Kimberly Kersey, Executive Director
Kimberly has over 25 years of legal, business development and community relations experience. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Art History. While at Rutgers, Kimberly was an intern at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and completed her senior study work in African American Art. She went on to earn a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While in law school, she worked with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts where she counseled artists on issues involving copyright, gallery agreements and arts related contracts.
A strong believer in civic engagement, Kimberly has long been active in local and national politics. She served as Assistant Counsel to New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey where she was his liaison to the New Jersey Department of State – home to the State Council on the Arts. Additionally, she served on the policy transition teams for President Barack Obama and for Senator Cory Booker.
A seasoned development professional who has worked with national corporations, as well as small nonprofits, Kimberly has a proven ability to cultivate and maintain relationships and to grow annual revenues. Until her recent relocation to Connecticut, she was a college lecturer at Rowan College at Burlington County and served as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Tax Board.
Moriah Peoples, Gallery Administrator
Moriah is overseeing exhibitions, special events, social media and providing general gallery management. She is a recent graduate of the University of Saint Joseph with a degree in Art History. During her time at USJ, she had the opportunity to work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Art Museum, USJ. She gained valuable museum experience by assisting with the curation of exhibits, collections management, and acquisitions. Prior to this appointment, Moriah was a Business Operations Support Specialist at Smith Brothers Insurance agency, which helped develop her leadership and team building skills.
Moriah is a smart and engaging professional with a strong and broad complement of skills tested and proven in corporate, small business, and non-profit settings. She is a polished communicator and excellent relationship manager who pays exceptional attention to detail. Moriah comes from a long line of educators and community leaders invested in education, community development and engagement in the non-profit sector. A key influencer that encouraged her to apply for the position at the Amistad Center was her Grandfather, who served as Director of Black studies for Jersey City State University in the mid-60’s and 70’s. She looks forward to continuing her family’s legacy of contributing to the preservation of African American culture.
Christina Volpe, Program Manager
Christina Volpe is a Public Historian with a Master of Arts in Public History from Central Connecticut State University where she focused on digital curation and historic preservation. Christina joins the team as Program Manager for The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Ms. Volpe holds undergraduate degrees in Archaeology and Classics from the American University of Rome, and History from Central Connecticut State University. She has worked as a digital storyteller, archivist, curator, and program manager for several heritage organizations including the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Mattatuck Museum, Connecticut League of History Organizations, and the National Cemetery Administration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She comes with keen experience in interpreting historical narratives for the public and has earned recognition for several of her programs including the 2020 educational program Award of Merit for The House Built by Brass in partnership with the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT. In addition to her work Christina serves as a member of the Connecticut Digital Archive Heritage Advisory Committee with the University of Connecticut and is an elected Planning and Zoning Commissioner in her hometown. She lives in Southington with her partner, daughter, and cat named Foofin.
Stacy Queen, Educational Programming Consultant
During this time of social distancing and remote learning, we’ve worked hard this summer to find ways to make sure The Amistad Center collection continues to be a source of inspiration and learning for students, educators and adults alike. Stacey will remain in her current position as the Public Programs Manager at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio but stands ready to help us craft learning modules and will deliver lesson plans, educational talks and field trips virtually, as requested. Stacey holds a B.A. from Hampton University in Studio Art and a M.A. from Towson University in Art History. This, coupled with her experience as a former K-8 educator, makes Stacey uniquely qualified to guide us in this important work.