Our Staff

John Paul Deley

Vice President, Director of the Detre Library & Archives

John Paul Deley is a native Pittsburgher who serves as director of the Detre Library & Archives. He has 38 years of public history experience including: The National Archives and Records Administration, as well as work at the State Archives of Pennsylvania, New York and Nevada. He served as University Archivist at the University of Washington; Archivist, Federal Trade Commission; Records Officer, Energy Information Administration; as well as the Bucks County Historical Society; Bucks County Free Library, Pennsbury Manor (PHMC) and in Acadia and Valley Forge National Parks. John Paul is on the Pennsylvania State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB). He is a project management professional (PMP). He has served on numerous past committees for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and Society of American Archivists (SAA). John Paul has a B.S in elementary education from Temple University and a M.A. in American history from The Pennsylvania State University.

John Paul Deley
Tonia Rose

Tonia Rose

Vice President, Museum Administration

Tonia Rose is vice president, museum administration, and oversees the collecting, curatorial, and exhibitions activities along with board management of the History Center. Tonia joined the History Center in 2003 in the executive division, where she contributed to the growth of the institution in strategic planning, accreditation, donor cultivation, and project management in her role as director of administration. Prior to joining the History Center, Tonia worked in museum education at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Tonia has an MA in museum education from the University of the Arts and a BA in art history from Juniata College.

Sandra Smith

Vice President, Engagement and Enterprise

Sandra Smith coordinates public engagement and earned income for the History Center, including education and public programs, the museum shop and visitor services, the Museum Conservation Center, publications, communications, and facility rentals. Prior to coming to the History Center, Sandra spent eleven years at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she was the director of museum collections for the National Trust Historic Sites and then founding director of Villa Finale, the first National Trust Historic Site in Texas. Sandra has a M.A. in museum studies from George Washington University, and a B.A. in classical civilizations from The College of William and Mary.

Sandra Smith
Brian Butko

Brian Butko

Director of Publications

Brian Butko is author of books about Isaly’s, diners, the Lincoln Highway, roadside attractions, and, most recently, Kennywood Park. Brian started with the History Center as a volunteer and intern in the 1980s and is now director of publications. He serves as editor of Western Pennsylvania History quarterly magazine and project manager of the society’s book program, which has published on topics ranging from the Civil War to Pittsburghese, and African Americans in the Vietnam War to a kids book on Bill Mazeroski. A lifelong resident of West Mifflin, Brian graduated from Duquesne University with an M.A in history.

Michael Dubois

Director of Design

Michael Dubois, director of design, serves as creative director for the History Center’s permanent exhibitions and traveling exhibitions. Previous to his time with the History Center, Michael worked with the National Park Service, as creative director of new exhibitions for Premier Exhibitions in Atlanta, Ga., and with the Fernbank Science Center. Michael has an MS in architecture and interactive exhibitions and a BS in industrial design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Michael Dubois
Renee Falbo

Renee Falbo

Director of Human Resources

Renee Falbo is the director of human resources for the Senator John Heinz History Center’s museum system. Renee began her career with the History Center in 2005 as a part-time human resources assistant. In her current position, Renee oversees all human resources including staff, interns, and the volunteer program. Renee was born, raised, and still resides in the Steel Valley area of Pittsburgh. She is a 1992 graduate of Carlow University with a B.A. in Business Management.

Scott Frazier

Director of Finance

Scott Frazier has been with the History Center since 2010, having spent most of his career in the nonprofit world. Prior to joining the History Center, Scott was controller at the American Academy of Neurology in Minneapolis, Minn., and prior to that was controller for the American Philatelic Society located in Bellefonte, Pa. As director of finance, Scott participates in management over special projects for the organization as well as the day-to-day financial operations. An honors graduate from Penn State University, Scott has held board positions at the Twin Cities YMCA and PAWS of Centre County.

Scott Frazier
Alan Gutchess

Alan Gutchess

Director of the Fort Pitt Museum

Alan Gutchess is the site director at the Fort Pitt Museum, where he oversees staff, exhibits, and programing. He is recognized for his knowledge of the material culture of the colonial American frontier and has acted as a consultant to numerous history museums and documentary films. Prior to joining the History Center team, he had worked at the Museum of the American Revolution, Sauder Village, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Mariruth Leftwich

Director of Education

Mariruth Leftwich, Ph.D., director of education, oversees school, teacher, early learning, and youth programs, as well as group tours, at the History Center. She has worked in the field of museum education and heritage interpretation for more than fifteen years and currently serves on the board of directors of the Museum Education Roundtable, chairing the editorial team that manages the publication of the Journal of Museum Education. Prior to joining the History Center, Mariruth was the digital learning officer at the Museum of London, where she developed one of the UK’s first museum-based digital learning studios. Her work experience has also included tenure as vice president for education & programs at the Charlotte Museum of History and museum teaching at the Atlanta History Center and the National Army Museum (UK). Mariruth holds a Ph.D. from the University of London’s Institute of Education in the area of museum education, an ME.d focusing on curriculum design and instructional technology, an M.A. in history from Royal Holloway, and a B.A. in history with secondary teaching certification from Oglethorpe University.

Mariruth Leftwich
Anne Madarasz

Anne Madarasz

Director of the Curatorial Division, Chief Historian, & Director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Anne Madarasz, director of the curatorial division, chief historian, and director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum has been at the Heinz History Center since 1992. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., she completed the coursework for her PhD. at the University of Pennsylvania. Awarded a Richards Fellowship for research from the Corning Museum of Glass, Anne lectures and writes frequently on the subject of Pittsburgh glass, regional industry, and the history of Pittsburgh sports. Anne has served as the project director or curator for five exhibitions that have received the national Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History.

Tom Murphy

Director of Facilities Management

Thomas Murphy Jr. joined the Heinz History Center team in 2005. As the director of facilities management, Tom manages the organizations infrastructure including Security & Risk Management; Maintenance; Housekeeping; Energy Efficiency & Sustainability; IT; and Construction Planning & Management. His facility management career spans 29 years. He attended Los Angeles Technical College (IUOE) and trained with Los Angeles Building Owners Management Association (BOMA). Tom spearheaded the Museum Conservation Center’s construction project. His direction led the project to obtain the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED NC Gold Certification.

Tom Murphy
Ned Schano

Ned Schano

Director of Communications & Co-Director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum

Ned Schano, director of communications and co-director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, has more than 15 years of experience in integrated and strategic marketing communications, including the past 12 years at the History Center. During this time, Ned has served as brand manager for the History Center’s museum system, overseeing a wide range of strategic public relations, marketing, advertising, digital, and executive visibility initiatives for the Smithsonian’s home in Pittsburgh. A proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Ned previously worked for the University of Pittsburgh’s athletic department and Ketchum Public Relations before joining the History Center in 2004.

David Scofield

Director of Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village

David Scofield is the director of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village in Avella, Washington County, Pa. David began his museum career in 1988 as a demonstrating craftsman at Old Salem in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he practiced the 18th century trades of blacksmithing, carpentry, joinery, and white oak basket making. After working to develop a new turn-of-the-century living history farm as a North Carolina state historic site, he moved to Western Pennsylvania to be part of the effort to develop Meadowcroft. He is a graduate of Delaware Valley College and the Williamsburg Seminar for Historical Administration.

David Scofield
Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

Director of Development

Natalie Taylor is the director of development for the Senator John Heinz History Center’s museum system and oversees all aspects of fundraising for the organization. Prior to joining the History Center, she was the development officer for planned giving and major gifts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Natalie holds a B.A. in political science and a M.A. in public administration, both from the University of South Carolina.