Jessica Stavros has been a museum professional and local historian since 2005. She received a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Louisville and a Master’s degree in Business Communication from Spalding University, both of which were fully funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Washington DC. Her passion lies in 19th century Ohio Valley history, and this focus brought her to work within historic house & community museums such as Farmington Historic Plantation and the Portland Museum. She was most recently the Southeast Regional Director for the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites, managing 3 historic sites in Southern Indiana before returning to Kentucky to serve the Commonwealth as the Deputy Director of the Kentucky Historical Society. Jessica also serves on several non-profit boards & committees, including Louisville Public Media’s Community Advisory Board, Happy Birthday Park, and Friends of Culbertson Mansion. She is a graduate of Developing History Leaders @SHA, and recognitions include Business First’s 20 People to Know in Tourism & Hospitality and New Albany’s Hometown Hero award.