Tennessee Association of Museums:
East TN Winner: Rebecca H. P'Simer
Rebecca, a Nashville native, is currently a Collections Intern at the East Tennessee Historical Society. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and is currently working on her master’s degree in History with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership online at the University of Memphis. Her background is in collections and archival management, gaining experience from large and small organizations around Tennessee and Wyoming. Her primary interests include the Antebellum South and firearms history and she is excited to attend the 2018 TAM Conference!
Middle TN Winner: Ryan Baker
Ryan began work with the Sumner County Museum in April 2016. Born and raised in Sumner County, Ryan is a graduate of Gallatin High School, and obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism from Middle Tennessee State University.
Ryan currently serves on the Gallatin City Cemetery committee, as well at the Young Professionals Group of Gallatin committee. He coaches youth teams for both the Gallatin Soccer Club as well as the Gallatin Leisure Services City Basketball League and is a dedicated Gallatin Chamber of Commerce volunteer.
Ryan is passionate about history as well as preserving our local landmarks and enjoys continuing to learn about Sumner’s rich roots. He enjoys outdoor activities including camping and fishing.
West TN Winner: Brooke Garcia
Brooke Garcia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2016 with an MA in Art History and a graduate certificate in Museum Studies.
A California native, her background is primarily in collections management and registration, and she has worked/interned at six museums across the nation, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She interned at the Metal Museum for a year before being hired as the new Registrar/Librarian in May 2017. In this role, Brooke is primarily in charge of the preservation of and promoting access to the Metal Museum’s intellectual and physical collections, library holdings, and archives.
Brooke is also involved in leading the Memphis Emerging Museum Professionals group and is excited to attend TAM and meet her fellow Tennessee museum professionals!
The following thirteen volunteers received scholarships for the 2018 conference: