Moab Museum adds key staff

Moab Museum interim Executive Director Forrest Rodgers late last week announced the appointments of Tara Beresh as Curatorial and Collections manager and Mary Langworthy as the museum’s Membership and Community Outreach coordinator.

Tara Beresh and Mary Langworthy
Tara Beresh

“Early on in our transformation the board and I knew that a key to our future would be building a staff to care for our collection and more fully engage us in the community. Tara and Mary are consummate professionals, and each brings the technical skills and experience our team needs to create a new and sustainable future for the museum,” said Rodgers.

Beresh is no stranger to Moab or the museum, having lived and worked here for eight years before leaving to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Archaeology at the University of New Mexico. In addition to her graduate program, she’s interned or volunteered at the Moab Museum, Anasazi State Park Museum, Maxwell Museum (UNM), Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Canyonlands Field Institute, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Mary Langworthy

Beresh will be responsible for elevating care of the museum’s object collection, library and archives to meet today’s professional standards and best practices, and collaborating on curatorial issues with the director. She is especially interested in helping build the museum’s relationships with tribal entities and leaders.

Langworthy is a geoscientist and educator with professional experience in technical communications and outreach. As Membership & Community Outreach coordinator, Langworthy is responsible for guiding the museum’s community engagement activities, broaden the membership base, and build relations with local businesses to increase attendance.

She works closely with Rodgers and the board to improve communications with museum members and friends, representing the museum at community events, and creating more museum-sponsored programs and events.

A graduate of Hamilton College, Langworthy was previously the Youth Programs instructor at the Youth Garden Project, and staff scientist at Civil and Environmental Consultants in Boston.

“Tara and Mary have joined the museum at an exciting and important time in the museum’s life. They’ll help us earn the community’s trust and build a solid foundation for the future,” Rodgers said.

For more information, visit moabmuseum.org or call 435-259-7985. Watch for ads and announcements for upcoming events and the museum’s reopening date.