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Leandra currently serves as Bevara's principal project manager. She joined Bevara's staff in August 2012, following an internship with the firm. She has worked closely with Stefanie, providing support to numerous client projects. Leandra has always had a passion for history and has volunteered and worked for several nonprofit institutions, including the Wenham Museum and the House of Seven Gables. Leandra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in American Studies with honors from Old Dominion University. In 2012, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. In 2009, she attended Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Architectural Restoration Field School, under the direction of Travis McDonald. She also served as the research assistant for The Old Dominion Land Company and the Development of the City of Newport News. This exhibit won the Virginia Public Library Directors’ Award for Best Adult Program and the C. Herbert Finch Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). In 2014, Leandra earned her Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northern Essex Community College.
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Stefanie JOY MUSCAT
Stefanie Joy Muscat launched Bevara in November 2004, following a successful career in management roles within nonprofit organizations. Her interest in cultural activities, however, extends as far back as kindergarten, when she would catalogue and exhibit her family's art and antique collections. She even made a modest profit, charging visitors a quarter to enter her museum.
Throughout her career, Stefanie has been honored for her work. Most recently, she was named a Fellow of The Nantucket Project, a gathering of the world’s leading thinkers, visionaries, and performers to discuss the theme of "art + commerce". In 1999, she was named to the Detroit Free Press list of "100 People to Watch This Century", for her work to promote culture and heritage, and the creative economy. At only 24 years old, she was the youngest person named to the list.
Stefanie is also Adjunct Faculty at Northern Essex Community College. The credit courses she has taught are in the areas of business, hospitality and tourism. Stefanie is also a long time instructor at NECC's Center for Corporate and Community Education, where she teaches the Meeting & Event Planning Certificate Program, and facilitates grant workshops. She created the college's Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, which was launched in 2014. Stefanie regularly lectures at conferences and universities on a variety of topics related to the management and advancement of nonprofit organizations and the creative economy.
Prior to opening Bevara, Stefanie served as Public Relations Coordinator (MSU Museum), Coordinator (1999 National Folk Festival), Traveling Exhibits Coordinator (New England Aquarium) and Executive Director (Ipswich Historical Society). Stefanie attended Michigan State University, where she studied Arts Management and earned her Museum Studies Certificate. She also completed the Broad College's International Business Institute for Community College Faculty.
Stefanie continues to serve the nonprofit and education sectors in other ways. She is a founding member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Faculty Advisory Board. She also regularly donates her knowledge and expertise to nonprofits in underserved communities within the Merrimack Valley (MA) via Community InRoads.
As of May 2018, Stefanie is the Director of Advancement at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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