MEET OUR AFFILIATES
The American Writers Museum Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to establish the first national museum in the United States dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.
Carey has been serving for 12 years as President of Fox College, a private career college in Chicago. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, a global PR firm, where he led digital and web services with several major clients. He also served as Director of Technology and E-commerce at Kemper Lesnik Communications, a local PR firm in Chicago. Early in his career, Carey worked at both the DePaul University Library and at Kroch’s & Brentano’s Bookstore.
Carey earned a B.A. in English from DePaul University summa cum laude, a M.A in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana.
Over the course of his career, Christopher has successfully managed business operations in several industries including: healthcare, hospitality, and educational training. He brings a vast amount of practical experience in addition to a great passion for the written word. Christopher is a poet who’s work has appeared in several journals, including Free Lunch, Allegheny Review and Lyrical Iowa. He has taught English abroad and holds a B.A. in English from Drake University.
After a decade as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and its suburbs, AWM Program Director Allison Sansone became executive director of The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, which operates the Hemingway Birthplace Home and Museum. She created the Foundation’s online presence, inaugurated its writing residency and coordinated the 17th Biennial Hemingway International Conference, a gathering of more than 300 scholars from around the world. She has authored and edited five books, including It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, a history of the groundbreaking college daily newspaper. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and numerous other publications.
Catherine has been with the American Writers Museum since June of 2015 after hearing about the museum in its early stages. She has been involved in general operations, event planning, and fundraising efforts. She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Ari is an intern involved in multiple aspects of the museum including communications, events, and fundraising efforts. She is an undergraduate Honors Program student majoring in Anthropology at Northeastern Illinois University. She previously interned at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.