El Museo’s has a small talented and dedicated staff.
The staff consists of :
Director/Curator, Craig Centrie Ph.D
Gallery Manager, Kitty Lambert
Cory Promowicz and Rick Olson
The committed paid staff is assisted by an able cadre of volunteers who maintain the space and staff the exhibitions during hours of operation.
Craig Centrie, Ph.D, Co-Founder and Executive Director is a founder and the second director of El Museo in its 30 year history. He is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Medaille College in Buffalo, and lectures in the Latino/Latina Studies program at the State University of New York at Buffalo as well as holding faculty positions at other colleges in the Buffalo Niagara region. He has an extensive list of publications and scholarly journals and published a book on Vietnamese immigrant youth, New Lives, New Beginnings in 2004. His academic research into immigrant communities and, art and culture as community development fit well with his tenure at El Museo. He began as a curator with El Museo in 1981 and is a working artist, with exhibitions in Buffalo and internationally. His work is included in private collections, as well as the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the Musee National in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Latino Community from P.O.D.E.R., University at Buffalo in 2003 and the Faculty Award for Changing the Lives of Students, Educational Opportunity Center, SUNY at Buffalo in 2004.
The experience and knowledge of Dr. Centrie is well-respected in the cultural community and one of the greatest assets of El Museo. The board of directors and Dr. Centrie are preparing a leadership succession plan, identifying the key skills and talents needed for the position in the future.