President & Chief Operating Officer
Dion Brown joined the museum in February 2018. Brown was the founding executive director of the National Blues Museum from June 2015–February 2018. He helped the start-up grow and flourish, gaining recognition from CNN, National Geographic and the New York Post as a “must see” museum. Previously he was the executive director of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, Mississippi. Prior to his leadership at the BB King Museum, Brown served as the chief operating officer for Exploration Place in Wichita, Kansas.
Brown holds a certificate of fundraising from the IUPUI School of Philanthropy, a bachelor’s of science in human resources and a master’s of science in leadership from Southwestern College. He is also retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years of service.
Jacqueline K. Dace
Jacqueline K. Dace joined the museum in June 2018. Dace was the director of internal affairs at the National Blues Museum from February 2016 - June 2018. Her previous positions include project manager for the recently opened Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, collections manager at the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, curator of African American history at the Missouri Historical Society and adjunct professor of Afro-African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dace is a recipient of the Hollywood Black Film Festival and Kansas City Film Festival Awards, as well as the National Arts Strategies Fellowship. She participated in the inaugural Public History Institute, developed by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, held at Yale University. Dace has served as a practitioner with W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s Racial Equity program and graduated from the Jackson Division of the FBI Citizens Academy. Dace also served on the local arrangements committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Alliance of Museums and is a board member for the Association of African American Museums. Dace was recently selected to participate in the first American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy, 2018, held in New York City.
Gina H. Goings
Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Gina H. Goings is a proven integral fundraising force for many charities and organizations in the Queen City. Since moving to Cincinnati in 2013, she has chaired several fundraisers including the Fashion Show for Dress for Success Cincinnati (DFSC) and the Springer School Celebration. She is an active advocate for the Ohio Innocence Project and career coach at DFSC. Goings volunteers her time towards targeted community efforts to increase African American participation in Findlay Market/OTR and expanding the impact of social enterprises through Flywheel. She currently serves on the boards of Dress for Success Cincinnati (DFSC), Cincinnati Country Day School, and the Springer School and Center.
Goings' extensive network spans both nationally and internationally as she has lived and worked in major metropolitan cities including Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, London, and Toronto. Her professional career includes a long history in corporate recruitment, event planning, sales, diversity training, and consulting. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.
Director of Facilities
Richard Buller started his career at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2003 as the museum's Chief Building Engineer. He assisted with the closing construction and commissioning the museum equipment. Prior to the museum, he was in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years working in all areas and ending as the Assistant General Manager at The Cincinnatian Hotel.
Director of Education & Community Engagement
Christopher Miller is an accomplished museum professional with more than 13 years of public history experience. His areas of expertise include historical research and interpretation, dramatic writing and performance, and public program development. Miller takes a leadership role in coordinating initiatives that build public awareness of history and advancing initiatives related to social justice, equity and inclusion, and cultural competency. Miller has served as an advocate for educating the public about the complete narrative of America through the lens of the African American experience. He has written and performed history presentations that have universal appeal, while lecturing about the impact and value of history.
Miller earned his M.A. in Public History from Northern Kentucky University in 2017, becoming the first African American male to graduate from the program and his B.A. in English from Northern Kentucky University in 2004. Before graduating Cum Laude from Northern Kentucky University, Miller earned a fellowship with the Institute for Freedom Studies where he served as a Research Assistant decoding antebellum runaway slave ads. Under the direction of Prince Brown, Jr., Ph.D., he assisted in developing a comprehensive database from primary source documents highlighting the attempts of enslaved persons to free themselves from state-sanctioned servitude.
Director of Development
Raynal Moore began her fundraising career at ProKids as its Community Relationship Manager in 2012. In the following six years, she contributed to the increase of its sustaining donor portfolio with a focus on donor engagement. Moore helped grow the ProKids community commitment in both financial partnerships and volunteer support and served on its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Moore earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She chairs Cincinnati’s Human Service Advisory Committee and serves on the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council’s Executive Committee.
Senior Director of Museum Experiences
After spending twenty-two years in the education field as a teacher, literacy consultant, and administrator, Tara knows what it takes to make authentic connections from past to present. Her passion for culture, people, and social justice propelled her in the career of facilitation and leadership within museums. Tara joined the museum as the Manager of Education and within two years has become the Senior Director of Museum Experiences. Her motto is, "to serve and be of service to all I encounter."
Tara has two Masters of Education degrees, Special Education and Education Leadership.