Staff

 

Matthew Logan, Executive Director 

Matt assumed his current position as Executive Director in November, 2014. Throughout his career as an executive, he has built the capacity and effectiveness of small nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC metro area. Beginning in 1998, he led Potomac Conservancy, a regional conservation group, through a period of rapid and sustained growth. He later founded and served as the first president of the C&O Canal Trust, an official partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. With the Trust he developed a series of successful programs, most notably Canal Quarters, which was recognized by the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation with its Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Matt co-founded Potomac Riverkeeper, where he served as chairman of the Board of Directors and later as president. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Acorn Hill School. He currently serves on the Board of the Rock Creek Conservancy.

Matthew holds Master’s degrees in environment/land use planning and United States history. He lives with this son and daughter in Kensington, Maryland.

 

Pat Andersen, Librarian

Pat joined the Historical Society in 1980, and became a Library Volunteer in 1986. Ten years later, she was hired as a Librarian.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State, where she was advanced to candidacy for an MBA in Finance. She moved to Maryland in 1977 and began doing professional genealogical research for others. She has since abstracted and published ten volumes of Frederick County Land Records and one volume of Montgomery County Deeds. She also served as editor and publisher of Western Maryland Genealogy, for five years. She is available to assist our library researchers in their local history and genealogy quests, and is also a participant in our Speaker’s Bureau.

 

Amy Baker, Program Manager

Amy joined the staff at Montgomery History in June 2016. As Program Manager, she is responsible for the organization’s public and educational programs, as well as communications. Prior to coming to Montgomery History, Amy served as the Associate Director of Development and Communications at Ivymount School, and conducted education research at the American Institutes for Research. She was first introduced to Montgomery History as a graduate intern while earning her Master’s of Museum Studies from George Washington University. Amy is excited to join the staff of this dynamic organization and is looking forward to creating interesting programs to reach and engage new audiences. She lives with her husband and young daughter in Poolesville, Maryland.

 

Sarah Hedlund, Archivist

Originally from the West Michigan area, Sarah Hedlund holds a MLIS from the University of Maryland with a specialization in archives and digital curation. She has worked as a graduate assistant in Special Collections at the UM University Archives and in 2016 was awarded the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation’s Archival Internship, working at the Archives Center in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Previously, acting as both archivist and researcher, she authored a 75th-anniversary commemorative history of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra, incorporating narrative and biographical information with historical and contemporary photographs. Sarah moved to Rockville, Maryland in 2015, having worked as a professional violinist and music teacher for 20 years. She joined the staff at Montgomery History in the fall of 2016 as the archivist for the Montgomery County Archives.

 

Elizabeth Lay, Curator

Elizabeth first began working for the Historical Society as a guest curator for “A Walk Down the Aisle,” wedding gown exhibition at the Kentlands Mansion in February 2015. She received her MA in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU, with a concentration in American Textiles, and minor in Twentieth Century American Furniture. Lay has a long history in textiles which includes a license agreement with the Victoria and Albert Museum for textile design and internships with Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the U.S Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms, and the Fashion Museum in Bath, UK. Beginning in October 2015, she will be an instructor at The Smithsonian Associates. Elizabeth combines her curatorial experience with 10 years in arts management which included her time as the Executive Director for the City of Gaithersburg Council for the Arts.

 

Laura Riese, Museum Shop and Office Manager

Laura joined Montgomery History as the Museum Shop and Office Manager in May of 2015.   With 11 plus years in office management and accounting in the insurance industry and team management volunteer experience at Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School, Laura was ready for the challenge of nonprofit management at the Historical Society.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Tufts University and Master’s in Health Services Administration at George Washington University.  Laura has been a part of Montgomery County events and culture since 1990 where she met her husband working with the Rockville Jaycees and Hometown Holidays.

 

Katharine Stewart, Development Director

Katharine joined Montgomery History in April 2016 and directs the fundraising, stewardship, and membership programs. She comes to Montgomery History from the Smithsonian where she worked for 12 years in the central Office of Advancement.  Katharine has also worked previously in collections management and research at the National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Katharine serves as Board President for the Friends of Cherry Hill in northern Virginia, and on the Board of Oatlands in Leesburg.  In 2016, she is pursuing a Certificate in Museum Management offered by the Virginia Association of Museums. She is thrilled to have found this position at Montgomery History, as it marries her love for American history and historic preservation and her background in museum fundraising and management. Katharine now lives with her husband, Bill, in Falls Church, Virginia.