Staff available for interviews with press on specialized topics. Please contact Karis Erwin at 816.888.8122 or for all interview inquiries. Consult the Press Room page for other news media resources.



Doran Cart

Senior Curator


Doran Cart has been working at the Museum since 1990, doing everything from collections management – acquisitions of new objects, curating exhibitions – to conducting research and writing for Museum programs and literature, as well as speaking as a media representative. (In his words, a “jack of all museum trades!”) Cart graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and the University of California in Riverside with a B.A. in History and an M.A. in History/Museum Management, respectively.

Topics: Material Culture during WWI; Military History; Munitions; WWI Battles; History of the Museum and Memorial; Flu Pandemic; Sports and Inter-Allied Games



Jonathan Casey

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Director of Archives and Edward Jones Research Center


Jonathan Casey has worked at the Museum and Memorial since 2001. He sees his role as Director of Archives broadly as a provider of WWI knowledge and information to the public. Casey graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History and from the University of Kansas with an M.A. in Museum Studies.

Topics: Archival Research; Military History; WWI Battles; History of the Museum and Memorial; J.R.R. Tolkien



Patricia Cecil

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Specialist Curator of Faith, Religion and WWI


Patricia Cecil began at the Museum in 2021, working to expand public and scholarly understanding of faith, spirituality and religion in WWI. She curates exhibitions, interprets and organizes the collection, publishes in scholarly and lay media and develops presentations for public programming. Cecil holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas.

Topics: Faith and Religion; Culture and Symbols; American Indian History



Karis Erwin

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Vice President of Marketing and Guest Services


Karis Erwin was hired in 2020 to oversee two departments at the Museum and Memorial: the marketing team, which manages visual and written communications such as advertising, social media and media relations; and the Guest Services team, which manages ticketing and the onsite and online museum stores. Erwin graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and from the University of Missouri in Kansas City with a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit management.

Topics: General Museum; Special Events; Special Exhibitions



Matthew Naylor

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President and CEO


Matthew Naylor came aboard in 2013 – in his words – as the “Chief Storyteller” of the Museum and Memorial. He provides overall leadership in partnership with the board, charting the course of the organization and encouraging staff and volunteers in mission. Naylor holds a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Topics: General Museum; Exhibitions; Special Events; History of the Museum and Memorial; the Role of the Museum and Memorial; Organizational Leadership; Museum Strategic Planning



Stacie Petersen

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Director of Exhibitions and Registrar


Hired in 2012, Stacie Petersen is responsible for the production and management of exhibitions. As Registrar, she manages the policies and procedures for the collection including loans, shipping, insurance, transportation, and legal documents. She also oversees digitization and maintains the digital collections database. Petersen graduated with a B.S. in History and Classical studies from Iowa State University and an M.A. in Museum Science and History from Texas Tech University.

Topics: Archival Processes; Digitization; Special Exhibitions



Lora Vogt

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Curator of Education and Interpretation


Lora Vogt has been with the Museum and Memorial since 2011. She leads the Global Education Initiative of the Museum, engaging millions of individuals in compelling learning on the causes, course, consequences and enduring impact of WWI. Vogt is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Covenant Theological Seminary. She holds a B.A. in History, a B.S. in Social Studies Education, and two master’s degrees in Education.

Topics: General Museum; Exhibitions; Themes and Impact of WWI; Social Implications and History of WWI; Food; Museum Programming and Educational Strategies



Christopher Warren

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Vice President of Collections and Senior Curator


Christopher Warren has worked at the Museum since 2022 as Vice President of Collections and Senior Curator. As a member of the senior management team, Christopher overseas the collections and curatorial team which is responsible for acquisitions of new objects, curating, production, and management of exhibitions, collections digitization, object loans, and interpreting and organizing the Museum collection. He regularly publishes in scholarly and lay media, teaches university courses, and develops presentations for public programs. Warren holds a B.A. in History from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in History from George Mason University, a J.D. in Law from the George Mason University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in History from George Mason University.

Topics: 19th and 20th Century U.S. history; the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; 20th Century European history; Military History; the American Experience in WWI; War Commemoration and Memorialization; History of the Museum and Memorial; General Museum; Exhibitions