Meet the Team

Martha Joy Rose
Founder, Executive Director

Martha Joy Rose, BFA, MALS with a Master’s in Mother Studies. She is an award-winning artist and activist. Her pursuits have included academia, large-scale community gatherings, music, museums, social action, and media. She is the NOW-NYC recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Award, her Mamapalooza Festival Series has been recognized as “Best in Girl-Power Events” and her music has appeared on the Billboard Top 100 Dance Charts. She founded the Museum of Motherhood in 2003, initiated 501c3 non-profit status in 2005, saw it flourish in NYC from 2011-2014, and then pop up at several academic institutions. She has been organizing international conferences, hosting interns from a wide selection of universities, and has continued to nurture the ongoing evolution of a modern women’s movement. She launched the Journal of Mother Studies, the Mom Egg Review, and MaMaZina Magazine. Her writing has been featured in academic and literary journals.

Deborah Gelch
Strategic Advisor

Deborah is a senior executive who combines a deep technical background with general management experience. She has a track record of successfully building and leading collaborative teams with an agile mindset that delivers innovative products and services that achieve ambitious business goals. Deborah is known for an entrepreneurial spirit and drive that enables growth in sales and student recruitment, customer retention, institutional advancement, alumni affairs, analytics, and IT operations. Deborah earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College majoring in Art History and minoring in Astronomy. She has a graduate degree in Non-Profit Management from Lasell University and holds multiple Salesforce consulting certifications. Deborah joins MOM’s team as a valuable contributor and leader who can facilitate next stage practical growth of the museum vision in St. Petersburg.

Kasia Nowacki
Education Coordination and Development

Kasia attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and holds her Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Kasia’s passion is Leadership Development which she pursues through her work with the Center for Creative Leadership and teaching a Winter Term course, Leadership and Self Discovery Practicum, at Eckerd College. Through working with MOM, Kasia hopes to make the study of motherhood more accessible and more widely known by building online course content for MOM and acting as a liaison to local schools and universities. 

Elena Rodz
Website Manager

Elena Rodz is an artist and curator from Dallas, Texas. She studied painting and film at Washington University in St Louis, Texas. Then went on to receive an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2011.  

After 6 years in NYC, Rodz relocated to Corpus Christi Texas in 2013. She became Curator at the Rockport Center for the Arts. In addition to her nonprofit work, Elena has kept a regular painting studio practice.


MoM Art Annex 501c3 non-profit board

Carl Hovey has been involved with the Museum of Motherhood since it’s pop-up in New York City at East 84th Street in 2011. Carl is a U.S. Navy veteran, father, and ecologically minded farmer who is invested in seeing to the ongoing success of MOM and all its endeavors.

Martha Joy Rose has overseen MOM since its inception and been involved in aspects of its ongoing success.

Zena Marpet, MSN, RN works PT as an emergency room nurse and serves as the Marketing Director at JoinLavender.com, an online mental health service for healthcare providers. She has a Masters from USF in public health policy. Her undergraduate work at Eckerd College earned her a BS of psychology and human development 2016 and she worked for mental health residency clinic in the San Francisco area (2020). Zena is a certified Emergency Medical Technician nationally registered and served as team leader for the Emergency Response Squad at Eckerd College (2012-2015). Internships have included John’s Hopkins, All Children’s Hospital research assistant, and Columbia Medical Center’s Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, pediatric emergency center, and Carlton Manor, counselor for children in residence.


Tracy Sidesinger, Living Museum, Residency Coordinator (2021, 2022) – Tracy is psychoanalytic psychologist currently practicing virtually from Brooklyn and upstate New York. Her writings and practice focus on gender and sexuality, maternal mental health, spirituality, and the arts. She is also co-founder of The New York Center for Community Psychoanalysis, an emerging nonprofit psychotherapy clinic in Brooklyn which makes psychological care accessible to all as a matter of social justice and equity.

Zabrina Shkurti, Living Museum, President (2022) – Zabrina is a Florida native, teaches graduate studies as part of the English Department at the University of South Florida as a PhD Student, and a mother of two boys. We celebrate the first official anniversary of the MOM Living Board and welcome her to the her new position as team member and President!

Nicole Musselman, Living Museum, JourMS editor (2022) – Nicole teaches at USF as part of the English Department as a Ph.D. Student and English Instructor. She is also the mother of a wonderful boy and joins the Journal of Mother Studies as lead editor of the 2022 Journal.


MOM Conference Academic Advisory Committee

Michelle Hughes Miller – PhD. is a Professor in the USF Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Tampa/St. Pete, Florida, USA (Current)

Laura Tropp – PhD. is an Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, USA (Current)

Aurelie Athan – Ph.D. is a full-time lecturer and MA Program Coordinator in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA (Current)

Roksana Badruddoja – PhD. Assistant Professor, Sociology, Manhattan College, Riverdale/Bronx, NY, USA (Current)


Fundraising Committee

Donna Lewis – Artist, architect, teacher, Donna is a dedicated and inspired learner and traveler. She hails from New York and has facilitated relationships between the High School of Art and Design and an internship program at the museum from 2011-2014. Following an artist-in-residency at MoM in Florida in 2021, and as a long-time friend of Joy, Donna decided to commit to MoM’s fundraising committee. She invites others to collaborate with her on this new adventure. [Find out more here]

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