, M.A.
Amy Skillman works at the intersection of culture and tension, where paying attention to culture can serve to mediate social change. She advises artists and community-based organizations on the implementation of programs that honor and conserve cultural traditions, guides them to potential resources, and develops programs to help build their capacity to sustain these initiatives. Her work has included an oral history/leadership empowerment initiative with immigrant and refugee women in Central Pennsylvania, a Grammy-nominated recording of Old Time fiddlers in Missouri, and a yearlong arts residency with alternative education high school students rooted in the ethnography of their lives. Skillman recently curated a major traveling exhibition that examines the role of folk arts as a catalyst for activism in communities throughout Pennsylvania. She received her Masters degree in Folklore and Folklife from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University in a self-designed major in Cultural Minorities and the Immigrant Experience.
Harold A. Anderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Anderson is a professor of cultural anthropology at Bowie State University in Maryland and a researcher/curator for a number of museums and organizations, including the Maryland Historical Trust/Maryland State Arts Council, Prince George's County African-American History Museum, and Foundation for the Humanities, among others. He was a Mozart Fellow at Otago University in New Zealand-a prestigious residency for composers-and earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at University of Maryland College Park. He has published extensively on the traditions of African-American watermen and maritime communities in the Chesapeake region. Anderson's research languages are Maori and French and he is a student of te reo Maori. He has written numerous reports on endangered folkways for prestigious national institutions like the Smithsonian, and has done extensive fieldwork both in the U.S. and in New Zealand. Harold is also an accomplished composer and award-winning jazz bassist.
Robert Baron, Ph.D.
Robert Baron is the founding director of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and directs the Music Program at NYSCA. The NYSCA Folk Arts Program fosters the sustainability of folklore throughout New York State through its funding of presentation of folk artists, field research and services to artists and arts organizations. Baron has received the Benjamin A. Botkin award from the American Folklore Society; grants from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Asian Cultural Council and Japan Foundation; and a Smithsonian Fellowship in Museum Practice. He has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Finland and the Philippines. His research interests include Afro-Atlantic cultures, creolization, cultural policy, museology, the history of folklore studies and public folklore. His publications include Public Folklore, edited with Nick Spitzer and Creolization as Cultural Creativity, edited with Ana Cara. Baron received a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and an A.B. from the University of Chicago.
Mary Briggs is an independent cultural worker living in southwestern Pennsylvania. Until 2012 she held the position of Director of Cultural Development at the Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington County, Virginia where, in 1999, she introduced folk and traditional arts programming within the county. The initiative included field research, public programs, and systematized services to ethnically and culturally diverse traditional artists and communities. She has a personal interest in topics related to the Appalachian region and sense of place, is a moderately good fiddler, and is active in promoting local art and culture as a strategy for social and economic change. She is currently contracted by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, an organization that works to document and preserve the cultural heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Deborah served as former assistant dean and director of professional programs in the Welch Center for Graduate & Professional Studies at Goucher. Ms. Cebula began her career as a research writer and editor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and worked with the U.S. Agency if International Development, the American Public Health Association, and the United Nations Children's' Fund around issues of international health and community development. Ms. Cebula holds a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University; has completed extensive post graduate work at the Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health and the School of Business and Education at Johns Hopkins University. Her special interests are in the management of organizations, behavioral change models, and program development.
Barry Dornfeld, Ph.D.
Barry Dornfield is a Principal at CFAR, a management consulting firm in Philadelphia, a documentary filmmaker, a media researcher, and an educator. His documentary work includes: "Eatala: A Life in Klezmer," co-produced with the Philadelphia Folklore Project and broadcast in Philadelphia; "LaVaughn Robinson: Dancing History;" "Gandy Dancers," portraying the expressive culture and history of African-American railroad workers in the US; "Look Forward and Carry on the Past: Stories from Philadelphia's Chinatown;" "Powerhouse for God" and "Plenty of Good Women Dancers: African-American Women Hoofers in Philadelphia." Dornfeld recently co-authored The Moment You Can't Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, with Mal O'Connor (Public Affairs 2014). He received a Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, and has taught at New York University and chaired the Communication Department at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.
Susan Eleuterio has conducted fieldwork and developed public programs including exhibits, performances, folk arts education workshops and residencies in schools, and professional development programs for teachers, students, adults, and artists for schools, museums, arts education agencies and arts organizations across the United States. She is the author of Irish American Material Culture: A Directory of Collections, Sites and Festivals in the United States and Canada (Greenwood Press: 1988) as well as essays in The Encyclopedia of Chicago History, the Encyclopedia of American Folklore and the Encyclopedia of Women's Folklore and Folklife. She formerly served as the Director of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Literature and Presenters Programs for the Illinois Arts Council and as the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry. She holds a Master of Arts in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program (SUNY/Oneonta) and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Education from the University of Delaware.
