Museum board elects president and vice president

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Tim Russell, left, and Tom Walsh have been named vice president and president, respectively, of the Fairfield Museum’s Board of Directors. (Fairfield Museum photo)

Fairfield Museum and History Center has elected two business leaders as president and vice president of its Board of Directors and has added three professionals to its growing staff.

Fairfield resident Tom Walsh, a principal and member of Brody Wilkinson PC’s executive committee, has been named board president. Walsh is currently on the board of directors of The Southport Conservancy, serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association Middle Market and Small Business Committee and is on the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has previously been on the boards of the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and Community Capital Fund.

“I would like to see the museum continue on its upward path and become a regionally recognized center for history and education in addition to being a center of cultural activity for Fairfield and the surrounding towns,” Walsh said.

New board vice president Tim Russell is a third-generation owner of The Russell Agency, an insurance company located in Southport. A resident of Sandy Hook, Russell received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in risk management and insurance with an agency management tract from the University of Georgia. He joined his brother, George, to run the family agency in 1994, where he concentrates mainly on commercial insurance.

“I believe the Fairfield Museum is a treasure, but a hidden one,” Russell said. “I would like to see more people in the community made aware of all the museum has to offer. I’d like to help the Museum become a destination in the town of Fairfield, just like the beach or Rawley’s, and a place where every family goes and has fond memories.”

Russell is very active in civic and industry groups. He served as president of the Fairfield Rotary Club from 2003 to 2004 and the southern Connecticut chapter of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters from 2005 to 2007.

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The museum also recently hired, from left, Melissa Feliciano as visitor services manager, Meri Erickson as director of External Affairs and Casey Lewis as curator. (Fairfield Museum photo)

The museum also recently added three professionals to its full-time staff. Casey M. Lewis of Fairfield has joined the staff as curator, Meri Erickson of New Canaan has been named director of External Affairs and Melissa Feliciano of Weston has been appointed visitors services manager.

Lewis, a former curator at the Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, N.Y., is responsible for the care and preservation of the three-dimensional object collection at the museum. She also plays a key role in designing and creating the exhibits. As a recent graduate from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in museum studies, Lewis comes to the Fairfield Museum with several years of experience for her new job.

Erickson came to the Fairfield Museum from the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As part of the inaugural team that opened the contemporary art, architecture and design museum in 2007, Erickson brings more than 20 years of communications and marketing experience to the job.

While at the Glass House, Erickson and her team launched an on-line design store, ran two successful Dine with Design fund-raisers and served as a liaison between the museum and the community, while serving on the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce Board.

Feliciano also comes from the Philip Johnson Glass House, where she worked in the museum visitor center. She also managed the on-line store fulfillment and web presence. Feliciano has taken the lead in the Fairfield Museum gift shop redesign, will be managing a team of volunteers and booking events while assuming other responsibilities for the museum.

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