Mary Jo Barnello to Join Everson Staff as Chief Development Officer

October 29, 2014

The Everson Museum of Art is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Jo Barnello as the Museum’s new chief development officer beginning November 17, 2014. Barnello was selected after a two month long search led by the Interim Director Sarah Massett and Board of Trustees Development Committee Chair Cliff Malzman.

Barnello has over 20 years’ experience as senior management in development and fundraising. Most recently, she served as the director of development and community relations, Empire State Divisional Headquarters for the Salvation Army. Previously she held leadership fundraising positions with Loretto, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York, and the Boys and Girls Club.

“We look forward to Mary Jojoining us at the Everson, and leading us in making significant strides toward the Museum’s fundraising goals,” said Everson Interim Director Sarah Massett. “Mary Jo’s diverse experience in fundraising campaigns will help further the Everson’s ability to build a strong fiscal foundation while positioning itself for future growth.”

Barnello comes to the Everson at a time of great opportunity. Since the beginning of 2014, the Board of Trustees and staff have worked successfully to overcome fiscal challenges and recently announced that Elizabeth Dunbar will assume the position of Executive Director by January 1, 2015.

Barnello replaces Samara Hannah, who served the museum as director of development for nearly three years and helped drive its success during that time.  


The Everson Museum of Art, whose roots extend to 1897, is internationally recognized for its extensive and significant collection of ceramics, its pioneering art video collection and its distinctive structural design by the noted architect I.M. Pei.  As the first museum devoted to collecting American art, the Everson uses this focus to make possible direct encounters with all art through its collections, exhibitions, scholarship, and educational programs. 

The operation of the Everson Museum of Art is made possible with funding from the Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation, Syracuse University, County of Onondaga administered by CNY Arts, the Central New York Community Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the Everson Board of Trustees and Everson Members' Council.


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