Adam M. Levine, the Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director of the Toledo Museum of Art and a scholar of ancient art, is a transformative leader with a deep conviction that art inspires and museums are change agents. Levine is the 10th director of TMA since its distinguished founding in 1901.
Prior to embarking on his directorship at TMA in 2020, Levine was the George W. and Kathleen I. Gibbs director and chief executive officer of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. Under his leadership at the Cummer Museum, Levine oversaw numerous strategic initiatives, including the reconstruction of its historic gardens, expansion of its educational offerings and the implementation of innovative membership and audience development programs with dramatic gains in visitorship.
Levine originally joined TMA in 2012 as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, a two-year post-doctoral program designed to prepare the next generation of museum leaders, and went on to increasingly senior management roles at the museum, ultimately serving as deputy director and curator of ancient art. During his six-year tenure at TMA, Levine curated a diverse range of exhibitions, advanced the Museum’s first campus master plan and shared oversight of TMA’s $16 million budget and 250 employees.
Levine graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, where he majored in anthropology, art history, and mathematics & social science. He continued his studies as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he earned his master’s degree with distinction and D.Phil. in the history of art. He publishes widely and is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from ancient art and interpretive strategies, to museum and management practices.
Combining his interests in mathematics and art, in 2009 he co-founded Art Research Technologies, a data and research company that has since gained a following in the commercial art world. He founded the Global Database of Antiquities the same year and has previously consulted for several departments at Sotheby’s and for Art & Auction Magazine, for which he provided quantitative analysis of the art market.
Andrea Gardner received her B.A. in classics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and her M.A. in ancient art history from the University of Texas at Austin. In her role as director of collections at TMA, which she assumed in 2018, Gardner leads the logistical support operations of the care and display of the Museum’s collections. Her primary responsibilities include management of the exhibitions, conservation and registration departments; oversight of the risk management initiatives for the Museum’s collections; and increasing efficiency and implementing improved processes in the collections areas. Prior to her new position, Gardner was the registrar and assistant systems officer at TMA, where she has worked, beginning as an intern in the curatorial and registration departments, since 2006.
Jenny Wensink comes to TMA from Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she has held several positions in the office of university advancement since 2011. In her most recent role as BGSU’s director of annual giving and alumni relations — a position she held since 2016 — Wensink oversaw annual giving, strategic planning, donor engagement and digital fundraising initiatives, helping BGSU grow its annual fundraising to more than $21 million. Prior to her work at BGSU, Wensink served as assistant director of development at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Wensink received her Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications in 2006 from The Ohio State University and her Master of Art in public administration, with a focus on leadership and nonprofit management, from Bowling Green State University in 2017.
Joy Goodner is a professional with over 20 years of human resource management experience, and the last seven years have been in the media and publishing industry. She has worked in HR roles in banking, state government, automotive manufacturing, healthcare and has significant experience in strategic human resource planning and development, management coaching, mergers and acquisitions, training and development, diversity and inclusion, conflict resolution, and mediation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Faulkner University (Montgomery, AL.) Also, Joy is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), the National Diversity Council. She holds a Diversity and Inclusion certification (CDP) granted by the National Diversity Council and is also certified as a Workforce Mediator. Joy is a Toledo native.
Mike Deetsch joined the Toledo Museum of Art staff in 2013 as assistant director of education. He was recently named the Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement, overseeing the docent program, art classes, and museum curriculum. Prior to joining the staff at TMA, Deetsch served as a senior museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition and programs director at the Lexington Art League, and the student programs manager at the Kentucky Historical Society. In 2012 he was selected to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen program. Deetsch received his M.S. in Art Education from the Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art History from Hanover College.
Patricia O’Toole received her B.A. in accounting from Miami University in Oxford, and her MBA from the University of Cincinnati. In her role as director of finance, O’Toole oversees the financial operations and investments of the Museum. Prior to joining the Museum in 2017, O’Toole served as the director of operations at Hospice of Northwest Ohio and the director of finance at Maumee Valley Country Day School, where she helped gain significant improvement in financial performance. Among O’Toole’s additional previous experience have been financial and administrative responsibilities on behalf of CBT Credit Services, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, and Deloitte and Touche. O’Toole is a Toledo native.
Rhonda Sewell most recently served as the director of governmental and external affairs for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, where she worked with local, state and federal legislators as well as community stakeholders in the areas of library funding, advocacy and systems change. Prior to her 15 years at the Library, she worked 18 years as an award-winning journalist for The Blade newspaper, which included assignments in six countries. Sewell also served as an adjunct instructor in ethnic studies and mass communications at Bowling Green State University. Sewell is a proven community leader, founding in 2012 Real Men READ-y, an ongoing mentoring and early literacy program designed for underrepresented African American boys in Kindergarten and first grade.