Staff implement the Association’s commitment to serve its members through training, outreach, and networking activities. They attend regional meetings, events, exhibitions and programs, meetings and planning sessions. They provide programs and services around the province including site visits, consultations and workshops.

Maggie MacIntyre

Executive Director


Maggie comes to the Association of Nova Scotia Museums [ANSM] from the Nova Scotia Museum [NSM] where she served as the Interpretation Researcher for the Innovation, Collections and Infrastructure Unit. In 2016, Maggie received the ANSM Award of Excellence in Museum Practices, Individual Contribution for her leadership in the development of The Toolbox for Museum School Programs. Maggie has extensive museum experience having worked at Haliburton House and Shand House in Windsor, Nova Scotia, as well as the Museum of Natural History in Halifax.

In her role as Executive Director for the Association, she is able to bring a long history of collaboration between the NSM system and various provincial stakeholders in natural and cultural history interpretation. She is also very heavily involved in the museum field, having played an active role with ANSM’s Education and Training Task Force for the Museums Studies Program (2010 – 2016); the Canadian Museums Association National Conference Committee for Halifax (2015-2016), and the NSM Interpretation Working Group (since 2013).

Karin Kierstead

Museum Evaluation Program Manager


Karin's Maritime roots run deep, with Planter and United Empire Loyalist ancestors in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Karin spent much of her childhood traveling around Nova Scotia visiting grandparents and other relatives, providing her with a familiarity of back roads and shortcuts that comes in handy when she's visiting museums.

Holding a degree in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma in Collections Conservation & Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College, she has worked with museums and heritage organizations in a variety of roles for over 15 years. Her work with ANSM has covered a broad range of tasks but the focus has largely been on the Advisory Service - digitization, database management, online collections and weaving community engagement into collections management work. She teaches the Museums 101 and Collections Management & Curatorship workshops of the Museum Studies Certificate Program, and manages the Museum Evaluation Program.

Krystal Tanner

Member Services Coordinator


Krystal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Acadia University and is also a graduate of the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Fleming College where she gradated in 2015. Since graduating she has held the position of Curator/Manager at Randall House Museum in Wolfville, NS and has continued to broaden her experience in the heritage field through various contract positions at Colchester Historeum, the Acadia University Art Gallery, and through the Government of NS where she was helped plan the 2018 Heritage Day Celebrations in honor of Mona Parsons. She also serves on several volunteer committees including the Kings Hants Heritage Connection and is a board member of Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia and the Covenanter Church in Grand Pré.