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.