Rowena Houghton Dasch, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Ann Flemings, Development Officer, is an administrative professional with a successful track record in non-profit and higher education fundraising. She holds a Masters degree in Sociology and Community Counseling, while her undergraduate work focused on the visual arts. Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and practicing visual artist, Ann brings huge value-add to the team at the Neill-Cochran House Museum. She is skilled at marketing, sharing complex communications, strategic and meaningful event planning, inspiring and supervising teams, budget management and working with volunteers.
Karen Kincaid Brady, M.A., M.S.H.P
Karen Kincaid Brady joined the Neill-Cochran House Museum after completing the Master of Science in Historic Preservation program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2019. Karen brings her passion for history and architecture to her role at the Neill-Cochran House Museum to develop exciting and new programming that allows the house to come alive for its visitors. Prior to joining the Neill-Cochran House, Karen worked as a Project Manager and Historic Preservation Lead at R&K Solutions, Inc. and as the Membership Coordinator at the Federal Bar Association. In addition to her MSHP, Karen also holds a BA and MA in History, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition to working at the Neill-Cochran House, Karen continues to pursue her passion for history and education in another form as an Adjunct Lecturer at San Antonio College. Karen’s publication achievements include The Hangars on the Banks of the St. John’s River: The Landplane Hangar Historic District at NAS Jacksonville and “Monumental Reinterpretation.”