Robert Forloney is currently the Director of Center for Chesapeake Studies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where he oversees interpretative, academic and exhibition programs. He has worked in the field for almost twenty years- as a teacher for the New York City Museum School as well as an educator, administrator and consultant at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Morgan Library, American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art and the South Street Seaport Museum. He currently serves on several grant review panels and as a Board Member for organizations including the Maryland State Arts Council, Stories of the Chesapeake, and Talbot County Arts Council. He received his undergraduate degree from the New School for Social Research, his teaching certification from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.
Rebecca Hill, Ph.D.
Dr. Hill currently serves as the Coordinator of Community and Economic Assistance with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at Colorado State University, and has experience working in economic and community development both domestically and internationally. She serves on the City of Fort Collins Water Board, where she is the chair of the Legislative, Finance and Liaison Committee. In Panama, Dr. Hill has worked with a local organization promoting sustainable ecotourism and has worked with women's rights groups on reservations and in Kenya. She received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics and her B.S. in Agricultural Business from the Colorado State University.
Mary Hufford, Ph.D.
Folklorist and independent scholar Mary Hufford has worked over the past three decades in both government and academic settings and is currently a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her scholarship, teaching, and writing have centered on the interrelations of social, ecological, and cultural systems, and the formation of democratic public space through community-based, participatory research. As folklife specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, she led regional team fieldwork projects in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the southern West Virginia coalfields. She has served on the faculty of folklore and folklife and directed the Center for Folklore and Ethnography at the University of Pennsylvania.
Roxanne Kymaani, Ph.D.
Roxanne Kymaani's primary research interests include: liminality, third space identity construction, group dynamics and cultural construction, and leading dialogues. She is a Life and Leadership Coach based in San Diego, California, where she works with clients on who they are "being" as a way of developing a new relationship with themselves that offers a new dialogue for how to view and experience the world. She also currently serves as the Executive Director for the Division of Extended Learning at National University. Roxanne is a Certified Core Adjunct Faculty in their Graduate Organizational Leadership program, and an Adjunct Lecturer with University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Roxanne received her doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.
Ms. Lambert is an independent consultant and works with Principal, RC&D Management, Bel Air, MD, consulting experts in finance and general management. She has a special interest in human capital management, technology and business planning, forecasting and strategic planning, pricing strategies, business process definition and implementation, and contract management and negotiation. Ms. Lambert obtained a Masters of Science in Management Information Systems from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Baltimore.
Melissa McLoud, Ph.D.
Dr. McLoud is a public historian and interpretive consultant who has worked for thirty years in museum interpretive planning, exhibition, and program development in Washington D.C and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Most recently she developed and directed the Center for Chesapeake Studies and specializes in the relationship between nature and culture on the Chesapeake Bay. Her areas of expertise include interpretive planning, public history, American landscape, and architectural history, and exhibit development. She has worked in numerous museum settings as well as at the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and the National Building Museum, and is extensively experienced in outreach, education, exhibits, and program creation. She received her Ph.D. from George Washington University.
Rita Moonsammy, Ph.D.
Dr. Rita Moonsammy has been conducting research, teaching, and developing programs for the support of traditional culture for 30 years. While serving as the state's Folk Arts Coordinator at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, she was responsible for creating a multifaceted program to work with artists and communities in sustaining their culture. Her public programming has included exhibits, films ("The Seabright Skiff," "Pinelands Sketches," " Schooners on the Bay"), books (Pinelands Folklife, Passing It On), articles, workshops, conferences, festivals, teacher education, curriculum development, and community cultural planning. Her research interests include semiotics, metaphor and material culture, occupational folklife, food studies, folk art, and narrative. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught there and at several universities in New Jersey.
Selina Morales is the Director of the Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP) where she tends the mission and vision of the organization. Selina completed her M.A. in Folklore at Indiana University Bloomington (IU). She has completed course work and exams towards a Ph.D., also at IU. Selina holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College. Before joining PFP, Selina worked at Traditional Arts Indiana, Indiana's statewide folklife organization, where she conducted folklife research, developed public programs, and curated and coordinated exhibitions. She served as a guest curator at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures where she curated Botanica: A Pharmacy for the Soul, an innovative installation drawing on a 163-piece ethnographic collection documenting Botanica practices in the United States. Selina has been an invited speaker in University and community settings on social justice and folklore, public interest folklore, Latino folklore, folklore and education and other topics. Areas of expertise include: Public folkore theory and practice, urban folklore, Latino folklore, and folk healing and belief.
Anna Ralph is a 2013 graduate of the MACS program. Her 20+ years in leadership as a pastor's wife, along with years spent as a missionary in Ethiopia and Haiti, have cultivated a deep interest in the intersection of culture and spirituality. Her thesis explored the role of missionaries in culture change and sustainability and culminated in a set of best practices for the emerging field of cultural sustainability. She recently joined the MACS faculty, teaching a new course on Culture, Spirituality, and Sustainability. Passionate about promoting spiritual and emotional wellbeing, Anna has done extensive work in the area of trauma healing in the U.S. and abroad. She previously received her MA and BA in historic Clothing and Textiles from the University of Akron (OH). Anna, a homeschooling mom, lives with her husband and son near her daughters and grandchildren in southeast PA.
