The Museums Association of Montana (MAM) announces the retirement of Executive Director Deb Mitchell after her dedicated service of 16 years. Coinciding with her retirement from the Montana Historical Society, Mitchell has accepted a new position as the Executive Director of WorldMontana.
Mitchell expressed mixed emotions about leaving MAM, stating, "It is hard for me to come to the realization that I am no longer part of the Museums Association of Montana organization. These people have been my second family for the last 16 years. Retiring was a hard decision to make, but as I told the board, you are not rid of me completely…yet."
Having retired from the Montana Historical Society earlier this year after 23 years of service, Mitchell felt it was time to pass on her role as Executive Director of MAM. She commended the board members for their passion and expertise, assuring that Montana's museums are in capable hands.
Reflecting on her journey with MAM, Mitchell shared valuable lessons she learned. She emphasized the importance of learning from mistakes and being able to laugh at yourself. Encouraging others to remember that “you are Never! Ever! Going to please everyone,” Mitchell highlighted the significance of never taking it personally. She stressed the power of saying no, knowing personal limitations, and always putting family first.
Though retiring, Mitchell reassured the museum community that her commitment to advocating for museums and offering support remains unwavering, urging them to reach out to her for any assistance. Expressing her gratitude, Mitchell said, "I am truly blessed to have worked with all of you."
The Museums Association of Montana extends its heartfelt appreciation to Deb Mitchell for her outstanding contributions, dedication, and leadership – and would like to assure her that she will always be part of MAM.
About the Museums Association of Montana: The Museums Association of Montana (MAM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the museum profession and fostering collaboration among museums in Montana. MAM supports museum professionals and volunteers through educational programs, networking opportunities, and advocacy efforts, ensuring the preservation and promotion of Montana's rich cultural heritage.