The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in Orange welcomes Katrina (Trina) Nelson Thomas as Director, Stark Art and History Venues, effective Tuesday

The recent retirement of Patsy Herrington, former Managing Director of The W.H. Stark House, presented a unique opportunity for long-term planning for the Foundation’s arts and history venues. Foundation management, with the support of the Board of Directors, initiated a realignment that ultimately resulted in the consolidation of the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House under one director. The Stark Foundation Archives will also be part of this art and history union going forward.

While the Museum and House will retain separate physical facilities, the realignment will facilitate collaboration among these related venues, and the newly-created position of Director, Stark Art and History Venues, will replace the two separate Managing Director positions at the Museum and The House. Filling this new position will be Trina Thomas.

For the past 10 years, Thomas served as the Senior Director of Public Programs for the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, IN, where she was one of the Society’s key managers heading all public programs. During her time as Senior Director at IHS, Thomas managed five departments, including education and community engagement, interpretation, exhibition research, exhibition design, and local history services. Thomas coordinated cross division teams and worked diligently in project management, staff development and community outreach initiatives.

Thomas holds a Master’s Degree in Technical and Scientific Communication from Miami University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Art Minor from Ohio Northern University. She has been a presenter at nation-wide historical and cultural events and has developed a wide range of articles and presentations in her field.

As part of the realignment, curator positions were created for both the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House. The Stark Foundation asked Dr. Sarah Boehme, former Museum Managing Director, to remain on staff at the Museum and embrace a more direct curatorial role in the new organization structure as Curator, Stark Museum of Art. The Foundation is pleased to announce that Dr. Boehme has accepted this new challenge and will transition to the position of Curator, Stark Museum of Art. The search for a Curator for The W.H. Stark House is pending.

The realignment of the Stark Art and History venues will facilitate the mission of the Foundation to promote education and to enrich the quality of life in the area. Unifying the arts and history collections under one director will allow for a better utilization of resources as well as promote cohesion throughout the STARK Cultural Venues.