Lisa Rathje, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa (Elizabeth) Rathje is Executive Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education where she is responsible for overseeing the organizational administration, programs, and strategic plan. She co-edits the peer-reviewed, multi-media Journal of Folklore and Education. She also consults nationally specializing in professional development for educators and teaching artists, as well as the topics of cultural documentation, public programming, non-profit planning, and applying cultural knowledge in social justice efforts. She previously served as Director of Folklife Programs with Company of Folk in Chicago, Illinois (2011-2016), where she was responsible for planning and directing projects focused on identifying, preserving, and promoting to the general public, folk and traditional arts. Rathje also has multiple film credits and has served as oral history advisor and videographer for an on-going research project on Afro-Cuban artist Nancy Morejón and others of her generation in Havana, Cuba. Rathje received her PhD in English with a concentration in Folklore from the University of Missouri.
Guha Shankar, Ph.D.
Dr. Shankar is the Folklife Specialist in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Dr. Shankar has experience and training in media production, digital assets management, intellectual property and cultural heritage management for traditional communities, public programs and educational outreach (festivals, concerts, symposia and seminars), and teaching documentary field methods for community cultural heritage initiatives. His research interests include diasporic community formations in the Caribbean, ethnographic media, visual representation, and performance studies. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with concentrations in Radio Television and Motion Pictures and Political Science; his Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Austin, in Folklore and Public Culture; and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 2003, from the Department of Anthropology, with a concentration in Folklore and Public Culture.
Michael Alvarez Shepard, Ph.D.
Dr. Shepard is an anthropologist who teaches for both the Master's in Cultural Sustainability and Master's in Environmental Studies programs at Goucher College. His research focuses on documentation and dissemination of endangered Indigenous languages, cultural resource management, treaty rights, sovereignty and environmental preservation. He specializes in linguistic anthropology, ethnography, applied research methods and the application of collaborative Internet technologies. Dr. Shepard supports online course design and development in Goucher's Welch Center as an Instructional Designer. His Ph.D. is from the University of British Columbia. Michael lives with his wife and two children in Bellingham, Washington.
Linda Shopes works as an independent consultant in oral and public history and developmental editor in humanities fields. Previously, she worked as a historian at the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; as lecturer in American Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County; and, early in her career, as a high school English teacher. Her recent publications include edited interviews with Robert Birt, Tom Carney, Jewel Chambers, and the Pats family in Baltimore '68: Riot and Rebirth in an American City (2011); "Editing Oral History for Publication," in Oral History Forum d'histoire orale 31 (2011);Oral History and Public Memories, a collection of original essays coedited with Paula Hamilton (2008); and "Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History," in Handbook of Oral History (2006). She is also coeditor of The Baltimore Book: New Views of Local History (1991). She has a Masters in Art in American Studies from the University of Maryland.
Rory Turner, Ph.D.
Dr. Turner teaches cultural anthropology and is a member of the International Scholars Program faculty at Goucher College. Formerly Program Director for Folk and Traditional Arts and Program Initiative Specialist at the Maryland State Arts Council, he co-founded and directed the Maryland Traditions program from 2000 to 2007. Turner is also former president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, advisor to the American Folklore Society's website, and has participated in national conversations on the future of applied and public folklore under the auspices of the Fund for Folk Culture. His publications include articles, reviews and creative writing in such journals as Folklore Forum, Anthropology and Humanism, and TDR (The Drama Review). Youngest son of renowned anthropologist, Victor Turner, he is also a musician and founder of the Baltimore International Rhythm and Drumming Society.
Thomas Walker, Ph.D.
Director of the Environmental Studies Program
Tom Walker is a current faculty member in the MACS Program and teaches courses on environmental sustainability and organizing community. As an academic trained in anthropology, history, and folklore, he has worked primarily in the public sector. For over twenty years he has been an independent consultant engaged in the culture of work, the working class, and radicalism as an ethnographer, event organizer, and advocate. He first worked as a folklorist at the South Street Seaport Museum and later as a project director for a regional folklife project at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. As a venture philanthropist, he has served for over twenty years as a trustee to a family foundation which funds research, policy, and projects addressing environmental economics in areas of climate change, energy policy, sustainable fisheries, green taxes, ecosystem services, and ecotourism. He has served as a board member for several non-profit organizations in the fields of folk culture, environmental health, Greek culture, and documentary film. As a documentary filmmaker, he is associate producer of an award-winning film about the history of jazz in Washington, DC. Walker first studied folklore as an undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and received his PhD in folklore and ethnography with minors in anthropology and history at Indiana University, Bloomington.
Jason Yoon, M.P.A
Mr. Yoon is the Director of Education at the Queens Museum (QM) in New York City where he oversees the museum's visual arts education programs both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. He was a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason is a proud graduate of Cooper Union's free visual arts high school outreach programs, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service.