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Museum Staff

     Portrait photograph of museum director.

Rebecca Schapp, Director

On staff at the de Saisset for more than thirty years and serving as director for more than twenty, Rebecca Schapp is responsible for the overall administration of the museum. She supervises Museum programs and operations, oversees  budgeting and granting, manages the staff, directs long-term planning efforts, and serves as the primary liaison between the museum and Santa Clara University. Rebecca holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in Art from San Jose State University.

Portrait of Lauren Baines 

Lauren Baines, Assistant Director

Joining the de Saisset Museum in 2016, Lauren Baines is responsible for developing the museum's exhibitions and planning related interpretation, integrated education opportunities, and public programs. She is also responsible for the museum's marketing, promotion, and outreach and works to build collaborations with University and external partners. Lauren holds an M.F.A. from Mills College in Choreography/Dance and B.A. and B.S. degrees from Santa Clara University, triple majoring in Art History, Theatre Arts (Dance Emphasis), and Psychology.

Portrait of Megan Watt 

Megan Watt, Senior Administrative Assistant

New to the de Saisset in 2017, Megan Watt handles the day-to-day administration of the museum. Serving as the first point of contact to various internal and external constituencies, Megan handles financial planning and processing, scheduling and supervision of tours and events, and administrative and general support for the professional staff. Megan holds a B.A. in Anthropology from New York University.

Portraits of staff member Chris Sicat.

Chris Sicat, Exhibitions Project Coordinator

Working at the de Saisset Museum since 2013, Chris Sicat is responsible for the design, display, and maintenance of temporary exhibitions. He also maintains the permanent exhibition galleries, art storage areas, and preparatory spaces. Chris serves as the museum's primary facility manager, coordinating regular upkeep and maintenance of the building. Chris holds a B.A. from Otis College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Arts.

Portrait of Morgan Schlesinger wearing suit and tie against white wall.

Morgan Schlesinger, Collections Manager

Working with the de Saisset since 2017, Morgan Schlesinger oversees the care and preservation of more than 13,000 objects held in the museum's permanent collection. He also handles exhibition registration. Some of his chief responsibilities include the coordination of insurance, overseeing art storage, and attending to the conservation and preservations needs of collection objects. Morgan graduated with an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco; he also holds an M.B.A. from Willamette University and a B.A. in Markets & Culture from Southern Methodist University.