Tomaquag Staff

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“I feel that doing traditional arts empowers me & my community. It keeps us connected to our ancestors & keep our culture vibrant.” 

Loren M. Spears, Executive Director

Loren is not only the executive director of Tomaquag Museum, she is also an educator, activist, author, and Indigenous artist.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1989 and master’s degree from the University of New England with a focus on elementary education. She founded the Nuweetooun School affiliated with the Tomaquag Museum (closed in 2010 due to flooding) and was a teacher in Newport public schools for 12 years. A 2017 winner of the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, she was honored for her “compelling work as an advocate of Indigenous People’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education.” In 2010, Spears was named as one of 11 Extraordinary Women honorees for teaching and education.


Board of Directors


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Katie Kirakosian PhD.

BOD Co-Chair

Department of Anthropology at UMass Amherst

Elisabeth Dove Manning

BOD Co-Chair

Sales Management at Mary Kay

**Narragansett tribal member**


Emily Manning


Self Employed Massage Therapist

**Narragansett tribal member**

Alexandrea Fortin

BOD Corresponding Secretary

Adjunct Professor of Geology at University of Hartford; Collegiate Health Service Corps Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member at Eastern CT Area Health Education Center



Amy Pickworth

Editor of publications at Rode Island School of Design, Museum of Art

Clinton Gardner

Retired; Lawyer

**Narragansett tribal member**

Lawrence Shumate

Retired; CCRI

**Narragansett tribal member**


Tomaquag Museum has a vibrant Board of Director's from all walks of life. As a Native American organization it must be a majority American Indian. Our Board governs our organization working in conjunction with our Executive Director to fulfill our mission and strive toward our vision. If you are interested in pursuing Board leadership please submit your resume and Bio Attn: BOD Recruitment Committee