Meet the Board

All IMTAL Board Members: attend two (2) board meetings each year, one at the AAM annual meeting and one in the fall at a rotating location (sometimes held in conjunction with other IMTAL events). IMTAL may provide up to $300 each year to assist with Board travel. Participate in ten (10) conference calls, typically at once per month, alternating between 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Fridays and 2:00 p.m. Eastern time Saturdays. Contribute to board discussions, decision-making and strategic planning. Attend and represent IMTAL at professional events including IMTAL conferences and the AAM annual meeting. All Board members serve as the head of at least one (1) IMTAL member committee.

PRESIDENT: Douglas Coler, Discovery Place Science (Charlotte, NC)

Term: 3 years, including one year as Past President
Duties: Serve as liaison to AAM and the Council of Affiliates, run Board meetings and conference calls including the compilation of agendas, lead special projects, represent IMTAL at events and conferences, and oversee the implementation of IMTAL's strategic plan. Lead the AAM Committee.

VICE PRESIDENT: Todd D. NorrisChildren's Museum (Indianapolis, IN)
Term: 2 years, then automatically ascending to President and Past President
Duties: Coordinate the AAM Museum Theatre Showcase and assist with planning IMTAL conferences. Lead strategic planning during the first year of the term. Lead the Conference committee.

TREASURER: Annie Johnson, Minnesota Historical Society (St. Paul, MN)
Term: 3 years (plus additional year training next Treasurer)
Duties: Manage IMTAL's finances, including paying bills, issuing reimbursements, submitting invoices, compiling IMTAL's taxes, preparing budgets, and producing financial reports. Oversee fundraising and grant writing and manage/acknowledge donations as needed. Lead the Grants and Finance Committee. (Training will be provided; first year as "apprentice" to former Treasurer.)

SECRETARY: Elysia Segal, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (New York, NY)
Term: 3 years
Duties: Serve as administrator and content manager of the IMTAL website (create and update pages, edit photos, upload documents, manage member passwords, respond to inquiries, etc.), serve as moderator of the IMTAL list serve, compile minutes from Board meetings and conference calls, maintain records of Board actions, decisions and contacts, coordinate note-taking at IMTAL conferences, and complete/submit IMTAL's legal forms as needed. Lead the website committee.

PUBLICATIONS OFFICER: Ilana GustafsonNatural History Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Term: 2 years
Duties: Serve as content editor for INSIGHTS, the IMTAL magazine, coordinate the production and distribution of INSIGHTS, and maintain and distribute the IMTAL brochure and other publications as needed. Lead the INSIGHTS and Publications committee.

OUTREACH OFFICER: Nora Quinn, National Constitution Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Term: 2 years
Duties: Actively recruit and help to initiate new members, coordinate member surveys, maintain member database, reach out to lapsed members and institutions, respond to membership inquiries, and plan and coordinate annual membership drive. Additionally establish ongoing relationships with other organizations (ALHFAM, NAI, AZA, etc) and seek out new opportunities for IMTAL membership activities at other institutions.

Elizabeth PickardMissouri History Museum (
St. Louis, MO)
Term: 1 year, after serving 2 years as Vice President and 2 years as President
Duties: Serve as advisor to the IMTAL Board, lead special projects, and assist all Board members as needed.

BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE: Multiple Positions; please note these positions are non-voting.
Term: 1 year (renewable each year up to 3 years)
Duties: Assist in assigned Board function (for example, publications, membership/website, events).  May lead and/or assist in an assigned special project (for example, scripts database).  May serve as a liaison to an assigned partner organization of IMTAL. Attend conference callsm, board meetings and IMTAL events as needed.  Contribute to board discussions and decision making (though does not vote on board resolutions.


  • IMTAL Founder Catherine Hughes
  • Tessa BridalFormerly of Science Museum of Minnesota, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Monterey Bay Aquarium

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