Museum Management

Ashley Howell, a native Tennessean, joins 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, 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.
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.​
Leigh R. Hendry has served as Director of External Affairs, responsible for the museum's foundation, membership, fundraising events, major traveling exhibitions and A Tennessee Waltz gala, for the past 19 years. She is the former director of the Knoxville Museum of Art, former Director of Communications for the 1982 World's Fair and a former columnist for the Gatlinburg Press, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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.
Patricia Rasbury, Director of Museum Services for the past 11 years, has been responsible for a variety of museum operational aspects and coordination of special projects, including liaison to the renovation of Memphis' National Civil Rights Museum. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, she is the museum's former Director of Public Programs, as well as the former Coordinator of Community Development. Rasbury has served on the boards of the Intermuseum Council of Nashville, the Tennessee Association of Museums and the Education Committee of the American Association of Museums.