Leadership Team

Leadership Team
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Woodrow “Woody” Keown, Jr.

President & Chief Operating Officer
wkeown@nurfc.org

Keown joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in November 2019 building on a career as an entrepreneur, business investor, philanthropist, corporate executive and community leader. He has been a leader in the Greater Cincinnati community, serving as part of the Jordan Crossing, Bond Hill & Roselawn Revitalization Fund, Allen Temple AME Church and Montgomery Community Church. Additionally, Keown is a mentor through Winton Hills Academy and former board member of the Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts of America. He is also a former Procter & Gamble executive.

Richard Buller

Director of Facilities
rbuller@nurfc.org

Richard Buller began his journey at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in 2003 as the museum's Chief Building Engineer. He assisted with construction and commissioning equipment for the facility. Previously, Buller served as the Assistant General Manager at The Cincinnatian Hotel, where he capped a 20+ year career in the hospitality industry.

Christopher Miller

Senior Director of Education
cmiller@nurfc.org

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.

Casey Jolley

Director of Earned Income Operations
cjolley@nurfc.org

Casey joined the museum in May 2019 and manages the Visitor Services team, the Museum Gift Shop and the Special Events staff. She has worked in museums and the events profession for over 12 years. Previously, Casey was the Special Events Manager for the Gateway Arch Park Foundation in St. Louis MO, where she managed public and private events for the national park and the city park in downtown St. Louis. Prior to that, Casey was the Director of Earned Income for the National Blues Museum from June 2015 – March 2018, helping to open the museum in April of 2016.