Meet the Collections Staff

The Collections Department is responsible for collection preservation and documentation and provides access to these important holdings in line the museum's mission and policies. Overseen by the Collections Director, the Department includes a Registrar, Archivist, two discipline focused Collections Managers and two collection Associates. The Museum Curator for Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki National Monuments (NPS) joined the team in 2011 and provides expertise and help on a daily basis.

Collections Director
Elaine Hughes has an M.A. in Museum Science from Texas Tech University. Rejoining MNA in 2001, her first time at MNA was with the Archaeological Contract Section (1983-85) and the second time as the Anthropology Collections Manager (1986-92).   Previously she worked at The Museum at Texas Tech University, Denver Museum of Natural History (now DMNS), and the Arizona State Museum.

Amber King holds a Certificate in Museum Management and completed graduate work in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the MNA staff she had the pleasure of working at the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the McFaddin-Ward House, the Columbia Museum of Art and the McKissick Museum.

Shawn San Roman has an M.A. in Libraries & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining MNA in 2016, Shawn was the Library & Computer Commons Supervisor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). He has previously worked at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) (2006-2014), Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS), University of Colorado-Boulder Archives, and McLean County Historical Society. He also holds a M.A. in Political Studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), Arizona Archives Alliance (AZAA), and Arizona Library Association (AzLA).

Natural Science Collections Manager
Janet Whitmore Gillette has an M.S. in Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Prior to joining MNA Janet held positions at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Museum of Geology. She is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPHNC), Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Anthropology Collections Manager
Anthony Thibodeau holds an M.A. in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Tony previously managed archaeological collections for several decades at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology and the School for Advanced Research (formerly the School of American Research) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to joining the collections staff at the MNA in 2016, Tony taught cultural anthropology at NAU for a year after moving to Flagstaff with his family in 2014.

Museum Curator for Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon, and Wupatki National Monuments (NPS)
Gwenn Gallenstein has an M.A. in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and is the MNA-National Park Service (NPS) liaison.  Gwenn is a long term resident of Flagstaff and has been in her current job since 2002. In the early 1990s, she was the MNA Assistant Collections Manager, and has worked at Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument.