Staff Contacts

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Executive Director: Vicky Ballard

Visitor Services and Gift Shop Manager: Erika Donaldson

By a saguaro cactus in AZ!

From just outside Atlanta, Erika’s love for all things nature took her to Colorado and Oregon before coming to Asheville. When she attended the Jewelry Design program at Haywood Community College, her love for geology mixed with her love for jewelry and enjoys sharing her passion with museum visitors! Her vast knowledge of minerals and jewelry make her great at helping visitors find special treasures for the whole family!

        Contact Erika about:

  • Visiting the museum
  • Gift shop items and sales
  • Parking, admissions, and special Assistance
  • General museum questions

Administrator: Bonnie Findley

Originally from Portland, Maine, Bonnie has traveled extensively and enjoys learning about new places and cultures.  After retiring from the Air Force as a law office manager and paralegal, she settled in Asheville in 1997 and returned to school to earn an MLA degree, with a focus in ecofeminism from UNCA.  She is a member of Wild Bodema, a women’s drum troupe that performs in the local area.

        Contact Bonnie about:

  • Payables and Receivables
  • Administrative Questions


Weekend Visitor Services AssistantJudith Cheney

Judith and one of her paintings.

 Judith majored in French at Northwestern University in Illinois and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. Along with being a professional artist, she has also worked as a newspaper reporter. Her paintings are done in the Americana style.