See also our general contact information.

Questions about membership? Contact Terry Jackson at 615-320-3203 or

John Dichtl became AASLH President & CEO in 2015. Prior to that he was the executive director of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) for nine years, and worked for the Organization of American Historians for fourteen years as deputy director and in several other roles. John received his MA and PhD in early American history from Indiana University, and from 2006 to 2015 was an adjunct faculty member of the history department at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Before graduate school he worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration, a program that stems from an AASLH partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and other organizations. John helped to found the History Relevance Campaign, the International Federation for Public History, and is active in the National Coalition for History.

John Dichtl

President and CEO
615-320-3203, Extension: 820

Bethany Hawkins was named Chief of Operations for AASLH in April 2016. She joined AASLH in 2005 in the role of Program Manager working primarily with the association’s continuing education programs, annual meeting, awards program, and affinity groups. Before joining AASLH, she worked as Director of Marketing for the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville and was Executive Director of the Sam Davis Home and Museum in Smyrna, TN. A life-long Tennessee resident, Bethany has both a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University.

Bethany Hawkins
Chief of Operations
615-320-3203, Extension: 816

  • Annual Meeting
  • Onsite and Online Workshops
  • National Awards Program
  • Technical Assistance
  • Field Services Alliance
  • Historic House Affinity Community
  • Religious History Affinity Community

Bob Beatty is Chief of Engagement for the American Association for State & Local History, Since 2007, Bob has served AASLH as Interim President & CEO, Chief Operating Officer, and Vice President for Programs, leading AASLH’s professional development program including workshops, an annual meeting, affinity groups and other initiatives, and publications as editor of History News and the AASLH Editorial Board. From 1999-2007 he directed the Education Department at the Orange County (FL) Regional History Center. He holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in History from the University of Central Florida and has advanced to PhD candidacy in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. He is author of Florida’s Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes, co-editor of Zen and the Art of Local History, author of the forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield Book An AASLH Guide to Making Public History, has published several articles, and is a regular presenter at professional conferences.

Bob Beatty
Chief of Engagement
615-320-3203, Extension: 821

  • History News editor
  • Rowman and Littlefield book series
  • Small Museums Affinity Community
  • Presidential Sites & Libraries Affinity Community
  • Educators & Interpreters Affinity Community
  • Developing History Leaders @SHA (nee, Seminar for Historical Administration)


Prior to joining AASLH, Cherie Cook worked with museums in Oklahoma for more than sixteen years, first as field services coordinator and then as executive director of the Oklahoma Museums Association. As a result of her work, OMA became one of the most active state museum associations in the nation. Much of Cherie’s work at AASLH focuses on smaller history organizations and is influenced not only by her years in Oklahoma but also her experience as a county historical society curator and one glorious summer spent as a historic site interpreter. Cherie holds an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University and a BA in History from Kansas State University. She has authored seven technical bulletins and edited both the StEPs program workbook and The Source: A Museum Reference Manual, an 800-page guide produced for museums in Oklahoma.

Cherie Cook
Senior Program Manager

  • StEPs (Standards & Excellence Program for History Organizations)
  • Visitors Count! Visitor Survey Program
  • Project Management for History Professionals Program
  • Standards & Ethics Committee
  • Visitors’ Voices Affinity Community

Terry Jackson has served as the Membership and Database Coordinator since August 2014. She began her work with AASLH in 2006 as the Grant Coordinator for the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf program. She has worked on long-term projects in multiple areas at AASLH, most recently undertaking the conversion of the Membership Database to a new software in March 2015. As a native of Nashville, Terry worked in the financial field for many years. Terry went back to school and received her BA in History with a Southern Culture minor in 2003. She has also taken MTSU’s Masters classes in Public History. She has worked in a small house museum, the local county archive, has volunteered with a local cemetery friends group, the Tennessee Portrait Project, and is currently a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school’s reading clinic.

