The Staff

Trina Nelson Thomas

Director of Stark Art and History Venues
Foundation management, with the support of the Board of Directors, initiated a realignment that resulted in the consolidation of the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House under one director, Katrina (Trina) Nelson Thomas, who is the Director of the Stark Art and History Venues.
Previously, Thomas served as the Senior Director of Public Programs for the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis, IN, where she was one of the Society’s key managers heading all public programs. During her time at IHS, Thomas managed five departments, including education and community engagement, interpretation, exhibition research, exhibition design, and local history services. Thomas coordinated cross division teams and worked diligently on community outreach initiatives.

Jeffry A. Harris

Site Manager / Curator, The W.H. Stark House
Jeff has been the director of a number of history museums in Indiana, including the Lake of the Red Cedars Museums in Cedar Lake, Delaware County Historical Society in Muncie, Nettle Creek Valley Museum in Hagerstown, and Scott County Heritage Center and Museums in Scottsburg.
He was most recently the Director of the Local History Services Department at the Indiana Historical Society. That department served as consultants to small museums throughout the State of Indiana.
Jeff is the immediate past chair of the Field Services Alliance, an affinity group of the American Association of State and Local History and a past president of the Indiana Association of Museums. He has been a speaker at a number of history, genealogy, archival and museum conferences.

Drew Whatley

Assistant Site Manager / Educator, The W.H. Stark House

Samantha Hoag

Collections and Exhibitions Manager, The W.H. Stark House
Samantha Hoag is responsible for The W.H. Stark House collection and its records. She documents the objects and ensures their proper handling and storage. In addition to caring for the objects, she manages the Stark House’s exhibitions by designing and installing the exhibits in the Stark House and Carriage House. Samantha has been with the Stark House since January 2011. She has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in museum studies from Baylor University.

Katie Barry

Collections Intern