Rowena Houghton Dasch, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Rowena Houghton Dasch has led the Neill-Cochran House Museum as Executive Director since the end of 2013. She holds an MA and a Ph.D in American Art from the University of Texas at Austin and an AB in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. During her tenure at the NCHM, Rowena has focused on increasing the diversity of the displays, mounting a first-ever curated exhibition of paintings, installing a didactic display of silver-working methods, and overseeing annual exhibits in the museum’s new upstairs gallery. Her day-to-day work covers all facets of the museum’s operations and the historic property’s preservation, including planning and implementation of a major structural restoration project, annual fundraising, educational programming for adults and families, and collections management.

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Gene E. Heard

Museum Facilities Manager

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Gene Heard has overseen all aspects of the historic and contemporary buildings at the Neill-Cochran House Museum since 2007. In addition to installing all of our exhibits, refinishing collection furnishings, and designing and building a new display in the 1855 dependency, he is the master of the five separate breaker boxes, the six air-conditioning units, the countless sets of keys, the multiple kitchens and bathrooms, as well as the landscaping crews, installations, and sprinkler system. In short, NCHM simply cannot function without his attention. Look for him here and at Chateau Bellevue, where he also oversees maintenance operations and leads guided tours.

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Andrea Perry

Business & Programming Director

Before coming on staff at the Neill-Cochran House in early 2015, native Austinite Andrea Perry enjoyed a diverse career as a cataloging librarian, anti-violence advocate, professional chorister, and non-profit entrepreneur. A graduate of St. John’s College with a degree in Philosophy and History of Science, her current interests include emancipatory philosophy and anti-discrimination advocacy. At the Neill-Cochran House, she manages museum communications, administers venue rentals, develops strategy and partnerships with other businesses and organizations, supports fundraising efforts, and lends her love of cross-disciplinary learning to museum programming. Will she give you a tour? Yes, and gladly! Just give her two minutes to finish up that last email, won’t you?

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