Meet Our Staff

Director - Allyn Lord
Allyn has been active in numerous professional museum organizations in Arkansas, the Southeast, and the U.S. She serves as a peer reviewer for the American Association of Museums (AAM) and as a field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services' assessment and grants programs. Allyn served on the AAM board of directors from 2007 to 2011. She has lived in Northwest Arkansas since 1982 and enjoys volunteering, cats, kayaking, and hosting the occasional game show. Email

Collections Manager/Assistant Director - Carolyn Reno
Carolyn has been the collections manager since 1984. She takes care of the museum's collections and her duties include researching, cataloging, cleaning, and storing objects, as well as overseeing maintenance of security and HVAC systems. Her museum-related interests include textiles, ceramics, and researching old patents on the U.S Patent website. Email

Collections and Education Assistant - Aaron Loehndorf
Aaron grew up in the Midwest exploring various historical sites. He has worked or interned at more than half a dozen museums, or similar, in four states. Splitting time between education and collections allows him to interact with amazing artifacts and still pass on his passion for history to younger generations. His interests include history and a multitude of outdoor activities. Email

Exhibits Manager - Curtis Morris
Curtis has worked at the museum since 1998, first as collections assistant and currently as exhibits manager. His responsibilities include designing and constructing permanent, temporary, and traveling exhibits, as well as fixing stuff. A second-generation University of Arkansas alumnus, he has a BA in history and an MA in anthropology, both from UA-Fayetteville. Outdoor activities, water sports, vintage vehicles, and home improvement projects keep him out of trouble. If it has wheels, flies, floats, or shoots, he’s into it—the older the better. Currently he resides “out by the lake” with his four gals (spouse, two daughters, and loving labrador). Email

Education Manager - Judy Costello
Judy grew up learning and living Southern history through her family's exploration of Civil War battlefields, swimming holes, potential duck-hunting sites, and old cemeteries where ancestors were buried. Her education includes degrees in agricultural engineering from Auburn University and LSU. She moved to Fayetteville 27 years ago with her husband who is a professor at the University of Arkansas. She invested many years homeschooling her three children, all of whom are now UA students. Twenty years ago, in the process of seeking hands-on learning opportunities for her students, she discovered the educational gem that is the Shiloh Museum. Interests include outdoor activities, working with children and learning new things. Email

Education Assistant - Carly Squyres
Carly is a native of East Texas and grew up exploring Arkansas during family vacations. Her love of the area led Carly to the University of Arkansas, where she received a B.A. in history. Carly first discovered the Shiloh Museum as an education intern. She's excited to now be back in Arkansas after working at a museum on the West Coast. In her spare time, Carly enjoys baking, discovering new museums, and exploring the Ozarks. Email

Photo Archivist/Research Librarian - Marie Demeroukas
Marie came to the Ozarks in 1980 and knew a good thing when she saw it. She attended the University of Arkansas with the notion of becoming an archeologist but when she took a museum studies class, she was hooked. She brings her experience in collections management to the research library where she maintains the museum's extensive collections of photos and research materials and answers the public's inquiries about area history. Her interests include cooking, crafting, gardening, flea marketing, making wheel-thrown pottery, collecting sand, and lounging in the hammock. Email

Research Library Assistant

Photographer - Kris Johnson

Outreach Coordinator - Susan Young
Susan is a fifth-generation Ozarker. Before settling in the Ozarks, her kinfolks hailed from the southern Appalachians in Kentucky and Tennessee. There's no denying Susan's hillbilly roots. In fact, that heritage is something she is quite proud of and passionate about, which makes the Shiloh Museum the perfect place for Susan to hang her hat. Her areas of interest include religion, cemeteries, and traditional folkways of the Upland South. In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening, traveling, birdwatching, and genealogy. Email

Receptionist/Museum Store Manager - Kathy Plume
Kathy grew up in Missouri and is an alumnus of Southeast Missouri State University. She has lived in five different states and enjoyed learning about the culture of each area. Although the dialect and tastes in food may have differed from region to region, she has cherished the friendships she built along the way. As a former teacher, Kathy continued her love for teaching by homeschooling her three children for a total of eighteen years. She brings to the museum her love for learning, her enjoyment of meeting new people, and her desire to help others learn new things. Email

Maintenance - Marty Powers
A native of Fayetteville, Marty has deep roots in Washington County: his Mhoon ancestors were among the first settlers of the Round Mountain area east of Fayetteville, and several of his Powers ancestors were well-known stonemasons and builders in Fayetteville. A retired captain with the Fayetteville Fire Department, Marty and his wife Kendal are the parents of five daughters. Marty serves on the state board of directors for Camp Sunshine, a camp for children who have been severely burned. He is also a volunteer with Special Olympics. In his spare time, Marty enjoys hunting, fishing, and canoeing. Email

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