On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff, the Texas Maritime Museum (TMM) announces the retirement of Kathy Roberts-Douglass, CEO effective July 1, 2020. She has served the Museum since 1999.
Justin Parkoff, Ph.D. assumed the role of executive director July 1.
“It has been my pleasure to serve the public and every board member since 1999,” said Roberts-Douglass. “I am grateful for the opportunity, which was afforded me, to work with instrumental teams building the Lighthouse (2001), the Maritime and Education Collections Center (2012), producing an award winning cookbook, Marithyme Treasures (2005), and 20-plus years of fundraisers for the operating funds for the Museum.
“I am especially grateful to the Recovery, Restoration, and Reopening team from Hurricane Harvey in 2017-2018.
“The last major project for the Museum was the completion of reaccreditation awarded February 28, 2020, a true team effort for 18 months. This award will assure the next team success for 10 years.
“Thank you to the entire Rockport-Fulton community, and all of my colleagues for the last 21 years.
“I am humbled, grateful and proud.”
The TMM is a 501c (3) non-profit privately held and recently reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums, located in Washington D.C. This accreditation is a best practice standard and the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. The award strengthens the Museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources, and remain financially and ethically accountable to serve the public.
The first accreditation was acquired by a team lead by Roberts-Douglass in 2005.