Team and Trustees


Marise McDermott President/CEO 210.357.1924
Robin Brown Executive Assistant 210.357.1881
Bea Abercrombie Chief Administrative Officer 210.357.1871
Kim Biffle Chief of Engagement 210.357.1860
Katye Brought Director of Communications and Marketing 210.357.1876
Amy Fulkerson Chief Curator 210.357.1868
Linda Gerber Director of Retail Services 210.357.1895
Amy Mitchell Director of Education 210.357.1933
Brian Luallen Chief of Visitor Experience 210.357.1894
Mike Sprague Chief Facilities and Security Officer 210.357.1942
Bruce Shackelford Curator of South Texas Heritage 210.357.1862
Harry Shafer, Ph.D. Curator of Archeology 210.863.0141
Heather Welder Russo Chief of Advancement 210.357.1851
Helen Holdsworth Curator of Texas Wild 210.357.1890
Bryan Bayles, Ph.D. Curator of Anthropology and Health 210.357.1908
Thomas Adams, Ph.D. Curator of Paleontology & Geology 210.357.1852
Beth Stricker Director of Exhibit Design and Interpretive Strategy 210.357.1870

Executive Committee

J.J. Feik Chair
Dirk Elmendorf Vice Chair
Ryan Berg Secretary
Jack Stein Treasurer
Lane Riggs Asst. Treasurer
Don Gonzales Past Chair
Peggy W. Walker Capital Campaign
Eddie Aldrete Messaging
Walter Embrey Facilities
Mary Arno Collections
Jesse Travis Development
Michael "Mike" Bolner At Large
Mark H. Metcalfe At Large
Mary West Traylor At Large


Bill Anderson
IƱigo Arzac
Craig Browning
Heather Chandler
Rob Finney
David Dunham
Rob Killen
Anthony Edwards
John Edwards
Betty Feldman
Bryan Grundhoefer
Esteban Lopez
Deborah Gray Marino
Susan Naylor
Ryan Pape
Amy Perry
Richard Prior
Edward Steves
Elizabeth West