The mission of the 诚信在线娱乐 is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture, and our daily lives.


Carey Cranston is the President of the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, Illinois Carey Cranston, President

Carey took on the role of President of the 诚信在线娱乐 in September of 2016. Prior to that Carey had been serving for 12 years as President of Fox College, a private career college in Chicago, and 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 taught writing at UIC and DePaul and 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..


Christopher Burrow is the Director of Operations at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisChristopher Burrow, Director of Operations

Over 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 and writer and his work has appeared in journals and magazines across the country. He has taught English abroad and holds a B.A. in English from Drake University.


Linda Dunlavy is the Director of Development at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisLinda Dunlavy, Director of Development

Linda has been a professional fundraiser in Chicago for 24 years, previously with Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. She holds a B.A. in English and Art History from the University of Minnesota. Her creative writing has appeared in River Teeth Journal and Hippocampus.


Karie McGahan is the Director of Marketing and Private Events at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisKarie McGahan, Director of Marketing & Private Events

Karie brings over 15 years of experience in event management, marketing and public relations in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Prior to joining the 诚信在线娱乐, she was a business consultant for creative clientele. Karie earned a B.A. in English at the University of Iowa.


Allison Sansone is the Program Director at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisAllison Sansone, Program Director

After a decade as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and its suburbs, Allison 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.


Cristina Carrera is the Facilities Supervisor at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisCristina Carrera, Facilities Supervisor

Cristina has dedicated her career working for nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts, education, and administration, previously at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Brookfield Zoo, and Openlands. She has taught in Spain and holds an M.F.A. in Writing from The School of the Art Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Illinois at Chicago. She enjoys writing and painting in multidisciplinary forms.


Nikki Geslani is the Development and Membership Associate at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, Illinois

Nikki Geslani, Development & Membership Associate

诚信在线娱乐Nikki joined the AWM team in April 2018. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Sociology. With a deep-rooted interest in diverse representations reflected in American society, Nikki is a dilettante artist, musician, and sometimes writer.


Catherine Ryan is the Signature Events and Donor Relations Manager at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisCatherine Ryan, Signature Events & Donor Relations Manager

Catherine began her involvement with the 诚信在线娱乐 as the Administrative Assistant in June of 2015 after hearing about the museum in its early stages. She has been involved in general operations, event planning, and fundraising efforts, and is now the Assistant Director of Marketing & Events. She has a B.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Sonal Shukla is the Assistant Director of Programming and Education at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisSonal Shukla, Assistant Director of Programming & Education

Sonal worked as a market researcher for various CPG companies prior to moving to Chicago from Mumbai, India. She volunteered at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park where she streamlined the administrative functions and developed marketing strategies. Her involvement with the museum started in August 2016 where she began her work as an Intern looking at various marketing and programs. Sonal recently completed her MBA degree in Marketing and Information Systems from Roosevelt University. She is also a part of a local south asian theater group and has performed in various plays.


Nate King is the Content and Communications Coordinator at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisNate King, Content & Communications Coordinator

Nate graduated from Ithaca College in 2014 with a B.A. in Journalism and a penchant for American literature. For three years he waited tables while developing a healthy writing habit, during which time he became a regular blogger for the AWM blog. His writing has also appeared in The Littleton Courier and The Ithacan, as well as the online magazine Ithaca Week诚信在线娱乐. Originally from the mountains of New Hampshire, Nate moved to Chicago in 2015.


Ari Bachechi is the Data Operations Coordinator at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisAri Bachechi, Data Operations Coordinator

Ari started at the AWM as an intern involved in multiple aspects of the museum. She has since moved into data analytics and management of the AWM Affiliate Museum Program. She graduated summa cum laude诚信在线娱乐 from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Anthropology and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Museum Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She previously interned at the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.


Courtney is a Storyteller at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisCourtney, Storyteller

Courtney joined AWM in April 2017.  As a lifelong literature connoisseur and history buff, she could not pass up the opportunity to help share the contextual significance of American writing.  She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in History and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.   When she is not reading, Courtney can be found engaging with America’s other cherished pastime, baseball.


Cassidy is a Storyteller at the 诚信在线娱乐 in Chicago, IllinoisCassidy, Storyteller

Cassidy started working at the AWM shortly after it opened its doors in 2017. He graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. His short fiction has been published in Hair Trigger, and when not working at the museum he continues to work on his writing.


Olivia, StorytellerOlivia, Storyteller

As good fortune would have it, Olivia began her employment at AWM in August 2019, just as she started at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently, she is majoring in Communications and minoring in English. She feels privileged and excited to work and interact with those who love writers and writing. When not in class or at the museum, Olivia composes poetry and short stories she often posts to her blog and explores the wonders of the City of Chicago.


Matt is a Storyteller at the 诚信在线娱乐 in ChicagoMatt, Storyteller

Matt joined the team at the AWM in December 2019. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Theatre Directing in May of 2019. While not working at the museum, Matt is a theatre director and creator. He has worked with the International Voices Project, the Chicago Fringe Festival, and BYOT Productions on various projects. He is excited to share his love for the written word with all that visit the museum.