Staff

Sarah Morris
Executive Director

Sarah brings over 20 years of experience in the Australian museums and galleries sector, across performing arts, visual arts, and social history institutions. She has worked with state collections, local government, and international cultural programs. Most recently, she was part of the leadership team at the Australian Performing Arts Collection, Arts Centre Melbourne (ACM). She led the delivery of the Australian Music Vault - a $8.3m, three-year priority project for ACM, presented in collaboration with Creative Victoria and the Australian music industry. Previously, she was Acting Director and Exhibitions Coordinator for RMIT Gallery; and the consultant Curator and Exhibition Coordinator for Trepang: China & the Story of Macassan – Aboriginal Trade, presented at the Capital Museum, Beijing and the Melbourne Museum for Rio Tinto. Sarah is also a member of the Bayside Arts Board.

Cindy Seeberger
Office Coordinator

Cindy comes to AMaGA Victoria from Beleura House & Garden in Mornington, where she worked as a Collections Manager and Curatorial and Visitor Services Assistant. Cindy has a Bachelor of Art (Visual Arts) from Curtin University, an Advanced Diploma of Animation from Perth Central TAFE, a Certificate in Museum Studies from Edith Cowan University and a Graduate Diploma of Museum Studies and Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University. Cindy worked at the Holmes á Court Gallery, East Perth and the World Heritage Site, Fremantle Prison. 

Celia Mallard
Manager, Events and Professional Development

Celia Mallard has joined the AMaGA Victoria team in May 2019 for twelve months in the Event Coordinator role. Celia currently works at the Chinese Museum as Education Officer and has held previous roles as assistant curator for the Pamela See Exhibition (Chinese Museum) and in Event coordination and management. She has also volunteered in a variety of capacities at the Climarte Festival, Courtauld Gallery and Sutton Gallery, and was an intern at MoNA. 

Lana Epshteyn
Manager, Communications

Lana joined AMaGA Victoria team in August 2017. She holds a Masters of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Tourism Management and Marketing from RMIT. She’s has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing in 2018. Lana is a marketing professional with extensive experience in cultural tourism, arts and heritage organisations. Her previous roles included working for the Shrine of Remembrance and the Bendigo Trust. Lana’s interests include community radio, museums, music and reading. 

Simone Ewenson
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program

Simone joined AMaGA Victoria team as Green Museum Project Manager in February 2017. She has a particular interest in assisting regional communities to care for collections while taking the lead on climate change. She has recently completed her Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Deakin University and has been an enthusiastic volunteer within the sector, having spent time working with a variety of fine art, medical, and social history collections. When not noodling around galleries and museums, she will often be found in her garden.

Caroline Wall
Manager, Museum Accreditation Program

Caroline joined AMAGA Victoria as Office Coordinator in 2013. She has experience in customer service, data management and administration. Caroline gained a Bachelor of Social Science (History) at Newcastle University and completed a Certificate in World Arts and Artefacts based at the British Museum. Caroline has volunteered within the museums sector in Melbourne and London and on an archaeology project in Romania. When she is not visiting museums and galleries, she can be found travelling, reading, attending music festivals or ordering her third course in your local restaurant.

Ashley Robertson
Manager, Victorian Collections

Ashley relocated to Australia from the United States in 2012 to pursue a PhD in Indonesian Studies at the University of Melbourne, having completed her degree in 2016. She also holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews. She has worked for the National Museum of Scotland, UNESCO, and Museums Victoria, specialising in collections management, heritage consultancy, and historical research. In her spare time, she enjoys studying languages and playing traditional Indonesian percussion music as a member of Putra Panji Asmara Gamelan.

Amelia Marra
Operations Coordinator, Victorian Collections

Amelia joined AMaGA Victoria in 2017. She has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Museums Studies and Cultural Heritage from Deakin University and has a particular interest in the relationship between museums and social justice. Typically she can be found exploring art and social history exhibitions, or scouring Victoria’s op-shops, and on a really good day crafting an itinerary which combines both.   

