Museum Management

Ashley Howell
Ashley Howell, Executive Director, is a native Tennessean who joined the State Museum from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts where she most recently served as deputy director. 
Howell received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a Master of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and earned her M.B.A. degree in public and non-profit management from Boston University. Additionally, she has a Certificate of Museum Studies from Boston University.  As a part of her graduate studies, Howell interned at the Museum of Modern Art (New York) in the visitor services department, and also served as a financial consultant to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Howell, who began her career at the Knoxville Museum of Art in development, marketing and public relations, also worked in development for the University of Tennessee.  
Mary Jane Crockett-Green
Mary Jane Crockett-Green, Director of Administration, has oversight responsibilities for the museum's fiscal, contract and grants, human resource, procurement and facility operations. She formerly served as an administrator in the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Development at Vanderbilt University and the Susan Gray School for Children at the Kennedy Center of Peabody College. While at Vanderbilt, she was president of the University Staff Council.
Tammi Edwards, Director of Special Projects, has oversight responsibilities for a number of projects including museum reaccreditation with the American Alliance of Museums, training and program evaluation, as well as reviewing and revising museum policies and procedures.
Ms. Edwards, a Nashville native, has a B.S. degree in psychology from Tennessee State University and an M.A. degree in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Most recently she was the grants manager at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Prior to that she held positions as the volunteer manager, and later, as the grants manager at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Paulette Fox
Paulette Fox, Director of Public Programs, oversees the institution's public outreach, including tours of the Tennessee State Capitol, museum "lessons" for school groups, first-person interpretative programs and educational programs, along with the museum's presence at festivals and other public events. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in history, she is a former Johnson City Press-Chronicle reporter and was the Tennessee Department of Transportation public relations director.​
Dan Pomeroy
Dan Pomeroy, Chief Curator and Director of Collections, is responsible for collections management and curatorial work, which includes a state-wide traveling exhibits program and field service work with other museums and related institutions in Tennessee.  He has served as president of the Tennessee Historical Society, the Tennessee Association of Museums, and the Intermuseum Council of Nashville.  He attended The Citadel on an Army scholarship, and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in American history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.