The Principals of

The Cherry Valley Group

Kathryn “Katie” Boardman


Katie brings a passion for the stories of people and culture to her public performances and daily museum work of over twenty years.  After completing a BALS in history, art history and music, she earned a master’s degree from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies.  Her experience includes collections management; exhibit preparation, public programming, interpretation, and interpretation administration primarily for The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  Katie teaches for the Cooperstown Graduate Program and leads interpreter-training sessions throughout the Northeast and Canada.


Katie serves as a private consultant and surveyor for Museum Assessment Programs I and II.  She has been a board member for the Regional Council for Historic Agencies; the Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums; and the Hanford Mills Museum.  She has made presentations at meetings and workshops of the American Association of State and Local History, National Association of Interpretation, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, National Association of Public History, and Association for Living History, Farm and Museums.  She is known as an energetic performer of music, dance, and stories at museums, historic sites, schools, and civic organizations.  Full Resume PDF Version  Full Resume Word Version


Thomas M. Elliott


Since the late 1970s, Tom Elliott has designed and produced exhibits for museums and cultural organizations.  For much of this time, he worked as designer, design manager, or head of exhibit design and production in leading museums, including Artrain, Inc., Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, the New York State Museum, and The Iroquois Indian Museum in upstate New York, where he served as executive director from 1996 to 2000.  Now as a principal of The Cherry Valley Group, Tom is available to consultant with museums, cultural organizations, and government agencies, offering his talent and knowledge in exhibit design and marketing. 


Exhibit design, production supervision, and project management are mainstays of Tom’s contribution to the Group’s work.  Tom Elliott and The Cherry Valley Group associates can deliver complete projects on a wide variety of topics ranging from history exhibits, art, technology, and science.  Signage programs, marketing programs and special events management, and a variety of museum publications can also be provided to enhance a project’s educational benefit and memory-making power for your audiences. Full Resume HTML Version Full Resume Word Version


Blake Hayes


Blake has over 25 years of experience in historic preservation and museum work, much of that time with the Georgia State Museum of Agriculture and Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.  He has been a Project Manager for numerous museum exhibition projects and historic building restorations.  His work includes major museum projects ranging from the restoration and exhibit installations of living history farms, 1940s diners and gas stations, the 1960s offices and recording studio of Motown Records, to traditional museum exhibitions such as the Henry Ford Museum’s Automobile In American Life and Made In America exhibits. 


Community preservation and professional organization activities have been an important part of his professional and personal life.  He has been a board member of ALHFAM and the Salt Springville Community Restoration, a board member and Vice President of the Society for Commercial Archeology and the Georgia Museum & Gallery Association, a founder and charter President of the Green Bay Area Preservation League, Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Ypsilanti Historic District Commission, a Member of the Cherry Valley Village Plannning Board and a member of the Town of Cherry Valley Comprehensive Plan Committee.


Blake received his B.A. in History from The State University of New York at Albany and studied Preservation Technology at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario.  Full Resume HTML Version Full Resume Word Version




Associates of The Cherry Valley Group:

Jeffrey C. Bourke, R.A.

Historical Architect

Principal, Jeffrey C. Bourke, R.A., West Chester, Pennsylvania


Mr. Bourke has been involved in the field of historic preservation on a full-time basis since 1973. Prior to opening his own office in 1987, he served for fourteen years as a Project Architect/Manager with the firm of John Milner Associates in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities have included project management, business development, quality control, and technical oversight of projects, as well as architectural design. During his career, Mr. Bourke has had extensive experience in preservation planning and architectural restoration, including field investigation, building analysis, documentary research, master planning, interpretive planning and CAD documentation. His unique restoration and period design skills have included the identification and documentation of a full range of historic building types and periods, dating from the late-17th century to the mid-20th century. He has directed more than fifty historic preservation projects in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The scope of services on these projects has ranged from the preparation of historic structure reports and master plans to construction documents and construction administration. Mr. Bourke is a licensed architect in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Full Resume

Candace Tangorra Matelic, PhD


Candace Tangorra Matelic has been active in the museum field for three decades. She has worked in Public Programming at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village and at Iowa Living History Farms, and as Director of the Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu, and Historic St. Mary's City in Maryland.  She also served as Director and Professor of Museum Studies at the Cooperstown Graduate Program for the decade from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. In 1999 she started CTM Professional Services, a business focused on consulting, teaching, and project management. In 2001 she began developing activities for seniors at assisted living homes, and became a certified Eden Alternative Associate in 2003.


