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Leadership

Elizabeth Barker, Ph.D., Executive Director

Executive Director Elizabeth Barker is responsible for all Frick operations. A specialist in British art, she held curatorial roles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and Yale Center for British Art before her passionate commitment to ensuring the broadest possible access to cultural resources spurred her move to museum leadership. Before coming to Pittsburgh in 2019, Elizabeth directed Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery, Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, and the Boston Athenaeum. A graduate of Yale College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.
Barry Adams joined the Frick in June of 2019 as Manager of Human Resources and was made Director in April 2021. He earned his B.S. in Human Resources from Point Park University and has over 25 years of HR experience. Most recently, he retired from the Allegheny County Port Authority where he was Chief Human Resources Officer. His work history includes Westinghouse Electric Corp., Equitable Resources (now EQT), and Schwan’s Home Service.
Dawn joined the Frick as Associate Curator of Decorative Arts in 2015. In her current role, she oversees the care, exhibition, and interpretation of the Frick’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. She has played an instrumental role in continuing the Frick’s programming with contemporary artists, including an artist-in-residency with celebrated citizen-artist Vanessa German. A graduate of the College of William and Mary, Dawn earned her M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Lisa Gehring joined the Frick staff in October 2019 as Director of Finance. In this role, she oversees the museum’s $5M operating budget and manages various aspects of the $70M endowment. Lisa brings over 15 years of not-for-profit accounting experience, most recently as the Senior Director of Finance at Manchester Bidwell Corporation. She is a licensed CPA, with a B.S. in Accounting from Grove City College.
Amanda, who joined the Frick as Curatorial Associate in 2004, was named Director of Education in 2013. In her current role, she oversees the development and implementation of a wide and diverse range of both on-site and off-site education programs, thematic Clayton tours, and more. She also led the technology initiative through which educational interactives were developed for the Frick’s Visitor Center, which opened in 2014. Amanda earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and a certificate in elementary education from Allegheny College, and a Master’s degree in Public History from Duquesne University.
Mike served as the Frick’s Interim Director of Operations from June to September 2021 before accepting the position of Director. He knows the Frick well, having previously served as a Trustee; member of the Board's Finance & Enterprise Committee and Investment Subcommittee; and Chair of the Buildings & Grounds Committee. Before joining the Frick full-time, Mike was a Vice President of U.S. Steel, responsible for business development, procurement, raw materials, and real estate. He earned a B.S. in Finance and a M.B.A. in Managerial Finance from Indiana University Bloomington and currently serves as a Trustee of Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Greg has overseen the Frick's marketing and communications efforts, including publications, advertising, and digital initiatives, since 2019. Before turning his focus to museum communications and public relations, he served in the Frick’s curatorial department and Director’s office for five years and contributed to the organization and presentation of international loan exhibitions such as Gérôme Goupil: Art and Enterprise and Collecting in the Gilded Age: Art Patronage in Pittsburgh, 1890-1910. A University of Arizona graduate and former Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Greg is co-author and editor of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2008).
Beginning in 2001, Beth served as the Frick’s Museum Store Manager and held that position for nearly a decade before accepting the position of Director of Visitor Services and Museums Stores at the Senator John Heinz History Center in 2011. In her six years at the History Center, she oversaw the daily operations of the café, admissions, and visitor services staff.  Beth returned to the Frick in late 2017 as Director of Visitor Services and Enterprise. She oversees The Café, Museum Store, admissions, and the rental event program. In her leadership role at the Frick she works with other departments and frontline staff to create and ensure an outstanding experience for all visitors. Beth earned a B.S. Degree in Retail Marketing & Management at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Traci joined the Frick as Director of Advancement & Engagement in September 2021. Her extensive fundraising experience includes leadership roles at the Mattress Factory, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Eye & Ear Foundation, and the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, as well as work as a freelance grant writer and consultant for clients including Carnegie Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Traci earned her Master of Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the Leadership Pittsburgh XXXIII cohort. She earned a B.F.A in visual art at the University of Central Arkansas and completed work towards a master's in art history at Rutgers University before finding her calling as a fundraiser.