JONATHAN ULLMAN – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO
Jonathan Ullman is Executive Director and CEO of The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. Reporting to a 20-member Board of Directors, Jonathan is responsible for leading the organization that will operate and grow this world class museum.
Prior to joining The Mob Museum, Jonathan spent over 17 years in a variety of management and leadership roles within the nonprofit museum industry. Most recently, Jonathan was the president and COO at the National Soccer Hall of Fame, a private institution sanctioned by the US Soccer Federation that included a 30,000 sq. ft. museum, four world class soccer fields, and multiple retail, concession, and meeting facilities. During his tenure, Jonathan facilitated a strategic plan that ensured the financial sustainability of the organization through a dramatic change to the operating model and relocation of the collections. This institutional “reinvention” was widely embraced by board members, donors, and key community and governmental stakeholders.
Jonathan’s museum career began at Liberty Science Center, where he was intimately involved in operationalizing the Center upon its opening in 1993. Over the years, Jonathan served in numerous capacities, with responsibilities ranging from intensive staff and program oversight to strategic planning and external relations. His purview included the comprehensive management of the public operation, as well as the implementation of educational programming through learning experiences that occurred onsite, offsite, and online. As a member of the eight-person Steering Committee, Jonathan’s contributions helped Liberty Science Center achieve the status of the most visited museum in the state of New Jersey, surpassing more than 9 million guests in a twelve-year period. Jonathan’s efforts also included extensive capital planning and business development. This culminated in 2007 with his coordination of reopening preparations following a $109MM renovation and expansion.
Jonathan earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers College and his Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers Business School. A believer in the importance of community, Jonathan has also served on a number of nonprofit boards. He is a graduating member of the FBI Citizens’ Academy as well as LV Metro Police Department Citizens’ Academy. Ullman is also a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2013, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s business and community leadership program.
Michael A. Dagenais – Director of Guest Relations and Operations
Michael A. Dagenais is responsible for the cross-departmental collaboration that ensures continuous improvements in all aspects of the guest experience at The Mob Museum. In this capacity, Dagenais has direct oversight of all staff members who operate the public spaces, including the box office and exhibit floors. Prior to joining The Mob Museum, Dagenais served as guest services manager for the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas where he was a part of the team that built and opened the Preserve. He was also assistant general manager for Rawhide Western Town in Scottsdale, AZ; director of operations for Wet ‘n Wild Water Park in Las Vegas and director of operations for Sea World in San Diego, CA. Dagenais has a Master of Arts with emphasis on museum studies and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California, San Diego.
KIMBERLY KINDIG – DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Kimberly Kindig is responsible for the cultivation of memberships and sponsorships, development of donor opportunities, and formation of effective relationships that enhance the organization’s standing in the community and its overall financial growth. As the former Executive Director for the Solutions Foundation and Director of Senior Programs for Catholic Charities, Kimberly, a Las Vegas native, has a robust background in resource development and fundraising within the non-profit sector. She received her Master’s degree in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vanderbilt University.
ASHLEY MISKO – DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Ashley Misko is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies to include advertising, media planning, promotions, internet marketing, database marketing and market research for The Mob Museum. Most recently, she worked as director of communications for a real estate investment start-up focused on alternative financing and merchandising mixes authentic to the local area. Previously, she was public relations and marketing manager for Loews Hotels, a luxury hospitality company that operates 19 hotels in the U.S. and Canada. Misko is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis on public relations and advertising. An active alumna of UNLV, she is a member of the Alumni Events committee as well as a board chair for the College of Urban Affairs Alumni.
Christina Nishiyama – Director of Human Resources & Finance
Christina Nishiyama is responsible for all aspects of human resources and finance for The Mob Museum. Most recently, Nishiyama served as corporate human resources manager for Tropicana Entertainment, Inc, where she oversaw employee/labor relations, development and management of policies and procedures, company-wide communications, recruitment, management of all company newsletters, employee engagement, training, compensation and benefits administration. Nishiyama previously served as senior IT recruiter for Axis Technical Group of San Diego, CA and as human resources consulting generalist for Bienati Consulting Group. She earned an MBA from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics with a minor in psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
MARIA SAWYER – DIRECTOR OF SALES
As The Mob Museum’s Director of Sales, Maria Sawyer leads a growing team of private event professionals. Maria’s recent promotion from Sales Manager marks a year of accomplishments in bringing a variety of private events to the Museum. Since joining The Mob Museum team in October 2011, Maria has been the driving force in building the Museum’s unique private events and group sales offerings. Under her leadership, the Museum’s private events programs are expected to expand even more this year into school visits, weddings, concierge outreach, sponsorships and more.
Prior to The Mob Museum, Maria enjoyed a celebrated sales career working for the internationally renowned Blue Man Group and acclaimed wellness resort, Canyon Ranch. Originally from Vermont, Maria has been in Las Vegas for over a decade. Her sales accomplishments have garnered her many professional honors and she holds memberships in Meeting Planners International, Las Vegas Hospitality Association and Destination Service Association.
GEOFF SCHUMACHER-DIRECTOR OF CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
After a 25-year career in journalism, Geoff Schumacher is now the director of content development for The Mob Museum. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Schumacher started his career at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a reporter, editorial writer and city editor over a 10-year period. He was editor of Las Vegas CityLife and founded and edited the Las Vegas Mercury. He served as director of community publications for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for 10 years and also wrote a weekly public affairs column for the Review-Journal. He culminated his newspaper career by serving as publisher of the Ames (Iowa) Tribune.
Schumacher is the author of two books, Sun, Sin & Suburbia: A History of Modern Las Vegas and Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue. He served as editor of Nevada: 150 Years in the Silver State, the official book commemorating the state’s sesquicentennial.