The National First Ladies Library & Museum personnel work tirelessly to carry out our mission of preserving and telling the stories of American history through the eyes of the women who served as our nation's First Ladies.

Patty Dowd Schmitz Museum Personnel

Patty Dowd Schmitz (she/her)


Patty Dowd Schmitz was named President & CEO of the National First Ladies Library and Museum at the First Ladies National Historic Site in March of 2023. She is a native of North Canton, Ohio, but spent the past 25 years of her career in the Chicago area, where she worked in executive leadership, marketing, fundraising, and consulting positions for various nonprofit cultural organizations. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and has a deep passion for women in history. As a nationally known scholar of the children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder, she has presented her research at numerous national conferences and events. In her current position as head of the National First Ladies Library & Museum, she works to tell the story of American history through the eyes of women and further the understanding of the significant contributions made by all our nation’s First Ladies.

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Michelle Gullion (she/her)


Since 2005, Michelle Gullion has worked at the National First Ladies Library & Museum in Canton, Ohio, where she currently holds the position of Director of Collections & Research. In her role, Michelle cares for, researches, and preserves documents and artifacts related to the lives of the First Ladies of the United States and curates exhibitions. She served as the lead consultant on several museum exhibitions featuring first ladies, including The Octagon House and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. She holds a BA from Hiram College, and an MLIS from Kent State University.

David Lee Museum Personnel

David Lee (he/him)


David Lee, a Stark County native, earned a BA in Communication Arts from Malone University. With a lifelong dedication to his community, he has raised over $6 million for arts and culture initiatives. As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, David leverages his expertise to make a lasting impact. He serves as a theater director, casting assistant, and drama coach, amplifying the voices of students and lifelong learners and advocating for their development in the arts. Additionally, David co-chairs National Philanthropy Day, showcasing his passion for philanthropy and community engagement.

Stephanie Bohnak Museum Personnel

Stephanie Bohnak (she/her)


As the Director of Education & Outreach at the National First Ladies Library & Museum, Stephanie Bohnak brings a distinguished background and unwavering dedication to the institution. With an MA in History and Public History from Bowling Green State University, specializing in women's history and American enslavement, Bohnak is dedicated to illuminating often-overlooked narratives in American history. Her BA in History from the University of Akron, accompanied by minors in Anthropology and Classics, provides a comprehensive understanding of historical contexts and concepts. Additionally, Stephanie Bohnak holds an AS in Culinary Arts from Sullivan University, reflecting a diverse skill set that enriches educational endeavors with interdisciplinary perspectives. Through innovative programming and outreach, Stephanie Bohnak honors the legacies of America's First Ladies while fostering historical literacy and inclusivity for all.



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Leaders in Literacy

4/30/2024 through 4/30/2025

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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.