MSA Leadership

Stuart Hata

Stuart Hata

President, Board of Directors

A veteran museum store retailer for over 24 years, Stuart has been responsible for the management and merchandising of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco stores at the de Young and Legion of Honor since 2003. He oversees retail marketing, licensing, wholesale and the online FAMSF store. He has been a member of MSA for over 20 years. Stuart has served as director at large on the board of directors, and as president, vice president and secretary for the Western chapter.

Julie Steiner

Julie Steiner

First Vice President

Julie is Director of Retail Operations at The Barnes Foundation. Her job combines retail management with the interpretation of fine art into product development. With an art history degree from Smith College, her career includes curatorial and educational aspects of museum work, as well as independent retail. Prior experience includes research assistant, 19th century European paintings, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MSA Board of Directors

Ione Saroyan

Ione Saroyan

Second Vice President

Ione Saroyan is Director of Merchandise Operations at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. She chaired the Sam Greenberg Scholarship Committee, was a conference panelist in 2011 and 2012. She is also past president of the MSA North Atlantic chapter.

Alice McAuliffe

Alice McAuliffe

Treasurer

Alice McAuliffe joined The Walters Art Museum as Manager of Retail Operations in 2000. She was an officer in MSA Mid-Atlantic chapter 2007. In 1991, she designed a store for the Baltimore Zoo emphasizing environmentally-correct merchandise and education on the importance of preserving animals and their natural habitats. Prior to that, she was Director of Retail Operations at National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Blue Anderson

Blue Anderson

Secretary

Blue Anderson is the Director of Visitor Services for the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, OR. Blue has been a member of MSA since 2000 and is currently the President of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. She is also a member of the Board Governance Committee and MSA’s Education Advisory Group (EAG). Blue’s passion is education and her outstanding commitment to advancing educational programs and opportunities will help MSA achieve its strategic goals in the future.

Chris Michel

Chris Michel

Director at Large

A retail professional since 1978, Chris has been part of the museum store industry since 2009. He entered non-profit retailing as Director of Retail Services for The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Chris’ MSA participation includes, South Atlantic Chapter Officer for 3 years, inaugural member of the Education Advisory Group, blog and Museum Store Magazine contributor, MSA Conference and Expo presenter, first MSA member to earn a Certificate, and winner of the first Product Development Award.

Susan Tudor

Susan Tudor

Director at Large

Susan Tudor is Manager of Visitor Services and Store Buyer at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. She has been with the Museum for 17 years and prior to that worked for 12 years with Federated Department Stores in the Washington D.C. area. Susan has served twice as the President of the MSA Florida Chapter.

David Graveen

David Graveen

Vendor Member Advisor

David Graveen is the Managing Partner and Creative Director of Popcorn Custom Products, a Specialty Design and Private Label Manufacturing Company located in Connecticut. He has over 25 years of product development and manufacturing experience. Customers include hundreds of museums worldwide and entertainment websites including Universal Studios, HBO, CBS, A&E, The History Channel and Bravo.

Paul Stewart-Stand

Paul Stewart-Stand

Vendor Member Advisor

Paul Stewart-Stand is the co-founder of the San Diego based STEWART/STAND®, a a privately held design company established with brother Theo Stewart-Stand. The company designs, markets and sells design-led men‘s and women’s accessories and other original lifestyle products to customers worldwide.

MSA Staff

Jason Harbonic

Jason Harbonic

Executive Director

Jason Harbonic has served a variety of associations over his 20 years in association management, including the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Mathematical Association of America and the International District Energy Association. He has experience in all aspects of association management and is pursuing his Certified Association Executive designation through the American Society of Association Executives.

Allison Ebner

Allison Ebner

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

Allison Ebner has worked in publishing since 2010, writing, proofing, contributing to and advancing the overall content strategies for a variety of brands. She has worked with the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and Promotional Products Association International, and has been recognized by the Parenting Media Association for editorial and design.