Menokin Staff

sam-mckelveySAM McKELVEY
Executive Director
smckelvey@menokin.org

Sam comes to Menokin with over five years of museum management experience. Before coming to Menokin, Sam managed multiple museums within the Henrico County Virginia Historic Preservation and Museum Services section. In addition to museum management, Sam led teams of professionals in event coordination, historic preservation, and historic programming throughout the county. Sam holds a MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS in Geography and History from James Madison University.  While Sam’s early passion was for Civil War history; preservation of landscapes, buildings and architecture has always been close to his heart. In addition to his time with Henrico, Sam is a Trustee to the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church, working to preserve and promote the rich archival history of the institution in Virginia.

Originally born in Columbia Missouri, Sam spent much of his youth in northeastern Maryland before coming to Virginia to attend college. Sam moved to central Virginia after meeting and marrying New Kent Virginia native, April. April and Sam have two children, Alden and Sydney, as well as a spunky lab named Abby and an indignant cat, Nash.  Sam thrives on working with new and developing museums and is thrilled to be working with the talented and dedicated Menokin board and staff to take Menokin to the next level.

LESLIE RENNOLDS
Director of Marketing
Assistant Director
lrennolds@menokin.org

Leslie brings more than 20 years of marketing and advertising experience to her position as the Assistant Director of the Menokin Foundation. Before coming to Menokin in 2010, Leslie worked at Richmond agencies such as The Martin Agency, Fultz & Associates, and aliceblue, and most recently at Open Door Communications in Kilmarnock, VA.

A native of Fauquier County, Virginia, Leslie now resides with her husband Ben in Tappahannock. She has a daughter, Hannah, a graduate student at VCU; two stepsons, Benjamin (Warsaw) and Greg (Richmond), and four step-grandchildren. Leslie enjoys working on designing and writing marketing materials for Menokin along with her other responsibilities. In her free time she indulges in illustration and textiles including needle felting and fabric design. She holds a BA in English from the College of William and Mary.

ALICE FRENCH
Outreach and Education Coordinator
afrench@menokin.org

Alice has been working with museums in the Northern Neck since 2007.  Her work has centered around the historic, cultural and tourism community.  At the Westmoreland County Museum she develops and creates programs for the community’s diverse populations to include Teacher Institutes, lectures, tours, puppet shows, festivals, school programs and exhibit development.  She also contributes to fundraising, tourism marketing, grant writing, website management and social networking. She has a diverse work history in interior design, set design and art retail management.

Alice has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and continues to make various types of art, currently in stained glass.She is married to an architect: Forrest, has three amazing kids: Kate, Mathilde, and Silas. She loves to canoe, camp and drink a glass of wine on the river.

1410763_10151840373750994_1881744168_o (1)CHRISTINA MARKISH O’NEILL
Director of Development
coneill@menokin.org

Christina comes to Menokin with more than five years of experience in non-profit development. Prior to joining the Menokin team in 2015, Christina was a Senior Manager in Field Development at Autism Speaks’ National Capital Area office. She has a passion for early American history, preservation, and conservation and is excited to be here at Menokin as the vision of the Menokin Glass House Project comes to fruition.

She holds a MA in U.S. History and a BA in History from George Mason University, with minors in American Government and Classical Studies. While at George Mason, she studied history and philosophy abroad in Ireland, Greece and Turkey. Her primary focuses in research included: Freedom Suites in Virginia from the late 18th to early 19th century, the history of wine in Virginia, and the histories of Richard Henry Lee and Ethan Allen.

Christina grew up in Stafford County, Virginia and now lives in Warsaw, Virginia with her husband, Charlie. She loves to learn, be outdoors, and volunteer in the community. Christina is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Central Virginia Chapter, Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, and Preservation Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

JULIANA GRASSIA
Development Coordinator
jgrassia@menokin.org

Prior to Menokin, Juliana was with the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she served in the Division of University Advancement. Her work at UNC Asheville centered on engaging alumni, donors, and community members to help them feel connected to the mission and vision of the university. In addition, she previously worked on two local political campaigns where she gained valuable experience in community outreach, relationship building, and advocacy.

Originally from New Jersey, Juliana graduated from UNC Asheville in 2015 with degrees in political science and French. Her undergraduate studies focused primarily on American government and comparative political theory. She is an avid New York Mets baseball fan and enjoys good books, long hikes, and exploring new places. A young non-profit professional and lifelong lover of history, Juliana is honored to be a part of the team working to preserve Menokin.

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