The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomed three new members to its board of trustees at its May 31, 2018 meeting.

“We are pleased to welcome Javon Jackson, Bridget Quinn-Carey, and Robert Pearce to help guide the historic home of one of America’s greatest writers,” said Paul Eddy, president of the board.

“We welcome these three gifted people who bring a diversified set of talents to our board,” said Pieter Roos, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House & Museum.

 Javon Jackson plays saxophone and is professor and division director of the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at The Hartt School at University of Hartford.  He studied at the University of Denver and the Berklee College of music, leaving to tour with legendary drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1988 to 1990. He is featured on 135 jazz albums, is a regular at top jazz clubs, and earned his master’s degree at the State University of New York at Purchase.

Bridget Quinn-Carey, is the Chief Executive officer of Hartford Public Library. She served as the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and Interim president/CEO of the Queens Library in New York. She also served as Director of the Essex Library Association in Connecticut. She has a BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Master in Library Science and a Master of Business Administration at St. John’s University.

Robert Pearce is a retired nuclear engineer who served in the United States Navy on nuclear submarines, and has a Master’s degree in clinical psychology. He worked at Combustion Engineering, ASEA Brown Boveri, and Westinghouse Electric Company.  He also directed a clinic for agoraphobics.  Pearce is President of the board of Simsbury a Better Chance, a nonprofit that aids academically talented young men of color in underserved communities by placing them in Simsbury High School.