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Cielo Aguilera, Youth Programs Coordinator

Photo of a Latina woman, identified as Cielo Aguilera, smilingCielo Aguilera earned her BFA in art education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is an art teacher at one of Chicago’s south-side public schools. She joined Intuit as the museum’s first Emerging Museum Professional Fellow in 2021, when she was drawn to the museum’s mission to amplify marginalized artistic voices and wanted to learn more about museum education with the goal to incorporate museum teaching practices in a traditional classroom. Her projects center conversations around social justice, diversity and inclusion, creating safe spaces, and building empathy.

Alison Amick, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions

Photo of Alison Amick, Senior Manager of Exhibitions and Development, Chief CuratorAlison Amick received her master’s in art history from Indiana University in 2002. Amick’s interest in outsider and self-taught art led her to Intuit, where she began as a volunteer. Prior to joining Intuit in 2016, she served as a curator at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art for more than a decade.

Eva Baldinger, Senior Manager of Operations

Photo of a white woman, smiling, wearing eyeglasses and a jean jacket over a purple sweaterEva Baldinger received a bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2015. Her love of self-taught art stemmed from a general appreciation for the arts and an interest in waste systems and creative reuse. Baldinger first joined Intuit as a development intern in 2016, returning over the years as a volunteer while pursuing a career as a sustainability consultant. She left the corporate realm in 2020 to dedicate time to a career in music as a member of the Chicago-based duo Lilla Sol and joined Intuit as a special projects coordinator in 2022. Baldinger is excited to support Intuit as senior manager of operations as the organization continues to grow and evolve.

Julie Blake, Intuit Store Manager

Photo of Julie Blake, Special Projects and Merchandising CoordinatorJulie Blake joined the Intuit staff in 2017 as a marketing intern through the museum studies program at Oakton Community College. A lifelong learner, Blake holds a bachelor’s in art from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She brings direct experience in business development, strategic planning, customer relationship management, and event and retail management to the Intuit Store. She loves collaborating in creative environments where she can combine her right- and left-brain functions. Blake began creating visual and performing art at an early age, and she is drawn to the power of outsider art and Intuit’s mission to promote its awareness.

William Deschler, Finance and Operations Manager

Will Deschler received his bachelor’s degree in learning and organizational change and his certificate in design from Northwestern University in 2021. In college, Deschler spent three years doing nonprofit research for the University’s Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact Lab and interned at a nonprofit in the Bay Area. He joined Intuit in June 2021 through Northwestern’s Public Interest Program and has experience in nonprofit finance, research and business strategy. Deschler is a lifelong appreciator of the arts and is passionate about the public sector.

Claire Fassnacht, Development Manager

“PhotoClaire Fassnacht received her master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University in 2017. In the summer of 2015, Fassnacht co-facilitated the IntuiTeens summer youth program at Intuit, from which her exploration and interest for outsider art stemmed. While living in Boston, she was the student services administrator with Boston Ballet School, responsible for website building, data management and customer relations. An appreciator to many types of art, Fassnacht is also a gamelan musician and dancer and holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Lawrence University.

Tina Horton, Development Coordinator

Tina HortonTina Horton received a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Florida in 2015 and a master’s of music in musicology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She gained experience in event management and fundraising efforts through her involvement with various music ensembles and organizations. These opportunities sparked her interest in learning more generally about nonprofit work related to the arts. Before joining the staff, Horton was a development intern with Intuit in 2020, when she was introduced to the world of outsider art. She was quickly drawn to Intuit’s mission and its heartwarming community. She is also pursuing her doctoral studies in musicology and researching music-making in Filipino American communities.

Debra Kerr, President and CEO

Photograph of a woman identified as Deb Kerr smiling and wearing a red-orange hat, colorful eyeglasses and a black turtleneck sweaterDeb Kerr comes to Intuit from a 17-year career at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, where she held progressively responsible positions, including executive vice president from 1999–2010. Kerr serves as an instructor in the Museum Studies Certificate Program in Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, teaching Successful Museum Management in Today’s Environment, for which she won a teaching excellence award in 2013. Kerr is a member of the American Alliance of Museums and a past board member of the Merit School of Music and the National Veterans Art Museum; past board member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and past chair and instructor for its Professional Development Committee and management courses; past chair of the Zoo and Aquarium committee for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions; and past member of the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Leaders Council. She is a frequent guest speaker on issues related to museum relevance, teen empowerment and activating the public for social good.

Charlie Miller, Preparator

Photograph of Charlie Miller wearing glasses, smilingCharlie Miller received his bachelor’s degree in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020. His academic focuses were film and architectural history, which culminated in an architectural research project that was exhibited at the Château de Chambord in France’s Loire Valley. Miller’s interest in outsider art led him to Intuit, where he first joined as a graphic design intern in 2018.

Christina Stavros, Registrar and Curatorial Assistant

Photo of Christina Stavros, Registrar and Facilities CoordinatorChristina Stavros received a BFA in printmaking with a minor in art history from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Stavros’ lifelong passion for the arts led her to Intuit, where she began as an intern in the Collections and Exhibitions Department. Christina comes to Intuit with past gallery and events experience. She also continues to practice the arts through painting and mixed media works.

Dani Wieder, Guest Services Associate and Public Programs Associate

Photo of a white woman, smiling, wearing eyeglasses, a necklace, and a black hat and shirtDani Wieder is an interdisciplinary dramaturg, director and audience engagement programmer, working across performance, dance, film and visual art. Prior to Intuit, she was the experience manager for Hebru Brantley’s Nevermore Park. Other dramaturgy and engagement collaborations have included Erin Kilmurray’s THE FUNCTION (MCA’s Chicago Performs), Jackalope Theatre, The Fly Honey Show, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Art21 and musicians Hard Femme. Wieder holds a bachelor’s in theater and performance studies from the University of Chicago, with a focus on material cultures in performance.

Joshua Willis, Guest Services Associate

Joshua WillisJoshua Willis received his bachelor’s degree in art history from Berry College in 2016. Growing up in rural Georgia surrounded by folk and outsider art, he developed a passion for self-taught art at a young age, eventually specializing in the genre in college. Willis first joined Intuit in 2018 as an intern and member of the Young Professionals Board. He is excited to share the power of outsider art with audiences at one of the premier museums of its kind in the world.

Lindsey Wurz, Marketing and Communications Manager

Lindsey Wurz earned her bachelor’s degrees in art history and general communication from Purdue University in 2019. Her academic emphases were public relations and strategic communication. In 2021, she earned her master’s degree in arts administration from Boston University. Wurz first joined Intuit as an administrative intern in 2017, when her interest in self-taught art began. She cares deeply about sharing cultural experiences and knowledge with her community and is inspired by how museums continue to evolve and connect with their growing audiences.

Julia Yrkoski, Guest Services Associate

Photo of Julia Yrkoski, wearing a black sweaterJulia Yrkoski was raised on traditional Slavic fables and Soviet cartoons in Warsaw, Poland. She was inspired to draw and create stories from an early age. Encouraged to pursue an education by her family of aspiring artists, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in illustration. Yrkoski’s work ranges from digital to pastel to watercolor, portraying imagery she remembers from her upbringing in Europe. After finishing her degree, Yrkoski’s path led her to Intuit, fascinated by the range of outsider art. Here, she hopes to support self-taught artists and unique perspectives and learn along the way.