How We Are Run

How We Are Run

Hillwood is governed by a Board of Trustees, some of whom are members of the Post family. 

Members of the Board of Trustees:

  • Mary Emerson Slimp, President
  • Ellen MacNeille Charles, President Emerita
  • Susan Bollendorf, Vice President
  • Elizabeth Odom, Vice President
  • Kathryn Vigé Hicks, Secretary
  • Lucy S. Rhame, Treasurer
  • Amy Meadows, Assistant Treasurer
  • Sally E. Chapoton
  • Rick J. Fernandez
  • Sophia Ghezai
  • Sophie Hawkins
  • Joshua Hildreth
  • Andrew Iverson
  • Mark Lowham
  • Alison Cady Martin
  • Beth Newburger 
  • Sara O'Keefe
  • W. Brett Rees
  • Donna Roberts
  • Nedenia C. Rumbough
  • Stanley H. Rumbough
  • Skip Sroka
  • Gail Berry West

The executive director is responsible for the day to day operations of the estate; a staff of more than 90 employees and 400 active volunteers assists the executive director in all aspects of the operations, including:

  • Administration
  • Curatorial and Collections
  • External Affairs
  • Finance and Security Services
  • Horticulture
  • Interpretation
  • Operations and Technology
  • People & Culture

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ mission is to delight and engage visitors with an experience inspired by the life of founder Marjorie Merriweather Post and her passion for excellence, gracious hospitality, art, history, and gardens.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens presents in its stunning original setting the extraordinary life and legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, by developing the resources she left in trust to their fullest potential for future generations. Hillwood presents internationally significant collections of art, dynamic changing exhibitions and a fabulous historic estate and gardens, providing current audiences with a visceral sense of a dynamic life and inspiration for their own endeavors.

Core Value Statement

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, in a spirit of graciousness, strives for professional excellence and fascinated and engaged visitors according to the high standards established by Marjorie Merriweather Post.


Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens' mandate is to preserve the twenty-five acre estate, museum and gardens that Marjorie Merriweather Post developed to house her important collections of Russian Imperial art, French decorative arts, costumes, textiles, and jewelry and to interpret and present them for the enjoyment of the public. Hillwood continues Post’s legacy by sharing the contributions she made in the fields of American business leadership; women’s studies; progressive thought; political history; philanthropy; community and social involvement; healthy lifestyles; Russian imperial art; French decorative arts; costume, jewelry and textile design and estate and garden design. It is an important scholarly voice on Russian and Western European decorative arts and twentieth-century material culture.

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