Foundation Senior Staff
Chief Financial Officer
Doris Drummond, C.P.A., is the Chief Financial Officer for the Kennedy Library Foundation. Prior to joining the staff in January 1997, Ms. Drummond worked at Clean Harbors in Braintree, where she held various positions including manager of financial reporting and analysis, and manager of corporate accounting. She was previously employed at Aldrich, Eastman & Waltch as a team accountant (1989-1990) and spent five years with the big six accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (1984-1989). Ms. Drummond is a graduate of Providence College.
Vice President, Communications and Digital Media
Rachel Flor joined the Foundation staff in December 2006. In April 2007 she was named spokesperson for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and is responsible for promoting and publicizing new initiatives and programs through traditional and digital media. Previously she worked in the Foundation's Development Department. Before joining the Foundation, she worked at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial where she directed the R.F.K. Book and Journalism Awards program and the annual R.F.K. Memorial Golf Tournament. She holds a M.A. in Modern English Literature from University College London and a B.A. in English Literature from George Washington University.
Vice President of Development
Maura Hammer joined the Foundation in 2011, with responsibility overseeing individual, corporate, and foundation development efforts as well as board development activities. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Ms. Hammer identifies and secures funding sources to advance the major initiatives of the John F. Kennedy. Library and Museum including Library forums, education programs and special events. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, Ms. Hammer spent six years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she led a $16 million capital campaign to build the first boathouse on the Charles River dedicated to public access. She has also held key development positions at several well-known Boston area nonprofits, including The Home for Little Wanderers and The West End House Boys & Girls Club. Ms. Hammer is a graduate of Boston College.
Director of Development
Nat Arata joined the Foundation staff in May 2015 following sixteen years of experience fundraising for museums. As Director of Development, Nat oversees all department functions and works closely with JFK Library Foundation leadership to achieve fundraising goals and set strategy for the future. Before joining the Foundation, Nat served as VP of Advancement for Mystic Seaport Museum, where he guided the $10M capital campaign to restore and sail the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Nat also helped re-brand the Chicago History Museum following its multi-year renovation, and spent seven years fundraising for the Museum, raising support for the annual fund as well as special projects. Mr. Arata is a graduate of Hamilton College and received his M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.
Emily Jennett Butler
Emily Butler was delighted to join the Foundation staff in January 2013 after consulting to the Foundation in 2012. In this position, Ms. Butler is responsible for developing grant requests to local and national foundations and corporations, and helps with other writing projects as needed. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Butler worked for 14 years at Community Rowing, Inc., where she helped launch a rowing program for urban girls and designed a $16 million capital campaign to build a new boathouse on the Charles River. Ms. Butler was instrumental in securing several seven-figure gifts to the campaign, including a $1 million grant from a local foundation. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds a Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Consultant - Museum Exhibits and Collections
Amy Forman is an exhibition and interior designer who has advised the Library and Foundation since 1989. Projects include the redesign of the new museum, which opened in 1993, the exhibits on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, the ongoing redesign of permanent and changing exhibits in the museum, as well as the design of the administrative offices, research room and café. Ms. Forman was the design consultant representing the Library and Foundation for the exhibition "Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years -- Selections from the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum," jointly produced by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to moving to the United States from Toronto, Ms. Forman designed and coordinated major exhibitions for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her design for "Treasures of the Holy Land, Ancient Art from the Israel Museum" at the Royal Ontario Museum was published in Print Casebook 8: The Best in Exhibition Design. Ms. Forman is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Matthew Hall joined the Foundation in October 2013 as the Staff Accountant. Prior to joining the Foundation, he attended Stonehill College and received a B.S. degree in Mathematics in May of 2013. During his time at Stonehill, he worked as a Financial Analyst Intern at the Archdiocese of Boston.
Alethea Pieters Harney
Director of Award Programs
Alethea Pieters Harney joined the Foundation in November 2015. She oversees the Foundation’s signature programs, the Profile in Courage Award and the New Frontier Award, working closely with both committees. She was most recently Vice President of Communications at Goji, and prior to that post, she served as Press Secretary for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. She has also been Press Secretary for Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman; Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Office; and Director of Appointments for the Office of Governor Deval Patrick. Alethea has also worked as Vice President of Public Affairs at Rasky Baerlin Strategic Communications; Senior Advisor for the Joe Biden for President campaign; and Fiscal Policy Analyst for the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Alethea received a B.A in Political Science and Communications & Media Studies from Tufts University.
Lindsey Havansek joined the Foundation in June 2015. She is responsible for supporting the CEO and serving as a liaison to senior management, the Library and Foundation staffs, and to the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Havansek worked as a digital marketing coordinator and consultant for Innovative Marketing Resources. She holds degrees in Communication and Psychology from the University of Connecticut.
