New staff at Abbe

BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum recently announced the arrival of new members of the museum’s permanent staff.

Joanna Robinson-Clarke began in her role as administrative associate in April. A Mount Desert Island local, Robinson-Clarke studied anthropology and sociology at Rochester Institute of Technology before returning home to pursue her love for baking. As a volunteer in local communities, she realized her passion for community development and outreach, which she now brings to her role as the administrative associate and greening advocate for the Abbe.

In May, the Abbe welcomed a new director of advancement. Prior to her move to Mount Desert Island, Stefanie Joy Muscat was the founder and CEO of Bevara, an international nonprofit management consulting company where she worked for 13 years. Muscat has served as traveling exhibits coordinator at the New England Aquarium in Boston and executive director at the Ipswich Historical Society in Connecticut among others. She is on the faculty at Northern Essex Community College where she created a Nonprofit Management Certificate Program launched in 2014.

Jodi DeBruyne joined the Abbe Museum as director of collections and research in June. Before coming to the Abbe, DeBruyne spent over five years serving as the curator of collections and exhibits at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum in Juneau, Alaska. In that position, she was responsible for the care and management of the museum’s collection of art, photographs, artifacts and archives. She also managed an intensive exhibit schedule which included a multi-year realignment and update to the permanent galleries so that they became more inclusive and better represented the Juneau community.

Abbe president and CEO, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, said “The Abbe staff and board are thrilled to welcome Joanna, Stefanie and Jodi to the Abbe family. We are fortunate to have their talents on the team and we know their contributions to the museum’s strategic initiatives, the visitor experience, and outreach efforts will help us reach new heights.”

The mission of the Abbe Museum, Maine’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, is to inspire new learning about the Wabanaki Nations with every visit. With two locations – in downtown Bar Harbor and inside Acadia National Park at Sieur de Monts Spring – the Abbe works closely with the Wabanaki people to share their stories, history and culture with a broader audience. With a collection of over 70,000 archaeological, historic and contemporary objects, the Museum’s collections conservation program is recognized nationally as a model for museums. The Abbe also holds the world’s largest and best-documented collection of Maine Native American basketry.

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