Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian affiliate that is one of the most-visited outdoor history museums in the U.S., announces the hiring of three new directors and four employee promotions.
Indianapolis resident Sally McGuffey has been named director of individual giving. She has more than 26 years of fundraising experience. McGuffey started her career with Indiana University Foundation, where she served as development director and coordinator of campaign planning. She then spent 13 years with Riley Children’s Foundation in various roles, including acting director of development, director of campaign planning and director of special gifts. She then joined College Mentors for Kids as a development officer and later Ronald McDonald House of Indiana as a major gifts officer. She joins the museum from Methodist Health Foundation, now known as the IU Health Foundation, where she was chief development officer since 2015.
David Wagner has been named director of facilities. In his role, he is responsible for strategic short- and long-term plans for the more than 1,000 acres of property that is today’s Conner Prairie. Previously, he was director of facilities for Compass Group USA at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, Texas.
Chris Petrelli of Carmel, Ind., has been promoted to senior director of museum experiences and now oversees programming, education and interpretation. He joined the museum in 2011 and previously served as director of programs and education.
Ellen Paulin of Fishers, Ind., has been promoted to senior manager of interpretation. She joined Conner Prairie in 2009 and most recently served as an interpretation manager.
Gail Brown of Indianapolis has been promoted to senior manager of programs. He joined the museum in 2012 and previously held the title of program developer.
Kim McCann of Indianapolis has been named assistant program developer. She started work at Conner Prairie in 2013 and previously was an assistant manager of interpretation.
Spanning more than 1,000 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 430,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.
About Conner Prairie
Conner Prairie’s mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its more than 1,000 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Flickr and YouTube.