AASLH Staff Directory

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John Dichtl became AASLH President & CEO in 2015. Prior to that he was the executive director of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) for nine years, and worked for the Organization of American Historians for fourteen years as deputy director and in several other roles. John received his MA and PhD in early American history from Indiana University, and from 2006 to 2015 was an adjunct faculty member of the history department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Before graduate school he worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration, a program that stems from an AASLH partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and other organizations. John helped to found the History Relevance Campaign, the International Federation for Public History, and is active in the National Coalition for History.

John Dichtl

President and CEO

dichtl@aaslh.org

Bethany Hawkins was named Chief of Operations for AASLH in April 2016. She joined AASLH in 2005 in the role of Program Manager working primarily with the association’s continuing education programs, annual meeting, awards program, and affinity groups. Before joining AASLH, she worked as Director of Marketing for the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville and was Executive Director of the Sam Davis Home and Museum in Smyrna, TN. A life-long Tennessee resident, Bethany has both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University.

  • Annual Meeting
  • Onsite and Online Workshops
  • National Awards Program
  • Technical Assistance
  • Field Services Alliance
  • Historic House Affinity Community
  • Religious History Affinity Community

Bethany Hawkins

Chief of Operations

hawkins@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Aja Bain is the Program and Publications Manager. She has been with AASLH since 2014 and holds a BA in American history and anthropology from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Her research interests include migration, Southern history, and material culture. Aja serves as President of the Inter-Museum Council of Nashville and writes for Historic Nashville, Inc. When not at AASLH, she can be found leading tours of downtown Nashville and the Parthenon museum. Previous affiliations include the Kentucky Historical Society and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

  • Associate Editor of History News
  • AASLH Blogs
  • Online Store
  • Membership and Resources Assistance
  • Registration and Login Assistance
  • Technical Assistance

Aja Bain

Program and Publications Manager

abain@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Prior to joining AASLH, Cherie Cook worked with museums in Oklahoma for more than sixteen years, first as field services coordinator and then as executive director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. As a result of her work, OMA became one of the most active state museum associations in the nation. Much of Cherie’s work at AASLH focuses on smaller history organizations and is influenced not only by her years in Oklahoma but also her experience as a county historical society curator and one glorious summer spent as a historic site interpreter. Cherie holds an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a BA in History from Kansas State University. She has authored seven technical bulletins and edited both the StEPs program workbook and The Source: A Museum Reference Manual, an 800-page guide produced for museums in Oklahoma.

  • StEPs (Standards & Excellence Program for History Organizations)
  • Visitors Count! Visitor Survey Program
  • Project Management for History Professionals Program
  • Standards & Ethics Committee
Cherie Cook

Senior Program Manager

cook@aaslh.org

573-893-5164

Natalie Flammia is a creative bluestocking who enjoys collaborating with people of positive purpose. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from Wake Forest University. Natalie has worked as an archivist for several private collections and was an intern at the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition to her work as an information professional, Natalie has supported several for-profit companies as Operations Manager, overseeing daily operations, programming, and development of the businesses at large. She has found her purpose in helping connect the dots between people, projects, and ideas.  In her free time, you will find Natalie on a hike with her dog, enjoying Nashville’s restaurant scene, or buried in a new (or old) book. She is a proud New Yorker, but is slowly being won over by Nashville’s warm community and weather.

Natalie Flammia

Continuing Education Manager

flammia@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Darah is a native of Montana and a recent transplant to Nashville, TN. She holds a BA in Communications, with an emphasis in Organizational Communication, as well as an MBA from the University of Montana. Prior to joining AASLH, Darah’s experience involved working in marketing and communications for several non-profits and small businesses. She is passionate about harnessing the power of storytelling to create meaningful relationships between organizations and those they serve. In addition to being a unabashed history nerd, she also enjoys coffee, crosswords and walking tours (in that order).

Darah Fogarty

Marketing Manager

fogarty@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Terry Jackson is the Membership and Database Manager. She began her work with AASLH in 2006 as the Grant Coordinator for the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf program. She has worked on long-term projects in multiple areas at AASLH, most recently undertaking the conversion of the Membership Database to a new software in March 2015. As a native of Nashville, Terry worked in the financial field for many years. Terry went back to school and received her BA in History with a Southern Culture minor in 2003. She has also taken classes in Middle Tennessee State University’s Masters in Public History program. She has worked in a small house museum, the local county archive, has volunteered with a local cemetery friends group, the Tennessee Portrait Project, and is currently a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school’s reading clinic.

  • Membership Assistance
  • Registration and Login Assistance
  • Online Conference
  • Technical Assistance
Terry Jackson

Membership and Database Manager

jackson@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Rachel Lambert is AASLH’s Annual Meeting intern for summer and fall 2018. She is responsible for organizing our Online Conference and helping with other assignments related to the Annual Meeting. She also contributes to a variety of other programs and activities in the office. She is in the MA program in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University.

Rachel Lambert

Annual Meeting Intern

lambert@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

Jamie Madison is the Administrative Assistant at AASLH.  A native of Nashville, Jaime spent her formative years absorbing the rich history of Fisk University where her aunt, Beth Madison Howse, was head of Special Collections and her great-great-great grandmother, Ella Sheppard Moore, left a great legacy. Prior to coming to AASLH, she freelanced as a writer while contributing in administrative and special education roles. Her article “Triumph over Trouble”, the story of Ella Sheppard Moore and the original Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, was a black history month spotlight article that was published in a February, 2014 issue of The Tennessean. Jaime is also author of the children’s book “Escape to Uville,” companion book to the Uville website.

Jamie Madison

Administrative Assistant

madison@aaslh.org

615-320-3203

John Marks is AASLH’s Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives. He manages several partnerships, initiatives, and programs, including guiding field-wide planning for the 250th anniversary of the United States, AASLH’s engagement with the History Relevance initiative, management of the History Leadership Institute, as well as other special projects. He also serves as managing editor of the AASLH book series, co-published with Rowman & Littlefield, and as editor of History News. He holds a PhD in history from Rice University and a BA from Lynchburg College. He is a native of New Jersey.

John Garrison Marks

Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives

marks@aaslh.org

615-320-3203