STOCKBRIGE -- Michelle Clarkin and Jill Gellert have joined the Norman Rockwell Museum's executive leadership team as chief advancement officer and chief operating officer, respectively.
Clarkin will commence her role immediately, filling a va-
cancy in the museum's leading fundraising post. Gellert will assume her role July 1, following the retirement of current COO Terry Smith, who has served in that position since 2004.
Margit Hotchkiss, who was promoted last fall from director of marketing and communications, to deputy director for audience and business development, has also joined the museum's executive team.
Clarkin has over a decade of experience in fundraising, stra-
tegic planning, and communications having developed major gifts and planned giving campaigns for Ms. Foundation for Women and Barrington Stage Company. She has also worked in fundraising for Smith College.
She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's in documentary from the University of London, Gold-
smiths College. Clarkin has also served on the board of directors of the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, and the Norwalk River Watershed Association.
Gellert is a finance and administrative professional with 20 years of nonprofit management experience. She currently serves as the vice president
of finance and administration at the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in Sheffield. She was also a member of the fiscal and administrative officers group of the Council on Foundations, where she served on the executive committee for four years.
Gellert graduated magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Manage-
ment with a degree in finance. She began her career at Man-
ufacturers Hanover Trust in New York City, where she worked in the corporate lending division.
Hotchkiss is a five year member of the museum's senior leadership team and a seven year staff member. She is responsible for audience development, enhancing the visitor experience, and optimizing earned income through strategic development, innovation and expansion of new and existing markets.