Director & Chief Executive Officer
Steven Kern is the Director and CEO of the Newark Museum. He previously served as executive director of the Everson Museum of Art and director of the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut. He has also held senior-level curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts/George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the San Diego Museum of Art. Kern is passionate about the power of art to excite, enrich and empower and believes that museums are for all and for all time.
Deputy Director of Finance & Administration
Beth Aron is the Deputy Director of Finance & Administration at the Newark Museum. Her career in Non-Profit financial management spans several decades including roles as Director, Consultant and Board Treasurer. She received her BA in International Marketing from Baruch College (CUNY) and her MBA in Professional Accounting from Fordham University.
Ulysses Grant Dietz
Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts
Ulysses Grant Dietz has been the curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum since 1980, and was appointed Chief Curator in 2012. He received his BA in French from Yale University in 1977, and his MA in American Material Culture from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program in 1980. Dietz has been the curator of more than 100 exhibitions covering all aspects of the decorative arts from colonial to contemporary.
Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement
Deborah Kasindorf is responsible for the management of the museum’s fund raising and marketing departments, which include Development, Membership, Public Relations, Special Events, Public Programs, Publications and Museum Shop. Prior to joining the Newark Museum, she was the Director of External Relations at the Seattle Children's Theatre. In this capacity, she was responsible for the generation of all ticket revenues, contributed income and marketing programs for the Theatre, which is one of the most prominent venues for young audiences in the country. Previously, she served as a trustee on the theatre's board before joining the staff.
Deputy Director for Engagement & Innovation
Sonnet Takahisa is the Deputy Director of Education at the Newark Museum. For many years, Takahisa has been a consultant to museums, cultural institutions and schools, focusing on public engagement, community building and education reform. She has served on national and local task forces for museums, arts, pre-K through higher education, government funding agencies and foundations.
Deputy Director of Design & Exhibition
Timothy Wintemberg has been with the Newark Museum since 1988, when he began his career by designing the Museum’s Tibetan Buddhist altar. He has held positions at the Museum including Designer, Senior Exhibition Designer, Director of Exhibition Design and most recently has been appointed as a Deputy Director. Wintemberg has used the skills he began developing at his alma mater, Pratt Institute, to design and assist in the development of many dozens of exhibitions spanning the Museum’s diverse art and science collections to create unique visitor experiences.