CHI Officers

JakeKochJake Koch, Director
djacobkoch@gmail.com

Director Jake Koch is originally from Sandusky, Ohio. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Minor in Public History from Capital University and earned his Master’s Degree in History from East Tennessee State University. He began his interpretive career as a Living History Intern at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the summer of 2005. While in graduate school he worked at Tipton-Haynes Historic Site in Johnson City, Tennessee, and as a seasonal at Vicksburg National Military Park. Jake joined the permanent staff at Vicksburg in 2010, and stayed there until accepting the position of Lead Park Ranger at Andersonville National Historic Site in 2016. He moved again in October of 2018 to begin a new position at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site.

Jake now lives in Las Animas, Colorado, with his wife, son, and two dogs. He is a fanatical Ohio State Football fan. He has also been involved in the hobby of living history in the periods of the Civil War and the First World War, and is currently diving into the world of the 1830s and 1840s. Jake has been an NAI Member since 2010. Has been a Certified Interpretive Guide, and attended the Certified Interpretive Trainer Course.

 

TomRoseTom Rose, Deputy Director
rose.thomasf@gmail.com

Tom Rose grew up along the Hudson River in New York before moving to Iowa and receiving a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology from Cornell College. After bouncing between the East Coast and the Midwest for several years he’s now at home in Asheville, NC where he has worked as a Historic Interpreter at Biltmore Estate since April 2017. Tom’s involvement with NAI began in November 2017 when he became a Certified Interpretive Guide, and later attended the 2018 Sunny Southeast Regional Workshop before being a participant in CHI’s first Living History Immersion Training event at Bent’s Old Fort in June 2018. In addition to his interpretive work Tom has two years of experience as an Archival Assistant at the Rockefeller Archive Center and is currently volunteering as a collections manager at the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Tom is excited to blend his interest in archives and collections management with the guest-facing aspects of interpretation in service of CHI.

 

IMG-4152 - EditedAngela Weeden, Treasurer/Secretary
angelaniemiec@gmail.com

Angela Weeden is pleased to call Colorado home now after living in Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and Ohio. She resides in the city of Centennial with her husband and two sons. After earning her BA in Anthropology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, she worked at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, OH. Her first position was as a Lead Interpreter, and later, as the Assistant Director of Education. Angela also has experience in volunteer management in a public library setting. She is currently a Volunteer Interpreter at the Littleton Museum where she has been involved for 15 years in various capacities, including new program creation. She also gives public presentations under her “A Western Woman” trade name. Her primary areas of living history interest center around fashion history, fiber arts, historic foodways, domestic history, and women’s work in the Victorian era. She has been an NAI member and Certified Interpretive Guide since 2005.
 

Position Descriptions and Administrative Structure

Excerpts from the NAI Organization Units Operating Manual:

Position Descriptions for OU Officers

The Director, Deputy Director, Treasurer, and Secretary all are elected by the voting members of the region for up to three, two (2) year terms, and as such form the ExecutiveCommittee of the Region’s governance. All must work within the parameters of the Bylaws established by the National Association for Interpretation as stated in Article VII.

The chain of command for officers is listed below. When one officer is not available for a meeting or has resigned; then the task rotates to the following officer. The Director may appoint until the next election members to the Executive Board to fill vacancies created by the departure of an officer. If the Director’s position is vacated, the sequence of succession shall be Deputy Director, Secretary, and then Treasurer (Bylaws For The National Association For Interpretation). All officers must annually file a signed NAI Ethics form with the National Office.

All OU officers are expected to serve as mentors to their successors by providing records, information, and helpful advice on conducting the responsibilities required by the role.

Director

The OU Director plays a critical role in helping the National Association for Interpretation achieve its vision, mission and goals by delivering exceptional member services and professional development. The Director is responsible for all section operations via its leadership team S/he is accountable to NAI’s National Board via the Advisory Council. This director is instrumental in ensuring consistent and effective internal processes and communications in order to strengthen NAI’s nonprofit programs and position the organization for continued success.

Term

This volunteer position is elected for a three-year term by the section’s general membership.

