Assistant to the Director
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  • B.A. (Art History), James Madison University
  • Participated in a certificate program offered by the JMU Human Resources office for supervisors of student employees(2004).
  • Completed an online certificate program for Administrative Assistants offered by JMU’s College of Graduate and Outreach Programs (2004).

Gerard is responsible for managing all of the school’s operating, grant, and JMU Foundation budgets and scholarship accounts and payments. As assistant to the director, she works on several special projects throughout the year in addition to her main duties, including:

  • Ordering all consumable materials and supplies for studio classes.
  • Overseeing the creation of the academic schedule and enters the information into PeopleSoft.
  • Handling all administrative aspects of searches for new faculty and staff, hiring paperwork, travel reimbursements and honorarium payments.
  • Managing all financial aspects of the Summer Art Program and maintains its mailing list.

After graduating from JMU with a B.A. in art history, Gerard worked at Virginia Commonwealth University as the assistant slide curator in the School of the Arts and slide curator at the University of Richmond. She later worked at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in the Department of Photographic Resources.

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Arts Council of the Valley
  • Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance
  • Harrisonburg branch of the America Association of University Women (newsletter editor, branch co-president, co-vice president for programs and secretary)

Gerard is a two-time recipient of the Staff Recognition Award (fall 1999 and fall 2005) for her outstanding performance.


In her free time, Gerard volunteers at WMRA-FM (an NPR affiliate station). In the past, she has served on the Board of Directors at The Playhouse, Harrisonburg’s community-supported theater, and has worked on numerous productions as assistant director, producer and props mistress. Gerard has also served on the Independent and Foreign Film Programming Committee at Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg, responsible for selecting the movies shown during each season. Additionally, she works at the polls on Election Day and is a Notary Public.


Gerard serves on the Staff Advisory Committee (2004-2007 and 2012-present) as co-chair and on the SAC’s Recognition Award sub-committee. Gerard is currently serving on JMU’s Employee Advisory Committee (2012-present).

Prior to its implementation on campus, Gerard was a member of the beta test group for the Student Administration System. In the fall of 2005, she served on a test panel for a new feature of the state-wide purchasing system. During the spring and summer of 2006, Gerard was selected to serve on an evaluation team which reviewed the operations of the Procurement Office at JMU as part of their program review and self-study process. In the 2008-09 academic year, Gerard served on a working group formed by the Registrar’s Office to review how the scheduling system is used and to help develop training for new and continuing users. Gerard served on the search committee for the school’s director in 2010-2011.

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