Officers

About Mina

I was lucky to have a career which took me around the world. During those trips, I visited museums and found that docents are ambassadors for their country, museums are a place for cultural exchange and that art is very much a universal language. That was my impetus to become a docent at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. I love being a part of the museum's outreach to the community and the world and hope that in some way we can strengthen our connections with our fellow world citizens through art.

My Connection with the NDSC

Not long after I became a docent, our Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco committed to hosting the 2013 National Docent Symposium. Having worked in Silicon Valley, I was able to help my fellow docents with the symposium website, database and marketing. Ironically, those same skills and experience co-chairing a successful symposium seemed a natural segue to becoming president of the NDSC. I feel honored and privileged to continue to build a professional-quality network for docents through the NDSC website, National Docents Forum on Facebook and biennial symposia.

Additional Info

  • Title President
  • Docent Since 2006
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Madelyn

Madelyn Mayberry is a docent at the Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and Vice President of the National Docent Symposium Council. She holds degrees in art, art education and higher education. While most of her career was at the community college level, she has experience at all levels; K-6, middle school, high school and, finally, as an adjunct instructor of future teachers at the university level. Madelyn says that both her career as a teacher and her experience as a volunteer docent have convinced her that we are all here to help each other—to guide each other in our investigation of the way the world works and what this life can be about... to discover what is real ...to find meaning in life.

My Connection with the NDSC

In 2009 I became aware of the National Docent Symposium, registered and have attended every Symposium since. I have found great benefit in gathering with like-minded folks who are passionate about what they do and are serious about wanting to continually up their game. Sometimes I wonder that so many of these people not only volunteer their time in their home institutions but also commit to ensuring that the symposium networking and educational opportunities endure by serving as directors of the NDSC. I have also observed that the revised NDSC Docent Handbook 2 offers institutions a great resource that saves time and expense when budgets are notoriously tight.

We docents help guide people in that process of discovery and self-discovery. This is important work... for anyone! Whether in a museum, a botanical garden, a zoo or a historical site we seek to spark connections between people and the meanings that emerge from an encounter with cultural and natural resources. We enrich the experience... building emotional and intellectual bonds in the process.

 

Additional Info

  • Title Vice-President
  • Docent Since 2003
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Steven

In 2008, following a 30+ year career as an educator teaching Spanish, English as a Second Language, and World Geography at the University of Illinois, Chicago Public Schools, and suburban Chicago schools, Steven retired to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Volunteering at the Museum of Anthropology provides him with the opportunity to honour the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) on whose land he resides as he teaches about the lifeways of the people who have inhabited this area for the past 9000 years. Interacting and sharing with museum guests, staff, and other volunteers is a bonus.

My Connection with the NDSC

The first Symposium I attended was in 2013, when I was encouraged to apply for the position of Canada West Regional Director. After serving in that role for four years, I undertook the post of NDSC Secretary. The biennial symposia are perfect venues for recharging my batteries and connecting with and learning from dedicated, passionate volunteers from all types of institutions from all over Canada and the USA. I have greatly enjoyed and learned from every Symposium I have attended (San Francisco in 2013, Cincinnati in 2015, and Montreal in 2017) and look forward to meeting you in Washington, DC in 2019!

Additional Info

  • Title Secretary
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name The Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia., Vancouver, B.C.
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Deanna

I am a docent at the Thomas Gilcrease Insititute of American History and Art (Gilcrease Museum) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a docent at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Treasurer of the National Docent Symposium Council. I hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a Registered Professional Engineer during my career in the natural gas pipeline industry. I see no incongruity between my career background and my present volunteer activities in the art world, as I believe that beauty and human creativity are expressed in many contexts, that people from varied backgrounds can appreciate and learn from the artworks and artifacts preserved in the museum setting and can add much to the interpretation of those objects. That diversity of interpretation and input from visitors and the sense of discovery they express add to her joy in serving as a docent.

My Connection with the NDSC

Although I had been aware of National Docent Symposium for a number of years previously and had arranged for others to attend while in a position of leadership within my volunteer organization, my first attendance was at NDS 2011 in St. Louis. During that symposium, I was elected as a Regional Director for the Mountain Plains Region. I served a four year term plus a two year extension in that capacity, and was elected to my current position as Treasurer in 2017. Along the way, I have attended all the subsequent symposia, 2013 in San Francisco, 2015 in Cincinnati, and 2017 in Montreal. One of the most valued outcomes of these symposia is the camaraderie established during the exchange of ideas and interaction with docents/guides from a wide spectrum of institutions across the United States and Canada. Attending a National Docent Symposium is an invigorating and educational experience. I look forward to NDS 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Additional Info

  • Title Treasurer
  • Docent Since 2000
  • Elected 2017
  • Museum Name Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo
  • Museum Name Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo

About Anne

Volunteerism is in my DNA: service to community was part of my formal education, my life as the wife of a career military man and as a health care professional. When circumstances lead me back to my home town of Denver, it was only natural to find my way to the Denver Art Museum as a volunteer and the opportunity to become a docent.

Being a docent gives me the opportunity to continually learn about the creative works of human beings, and to find new ways to share the pleasure of experiencing those works with others. Engaging guests in the discovery of new ways of thinking, seeing and imagining gives me great satisfaction-we become lifelong learners together.

My Connection with the NDSC

The Denver Art Museum has been a supporter of the NDS since 1987 and hosted the 1991 symposium. I had the good fortune to represent the DAM at the 2009 NDS Toronto and see for myself the dynamic relationships between docents/guides created by the symposium. The strong commitment of the NDSC to provide a vehicle for docent/guide education and communication, beyond the walls of their cultural institutions, was evident in every aspect of the symposium experience.

Being selected to the NDSC as a regional director in 2009 and as NDSC president from 2015-2017 gave me the opportunity to serve my fellow docents/guides everywhere in a tangible and rewarding way. I have utilized my leadership skills to assist the NDSC evolve into the relevant and thriving organization that will continue to support symposia and facilitate docent communication well into the future.

Additional Info

  • Title Immediate Past President
  • Docent Since 2003
  • Elected 2009
  • Museum Name Denver Art Museum
  • Museum Photo Museum Photo