Michelle Dean, Executive Director and Founder of Popes Museum Preservation, is inspired daily by what she sees in both people and places. As a literature teacher and public speaker, she knows that every person and place tells a story, and that stories motivate people to dream grander, reach higher and strive longer. Popes Museum is no exception. Using Popes Museum and its stories in a way that strengthens the relationships and the economy of South Georgia is what keeps her focused.
Adam Starr is the Manager of Marketing and Member Services at Grady EMC. In this role, Adam coordinates with local students promoting the EMC sponsored Washington Youth Tour and Walter Harrison Scholarship. With the Live-Line Demonstration team, Adam assists in communicating and educating the public on electrical safety, generation and distribution. In addition, Adam communicates with Grady EMC members through the Georgia Magazine, the Grady EMC website, local newspapers, and social media outlets.
Adam has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Marketing from East Tennessee State University and earned a Master of Christian Leadership degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves on the Southwest Georgia Youth Science and Technology center’s STEM board, and the Pope’s Museum board.
Adam enjoys volunteering, being a “Supply Pastor” in the community, outdoor activities, and playing golf. Adam is married to Amy Starr, a teacher at Cairo High School. They have four children, Skyler, Bralyn, Joe and Naomi.
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Rich Curtis was born and raised in North Alabama. He received his BFA from the University of North Alabama in 2000. After a year of working at the Birmingham Museum of Art, he entered the graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Curtis received his MFA in 2004. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Thomas University.
Ellen M. Jeter's interest is preservation and it stems from 25yrs of custom framing where she was personally involved with the cleaning and repairing of old family portraits and original paintings. Working with these personal treasures gave her a respect of rare family and community as well as national treasures. When she was asked to join the Popes Museum team, she was honored and excited to be able to use her experience to help preserve such a community and national treasure.