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 at the museum. 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, Alf Anderson, and their dog, Roscoe.
Julia Gray, Director of Collections and Research
Julia Gray is the Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. 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.
Jill Sawyer, Advancement & Gallery Associate
Jill Sawyer is our Advancement & Gallery Associate. 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.
John Brown, Director of Finance
John "JB" Brown is Director of Finance 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.
Allison Shank, Manager of Creative Services
Allison Shank is the Manager of Creative Services. Originally from Pennsylvania, Allison moved to MDI in 2012 after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Design and Digital Media from Messiah College. She has worked for the Abbe Museum in both part-time and full-time capacities since October 2012, handling all graphic design, exhibit design and fabrication, and creative project management. Other than Maine and Pennsylvania, Allison has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Samarkand, Uzbekistan, which are obviously very different from each other but incredible experiences all the same. Allison loves sweet coffee, not-too-serious novels, a good hike, sandwiches, and anything/everything that has to do with her husband, Kyle, and their daughter, Willa.