Lynda Bernard
Veterans Heritage Project Manager, Victorian Collections

Although from Melbourne, Lynda started her career in regional Victoria at the Gold Museum, Ballarat. She was also Research Librarian at the Australian Film Institute and then had a long career at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Roles at ACMI were predominantly with the Collections and Exhibitions team, specialising in collection management, digitisation, licensing and access. Before coming to this role, Lynda worked at Museums Victoria as an Image Management and Documentation Officer within the Strategic Collections Management team. She holds a Graduate Diploma in Film and Media from Deakin University and Bachelor of Arts (Librarianship) from Ballarat University. She is an ardent supporter of Melbourne’s live music scene and is passionate about the arts and storytelling, with a family background in advertising and the performing arts.

Mitchell Dare
Veterans Heritage Project Officer, Victorian Collections

Mitch is a history fanatic from Melbourne and joined the AMaGA (Vic) team in 2020. He holds a BA (History) from Monash University and a Master of Cultural Heritage at Deakin University. His master’s research topic analysed how heritage sites interpret their dark history. He continues to volunteer for the Collections Team at the National Trust and works front of house at the Old Melbourne Gaol. With a passion for military history, he is fascinated by the intangible power of objects and the stories they hold. He also enjoys playing (badly) and watching (intently) basketball.

Erin Davis Hartwig
Regional Digitisation Project Officer (Northern Regions), Victorian Collections

Erin joined the AMaGA team in November 2019 as a Regional Digitisation Officer for the Northern regions. Originally from Melbourne, Erin now resides in Beechworth with her young family.  Erin has been working as a commercial photographer for over ten years primarily within the arts, culture and tourism sector. Erin is passionate about Photography and the Arts –  when she’s not wearing her AMaGA hat,  you’ll find her hosting exhibitions, book launches and collaborating with other creatives at her circa 1855 Stone hall studio. Erin’s interest in Digitisation was sparked during a Fine Art reprographic photography workshop in 2019. Now with her Digitisation best practice skills honed she’ll bring a wealth of photographic knowledge to Regional Digitisation project.

Geraldine Brault
Regional Digitisation Project Officer (Western Regions), Victorian Collections

Geraldine joined the AMaGA team in October 2019 in the role of Regional Digitisation Officer for Western Victoria. After graduating in Film and Television Studies, and Visual Arts, she started a career in commercial photography in Paris. She then lived and worked in Auckland followed by London; however, her young family chose to settle in Melbourne nearly 10 years ago. After further studies in librarianship, and having the opportunity to work on digitisation projects for the University of Melbourne's School of Film and Mission to Seafarers (where she still assists the curator), she discovered a way of mixing her technical skills with her passion for heritage, history and the arts. Geraldine brings a strong knowledge in product photography (with a passion for costumes), image editing, and colour management. When she's not playing soccer with her sons and husband (not by choice), she likes to take them to museums and travel the world.​

Maxine Holden
Regional Digitisation Project Officer (Eastern Regions), Victorian Collections

Maxine has joined the AMaGA (Vic) in early 2020 to support the Regional Digitisation Project. Maxine holds Undergraduate and Post-graduate degrees in the Arts, Museums and Film sectors, with a recent exploration into Art Crime with the University of Melbourne. Maxine has been a curator and collections manager with the National Trust, the Ian Potter Museum and various regional galleries as well as working in the academic arena both here and overseas. With a passion for community engagement and small regional museums, Maxine has been assisting the NLA with Significance Assessments and Preservation Needs Assessments across Australia before commencing with the Victorian Collections team in April of this year. 

Tammy Currie
Finance Officer

Tammy started working for Fame Group Pty Ltd in 2003 with a range of clients on their book keeping, financial management, and payroll requirements. Tammy worked for VECCI as Event Coordinator and during this time took on a special project to design and implement VECCI’s Y2K website. Between positions Tammy had three children and now works part time. She has completed a Diploma in Accounting and has a number of clients in the not for profit sector.

 

Image: Museum Accreditation Program Managers and Panellists on an Accreditation visit to Warrnambool Art Gallery (WAG). Artwork pictured: 'From Little Things, Big Things', 2015, oil on canvas, by Hobie Porter (WAG collection).

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