Indiana State Museum And Historic Sites Hires Five

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The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named Jordan Rodden as northeast regional director. He joins the museum with 30 years of experience as a financial advisor, where he focused on customer service, short- and long-term planning and goal implementation, marketing strategy development and financial management. Rodden has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations focused on arts, youth programs and local community endeavors. He received bachelor’s degrees in business and music and arts management from Anderson University.  

Nicole Rife (pictured) has been appointed director of education engagement. She joins the museum staff after working as a substitute teacher in Indianapolis since September 2017. Prior to that, Rife worked at COSI in Columbus, Ohio, where she served as manager of COSI On Wheels Outreach Programs for six years. During her time at COSI, she coached and supervised a team of 10 full-time educators and maintained a fleet of six box trucks and one transit. Rife earned her Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ohio University. 

Gail Brown (pictured) has been named director of public and family engagement. He most recently worked as senior manager of programs at Conner Prairie, where he managed all public festivals, developed community partnerships, and created a variety of programs, including K-12 programs, summer camps, scout programming, adult programs, and more. Prior to his time at Conner Prairie, Brown worked as manager of science content delivery at the Indiana State Museum, where he created a variety of STEM and natural history programs. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in history with an anthropology minor from Purdue University, and he received a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in applied anthropology with a historic archaeology focus. 

Hayley Whitehead joined the museum as early childhood program manager. She most recently worked as lead preschool instructional assistant at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, where she developed and implemented programs for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Prior to that position, Whitehead worked as a gallery facilitator at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She has a bachelor’s degree in history with a classics minor from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in history with a concentration in museum studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Also, Renee Bruck has been named manager of communication. She previously worked as a senior reporter at The Madison Courier, where she won numerous Hoosier State Press Association awards for her photography and writing. Bruck previously worked as an intern at various organizations, including Hirons, the Indianapolis Star and others. She graduated cum laude from the Pulliam School of Journalism at Franklin College with a bachelor's degree in journalism with concentrations in news editorial and public relations, and a history minor.

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