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Ronald Gaskins

Sergeant, Office of Protection Services, Smithsonian Institution

Sgt. Ronald Gaskins was born and raised in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he pursued visual art. Growing up, he spent a lot of time at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Air and Space Museum (NASM). Shortly after graduating high school, he joined the Office of Protection Services as a trainee and then moved up to a Museum Protection Officer in 2004. Gaskins left the Smithsonian to pursue other ventures but returned in 2008 and was promoted to Sergeant. He worked in various facilities including the National Postal Museum, the Cultural Resources Center at the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the NMNH before being promoted to Lieutenant at the end of 2020.

On Sept. 30, 2021, Sgt. Gaskins graduated from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area’s Campus Public Safety Institute (CPSI) where he earned the highest academic scores in his class. CPSI was established to train and certify law enforcement personnel within DC area campuses. CPSI specializes in law enforcement in educational settings, teaching models of community policing to foster collaboration, equality, and an individual-centered focus. He is now posted at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.

He is a firm believer that life is about the journey and not the destination and, with that, he’s interested in the evolution of himself as a whole, which is reflected in his life personally and professionally.


Day 2

Meet Your Moderators Nikkia Morgan Bertha Ellis Terrell Wilson

Day 1

Meet Your Moderators Alia Davis Ronald Gaskins Terrell Wilson

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Ron Cortez

11 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.

Welcome Mark Wallace

11:05 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Introduction by Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie G. Bunch III

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Museum: A Short History of Crisis and Resilience Samuel J. Redman

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

The Fire at Notre Dame: A Chronicle of the Restoration Process Francesco Bandarin

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE): The Smithsonian’s First Central Collections Emergency Response Team Melissa Miller Sam Snell

12:25 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Crime Deterrence and Forensic Traceable Liquids: Impacting Illicit Antiquities Trade Alesia Koush

1:10 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

Vulnerability Assessment Results and Risk Management Resources Daniel (Dan) Genua Michael Stewart

1:25 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Locked Up With Art. How to Keep Your Visitors, Staff, and Collection Safe During a Lockdown Kim Covent Wesley De Smet

2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lightning Round: Innovative Physical Security and Staffing Techniques Kim Beck Yasmine Vatere Ana Muñoz Sonya Barron Kim Hoffman Dan Bailey Rose Soldano

2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Working With a Barrier Model in Our Fight Against Art Crime Ibrahim Bulut Wesley De Smet

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Conservation and Exhibit of Stolen Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” Olivia Miller Ulrich Birkmaier

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Art of the Guardians: Curator Discussion and Employee Panel Maureen Catbagan Lambert Fernando Ervin Hargett Sgt. Rosalind Hubbard Louisa Lam Emilie Lemakis Sgt. Will Palenscar Jevijoe Vitug

3:45 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Case Study: The MoMA Incident and Staff Wellness and Safety Michelle Reugebrink Amanda Jones Tunji Adeniji Danny Platt

4:25 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Year in Review Robert (Bob) Combs

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

5:10 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Closing Mark Wallace

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Virtual Networking

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