YAM struggles to retain staff amid layoffs and layoffs Stat & Regional

These vacancies triggered two Montana artists with major gallery exhibitions in 2021 and 2023 to request postponement or cancellation, citing a lack of staff to properly prepare, install and present exhibitions.

CEO Bryan Knicely, Education Director Mary Serbe, Development Director Ryan Cremer and Assistant Curator Amanda Quiroz resigned from the organization in July following layoffs the year before by Curator Susan Barnett, Education Program Coordinator Jennifer Parry and Laura Wemple, membership and volunteer. coordinator. Sally McIntosh, the longtime program coordinator for adults, also retired in July.

Although no interim director has been publicly named, the board is focused on re-appointing the CEO, according to Deborah Anspach, YAM’s board chairman, who said the situation “felt like a perfect storm.”

“You feel a little smug at first, but then you realize that the only way is to move on.” Anspach, former board member and longtime volunteer Larry Martin, and John Greenberger, YAM’s CFO, form a transitional team overseeing the appointment of a new CEO, following Knicely’s exit in September, which resigned in July after have been at the museum for three years.

The search committee conducted two rounds of interviews with five candidates, and in mid-October, the pool narrowed to two finalists, who have been given extended visits to the site, according to Anspach.


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