Kristin Zampell Noon is the new executive director at Wenham Museum.
Noon was named the new director last month by the museum’s Board of Trustees and began the job on Monday. She takes over for Lindsay Diehl, who retired during the summer and said she wanted more time to take care of her elderly father.
Noon is a lifelong Wenham resident and graduated cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross. She is a practicing attorney. She graduated from Suffolk University in 2005 with Juris Doctorate.
She’s had “a life-long affinity and affection for the museum since childhood,” according to an announcement from the museum.
She has been a member of the Board of Trustees, cochairman of the museum’s advancement committee and a member of the collections committee.
Besides the museum, Noon has served in “leadership roles on a variety of non-profit boards in Essex County,” the museum board said in its announcement of the Noon’s hiring.
“We could not be more pleased to have Kristin lead the Museum at this moment in our history,” said Charles Richey, immediate past President of the Board of Trustees and cochairman of the Search Committee. “She brings a passion for the museum’s mission, a record of proven leadership throughout her life, and the vision to inspire stakeholders and the extended community to embrace the Museum’s unique and treasured mission.”
Richey said the search involved an ”extensive search” of candidates from across the country. The Search Committee included current and former trustees and former presidents of the Museum’s Board of Trustees. It unanimously recommended Noon for the job.
“The museum is a North Shore treasure unlike any other,” Noon said in the announcement from the museum. “It serves our region through preservation, exhibition, and programs that define what it means to be a community.”
The museum, in the center of Wenham next to Wenham Town Hall and across from the Wenham Tea House, is focused on New England family life. It is celebrating its 90th year.
The museum has a 14-member staff; more than 26,000 artifacts and hosts more than 100 programs for children, families, and adults each year.
“With the museum’s 100th anniversary in 10 short years, this is an opportune time to reaffirm our traditions and envision new and exciting ways to serve residents and visitors to the North Shore who embrace the Wenham Museum as the community treasure it is,” Noon said.
Noon has a demonstrated ability to “to build a team, develop a common vision, engage people in that vision and achieve results in support of the goals outlined,” according to Julia Robichau, a honorary Trustee, former president of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, and Cochairman of the Search Committee.
“We are confident her personal leadership skill will enhance our mission and guide the Wenham Museum toward new found success in all facets of the organization,” Robichau said.
Noon said she hopes to make sure the museum is “a vibrant and engaging organization that will be responsive to the needs of the community.”
She also said she wants to make sure Wenham Museum is “fully embraced as a destination for creative and inspired volunteer leaders and considered a philanthropic priority by those who have been touched by the museum’s mission.”
Noon will be welcomed with an Open House reception on Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5–7 p.m. in Burnham Hall at the Museum. It is open to the public.