I was ten years old when my parents, Frank and Michele Scott, loaded me into the family car for one of the longest field trips ever. My parents were fond of saying, “Follow your nose,” so I had no idea of our destination. After many, many hours, we arrived at the home of Patsy and Charles Nesbit, founding members of the NC Heisey Study Group. I recall admiring all the beautiful glass around me and listening as the adults spoke of patterns, stems, and etchings. I remember a wonderful lunch,
show and tell, and the best part: a raffle for a mystery gift. For a $5 donation to the club, you had a chance to win a mystery gift. That was the first—and to date—only time I’ve won the mystery gift, but the Heisey animals in that gift started my collection.
The following year, the family vacation was to Newark, Ohio where I saw everything. I roamed from room to room, showcase to showcase, building my collection (in my head). It’s now more than 30 years later, and Heisey remains an essential part of my life. I keep a crate of service pieces in my car because I live in the South. One never knows when one might have need for a rose-etched platter or a 4-part relish! In 2018 and 2019, the NC Heisey Study Group allowed me to provide interactive educational programs at each meeting (with the help of my late father and Jaime Robinson).
Professionally, I am a licensed attorney in NC. I am currently the managing director of a program at Duke University. I have worked in the museum and public history field since 2007. This has afforded me an opportunity to learn about museum and collections management, historic house maintenance, public programming, fundraising, and human resources. During the pandemic, my team successfully transitioned many in-person events to virtual platforms. In addition, I serve as treasurer to a closed corporation with residential and commercial real estate holdings. I’m also on the board of directors for my county’s alcohol beverage control system and oversee a budget of nearly $50 million dollars. In my spare time, I stalk local auction houses and try to outbid all the phone bidders!
I would welcome the opportunity to bring my museum-specific skills to HCA.