Donna L. Merkt
Director of Museum Experience
A fourth-generation Oklahoman, Donna Merkt joined the staff as the Director of Museum Experience in April 2019. In this role, she is responsible for the overall guest experience to the Gaylord-Pickens Museum while furthering the Mission of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame to tell Oklahoma’s story through its people.
Donna received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Cameron University and her Master of Art in Art History from the University of Oklahoma. Previously, she worked as the Curator of Education at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (2008-2019).
Active in state, regional and national museums associations, Donna serves as co-coordinator for the Oklahoma Museum Educators Professional Interest Network of the Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA), co-chair of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) Education Committee, a voting member of the MPMA Board, and the Mountain Plains Regional Representative for the American Alliance of Museums Education Committee.
During her spare time, Donna enjoys kayaking, playing board games with her family, and traveling.