Mark McCormick
Executive Director

Mark is on his second tour of duty as Executive Director of The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) but was trained as a journalist.

Mark is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning writer and editor. Mark serves as a trustee on two journalism boards (The University of Kansas and Wichita State University) and Mark has been a Professional in Residence at the Gaylord School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma.

Mark is featured in a documentary about WSU’s efforts to acquire the collected works of trailblazing photographer, author, and filmmaker Gordon Parks who grew up in Ft. Scott.

Carole J. Branda
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Director

With more than 25 years of museum experience, Carole Branda cares for our collection, produces captivating exhibitions and has helped make TKAAM a professional museum of note. She’s received two Kansas Museum Association Awards of Excellence, as Preparator at the Wichita Art Museum and as TKAAM’s Curator.

Carole served as an Assessor for SOS! (Save Outdoor Sculpture!) a program of The National Institute for Conservation that helps communities discover and protect local cultural icons.

Carole is also an award winning artist with a Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University. Her studio work has given her materials and method insight that helps her create exhibitions that connect with visitors.

Christyn Breathett
Education Director

Born in Norman, Oklahoma and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Christyn Breathett has always been passionate about African American history and culture. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with the emphasis in education, women’s studies, anthropology, and dance at Wichita State University.

At TKAAM, she creates, facilitates, and tracks all of the educational programs and activities. Breathett is instrumental in developing cross-cultural understanding and appreciation among museum guests. In the future, Breathett hopes to see an inclusive Kansas fully aware of its rich history that does not distinguish between African American and American history.

Brigetta Young
Operations / Administration Director

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