Thank you to all of our volunteers
We couldn’t do it without you!

Whatever your talents or available time we’d love to hear from you.

WMODA relies heavily on volunteers for the efficient daily running of the museum. Volunteering contributes to personal and professional development as well as many new relationships. The positive energy of philanthropic efforts supports everyone.

There are opportunities to train as a docent with Kimberly Sheridan, our Visitor Services Manager. We are particularly grateful to our longest-serving volunteer docent Jan Feinglass, who gives tours of WMODA on a weekly basis. Volunteers support the WMODA staff in undertaking many behind-the-scenes administrative tasks to maintain the collection and reference library, such as cataloging, data management and photography. George Hawthorn, Brian Spillane, and Mike Brodie have helped us enormously with our Collections Management and Digital Data programs. George, the husband of our Executive Director, has spent so much time at WMODA that he has been dubbed the ‘Voluntold’!

Invaluable Volunteers

Volunteers are also needed to greet guests and assist at the WMODA reception and shop, particularly during our special evening and weekend events. Special thanks to Bernette Bowen, Nina Nissenfeld, Jim Read, Klaus Werner, John Schussler, Arlene Gottlieb, Janet and Terrell McCombs for helping us during our monthly Sensational Saturday programs. Robert Kerr did an amazing job with our retail merchandising and Veronica Alvarado, who established our shop, returns regularly to volunteer at events, along with her grandmother, our oldest volunteer Helna Anestaides who is 89 years young.

Students & Interns

Many High school students have helped at WMODA to gain their community service hours, including Ariana Perez, Katherine Gegoutchadze, Daniel Vargas, Carly Philipps, Leslie Hernandez, and Sam Tofexis. Alisa Melchanova has volunteered an astounding 400 hours and still counting! WMODA also welcomes interns, who are studying art, design, humanities and social history. Michelle Sammartino, Darleen Smith and Lanie Coan have made significant contributions to our exhibition program.

Community Artists

Artists in our community have generously donated their time and talents to teach others their skills at WMODA workshops, notably Chelsea Rousso, Lori Brown, Anne Orvieto, Scherry Donato, Lisa Davis, Laurence Panadero, James Herring, Matteo Montagner, Lloyd Goradesky, and Rob Stern. Many glass and jewelry artists show their work in the WMODA gift shop and help promote the museum to a wider audience, notably Sandy Beach, Betsy Alexis, Wendy Chercass, Christine Rosasco, Rey Lozano, Elizabeth and Eduardo Prado, and Laurence Gartel, the ‘father of digital art’.

Collectors & Dealers

Collectors and specialist dealers have loaned and donated pieces to exhibitions, for example Betty Issod, Angela Scott, Caroline D’Antonio, Sergio Gnesin and Yoli Valdes, Jeff and Penny Spellens, Ed Pascoe, Bruce Beck, Arron Rimpley and Gregg Whittecar.

Experts & Development

Experts in museum management and development have given much help and advice pro-bono, notably Betsy Kennedy, Sandy Baker, Annette Fromm, Siegi Constantine, Linda Saft, Judy Schwartz, Linda Wilson, Nancy Slabine and Richard Wizansky. Our local board members Ken Evans and Donna Wiener Halberstam use their expertise to promote WMODA in the community. Of course, WMODA would not have been possible without the generosity of our founder and benefactor, Arthur Wiener and his family.

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