Griffin Museum Staff

Paula Tognarelli
Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a small nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 4 satellite gallery spaces and several virtual on-line galleries as well.

Ms. Tognarelli is responsible for producing over 60 exhibitions a year at the Griffin and its surrounding satellite spaces. She holds an M.S. in Arts Administration from Boston University, BA from Regis College, is a graduate of the New England School of Photography and is a current candidate for her Masters in Education at Lesley University. She has juried and curated exhibitions internationally including American Photo's Image of the Year, Photoville's Fence, Flash Forward Festival, Deland Arts Festival, Center for Fine Art Photography, PDN's Photo Annual, PDN's Curator Awards, the Kontinent Awards, the Filter Festival in Chicago, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition , Your Daily Photograph for Duncan Miller Gallery and the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China. She is a regular participant in national and local portfolio reviews, has been a panelist and featured speaker at photography events and conferences including MacWorld. She has been a panelist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Photography Fellowships and is a nominator for the Prix Pictet in Geneva, Switzerland, a nominator for the Heinz Prize in Pennsylvania, the Robert Gardner Fellowship at Harvard University, and the Rappaport Prize in Massachusetts. She is a past member of the Xerox Technical Advisory Board. She is on the advisory board of the New England School of Photography and the Flash Forward Festival Boston.

Paula Tognarelli's Mix Tape at Lenscratch

Frances Jacubek
Frances Jakubek
Associate Director

Frances Jakubek was raised by a designer and a banker in the woods of Connecticut. A love of photography and education led her to receiving a Bachelor's Degree of Science focusing in photography from the New England Institute of Art in 2009. While in college, Frances and a small group of students designed a curriculum for the Boston Charter Preparatory School to implement a photography program for the students that has grown ten fold since its inception. She continues to pursue her passion of photography working as the Associate Director of the Griffin Museum in Winchester, Massachusetts learning what goes on behind the scenes of installation, day-to-day, and how each set of eyes can have a different view of the same image. A recent judge for the Scituate Historical Society's 375th student exhibition, Frances has a goal of learning about new artists every single day and continues to make her own photographs as well.

Meg Birnbaum
Director of Communications

Meg Birnbaum is a fine art photographer, designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitions in Kobe, Japan, the Davis Orton Gallery, NY, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Lishui China, International Photography Festival, and at the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, Buenos Aires during the biennial Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz. Her work has been juried into many national and international photography competitions. Birnbaum was an invited exhibitor at Flash Forward Festival 2011 in Boston and was nominated for the 2009 Santa Fe Prize for Photography.

Meg is also a graphic designer specializing in publication design. She produces all design collateral for the museum and produces the exhibition catalogs associated with the museum's exhibitions. She is a member of the Griffin Museum's exhibition committee.

Birnbaum taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and has assisted Karen Davis with the Photography Atelier classes at Lesley University and at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Meditech Corporation, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, the Lishui Museum of Photography in China and many private collections.

Alison Nordström PhD
Consulting Curator of International Programs

Alison Nordstrom was founding Director/Senior Curator of the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida and, until last year, Senior Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions at George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. She has curated exhibitions in Canada, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, France, Finland, Switzerland, Australia and Samoa as well as many American institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, The Photographic Resource Center and the Boston Public Library. In 2011, the Griffin Museum awarded her the Focus Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Martha Stone
Martha Stone
Gallery Monitor

Martha has studied at Clark University, Montserrat College of Art, Accademia Internazionale Estiva delle Belle Arti in Italy, as well as with Boston artists Lorraine Donati and Charles Mahoney. Stone is a fine art painter who has worked in graphics most of her career in quality control and archiving. At the Griffin Museum, Martha is responsible for weekend operation, gift shop display and strategic marketing as well as membership renewal and solicitation. Among many exhibitions in the Boston area, Martha's work is featured in a permanent collection at Delloitte and Touche in Boston and in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Recent shows in the Boston area include Galatea Fine Art, Giardini di Sole, and Brickbottom Open Studios. Her work has also been featured at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont and Museo di San Francesco in Greve in Chianti, Italy.

Sarah Houston
Sarah Houston
Program Coordinator

Before moving to Boston in 2012, Sarah worked for five years at FotoFest, the internationally known photographic arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas. She coordinated one of FotoFest's most important Biennial programs, the International Meeting Place Portfolio Review. In that capacity, she has met over 500 photographic artists from around the world. Her work for FotoFest's inter-Biennial educational programs included planning workshops for photographers and coordinating First Look, a members-only group for photography collectors and art enthusiasts in the Houston area.

Sarah currently assists the Griffin Museum of Photography with special programs including hands-on alternative photography workshops, artist presentations, panel discussions, and print demonstrations. She is a member of the Griffin Museum's Focus Awards Committee and is currently on the advisory committee for the Flash Forward Festival Boston.

Sarah received her B.F.A. in Photography in 2006 from the University of Denver and studied at The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.


Greg Madigan, Bookkeeper

Alberto D'Agostino, Intern

Michelle Epaul, Intern

Jess Hauserman, Intern

Katie Minton, Intern

Lisa Schuchmann, Intern

Susan Currie, Marketing

Arthur Griffin, Founding Trustee (1903-2001)


  • Paul Giguere, President

  • Peter Griffin, Past President

  • Brian Kaplan, Vice President

  • Elisabeth Neville, Clerk

  • Lou Gentile, Treasurer


  • Michael Burka
  • Dominic Chavez
  • Drew Epstein
  • Stella Johnson
  • Lou Jones
  • Eric Luden
  • Albert Moussa
  • Patrick Quinn
  • Dianne Schaefer
  • Jonathan Singer
  • Melissa Thatcher


  • Sven Andersen
  • Krietta Bowens Jones
  • Geoff Curtis
  • Banafsheh Ehtemam
  • Matthew Gamber
  • Craig Gibson
  • Carolyn Harder
  • Neal Harte
  • Barbara Hitchcock
  • Linda Korpi
  • Therese Landry
  • Chris Lee
  • Alice Lombardo
  • Rania Matar
  • Margaret McIndoe
  • Greer Muldowney
  • Richard Rabinowitz
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Allan Rodgers
  • Dick Simon
  • J. Sybylla Smith
  • Fenton Stirling
  • Tamara Wickramasinghe

Honorary Directors

  • Clarence Kemper
  • Lee Griffin
  • Dick Ockerbloom
  • Richard O'Reilly
  • Betsey Spiller

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