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
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
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
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
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
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
Curator of Education and Interpretation
Lora Vogt has been with the Museum since 2011, engaging individuals of all ages – in Kansas City and internationally – in compelling learning on the causes, courses, consequences and enduring impact of WWI. Vogt graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and from Covenant Theological Seminary with a B.A. in History, a B.S. in Social Studies Education, a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in Educational Ministry.
Topics: Teaching About WWI; Essential Themes in WWI; Enduring Impact of WWI; Social History in WWI – Black History, Women’s History, Food (rationing, baking, recipes); Flu Pandemic; Programming; Special Exhibitions; Remembrance and Commemoration