About the SEMC

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), nonprofit membership organization, is an association of museums, museum staff, independent professionals and corporate partners. We focus on the Southeastern United State including: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands.

We work to:

  • Provide educational and professional development opportunities
  • Improve the interchange of ideas and information
  • Encourage respect and collegiality

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming conference experience for everyone. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any form.

Biographies of newly nominated candidates for SEMC's governing board can be read here.

SEMC By-Law revisions (2019)

Contact Us: 
 PO Box 550746 
Atlanta, GA 30355-3246
[404] 378-3153 Office 
[404] 814-2031 fax



Heather Marie Wells
Digital Media Specialist
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR
[479] 418-5755
Vice President

Matthew Davis
Director of Historic Museums
Georgia College 
Milledgeville, GA
[478] 445-4545


Deitrah J. Taylor
Public Historian
Milledgeville, GA
[478] 320-4010


[757] 690-8062

Past President:

Darcie MacMahon
Director of Exhibits and Public Programs Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, FL
[352] 273-2053



Nancy Strickland Fields
Director and Curator 
Pembroke, NC
Museum of the Southeast american indian
[910] 521-6282

Michael Scott                         Director of Historic Resources Jekyll Island Authority, Mosaic/Jekyll Island Museum 
Jekyll Island, GA
[912] 217-4511

Elise LeCompte
Registrar and Asst. Dept. Chair
Florida Museum of Natural History
Gainesville, FL
[352] 273-1925

Rosalind Martin
Director of Education
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville, TN 
[865] 524-1200

Pody Gay
Discovery Network/Museum of Discovery
Little Rock, AR 
[501] 537-3081

Deborah Mack
Associate Director, Office of Strategic Partnerships
Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D.C.
[202] 633-4513

Alexander V. Benitez
Moundville Archaeological Park
The University of Alabama
Moundville, AL
[205] 371-8731

Lance Wheeler
Curator of Interpretation
Two Mississippi Museums
Mississippi Department of
Archives & History
Jackson, MS 
[704] 773-9967

Calinda Lee 
Vice President of Historical Interpretation and Community Engagement
Atlanta Historical Society
Atlanta, GA
[404] 814-2000

Scott Alvey
Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfurt, KY 
[502] 564-1792

Glenna Barlow
Curator of Education 
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC
[803] 343-2187

Brenda Tindal                             
Director of Education and  engagement 
international African American museum               
Charleston, SC
[843] 872-5352