Terry Jackson
Membership and Database Coordinator
615-320-3203, Extension: 815

  • Membership Assistance
  • Registration and Login Assistance
  • Online Conference
  • Technical Assistance

Sylvia McGhee is AASLH’s Finance Director. She is a native of Indiana. A graduate of Indiana University Purdue University, she studied finance and business management. She also has an MA from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she studied ministry, community-organizing and outreach. She has done financial work in the fields of banking, business and non-profits for over 20 years.

Sylvia McGhee
Finance Director
615-320-3203, Extension: 818


Amber Mitchell is the Education and Service Coordinator at AASLH. She runs AASLH’s Continuing Education program; develops new webinars, workshops, and online courses; and organizes AASLH’s many volunteer committees. A graduate of Wayne State University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Amber’s research interests lie at the intersections of race, gender, and popular culture within American History. Before coming to AASLH, she spent ten years at various history organizations in the Midwest, including the Detroit Historical Society, the Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Humanities, and the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.




Amber Mitchell
Education and Service Coordinator
615-320-3203, Extension: 814

  • Continuing Education/ Professional Development
  • Volunteer Committees
  • Corporate History Affinity Community
  • Legal History Affinity Community
  • Military History Affinity Community
  • Women’s History Affinity Community

Hannah Hethmon is the Membership Marketing Coordinator at AASLH, where she is responsible for all large-scale communications and manages AASLH’s online presence, social media, and Career Center, all with the goal of improving the AASLH member experience. She is a specialist in the use of social media for museums and history organizations and leads periodic webinars on marketing and social media for AASLH. Before joining AASLH in 2015 and entering the public history/museum field, she spent eight years doing marketing in the for-profit sector. In addition to a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland College Park, she holds an MA in Medieval Icelandic History, Philology, and Manuscripts from the University of Iceland.

Hannah Hethmon
Membership Marketing Coordinator
615-320-3203, Extension: 823

  • Marketing & PR
  • Website & Blogs
  • Academic Program Membership
  • Annual Meeting Exhibit Hall
  • History News Advertising
  • Career Center
  • Emerging History Professionals Affinity Community

Aja Bain is the Program and Publications Coordinator. She has been with AASLH since 2014 and holds a BA in American history and anthropology from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Her research interests include migration, Southern history, and material culture. Aja serves as President of the Inter-Museum Council of Nashville and writes for Historic Nashville, Inc. When not at AASLH, she can be found leading tours of downtown Nashville and the Parthenon museum. Previous affiliations include the Kentucky Historical Society and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.



Aja Bain
Program and Publications Coordinator
615-320-3203, Extension: 810

  • Managing Editor of History News
  • AASLH Blogs
  • Online Store
  • Membership and Resources Assistance
  • Registration and Login Assistance
  • Technical Assistance

Marco Marquez
Archives Intern

Marco Marquez is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus. He is majoring in Chicano / Latino Studies and researching the ethnic Mexican experience in United States agriculture and manufacturing. After graduating, he plans on earning a masters in education. Marco is a self-described family man who enjoys going for long walks, listening to books, and gardening. When not in the class room he can be found on his family farm tending his many apple and cherry trees.

Hillary Borders
Annual Meeting Intern

Hillary Borders is a Middle Tennessee native who holds a B.S. in history from Middle Tennessee State University. Her minors include archaeology, and media, history and culture. She is currently attending MTSU’s Master’s in Public History Program, and is a graduate research assistant at the Rutherford County Archives. Hillary has held various internships in the realm of public history including The Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU, and MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture. She is the Vice President of the student chapter of Society of American Archivists at MTSU’s, and hopes to one day work in an archive!


Zachary Kautzman
Archives Intern

Zachary Kautzman is one of the summer archives interns at AASLH. He holds a B.S. in History and Public History from North Dakota State University. Originally from North Dakota Zach has come to Tennessee to receive an M.A. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Most of his professional history work is in an archive. Zach has spent time working at the university archive at NDSU, two summers as an intern at the North Dakota State Archives, and is currently a graduate assistant at the Albert Gore Research Center at MTSU. AASLH provides an exciting opportunity for him to exercise his archival knowledge.