As the executive director for the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Dana Hand Evans is charged with conducting the affairs of the museum. She plans and directs all museum activities and operations, supervises senior managers, and is responsible for the museum’s artistic direction, collections, scholarship and attendance programs. As a responsible community partner, Evans provides the vision and personal leadership for the museum’s growth and development; oversees strategic and master planning, construction and capital campaign activities for the 500-acre site, which is complete with two historic houses, seven acres of public gardens and a 50,000 square-foot museum building. Evans is a native of the Philadelphia area, and she moved to Richmond in 1994 for graduate school. She remained in Richmond until moving to Winchester in 2011. Her career began with a dual track in curatorial and educational work before unexpectedly falling into nonprofit administration. Evans and her husband, Patrick, a semi-retired executive chef, formerly of Altria (Philip Morris USA) and the Jefferson Hotel, live in Frederick County with their two children.