Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees
Sean O’Neal, Chair
Niles D. Stewart, Vice Chair
Stefan Duffner, Treasurer
Drew Dixon Williams, Secretary
Prabha Sipi Bhandari
Kristen Morrissey Thiede
Malcolm J. Williams
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council
Tom Finkelpearl, Cultural Affairs Commissioner
Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President
Martin Maher, Brooklyn Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Robert Rubin, in memoriam
Dr. Nan Sussman
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Senior Management Team
President & CEO
Stephanie Hill Wilchfort is President & CEO of Brooklyn Children's Museum, the world's first museum built especially for kids and one of the country's largest informal educators. A Brooklyn native, Stephanie has worked in arts and culture for nearly two decades, and joined BCM in February 2015.
Previously, Stephanie was Vice President of Development for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. During her tenure, individual giving at the Tenement Museum nearly doubled; the Museum held its first $1 million Gala; and more than $11 million was raised towards the Museum's capital campaign. Prior to the Tenement Museum, Stephanie was Assistant Vice President and Senior Project Director at Sesame Workshop, where she oversaw programs, business development, fundraising, and marketing activities in the United States, Israel, and Latin America. She has also held senior roles at New York Public Radio/WNYC, New York Public Media/WNET, and Lincoln Center.
Stephanie is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MPA in economic policy from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs. With her husband Benjamin, she is the parent of three boys ages 4, 7 and 11.
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Chief Operating Officer
Alicia Guevara oversees operations at Brooklyn Children's Museum, including visitor experience, earned revenue, fundraising, building operations, finance, and human resources. She leads a team of roughly 30 full-time and part-time staff and consultants.
Alicia brings 25 years of experience leading nonprofits, influencing public policy, and developing business strategies to Brooklyn Children's Museum. Rooted in her work with social justice organizations and a passion for issues of access and inclusion, Alicia was previously CEO of Year Up, a youth workforce development organization.
Prior to her role at Year Up, Alicia was Executive Director for the New York, Los Angeles and Boston divisions of Peace First. She has also held roles as Director of Development for The Osborne Foundation; Director of Development for Abyssinian Development Corporation; and Director of Programs for the National Hispanic Leadership Institute.
Alicia holds a BA from Columbia, and an executive education certificate from Columbia Business School. She is parent to two children, ages 3 months and 3 years old.
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Vice President of Exhibits & Education
Hana Elwell is Vice President of Exhibits & Education at Brooklyn Children's Museum, overseeing the Museum's exhibits, interpretation, educational content and partnerships, and collections. Hana joined BCM in 2015 as Director of Exhibits and Interpretation, and was promoted to Vice President in January 2017. She manages a staff of 15 employees.
Prior to joining BCM, Hana was an interpretive planner and project manager for Ralph Appelbaum Associates, where she worked on exhibition projects for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Smithsonian Museum of African Art. Hana has also created curriculum, led professional development training, and taught museum-based programs for institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Currier Museum in New Hampshire. She began her career as an Educator at Brooklyn Children's Museum.
Hana holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research and a master's degree in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University where she focused on culturally specific museums. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, ages 1 month and 5 years old.
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Director of Building Operations
Angely Suarez is the Director of Building Operations at Brooklyn Children's Museum. Angely joined the museum in November 2016 and oversees facilities, security, and IT departments. She is also in charge of managing capital projects as well.
Before BCM, Angely was the Assistant Administrator for the facilities department at Lutheran Social Services of New York before becoming the Director of Facilities for 22 LSS locations for 2 years. She also served as facilities liaison to the Administration of Children's Services' 10 Head Start locations, and in partnership with ACS implemented over $200,000 in upgraded appliances across the sites' commercial kitchens.
Angely studied architecture for 3 years at Morrisville State College and 2 years at the University at Buffalo and holds a BA in Sociology from UB. She is also a licensed expediter by the New York City Department of Buildings. In 2017, she secured over $2.25 million in capital funds to upgrade the HVAC system at BCM and enhance the site's sustainability goals.
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Director of Government & Community Affairs
Margaret Walton is Brooklyn Children’s Museum liaison to elected officials, government agencies, and community leaders and organizations. She has more than 20 years of experience in government and at non-profit organizations.
Prior to joining Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Margaret served as Assistant Director for Government and Community Relations at the Central Park Conservancy. In that role she was responsible for gaining approval of all Central Park capital projects from Manhattan Community Boards, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11. These projects totaled $4.6 million and were also approved by the New York City Landmarks and Public Design Commissions. Margaret also managed community input for the Frederick Douglass Circle project where local artists and community groups participated in a two-year long project which resulted in a traffic redesign and commemorative sculpture located at the northwest entrance to Central Park. Margaret also served as a Community Liaison for Upper Manhattan in the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit in the David Dinkins administration.
Margaret Walton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.
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Director of Visitor Experience
Vincent studied Art History and Archeology in Paris, France, before moving to Washington, D.C. to study Arts Management. He spent five years working in nonprofit organizations and ten years in museums. His experience encompasses all public-facing aspects of museum and staff management.
More recently, Vincent conducted a research project in volunteer management, visitor services, and public engagement in 22 cultural institutions around the world, and presented the results of his research in multiple museums in D.C. and New York.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Administrative Staff
Staff can be reached at (718) 735-4400 and their extension.
Programs & Education
Rosan Atherly, Group Reservations Coordinator
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Kwame Brandt-Pierce, After School Program Manager
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Oasa DuVerney-Gaspar, Teen Programs Coordinator
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Collections & Exhibits
Kate Calleri, Manager of Collections Interpretation
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Erik Fiks, Exhibits Manager
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Jose Duperon, Exhibits Maintainer
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Shakira Paula, Live Animal Coordinator
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Sandy Smith, Manager of Visitor Experience
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Winston Williams, Manager of Communications & Membership
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Jordana Starkman, Public Programs Manager
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Zoë Williams, Development Associate
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