Brianna KosowitzExecutive Director
A newcomer to the Pacific Northwest, Brianna originally hails from Upstate New York. She fell in love with museums after a stint with her hometown’s Corning Museum of Glass. Prior to her current leadership with the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, she spent five years with Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C. As the head of Visitor Experience, she oversaw 500 volunteers and increased overall satisfaction ratings for 4 million visitors annually. Brianna holds a Master’s degree in Public History from American University in Washington, DC.
Dan GroffAdministrative Manager
Dan is a climate refugee from Minnesota who was rescued from life-threatening cold and fierce summer insects by an intra-company move to Bainbridge Island in 1998. One of the first things he enjoyed on the island was a fascinating Historical Society program about Fort Ward. He spent 25 years in insurance, financial services, and compensation consulting while helping raise three children. Dan volunteers with the City of Bainbridge Island on water quality monitoring and helps the Bainbridge Island Watershed Council count salmon returning to island streams each fall. Dan joined the Museum as Administrative Coordinator in 2008.
Rick ChandlerCurator and Facilities Manager
Rick has been an Island resident since 1976 and with the Museum since 2000 when he became certified in Museum Studies at the University of Washington. He started as the Exhibit Specialist and became the Curator in 2009. Rick’s background includes an undergraduate degree from Cornell University where he was the Technical Editor of The Library of Natural Sounds. He did post-graduate work at UCLA where he taught Evolutionary Theory while he worked on his degree in Population Ecology. Rick’s museum experience includes work in Equador for the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University, Massachusetts Audubon Society on Cape Cod, American Museum of Natural History on Long Island, Smithsonian Institution’s Pacific Ocean Biological Survey Program based out of Honolulu, the Whale Museum at Friday Harbor, and the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Katy CurtisEducation Outreach Coordinator
A Bainbridge Islander originally, after years of living in Northern California, Katy returned here with her husband Brad Schabert, and has been at BIHM since 2007. Katy received her BA from Humboldt University and her professional mediation credential from the Institute for the Study of Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has trained staff and students communication skills and diversity awareness in non-profit and public organizations including UC Berkeley. Katy’s passion for fostering cross-cultural knowledge and understanding is well reflected in her work for the museum facilitating history education programs and building community outreach partnerships with teachers, local schools, and cultural organizations. Katy enjoys travel and being a host parent for foreign exchange students.
Jordan LaMontVolunteer and Tour Coordinator
Jordan holds a BA in Comparative Cultural Studies and recently completed Masters in Managing Archeological sites in Archeology from the University College in London. Her work experience includes guest services at Foundling Museum, London and fundraising for the Society for Archeological Masters Student program. She has delved into management of Archeological sites, developed visitor surveys and with a team developed long range business and interpretation goals for House Mill Trust, London.
Jordan has family and friends in the pacific north west and is looking forward to relocating, meeting the volunteers and working with the rich history of Bainbridge Island and surrounding area. She speaks conversational Japanese and loves snakes.
Merilee MostovDirector of Engagement and Exhibits
Merilee Mostov has been working with museums for more than 17 years as educator, curator, and interpretive specialist. Prior to moving to Bainbridge Island in 2017, she worked at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio where she spearheaded many experimental initiatives including the Wonder Room and Big Idea galleries in the Center for Creativity. In her current role at BIHM, Merilee is excited to collaborate with others to transform the Museum into a dynamic community hub.