Meet the Staff

IMG_2402 Dr. Francine Carraro, Ph.D.
Museum Director  

I bring 22 years of experience as executive director of The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas; the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine: and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I was also a tenured full professor of art history at Texas State University. My experience in both the museum and the university environments has been challenging and fulfilling. My educational background includes a Ph.D. in  American Studies from the The University of Texas at Austin; an M.F.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas; and a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hendrix College, Arkansas. I received other professional training in a seminar on Caring for Collections with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a symposium on CEOs and Governance from AAM Professional Education Program, and Post-graduate training at the University of Colorado on Museum Management.

Connie Nolen
Administrative Assistant

Connie became a member of the museum team last April. Coming from Dillard College of Business at MSU and before that a background of self employment in the graphic art, embroidery and screen printing business for 17 years.  As Administrative Assistant Connie serves as publisher of our website, weekly newsletter and social media sights.  Also assisting the Director and other team members to make the museum a wonderful place promoting all types of art and serving our community as well as MSU.

Mary Helen Maskill
Director of Public Programs

Mary Helen has been a part of the museum staff for 7 years. As the Public Programs Director she works with museum outreach, coordination and teaching of summer camps, exhibition education, and event coordination. Mary Helen received a Commercial Art degree from Harris School of Advertising and a B.A. at Tulane University where she studied painting and drawing.

Jeff Desborough
Facility Operations Manager

Jeff Desborough began working for the Museum in July 1979. As the Facility Operations Manager he is charge of maintenance and repair of the physical plant for the Museum of Art at Midwestern State University. He ensures that the building systems are operating so as to provide the optimal climate for the preservation and care of works of art. Jeff oversees all facilities-related capital projects, including the acquisition and construction of galleries, new storage and office/lab/shop facilities.

Danny Bills
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

Danny Bills has worked at the Museum for ten years. As the Curator, he is responsible for the cataloging, preservation and presentation of the Museum’s artwork and objects. He also manages exhibition installation. Danny received his B.F.A. from Midwestern State University in 1994 and his M.F.A. from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.

Shirley Desborough
Business Manager

Shirley began volunteering at the museum 14 years ago. She joined the part time staff 7 years ago and handles the Museum’s accounting, membership, as well as other minor duties.  Shirley retired after 35 years banking experience.  Her other volunteer activites include working with the Girls Scouts for 45 years, and hospice over the last 10 years.

Wendy Nash
Events Assistant and Maintenance
Wendy has worked at the museum for 25 years as of February 2013. She cleans and maintains the facility daily.  Wendy also assists the Director of Public Programs with rentals and events held at the museum.