Assistant Director: Ms. Kelly Briscoe
Ms. Kelly Briscoe is Assistant Director of the Kennesaw Museum Foundation. Her responsibilities include fundraising, event planning, accounting, and managing Museum memberships. She attended Kennesaw State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. Ms. Briscoe previously worked at FieldMedia as Marketing and Sales Coordinator prior to coming to the Southern Museum originally as Volunteer and Tour Coordinator and later as Events Coordinator. Key fundraising events and functions of which she oversees include the Foundation Gala, Golf Tournament, and Great Locomotive Chase 5K.
Marketing Specialist: Paul K. Gjenvick
Paul Gjenvick is the Marketing Specialist and Webmaster for the Southern Museum. His marketing activities include strategic marketing for digital and print, social media, and developing marketing collateral materials. Gjenvick earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Minnesota State University and a Masters of Archival Studies degree from Clayton State University. Paul also holds certifications in Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and HubSpot Marketing. Previous experience includes Webmaster/SEO Strategist for EBSCO, Verizon Business, and the GG Archives; Search Specialist for YP.com and YPConnect/AT&T Advertising Solutions; and Database Developer for Delta Air Lines and Georgia-Pacific.
Archivist: Mr. Dustin Klein
Mr. Dustin Klein is the Archivist at the Southern Museum. Mr. Klein oversees the preservation and security of the Southern Museum’s archival collections. He also assists researchers with a variety of requests pertaining to the collections. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Georgia in 2012. Mr. Klein worked as a graduate research assistant on the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail at the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia, where he is currently working on his Master’s degree in history, with a concentration in public history and the American South.
Curator: Mr. Ben Baughman
Mr. Ben Baughman is the Curator at the Southern Museum and oversees the museum’s collections and exhibitions. He received a B.A. in History from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, and an M.A. in Public History from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. Prior to working at the Southern Museum, Mr. Baughman served as the Senior Curator of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum in Macon, Georgia, and as Historic House Manager at the Augusta Museum of History in Augusta, Georgia.
Events Coordinator: Ms. Nichole Alexander
Ms. Nicole Alexander is the Events Coordinator at the Southern Museum and oversees the Museum events and facility rentals. Ms. Alexander studied early childhood education at Fort Valley State University. Prior to the Southern Museum, Ms. Alexander worked at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art for over 10 years as the special events manager, she also handled all fundraisers.
Early Childhood Educator: Ms. Ruth Lonvick
Ms. Ruth Lonvick is the Early Childhood Educator for the Southern Museum, where she oversees Mommy & Me and other educational programs. Ms. Lonvick attended Augsburg College, where she earned a degree in history. She also attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her Master's of museum education. Ms. Lonvick has previously worked at Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE and the Minnesota Children’s Museum in St. Paul, MN. Her publications include “Growing History: A Study of Children’s Meaning Making in Historic House Gardens.”
Volunteer and Tour Coordinator: Mr. Kris Allen
Mr. Kristopher Allen is the Volunteer and Tour Coordinator at the Southern Museum. Mr. Allen recruits and oversees volunteers, promotes and schedules group tours, and provides outreach programs to adults and schools. He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from West Virginia University in 2011 and a Master’s degree in history with concentrations in American history and public history from Marshall University in 2014. Mr. Allen has worked at the Marshall University Archives and Special Collections as a Collections Processor and at Long Branch Plantation in Virginia as the Tour Guide and Archivist, and later as the Historic Site Administrator.
Education Program Coordinator: Josh Trower
Josh Trower is the Education Program Coordinator at the Southern Museum, where he is responsible for participating in educational programming for a variety of levels. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in History from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to working at the Southern Museum, Mr. Trower worked as a Museum Educator at the City of Raleigh Museum in Raleigh, NC and as Program Manager at the Pope House Museum in Raleigh, NC.
Retail Services Coordinator: Ms. Michelle Newman
Ms. Michelle Newman serves as Retail Services Coordinator for the Southern Museum. She manages the day to day operations of the Museum gift shop, the General Emporium. Ms. Newman received a Bachelor's degree in business management from the University of South Florida. She has previously worked in retail management at Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Hallmark Cards.