Duties

  • Create and implement strategic and operational plans for the OU’s continued growth and development.
  • Ensure section activities and member services are aligned with NAI’s vision, mission and goals and incompliance with its bylaws, operation manuals and guidelines.
  • Manage and develop direct reporting section officers and chairs.
  • Manage and control section expenditure within agreed budgets by reviewing quarterly and year-end finance reports
  • Attend and lead the annual OU meeting, scheduled during the National Workshop.
  • Attend Advisory Council meetings and represent the OU’s member interests.
  • Maintain awareness and knowledge of Advisory Council policies/procedures and provide suitable interpretation to the OU leadership team and its general members.
  • Monitor, measure and report on OU development plans, performance and achievements within agreed formats and timescales as defined by the Advisory Council.

Time Obligations

Varies depending on the time of year, activities, and any additional roles or committees assumed. Estimated average time is 5 hours per week.

Minimum Requirements

Must be a current NAI member

Preferred Qualifications

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to NAI’s vision, mission and goals.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities, shaping processes, guiding investment in people, and developing an infrastructure that creates a stronger and more efficient organization.
  • Thorough understanding of project management, as well as an ability to work effectively under pressure to meet tight deadlines and goals.
  • A team leader with a flexible and creative approach.
  • Excellent communication and coalition building skills with an ability to balance, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • High level of knowledge and understanding, especially as it relates to professional development, connecting programs to funding, creatively generating other resources, and building strategic partnerships.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details.
  • Proficient use of technology as a management reporting tool and an ability to develop and implement effective program evaluations.

Deputy Director

The Deputy Director will play a critical role in helping the National Association for Interpretation achieve its vision, mission and goals by delivering exceptional member services and professional development. The Deputy Director is a voting officer and will be directly responsible for section chairs. S/he will be accountable to the OU Director. This position will be instrumental in ensuring consistent and effective internal processes and communications in order to strengthen NAI’s nonprofit programs and position the organization for continued success.

Term

This volunteer position is elected for a three-year term by the section’s general membership.

Duties

  • Participate in quarterly & as needed meetings with the OU Board and Leadership Team. 
  • Oversee Section Leadership Team Chair positions such as workshop chair, and assist Chairs with assignments as needed.
  • Assist OU Director by ensuring OU core member services are met in accordance to Advisory Council’s Organizational Unit Core Services Evaluation Form.
  • Assume Interim OU Director Role if Director cannot full-fill term.
  • Attend Advisory Council meetings if the Director cannot fulfill this commitment.
  • Other duties as assigned by OU Director.

Qualifications

Must be an NAI member in good standing

Preferred Qualifications

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to NAI’s vision, mission and goals.
  • A successful track record in setting priorities, shaping processes, guiding and investment in people, and developing an infrastructure that creates a stronger and more efficient organization.
  • Commitment to professional development and networking of OU Members via conferences and other creative methods.

Time Obligations

Varies based on activities. On average, approximately 2-4 hours monthly

Secretary/Treasurer (optional)

The OU Secretary/Treasurer will play a critical role in helping the National Association for Interpretation achieve its vision, mission and goals by delivering exceptional member services and professional development. The Secretary/Treasurer is a voting officer and will be directly responsible for section chairs. S/he will be accountable to the OU Director. This position will be instrumental in ensuring consistent and effective internal processes and communications in order to strengthen NAI’s nonprofit programs and position the organization for continued success.

Term

The term will be for three (3) years. Elections are determined by the section’s general membership. It is a volunteer position.

Duties

  • Arrange, participate and record minutes for various meetings, conferences, and section activities.
  • Maintain the OU’s policy manual and Book of Motions.
  • Guide the leadership team to develop, prepare and approve the section’s annual budget.
  • Compare the actual revenues and expenses incurred against the budget for each quarter.
  • Ensure the OU remains in compliance with NAI’s financial policies and guidelines.
  • Approve and complete section transactions, as well as required financial reporting forms in a timely fashion.
  • Keep the OU Leadership Team regularly informed of key financial events, trends and concerns.
  • Provide annual financial reports to the members at the section meeting.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director.

Time Obligations

Varies depending on the time of year, section activities, and any additional roles or committees assumed. Estimated average time is 2-4 hours per month.

Minimum Qualifications

Must be a current NAI member in good standing.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use a variety of software, such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage paper and electronic files, as well as a member database.
  • Keen financial understanding and experience developing and balancing budgets.
  • Previous experience as a Parliamentarian with working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order.