Staff

Allyn Lord

Allyn Lord

Director

Although a Yankee by birth, Allyn has called Northwest Arkansas home for more than half of her life and worked in its museums for more than thirty-five years. She has been active in numerous professional museum organizations in Arkansas, the Southeast, and the U.S. She serves as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and as a field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Currently serving on the boards of the Washington County [Arkansas] Historical Society and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, Allyn may be found in her off-hours working on a historical biography, spoiling various cats, and hosting the occasional game-show fundraiser. Contact Allyn.

Carolyn Reno

Carolyn Reno

Assistant Director/Collections Manager

Carolyn has been the collections manager since 1984. As caretaker of the museum collections, her duties include researching, cataloging, cleaning, and storing objects, as well as overseeing maintenance of security and HVAC systems. Carolyn grew up in Michigan and moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1976. She has an undergraduate degree in art but her interest in history, antiques, and a museum studies class with Peggy Hoffman at the University of Arkansas, led her to the museum field.  She enjoys all aspects of her job which explains her thirty-plus years at Shiloh Museum. Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys movies, quality and not-so-quality television, reading, gardening, baking, and yoga, just to name a few interests. Contact Carolyn.

Judy Costello

Judy Costello

Education Manager

Judy grew up learning and living Southern history through her family’s exploration of Civil War battlefields, swimming holes, potential duck-hunting sites, and old cemeteries where ancestors were buried. Her education includes degrees in agricultural engineering from Auburn University and LSU. She moved to Fayetteville in the 1980s with her husband who is a professor at the University of Arkansas. She invested many years homeschooling her three children, all of whom are now UA graduates. Over twenty years ago, in the process of seeking hands-on learning opportunities for her students, she discovered the educational gem that is the Shiloh Museum. Interests include outdoor activities, working with children, and learning new things. Contact Judy.

Marie Demeroukas

Marie Demeroukas

Research Librarian/Photo Archivist

Marie came to the Ozarks in 1980 and knew a good thing when she saw it. She attended the University of Arkansas with the notion of becoming an archeologist but when she took a museum studies class, she was hooked. She brings her experience in collections management to the research library where she maintains the museum’s extensive collections of photos and research materials and helps answer the public’s inquiries about area history. Her interests include cooking, crafting, gardening, flea marketing, making wheel-thrown pottery, collecting sand, and lounging on the patio. Contact Marie.

Walt Gallagher

Walt Gallagher

Facilities Manager

A native of New England and a veteran of the U. S. Navy, Walt married a Fayetteville girl which led the couple to settle down in Northwest Arkansas, along with five dogs, three cats, and one kitten. In his spare time, Walt enjoys woodworking, tinkering, and motorcycle riding. Contact Walt.

Michele Gibson

Michele Gibson

Receptionist/Store Manager

Michele is a self-professed “Okie from Muskogee.”  After graduating from Oklahoma State University, she raised three children (Sarah, Ben, and Rachel), lived in Fort Smith, and worked at the Fayetteville Public Library before moving to Springdale. Michele’s hobbies include reading, hiking, cooking, and gardening. Contact Michele.

Kim Hosey

Kim Hosey

Education Specialist/Weekend Manager

Kim was born and raised in Texas, but when she moved to Arkansas to attend the University of Arkansas she fell in love with the region’s culture and history and decided to stick around. She started out majoring in biochemistry since she had a passion for science, but then realized that she mostly had a passion for the history of science. She changed her major to history, and the rest is, well, history! In her spare time, Kim loves to read, watch movies, and be active in any way. Contact Kim.

Aaron Loehndorf

Aaron Loehndorf

Collections and Education Specialist

Aaron grew up in the Midwest exploring various historical sites. Splitting time between education and collections allows him to interact with amazing artifacts and still pass on his passion for history to younger generations. His interests include history and a multitude of outdoor activities. Contact Aaron.

Curtis Morris

Curtis Morris

Exhibits Manager

Curtis has worked at the museum since 1998, first as collections assistant and currently as exhibits manager. His responsibilities include designing and constructing permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits, as well as fixing stuff. A second-generation University of Arkansas alumnus, he has a BA in history and an MA in anthropology, both from UA-Fayetteville. Outdoor activities, water sports, vintage vehicles, and home improvement projects keep him out of trouble. If it has wheels, flies, floats, or shoots, he’s into it—the older the better. Currently he resides “out by the lake” with his four gals (spouse, two daughters, and loving labrador). Contact Curtis.

Marty Powers

Marty Powers

Maintenance/Grounds

A native of Fayetteville, Marty has deep roots in Washington County: his Mhoon ancestors were among the first settlers of the Round Mountain area east of Fayetteville, and several of his Powers ancestors were well-known stonemasons and builders in Fayetteville. A retired captain with the Fayetteville Fire Department, Marty and his wife Kendal are the parents of five daughters. Marty serves on the state board of directors for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children who have been severely burned. He is also a volunteer with Special Olympics. In his spare time, Marty enjoys hunting, fishing, and canoeing. Contact Marty.

Mr. T

Mr. T

Ambassador

Mr. T is responsible for patrolling the museum grounds, greeting visitors, assisting the museum staff with opening and closing chores, climbing trees, and taking naps. Mostly taking naps. In his spare time, he enjoys lounging on the picnic table, concocting ways to manipulate humans, and eating an occasional catnip treat. Mr. T’s favorite books include Old Possum’s Practical Book of Cats by T. S. Eliot and The Lion in the Living Room by Abigail Tucker. Contact Mr. T.

Rachel Whitaker

Rachel Whitaker

Research Specialist

Rachel grew up in Highfill, Arkansas, and attended school in nearby Gentry until she began homeschool in the seventh grade. She attended college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Her educational background is in history and libraries. Rachel’s work in the history field has included internships at George Washington Carver National Monument in Diamond, Missouri, and the Hunter’s Home in Park Hill, Oklahoma. She also spent time among the Kiowa tribe in southwestern Oklahoma, working on a project to collect animal tales. Rachel is currently a history instructor at Connors State College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She spends her limited spare time outside or reading something not assigned by her professors. Contact Rachel.

Bo Williams

Bo Williams

Photographer

Originally from Pennsylvania, Bo recently moved to Arkansas to further utilize his talents and skills in analog photography. As a freelance photographer and graphic designer by trade, he lived and worked for a time in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he promoted the art of analog photography through personal exploration and local workshops. He’s a bit of a techie, but really only when it concerns cameras and other film equipment. Besides being a full-time artist, he also enjoys hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding with his wife. Contact Bo.

Susan Young

Susan Young

Outreach Coordinator

Susan is a fifth-generation Ozarker. Before settling in the hills of Northwest Arkansas, her kinfolks hailed from the southern Appalachians in Kentucky and Tennessee. Susan’s hillbilly heritage is something she is quite proud of and passionate about. Her areas of interest include religion, cemeteries, and traditional folkways of the Upland South. Susan currently serves on the boards of the Arkansas Historical Association, Ozark Folk Cultural Center Commission, Arkansas Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association, Heritage Trail Partners, and Historic Cane Hill. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, traveling, birdwatching, and genealogy. Contact Susan.