Administration

Molly Anderson, Executive Director

Molly joined the Atheneum in May 2005 and is the eighth Director in the 183 year history of the institution. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the institution including all library services and programs, finances, management of staff and building and grounds.

Molly previously was the Assistant Head for Academic Programs at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia. She began her tenure at Flint Hill in 1990 as Head Librarian. Molly has a BA from Wellesley College and a Masters of Library Science from Columbia University. Molly has two sons, Andrew and Christian.

Cheryl Creighton, Operations Manager

Cheryl began working at the Atheneum in November 2010.  She was promoted to Operations Manager in April 2012 and is responsible for the building and grounds and human resource functions of the Nantucket Atheneum. Additionally, she provides support to the Board of Trustees. She also serves as the coordinator for the Literacy Volunteers of the Atheneum.

Cheryl grew up in Concord, MA and graduated with a Master’s of Science in Teaching from the Environmental Studies Program at Antioch New England. She has worked in the field of conservation administration and been a volunteer in the Nantucket community since 1988.

Kiley Fitch, Finance Manager

Kiley began working at the Atheneum in the summer of 2004 at the circulation and Weezie desks. She moved to the Development office for several years, and is now responsible for the daily financial operations of the institution.

Kiley is a native of Nantucket and a 1997 graduate of Nantucket High School. In 2001 she graduated from Gettysburg College with a BA in History. She is married to Ryan Fitch. Together they own Sea Nantucket Paddle Sports and Nantucket Boating Club. They have a son and a daughter, Paxton and Phoebe.

Miguel Morocoima, Maintenance Technician

Circulation/Technical Services

Ellie Coffin, Department Head of Circulation and Technical Services

Ellie started working at the Atheneum as a volunteer and then became a part time employee in 1998. She was promoted to Head of Technical Services in 2000 and was named acting Head of Circulation Services in 2003.

Ellie attended the University of South Florida majoring in early childhood education. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Miami-Dade Junior College.

Ellie is married to Mitchell Coffin and has one son and a step-daughter.

Gillian Lewis
Laura Freedman
Elizabeth Kelly
Pamela McGrady
Bea Murphy
Olivia Myers

Adult Programs

Amy Jenness, Department Head

Amy joined the Atheneum in September 2005. She is responsible for planning and executing library programs for adults, including cultural events in the Great Hall, the summer Geschke Lecture Series, and educational programs in the Learning Lab. In addition, Amy facilitates the library’s monthly newsletter and maintains the website.

Amy grew up in Duxbury, MA and attended the University of Massachusetts, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is currently enrolled at Lesley University pursuing an MFA in creative writing. Amy has worked as a newspaper and radio reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer, both on and off island. She is the author of On this Day in Nantucket History (History Press 2014) and a member of the Moors Poets Collective. Amy first came to Nantucket in 1981 as a college student for the summer and has lived here full time since 1997.

Kimal McCarthy
Adelaide Richards
Cheryl Creighton, LVA Coordinator

Reference

Lincoln Thurber, Department Head

Lincoln J. Thurber III joined the Atheneum in 2002. He is Head Reference Librarian and also oversees special collections archives and public access technology. Lincoln’s Reference team has an excellent track record of building and strengthening online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of Atheneum patrons. He has set the standard for innovative library experiences in Cape and Islands with classes on 3D printing, PC building, programming and other fun technology tinkering at the library.

New England born, Lincoln holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut. In 2001, he graduated with honors from Simmons College with a Masters of Science in Library and Information systems.

Elizabeth Kelly
Paula Williams

Weezie Library for Children

Leslie Malcolm, Department Head

Leslie joined the Atheneum in October 2011.  She grew up in Summit, New Jersey and worked for the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles before moving to Nantucket in 1994.

Leslie earned her BA in Art History from Randolph College, and her Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons College.  She started volunteering at the Atheneum in 1998 and it was that experience that inspired her to become a librarian.  She has a daughter, Gwen.

Jessilyn Dearborn
Katy DeHeart
Ellen Young

Development

Maggie O’Reilly, Director of Development

Maggie joined the Atheneum in June 2014 as the Director of Development. She was previously a Leadership Gifts Officer at Milton Academy in Milton, MA. She began her tenure at Milton in 2007 as Associate Director of Annual Programs. Before joining the Alumni and Development team at Milton, she worked for the March of Dimes in Philadelphia, PA.

Maggie graduated from Providence College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. She and her husband Vinny live in Marblehead with their daughter Roan.

Lisa Lothian, Development Associate
Kristie Ferrantella, Development Associate

Great Hall Cat

Mrs. Periwinkle