Andrew Masich, PhD
President and CEO
Andy Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and a commissioner (former chairman) of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Under Andy’s leadership, the History Center has been recognized for its award-winning exhibitions and innovative educational programs. He has forged strategic partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny Conference for Community Development, Boy Scouts of America, VisitPittsburgh, American Association for State and Local History, and 125 History Center affiliate museums in Western Pennsylvania. Andy is an adjunct Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University and is a recognized authority on the preservation and interpretation of history. He has served on the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission and as a faculty member of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration. He makes regular television appearances on KDKA (CBS), including the popular “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” programs and the regular feature, “Pittsburgh History Today.” Known for his extensive knowledge of Pennsylvania history, he has also authored or co-authored award-winning books on a wide range of subjects. His newest book, Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-1867 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017), delves into the multicultural and transnational dimensions of the conflict in the American West and Mexico. Learn more about Andy Masich.
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Operations
Rachel Askey is the History Center’s Chief Financial Officer. In her role, she has primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of the History Center and works to plan and forecast the overall financial vision of the History Center to ensure productive financial operations. This includes direct responsibility for overseeing investments, budget and financial planning, financial reporting, cash management, accounts payable and accounts receivable, as well as information technology. Rachel joined the History Center in 2019. Prior to joining the History Center, Rachel worked in audit and advisory roles with both Carnegie Mellon University and with KPMG LLP. Rachel earned her BA from Washington and Jefferson College, where she had a dual major in Accounting and English.
Tonia Rose is vice president, museum administration, and oversees development fundraising and 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 and museum studies from Juniata College.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Learning
Mariruth Leftwich, Ph.D. 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.
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.
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.
Director of Marketing & Communications
Brady Smith oversees all marketing and external communications initiatives for the Heinz History Center and its museum system. Prior to joining the History Center in 2010, Brady worked for two internationally-acclaimed public relations agencies in Chicago – Hill & Knowlton and Cramer-Krasselt – where he helped plan and execute award-winning PR campaigns for national brands such as Allstate, the University of Phoenix, the Big Ten Conference, TransUnion, and Crocs. He began his career in athletic media relations, coordinating publicity for the University of Pennsylvania’s 33 varsity sports and interning in the Denver Broncos media relations department. A southern New Jersey native, Brady is a proud graduate of West Virginia University and has a B.A. in communications.
Dr. James Adovasio
Director of Archaeology
James M. Adovasio, Ph.D, D.Sc, achieved international acclaim with his archeological excavation of the Meadowcroft Rockshelter beginning in 1973. His work at the Meadowcroft site brought the first serious challenge to the existing paradigm that people had only been on the North American continent for 13,000 years. Evidence from the excavation at Meadowcroft has demonstrated a human presence at the site of at least 19,000 years. The Meadowcroft Rockshelter is known around the world as an important North American archaeological site and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
In addition to his work at Meadowcroft, Dr. Adovasio has excavated at locations around the world and he is recognized as a global authority on perishable materials such as ancient basketry and textiles. He is the author of multiple books including “The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology’s Greatest Mystery” (Random House, 2002), “The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory” (Harper Collins, 2007), and his latest, “Strangers in a New Land” (Firefly Books Ltd., 2016), which documents 35 of the earliest sites in North and South America. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, his Ph.D in Anthropology from the University of Utah, and completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution.
Betty Arenth is senior advisor for the Senator John Heinz History Center. A native Pittsburgher, Betty has been with the History Center since 1996, overseeing finances, facilities management, fundraising, human resources, legal and government affairs, and numerous other institutional activities. As the History Center has grown, she has coordinated numerous award-winning, environmentally-friendly construction projects, major fundraising campaigns, and two non-profit mergers. In partnership with Andy Masich, Betty has helped steer the growth and development of the History Center into one of the nation’s premiere regional history museums. Betty graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in political science in 1979, and masters of public policy and management from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public & International Affairs.