Our Staff

Our full time staff is made up of a group of dedicated professionals who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can contact us through [email protected] for general inquiries, or direct your question to the individual's email listed below.


Helen Howell-Graves
Executive Director

Helen is a museum professional with a visual art background. She holds a BFA in Studio Art and MA in Museum Studies, both from Texas Tech University. She has a wide range of experience over 25 years with several museums in Texas including the McFaddin-Ward House Museum, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the Texas Historical Commission, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, to name a few. She loves to visit other museums, paint, make jewelry, and spend time with family and friends.

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Destiny Hallman
Administrative Assistant

Destiny is a hardworking and versatile Administrative Assistant with proven organizational skills, thorough knowledge of corporate policies and procedures, excellent communication skills, and extensive strategic planning capabilities. She works with museums across the United States bringing history to life while educating the public. During her free time, you can find her on campus working to receive a Bachelors in education. Destiny knows no stranger and is always building relationships with the community, while preparing for the future. Her hobbies are spending time with her two kids, acting, performing, horseback riding, hunting, and playing sports such as flag football, basketball, and volleyball.

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Katherine Kiesling
Collections Manager

Katherine is an avid lover of history and museums. After receiving her undergraduate degree in history from Baylor University, she returned to complete a graduate degree in Museum Studies in 2022. She has worked at multiple museums and historic institutions around Waco, and is excited to be preserving, maintaining, and educating the public about the artifacts at the Taylor Museum. On her days off, you can find her writing or reading in a coffee shop, playing DnD, or crafting.

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Our Board of Directors

We are proud to have a dedicated board that connects our museum to the community around us. A museum board focuses on fundraising, offers advice to the acting executive director, and helps create and approve policies pertaining to the function of the museum. Our board meets monthly to discuss and plan opportunities for the museum and expand our network and community.

Our current board includes members from multiple institutions around Waco. The 2023 board is as follows: Bettie Beard, Lisa Lacy, Randall Scott, and Katherine Turner-Pearson.