Membership and Annual Fund Coordinator
Signe Lindberg joined the JFK Library Foundation in May 2015. She holds responsibility for the membership and annual fund programs. Ms. Lindberg holds a Master of Arts Management with a concentration in Development from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College. Prior to her arrival, she served as the Development Associate at Symphony New Hampshire in Nashua, managing their annual fund and subscriber benefits fulfillments; and at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, where she served as Special Events and Box Office Manager.
Special Events and Donor Records Coordinator
Sarina Sadana joined the Foundation staff in August 2013. She is responsible for supporting the Development Department’s operations and programming and for maintaining donor records. Her past development experiences include work with the Boston Ballet and the Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She holds a B.A. in English from Boston College.
Meghan Tremblay joined the Foundation in November 2014. She is responsible for supporting the Development department. Her past experiences include internships with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Bruins, and Reebok International. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Northeastern University.
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Director of Archives at The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections
William Bjelf joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in November 2008 as an Audiovisual Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. In 2011 he became Assistant Digital Archivist for Audiovisual Collections. Prior to joining the Foundation, he earned a M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island and held an internship in the Center for Digital Initiatives at Brown University. He has also worked as a technical writer and engineer, and holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University.
AV Metadata Cataloger
Lindsay Closterman joined the Foundation in September 2010 as a Metadata Cataloger in the Library's Digitization Unit. She started working as an intern in the JFK Library's Audiovisual Archives in August 2009, doing both digitization and reference work. She has also served a volunteer and/or intern at the Schlesinger Library, the USS Constitution Museum, and the Ellis County Historical Society in Hays, Kansas. Ms. Closterman graduated in May 2010 from Northeastern University with a M.A. in History and Certificates in Public History and Women's Studies. She received dual B.A. degrees in History and French from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.
Assistant Digital Archivist for Textual Collections
Kelly Francis joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in June 2008 as a Metadata Cataloger for the Digital Archives Initiative. Ms. Francis is responsible for the digitization of textual collections and oversees the Digitization on Demand program. Prior to joining the Foundation, she held an internship in the Archives Processing Unit of the JFK Library. Ms. Francis is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned a M.A. in Archival Management, and Ohio University where she earned a B.A. in English Literature.
AV Metadata Cataloger
Nicola joined the foundation’s full-time staff in November 2011, after serving as an intern in the Library’s Digitization Unit from July 2008 until August 2011. Previously, Ms. Mantzaris served as a Library/Staff Assistant at the Harvard College Library and an Audiovisual Archives Intern for FRONTLINE at the WGBH Educational Foundation. She also worked as a Records Management Intern at the Bunker Hill Community College Library and an Archival Processing Intern at the Harvard University Herbaria. Ms. Mantzaris earned her M.L.S. with an Archives Management concentration from Simmons College in January 2011. She also holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University-Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. from Stonehill College.
Department of Education and Public Programs
These positions are funded by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, but report to the Director of Education for The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Katherine Gilliland joined the Kennedy Library Foundation in October 2005 as the docent coordinator responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteer museum docents. She develops docent-led museum programs for walk-in visitors and students. Prior to moving to Boston, Ms. Gilliland worked for AmeriCorps VISTA in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ms. Gilliland earned a M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies at Tufts University. She holds a B.A. Art History from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Esther Kohn, Education Specialist, joined the Foundation in September 2003. In addition to coordinating the Profile in Courage Essay Contest, she develops and implements elementary school programs at the Library. Prior to joining the Library and Foundation, she was an elementary school classroom teacher at the Cambridge Friends School and the Atrium School in Watertown, MA. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Ms. Kohn developed exhibit programs at the Children's Museum in Boston. She has a B.A. in French from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ed.M. from Lesley University in Creative Arts in Learning.
María D. Quintero
Outreach and Programs Coordinator
María Quintero joined the Foundation in November 2014 as the Outreach and Programs Coordinator. Previously, she worked at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, after receiving her M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University. Prior to moving to the east coast, Ms. Quintero worked on a wide-range of programming and exhibition development projects throughout California while earning her B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Her professional pursuits center around making cultural institutions responsive community resources to engage the diverse communities they serve.
Jamie Richardson joined the Foundation in August 2008 as Education Program Assistant. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Richardson worked in fund development for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. Ms. Richardson is a graduate of Smith College and while attending school, worked as a researcher and education assistant at the Northampton Public Library on exhibits and programs relating to the Library's Calvin Coolidge presidential collections. She is certified to teach English as a second language, and in 2007 taught English in Madrid, Spain. Prior to teaching overseas, Ms. Richardson worked with the development staff of the Kennedy Library Foundation.