ORLEANS – Dr. Maxine Minkoff is joining the Centers for Culture and History in Orleans (the CHO) as Executive Director, effective February 1. She brings more than four decades of teaching, administration, strategic planning and management consulting expertise to her new role. Living in Orleans, she also has been a visible proponent of town planning and activities that would enrich the educational and cultural experiences of residents and visitors alike.  

“We are extremely excited that Maxine is coming to the CHO at this important stage in our development,” said Board Chair Jay Stradal. “I am confident that her extensive experience, combined with the skills of our Executive Assistant Sherry Salerno, will help the CHO develop exciting new programs and services that appeal to broader interests. Maxine’s knowledge of Orleans and the needs of its residents will help us grow and better serve the town in representing its rich seaside heritage.”      

“I look forward to building on the hard work that has already been done at the CHO,” said Dr. Minkoff. “My new role is an opportunity to engage the community in finding new ways to bring the knowledge we have about Orleans’ past to citizens of all ages. I am excited to get to work in creating new opportunities for community members to come together to learn, to socialize, and to better understand how the past has influenced our lives today.” 

Most recently Dr. Minkoff chaired the Nauset Regional School District Strategic Planning Committee as a consultant after retiring in 2019 as Principal of the Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. During her nine-year tenure there she established many new math, science, technology and foreign language programs for students, and gained funding and community support for a high-tech greenhouse. Previously she was Assistant Superintendent in Sandwich, Deputy and then Interim Superintendent in the Wachusett regional school system, and served in various consulting and program director positions at the state and university levels after starting her career as a math teacher. 

Dr. Minkoff holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a doctorate in education from Temple University. She has taught at Fitchburg State and Bridgewater State colleges and is the author/editor of many publications. She is a board member of the Orleans Citizens Forum and Orleans Pond Coalition, and a member of the town Charter Review Committee.

Since 1958, the Centers for Culture and History in Orleans (Historical Society) have been dedicated to preserving the town’s heritage, respecting its past, and bringing its history and culture to life for residents and visitors. The CHO also is a strong advocate for positive change and cultural growth consistent with the town’s history and natural beauty. For more information about its virtual programs, the famous CG 36500 motor lifeboat and the current “Land Called Nawsett” exhibition, go to www.CHOcenters.org or call 508-240-1329.

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