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Executive Director, W. James Burns
W. James Burns

Dr. Burns holds a B.A. in History from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Public History from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. Burns is a graduate of the Museum Management Institute at the Getty and has worked in history, anthropology, and art museums since 1990 at organizations in Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, and Louisiana, including the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Louisiana State Museum, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Tempe History Museum, and the Atlanta History Center.

Burns’ research interests include the cultural, social, and environmental history of the American West. His M.A. thesis (1994), Gateway to the Colorado Plateau: A Portrait of the Museum of Northern Arizona was an institutional history of MNA. His dissertation, We Must Grow Our Own Artists: Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, Northern Arizona’s Early Art Educator (2010) focused on the contributions of Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, cofounder of the Museum of Northern Arizona, to the progressive education movement and the Native American arts and crafts movement.

Burns has served on a number of state and regional museum association boards and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Curators’ Committee of the American Association of Museums, as a peer reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program, and as a reviewer for the American Association of Museums’ Accreditation Program.

Curator and Deputy Director, Mary Ann Igna
Mary Ann Igna

Since graduating from Duke University in 1972 with a BA in art history, Mary Ann has spent her career as an arts administrator. Her first job was at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., followed by a stint at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as curator of its Bicentennial exhibition.  She then moved to Michigan to become curator of exhibitions at Cranbrook Academy of Art before heading west for 13 years at the Denver Art Museum and 12 at the Aspen Art Museum where she was twice Interim Director.

Public Relations Manager, Becky Rovey
Becky Rovey

Becky holds a B.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Arizona and Spanish from the University of Costa Rica. Becky is a graduate of Project Central, Center for Rural Leadership organized by the U of A. She has worked in public relations, education and advancement at museums and non-profits in Tucson, Phoenix and in Prescott, Arizona.



Visitor Experience Manager, Marilu Rix
Marilu Rix

Marilu got her beginning in business in 1968 working in accounts receivable for Spencer Foods in Spencer, Iowa. From 1973 to 1986 she was a co-owner of Rudy’s Stateline Club in Spirit Lake, Iowa. From 1986 to 2004 she was employed as the Manager for the Americ Inn Hotel and Restaurant while also becoming a member of the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, the Soroptimist International Organization, board member for the Wickenburg Community Services Corporation and a member of the Wickenburg Ducks in a Row Foundation.

Facilities and Security Manager, Paul Hughes
Paul Hughes

Paul holds an A.A. in Liberal Arts and is certified in Machine Tool Technology. He has 26 years’ experience in Graphic Design and newspaper advertising. Paul was the owner of the Shopper News and was employed with the Wickenburg Sun for 10 years. He is also a self-employed furniture maker.



Programs and Events Coordinator, Denise Maggs
Denise Maggs

Denise previously attended Moraine Valley Community College where she received her C.N.A. Certificate with Medical Office Management. She is a 27 year resident of Congress Az. Prior to entering the museum field Denise worked in the medical field managing Doctor’s offices and working as an Administrative Assistant. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, reading and crocheting.



Education Manager, Natalie Olson
Natalie Olson

Natalie graduated from ASU with a degree in Recreation and Tourism Management. She was employed as a park ranger with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department, where she focused her efforts on outdoor education and was an integral part of creating the County’s Interpretive Ranger Program. Natalie became Park Supervisor of the Cave Creek Regional Park in 2003, and continued her work in developing educational opportunities within the County Parks System. She came to work at the DCWM in 2012.



Collections Manager, Peter Dean
Peter Dean

Peter holds an M.A. in Public History and a B.A. in History from New Mexico State University. His research interests are U.S. military history and the American West. He co-authored The Mesilla Valley: Oasis of the Desert and completed a study of how America memorialized World War I. Peter previously worked at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. He has been proud to call Santa Fe, NM his hometown for more than 20 years.



Communications Manager, Sarah Browning-Lindsey
Sarah Browning-Lindsey

Sarah Browning-Lindsey graduated from Arizona State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently attending Grand Canyon University pursuing her Master’s degree in Secondary Education. Sarah was married the summer of 2013 and is the mother of a young daughter. She was raised on a ranch in New Mexico and still enjoys days of horseback riding and working cattle. She is also training for her first half-marathon in Las Vegas in November.



Housekeeper and Bookkeeper, Melisa Merten
Melisa Merten

Melisa attended Youngstown State University were she studied Dance ,Theater and Elementary Education. She has over 24 years experience as a craftsman; designing and building custom cabinets and doors. Melisa is the proud mother of four children. She started work at DCWM in the spring of 2012.



Other Staff

Weekend Manager, Dione Reynolds
Just for Kicks Manager, Bill Rix
Accountant, Roberta Jacobs
IT Consultant, Roland, Schorr, and Tower
Graphic Design Consultant, Eddie Medrano