Jodi DeBruyne, Director of Collections and Research


Jodi DeBruyne joined the Abbe Museum as Director of Collections and Research in June 2018. Her responsibilities focus on the care of the Museum’s collections and management of the interpretive content through the lens of decolonization. Jodi has had a life-long love affair with museums and is always looking for the opportunity to learn something new. She is passionate about sharing history and culture through the power of art, artifacts, and community stories. Jodi turned her passion into a career by earning a BA in art history from Old Dominion University and a MA in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. While pursuing her degrees, Jodi worked two years in visitor services at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, and completed collections-based internships at the Chrysler Museum of Art and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Before to coming to the Abbe, Jodi spent 5.5 years serving as the Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, in Juneau, Alaska. In that position, she was responsible for the care and management of the Museum’s collection of art, photographs, artifacts, and archives. She also managed an intensive exhibit schedule which included a multi-year realignment and update to the permanent galleries so that they became more inclusive and better represented the Juneau community. Jodi loves to travel, scuba dive, play board or card games, and of course, visit museums.



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.

Starr is a board member of the Maine Archives and Museums where she serves on both the programs and communications committees. 



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 programming, 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.



Joanna Robinson-Clarke, Operations & Finance Manager


Joanna is the Operations and Finance Manager at the Abbe Museum. She coordinates general office and facility management, vendor and contractor relations, property rentals, human resources, and financial reporting and accounting. She is also the Greening Champion for the museum, overseeing ongoing greening projects and facility improvements. A Mount Desert Island local, Joanna studied Anthropology and Sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning home to pursue her love for baking. As an avid volunteer in local communities, she realized her passion for community development and outreach, which she now brings to her role at the Abbe. In her free time, she is an active Rotarian, serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Marketing Committee for Acadia Community Theater, collects board games, and bakes for friends and family.



Jill Sawyer, Associate Director of Advancement


Jill Sawyer is our Associate Director of Advancement 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, including 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.