Candace has served as president and board member for ALHFAM, as well as annual meeting program chair, committee member and local arrangements chair.  She founded the Midwest Open Air Coordinating Committee (MOMCC) and served as the first president.  Her AASLH service includes two terms on council and as secretary, annual meeting program chair, member of many committees, co-chair of the national task force on professional training, faculty for numerous workshops, and developing the current Not Your Ordinary Workshop Series.  For AAM she served on the committees for professional training and museum studies (now COMPT), completed a large survey of museum studies graduates, and as a faculty member for two professional development seminars. She has been a longtime member of ICOM, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, MER (Museum Education Roundtable), and has served on state museum association boards in Hawaii and Maryland. Since 1980 she has been a reviewer for The Pew Charitable Trusts, IMLS, NEH, and the Public Dimension of Museums assessment program. In 1996 she received the John Schlebecker Award for distinguished service to ALHFAM and the field, and in 2003 MOMCC created the Candace Tangorra Matelic Award in her honor for the best annual essay related to the interests of MOMCC and the field.


Since 1979 Candace has consulted and taught widely in the areas of interpretation, public programming, organizational development, leadership, planning, and professional training. She has presented at over 75 conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe, 13 times as a keynote speaker, and has taught courses at numerous universities, including a distance course on public programming for the University of Victoria. Interpretive master planning projects include: the Laurel Hill Cemetery, the Mill at Anselma, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Historic St. Mary’s City, Mission Houses Museum, Old World Wisconsin, Hancock Shaker Village, Historic Tallahassee’s Knott House, Pennsbury Manor, Decatur House, Chesterwood, South Street Seaport and the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village. Publications include 2 co-authored books, an interpretive planning video, and 17 articles/chapters, most recently on the benefits of mentoring in museums. 


Candace holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, an MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, and a PhD in organizational studies from SUNY-Albany, completing a dissertation on organizational change in history museums. Full Resume HTML Version Full Resume Word Version

Susan Atherton Hanson, PhD


Susan Atherton Hanson, who holds a  Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland/College Park,  created History Behind the Scenes in 2001 to provide customized consulting services to history, living history, historic house/site and immigration museums  based on her twenty-five years of museum experience.


Dr. Hanson launched her career at the Smithsonian Institution*s Museum of American History, where she served as an intern, museum technician and pre-doctoral fellow. Following that, she established the living history, education and collections management program at Meadow Farm Museum and served as History and Historic Preservation Programs Supervisor, both in Henrico County, VA. Dr. Hanson later worked as Director of Museum Operations and Acting Executive Director at the Museum of American Frontier Culture in Staunton, VA, Assistant Director of the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, TX, and Director of the French Legation Museum in Austin, TX.


Long active in professional organizations, Dr. Hanson served as President of the Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums [ALHFAM], 1999-2001, and has presented numerous conference papers at ALHFAM Annual and Regional Meetings, the Association of European Migration Institutions and other museum organizations. A full Curriculum Vita is available upon request or at

Michael B. Hand

Michael B. Hand is a partner in the multimedia production company Hand & Hand Multimedia of Springfield Center, NY, and an Associate of The Cherry Valley Group. Hand & Hand provides: computer based graphic design; animation and 3-D architectural representation; dynamic (database driven) web site development; interactive educational software and other stand-alone computer-based multimedia products. 


Prior to starting his own company, Michael was a freelance developer of educational software for FasTracKids of Engelwood, Colorado. He has taught computer graphics and animation, and web site development as an adjunct professor at the The Colorado Intstitute of Arts and SUNY Cobleskill.  Michael graduated from Syracuse University, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics degree in 1993.


Michael has developed web sites for several history and living history based clients, such as:


          Hanford Mills Museum

          Upstate New York American History Education Alliance

          No Sweat Soap Factory

         Just Two Tailors

A larger sample of Hand & Hand's web development projects is included on their web site.