Our Team

OUR TEAM

Who we are: Our Team

Christopher Liedel

Chief executive officer
Christopher Liedel joined the Museum team as chief executive officer in May 2018. Liedel previously served nearly six years as president of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-producing arm of the Smithsonian Institution. Before that, he was with National Geographic for 16 years, becoming  executive vice president and chief financial officer. Liedel earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University and his master’s degree at Georgia State University. He is a Wharton Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Russell Baucom

Chief administration officer

Mary Russell Baucom joined the Museum in March 2019 as the director of administrative services and was promoted to chief administration officer in March 2020. She previously worked at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association as the administration director and most recently served as the operations manager at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Baucom has a bachelor’s degree from Spring Hill College.  She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and two sons.

Peter Maiurro

Chief communications and business affairs officer

Peter Maiurro joined the Museum team full time in July 2019. Prior to that, Maiurro served as interim chief operating officer for the Museum from October 2016 to June 2019 while serving as an executive on loan from El Pomar Foundation where he worked for 16 years. Maiurro earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and their two daughters.

Mike Devine

Chief financial officer

Mike Devine started with the Museum project in 2012 with the initial feasibility study for the project.  Devine has served as president of Gallagher Museum Service since 2016 and prior to that his work experience included a wealth management firm, high net worth family office and Ernst & Young, CPA firm. Devine earned his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He and his wife reside in Cleveland and have four kids.

John Christie

Chief operating officer

John Christie oversees guest experience, facilities operations, information and audio visual technology and custodial. Christie started with the Museum project in 2017, and oversaw all aspects of exhibit design, media software development, fabrication, technology, A/V integration and building integration. He has served as SVP of Gallagher Museum Services since 2017 and has helped design, build and open museums all over the country. Prior to joining the Museum, Christie served in various capacities for the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, including VP of Marketing & Communications, CMO, EVP & COO and president.. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Atlanta and have two children, Madison and Jackson.

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Michelle Dusserre Farrell, OLY

Vice president, athlete engagement
Michelle Dusserre Farrell is a 1984 Olympic silver medalist in gymnastics and joined the Museum in January 2020. Her previous work experience includes positions with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, TSE/BCW Consulting and NBC Olympics. Dusserre Farrell has overseen alumni relations and athlete engagement for the Colorado Chapter – U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association and Olympic City USA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in basic science from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dusserre Farrell resides in Colorado Springs with her husband and their two daughters..

Robert E. Bready

Vice president, museum operations

Robert E. Bready joined the Museum team in January 2020. Bready previously spent six years leading visitor experience operations and ticketing for the College Football Hall of Fame, where he was a member of the project’s opening team. His background also includes roles with the Atlanta Braves, InterContinental Hotels Group and Relais & Chateaux hotels. Bready earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from the College of Charleston and a master’s degree in global hospitality management from Georgia State University. He resides in Colorado Springs.

Boyd Smith

Curator

Boyd Smith joined the Museum team in June 2020. Smith previously served as curator at the Black Culture Center at Purdue University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from University of North Carolina Pembroke and a master’s degree in electronic time-based art from Purdue University. Smith lives in Colorado Springs.

Staff

McQella Adams  Coordinator, educational programming
Richard Bittles  Manager, technology
Judy Cara  Manager, group sales
Tyler Carter, PARA  Supervisor, guest experience
Michael Dziedzic  Specialist, audio visual
Tony Gorman  Supervisor, guest experience
Patti Gregory  Administrative assistant
Madison Jones  Analyst, media
Cari Karns  Director, development and membership
Steve Lind  Director, facilities
Ashton Langrick  Specialist, archive
Taylor Mattson  Manager, guest experience
Erin Nelson  Manager, guest experience
Will Sailor  Manager, facilities operations
Tommy Schield  Director, marketing & communications
Tiffany Stahl  Manager, educational programming
Toby Williams  Manager, operations
Brian Wilson  Senior specialist, audio visual

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