Shaker Historical Society

We inspire people to engage in and celebrate the Shaker Heights story and its impact on the region… past, present, and future.


Rick Smith, Office Manager

Kate Walker, Marketing Coordinator

Among her six years of museum experience, Brianna has interned at a number of Northeast Ohio museums, hunted through the Andy Warhol Museum archives, and served as an Ohio History Service Corps member assisting 10 organizations. She has said for the past several years that her dream job was working in a small, Cleveland-area museum, and now she has the honor of leading one in beautiful Shaker Heights!


She holds a BFA in fine art photography from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MLIS with a focus on museum studies, archives, and special collections from Kent State University. Brianna's hobbies include hiking, visiting museums (of course), reading, doing her best on New York Times crossword puzzles, and continually searching for the best gluten-free pizza (currently #1: Lorenzo's in Oberlin). 



Kate is an award-winning communications professional who has experience working in a variety of industries including: non-profit, corporate, and government agencies. She graduated from John Carroll Universtiy with a degree in Communications in 2004. She has worked in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cleveland doing strategic communications, consulting as well as sales and marketing work. Kate loves working with people and learning about their history. Kate lives with her family in Shaker Heights and is excited about working at the Shaker Historical Society and utilizing her communications experience to help raise awareness about this history of our great community!



Brianna Treleven, Executive Director

An avid reader of history and visitor to historic sites, Rick Smith has found a new home for his hobby at The Shaker Historical Society. 

A corporate “PR guy” for more than 30 years, Rick knows a lot of history about the aluminum, aerospace and automotive industries and a little history about the eye care, energy and travel businesses.

Rick and his wife, Anne, a retired independent school administrator and public school history teacher are enjoying their second “tour” of Shaker Heights as grandparents.  They lived and worked in Shaker Heights for thirteen years during their first tour and reared their two children, Rick and Carolyn.  Their son, also a Rick, served on the SHS Board and his daughter, Hazel, serves as a student volunteer at SHS.   If you don’t believe history repeats itself, albeit in genealogical reverse, just ask the Smiths.

Rick, the elder, holds a bachelor’s degree in history (what else?) from Muskingum University and a master’s degree in public relations from American University.

Rick looks forward to meeting and hearing the history stories from many SHS members and guests at the Museum. 



Samantha Rodgers, Docent 

Samantha is a student at Case Western Reserve University pursuing not one, not two, but three majors! 

Job Opening: Education & Outreach Manager 

The Shaker Historical Society is seeking an outgoing, organized, and detail-oriented candidate to oversee education, outreach, and volunteer coordination at the museum. The Education and Outreach Manager reports to the Executive Director and develops in-person and virtual programming for K-12 students and educators, young families, young professionals, and adults while ensuring learning is accessible and that everyone can see themselves in local history. The immediate focus of the new position will be to adapt existing resources, programs, and activities to a digital learning environment and develop new virtual resources, programs, and events. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits. Some evening and weekend hours required.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Expands the reach of educational programs by cultivating strategic collaborations with Shaker Heights Schools and local youth-focused organizations
  • Ensures educational programs align to best practices, state standards, and institutional goals

  • Ensures effective and transparent communication between SHS staff, Board of Trustees, and the public regarding educational matters

  • Actively participates in institutional strategic planning and works collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board of Trustees in the pursuit of long-term initiatives

  • Ensures education and outreach goals of the strategic plan and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant are met 

  • Works with the Junior Advisory Board Member and oversees the Junior Advisory Committee

  • Represents the museum at outreach events with the Executive Director and volunteers


Programmatic Expectations

  • Creates in-person and virtual programs that ensure mission and strategic alignment through creative and experiential learning
  • Ensures delivery of relevant, engaging, accessible, diverse, and inclusive mission-based in-person and virtual experiences, educational programs, and activities that broaden the understanding of the North Union Shakers, Shaker Heights, Warrensville Township, and surrounding communities
  • Works with area educators to develop in-person and virtual programming that encourages students to become civically engaged and critical thinkers
  • Oversees program and event delivery and evaluation in museum galleries, outreach to schools, and other off-site events
  • Reevaluates and refreshes the museum’s “Traveling Trunk” program, adapts the program for virtual learning, and markets the program to local schools
  • Guides the expansion of school- and youth-serving programs and develops local partnerships to consistently reach more children and young families
  • Creates engaging educational resources that align with Ohio Learning Standards
  • Develops Ohio History Day research activities, programs, and educational resources
  • Develops and implements on-site, off-site, and virtual events aimed toward young professionals
  • Gives tours to groups of all ages and abilities and differentiates tour experience for a variety of visitors, including virtual tourgoers
  • Develops sensory-friendly programs and create a sensory-friendly museum environment based on best practices
  • Develops and engages in professional development workshops for staff training, educators, and other local museum professionals
  • Creates digital educational content for SHS YouTube
  • Works with marketing to advertise educational programming across various print and digital platforms, including local papers, Facebook, and Instagram


Volunteer Coordination

  • Refreshes and maintains the volunteer program and generates in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities to suit a variety of interests and abilities
  • Develops a volunteer handbook and training program
  • Recruits, on-boards, trains, coordinates, and schedules volunteers to support the Shaker Historical Society’s operations, which may include off-site and virtual events
  • Connects regularly with volunteers to build and maintain a positive culture that reflects the mission of the organization
  • Tracks volunteer hours to generate monthly and annual reports and implements a volunteer hours reward system
  • Works with the Executive Director to schedule volunteer culture building opportunities, including an annual Volunteer Appreciation event



  • Ability to develop programming that is creative, participatory, and unique to Shaker Heights and the Shaker Historical Society
  • Willingness to engage in complex issues facing the city and region through dialogue centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to child-led, hands-on, participatory, and inquiry-based education programs
  • Ability to cultivate relationships and partnerships with local organizations and community groups
  • Experience with G Suite, social media platforms, web conferencing programs, and other digital tools 
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Experience with Adobe Suite is preferred



  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Studies, or Public History; MA preferred
  • 3 or more years of experience in a school, museum, or cultural institution with experience in youth education, program development, budget management, project management, and collaborating with community stakeholders
  • Experience working with groups of diverse ages, races, cultures, abilities, and backgrounds
  • FBI/BCI check required
  • Ohio educator license preferred


Salary: $30,000 ($14.42/hr)


Contact: Please send a letter of interest, resume, and three references to by 11:59pm on May 31, 2020.


The Shaker Historical Society is accepting applications for Education & Outreach Manager. See full description below.