Lakefront Park in winter

Meet the CGA Board


Chris Dobbs '96

CGA Board President

“The two years spent at the Cooperstown Conservation Program proved invaluable in preparing me for my career and the establishment of a long lasting network of friends and colleagues.”

Dobbs is the Executive Director of Connecticut River Museum. He recently developed and completed a $1.2 million capital campaign to restore the museum's national landmark building. Other goals of the campaign were to renovate the visitor reception center, develop a schoolhouse theater and orientation film, construct two permanent exhibits, and build the endowment.


Margaret (Peggy) Parsons '70

CGA Board Vice President

CGA Board Member, 2009-Present

“I believe that CGP offers a unique experience in a unique setting that has not been matched elsewhere.”

Parsons is head of the Film Department at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She has overseen the programming and managing of film events as well as film retrospectives, and she is responsible for overseeing a large collection of art films and videos, producing brochures and program notes, and introducing public film programs. Parsons heads an advisory committee of internationally recognized film scholars that meets annually to review film exhibition at  the National Gallery.  Subsequent to her role at the National Gallery of Art, Parsons held positions at the Smithsonian Institution, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Children’s Museum, Boston.


Josh Torrance '00

CGA Board Second Vice President

“My experience at CGP informed and shaped my passion for the vital role museums play in the life and shape of a community.”

Torrance is the Executive Director of the Woodlawn Museum in Ellsworth, Maine. Under his direction, the museum completed a million dollar capital campaign, preserved its buildings, completed an interpretation plan, and created audio tours. Woodlawn has also reconnected to the community with various initiatives/activities including: educational workshops and lectures, forging program partnerships with other organizations, the development of a community garden, implementing a croquet program, and utilizing the estates property as a public park. Active in many community groups, Torrance is married with two children and is an active marathon runner. In addition to his Cooperstown degree, Torrance holds a BA in History from Elmira College and a MA in Public History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


John Hart '08

CGA Board Member

CGA Treasurer, Present

Hart is the Museum Registrar at Norwich University. He aids in the preparation of collections objects for exhibition and provides access to the collection for visitors and researchers. During the school semester, he works closely with Dr. Cynthia Falk, Associate Professor of Material Culture, to present objects to the students of the Cooperstown Graduate Program for the required courses Culture and Collections I and II, and the electives, American Material Culture I and II. In addition, he works closely with the students during their individual hands-on studies of the objects as part of their course requirements.


Tobi Voigt '06

CGA Board Secretary

Fall Fundraising Committee Chair, 2009-Present

“I am grateful for the well-rounded education I received at CGP. I went into my first job prepared for everything from budgets to program management to collections care. I chose CGP because I felt it would provide a solid foundation for my future work in the museum field, and it exceeded my expectations.”

Voigt is the Director of Education at the Detroit Historical Society.  Previously, Ms. Voigt worked as the Manager of Statewide Programs at the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, New York where she managed the organization’s statewide K-12 outreach programs, including National History Day in New York State. 

Terri Sinnott '79

CGA Board Member

  Sinnott is a museum consultant with over 30 years experience in museum project management, collections management and exhibit development, in both non-profit (Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry) and corporate (Motorola Museum of Electronics; Motorola's Beijing Gallery) museums.  In addition, Terri holds a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame, MA from the Cooperstown Graduate Program/SUNY and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.  She also developed and taught a Museum Management for the Public History Department of Loyola University.  

Katie Boardman '82

CGA Board Member

Boardman is an independent museum professional with The Cherry Valley Group. She is also an Adjunct Professor for CGP and a freelance musician and storyteller. Prior to starting her consulting group Katie worked for The Farmers' Museum for twenty years.

Mehna Harders '06

CGA Board Member

Harders is currently the Senior Exhibit Planner at the New York State Museum.  She has pl organized over 30 exhibitions as well as several traveling exhibits that cover a diverse range of topics in art, culture, history and science.  Mehna has previously worked at the Providence Children's Museum and The Children's Museum at Saratoga.



Cassie Mundt '11

CGA Board Member

Mundt is the the Community Development Coordinator of the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City.

Laurie Rayner '84

CGA Board Member

Rayner is a consultant.




Nicholas DeMarco '13

CGA Board Member

DeMarco is the Development Associate for Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA.  He has a passion for supporting the arts and finding creative ways cultural nonprofits can partner with other institutions to better serve their communities. Nick is a lifelong capital district resident and would love to work with the CGA to better serve the students and alumni of CGP.


Stacy Ward '99

CGA Board Member

“I value the CGP curriculum that allows students to gain a broad understanding of the museum field while also gaining expertise in specialized study.”

Ward serves as the Elementary Principal at East Hill School in the Canajoharie Central School District.  Prior to this prosition, she was the Coordinator of Instructional Services at the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES. In this capacity, Ward worked closely with school district administrators and teachers providing professional development and facilitating school improvement initiatives. Her teaching experience includes serving as the founding History Teacher at the Brighter Choice Charter Schools. Ward began her career in Statewide Programming at the New York State Historical Association. Earning her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Notre Dame and Master's Degrees from CGP and SUNY Albany, Ward has a strong background in professional development, curriculum-based instructional planning and school improvement initiatives.

Ann Stewart

Ann Stewart-Honicker '78

CGA Forumn Editor

“The network of alumni and friends of CGP is unprecedented in its breadth and reach.”

Stewart-Honicker reconnected with CGP after spending 24 years in New York City; and is currently Administrative Assistant for the graduate program and the Historical Society of Early American Decoration. In this role, she oversees the publication of the quarterly CGA newsletter and contributes to the daily operations of the program. Previously, Stewart-Honicker served as Director of the Photo Library for Black Star Publishing Company and subsequently photo researcher for Reader’s Digest General Books. An active member of the local community as well, Stewart-Honicker chairs the Cooperstown Central School “Friends of Music and Art” program.


Thank you for your service:


Hilary Folwell Jebitsch '96

CGA Board President, 2009-2011

“CGP laid the foundation for my professional development and provided remarkable opportunities in the museum field."   

Jebitsch is the Historic Site Administrator at Washington Crossing Historic Park, managed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).  Prior to this role she was a site curator and Eastern Regional Curator for the PHMC.  She is also part of the adjunct faculty for the Bucks County Community College, Historic Preservation Program.  She graduated from CGP in 1996 and from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994.  Jebitsch has a well established background in collections care, exhibit development, museum management, and community development.