Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, President & CEO
Working in museums for more than 20 years, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko has been a museum director since 2001. Prior to joining the Abbe Museum as President/CEO in 2009, Cinnamon was the director of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008.
A passionate advocate for museums – their successes and their needs – and small museum expert, she is a frequent presenter at national museum meetings and is often asked to comment on national museum issues. Cinnamon served as treasurer for the American Association for State and Local History (2012-2014) and was the founding chair of their Small Museums Committee. She is a newly elected board member of Maine Humanities Council and the American Alliance of Museums.
She is also a passionate community volunteer. Cinnamon serves as Vice President of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Hub of Bar Harbor, and treasurer of the Island Housing Trust. She also serves as chair of the Acadia Night Sky Festival steering committee.
In 2004, the Indiana Historical Society published Cinnamon’s first book The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection. She is the co-editor of the Small Museum Toolkit, a six book series, published by Altamira Press in 2012. In addition to editing, she authored the chapters on strategic planning and fundraising tactics. She is currently revising the second edition of the popular textbook Museum Administration.
Cinnamon holds a BA in anthropology and art history from Purdue University, and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) MA program in anthropology with a specialization in museum studies. She is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration and joined as a faculty member in 2014. She lives on MDI with her husband, Larry, and son, Jacob. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Heather Anderson, Director of Advancement
Heather Anderson is the Director of Advancement at the Abbe Museum. Her responsibilities include providing leadership and management of the direction, planning, and execution of fundraising, marketing, and membership. She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional and brings experience in media and public relations, brand awareness, social media, content marketing, customer engagement, and community building strategies. Heather has held leadership roles with several international higher education publishing houses, having worked with top scholarly societies, authors, editors, and products. Born and raised in Maine, she earned a B.A. in English from the University of Maine in Orono, and is an accomplished photographer. She is often found wandering the woods with her husband and their dog, Roscoe. Visit her
Julia Gray, Director of Collections and Research
Julia Gray is the Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Abbe Museum. Her responsibilities include the care of the museum's collections, exhibit development, and management of the museum's interpretive programs and staff. One of her first tasks at the Abbe was to move their collections from the original 1928 building to the new museum, which opened in 2001. She is also involved in exhibit development and preparation, and facilities management. She has a B.A. in anthropology from Bowdoin College and a M.A. in anthropology from the University of Arkansas, with course work in museum studies. Julia is the author of the chapter on collections management policies in the Small Museum Toolkit, a six book series, published by Altamira Press in 2011. Before coming to the Abbe, she worked for ten years doing cultural resource management archaeology in Maine. In her spare time, Julia is assistant chief of the Orland Volunteer Fire Department. Visit her LinkedIn profile.
Starr Kelly, Curator of Education
Starr Kelly is the Curator of Education at the Abbe Museum. Her responsibilities focus on education through dialogue in a decolonizing context. Starr leads the museum’s education and public programs work, including program development and delivery, teacher training, and educational resource development. She is a member of the Algonquin First Nation of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec. Starr has worked as a middle and high school social studies teacher, and is a social justice oriented educator, developing what she refers to as a "curriculum for dignity." Her lessons and pedagogical approach put theory into practice by honoring those she teaches about while simultaneously creating an environment which is responsive to the needs of her learners and dignifies her students' lived experiences. Starr is committed to language and cultural revitalization efforts in Indigenous communities. She is a traditional beadworker in both flat and raised beadwork mediums and enjoys hiking and live music in her spare time.
Jill Sawyer, Advancement & Gallery Associate
Jill Sawyer is our Advancement & Gallery Associate at the Abbe Museum. She brings 7 years of experience in the museum sector to this position, which includes a stint at the Abbe as a guest services associate and volunteer from 2010 to 2012. After receiving her B.A. from Wells College, Jill went on to pursue her M.A. from the University of Denver in Anthropology with a concentration in Museum Studies. In 2013 she spent 3 months in Manila, Philippines, evaluating the Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library Program. This experience became the foundation for her master’s thesis, which discusses the importance of advocacy and community outreach in museums. Outside of this, Jill has worked on several exhibits, most recently Living with the Memory: Rwanda 20 Years On (2014) and Ludlow: A Living Memorial (2014), both at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology. She was also the student curator for an online exhibit entitled Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues About the Amache Archaeology Collections. When she isn't immersed in museums, Jill enjoys hiking, a strong cup of tea, and the occasional Netflix marathon. Visit her LinkedIn Profile.
Angela Raup, Manager of Guest Experience
Angela Raup is the Manager of Guest Experience at the Abbe Museum. Her responsibilities focus on developing learning and retail opportunities for the museum visitor, all within a decolonizing context and a team-based work environment. She works closely with the Curator of Education to co-develop, schedule, and deliver public educational programing, such as lectures, panels, workshops, demonstrations, films, etc. She handles the recruitment, training, and management of part-time museum educators and guest services associates, and oversees the Abbe’s facility rental program. Angela comes to the Abbe from D.C. where she was most recently the Visitor Operations Manager of the United States Capitol. Serving under the 114th Congress, she facilitated daily operations at the Capitol Visitor Center and provided assistance and direction at Congressional events. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and enjoys utilizing elements of storytelling to create meaningful guest experiences. Angela loves big breakfasts, chai lattes, graphic novels, and painting.
Dawn Spears, Abbe Museum Indian Market Producer
Dawn Spears, Narragansett/Choctaw, is the Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM) Producer. Her responsibilities focus on creating and launching the annual Abbe Museum Indian Market (inaugural event is May 18-20, 2018) and coordinating the activities, tasks, and events leading up to AMIM. As the Executive Director of Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA), Dawn works to support the Native American artist population regionally by sharing resources and artist opportunities, addressing artist needs and seeking ways to increase the visibility in the northeast. In 2016, NIAA partnered with IFAM and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum to bring the first large Indigenous market to the east with “IFAM East." She has devoted a decade to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation where she was involved in a variety of cultural initiatives, which included cultural education, powwow and dance troupe coordination, and language revitalization work. She is a 2015 RI State Council for the Arts (RISCA) Master Apprenticeship grantee, and 2015 UPP Arts teaching artist and also served on the HopArts Artist Studio Trail planning committee and is now a member of the Community Advisory Board for the Institute for New England Native American Studies. Dawn celebrates 31 years of marriage this year with her husband Cassius and is the mother of three, Cassius Jr., Kiowa, and Coty, and grandmother of five. A believer in the preservation and education of our culture and traditions, Dawn has been teaching and demonstrating for over 25 years in many forms of art and still works creatively when time allows, exhibiting and selling at local galleries and markets.
John Brown, Director of Finance
John "JB" Brown is Director of Finance at the Abbe Museum and has been with the Abbe since 2006. JB had a early introduction to the original Abbe Museum at Sieur de Mont Springs during summer visits to Mount Desert Island as a child. At the modern day Abbe, he oversees the business operations of the museum and also general oversight of both buildings. He obtained a BS degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus in computer science. After college, he became a full time Maine resident and found work in the boat-building industry which included a sideline designing and building canoes. Subsequently, with the computer revolution, he was involved in pioneering work in computer aided design software for the marine industry. In recent years, he has brought his business related skills to the non-profit sector culminating in his current position at the Abbe. He lives in the village of Somesville with his wife and son. He enjoys coaching soccer, downhill skiing, and running an occasional marathon.