Museum Staff

Steve Gordon

Museum Administrator
Steve Gordon

Rita Bodwell

About Rita

Rita Bodwell retired from Indiana public schools after almost 33 years of service. During her tenure she served in several capacities, including 28 years as the Executive Secretary to the principal. Her interests include Miami ILR, McGuffey Museum history, gardening, reading and traveling around the world with her husband. An Indiana resident, Rita's family includes two daughters, two son-in-laws and four grandchildren.

John Clover

About John

John Clover is a retired local educator who brings his love of nature and community involvement to the McGuffey House and Museum. John taught elementary grades 4 & 5 at Lincoln Heights Elementary School, and later became a guidance counselor at Talawanda High School, where he retired as Head of the Guidance Office. He also served as the YMCA Camp Director at Camp Campbell Gard, where he developed their Environmental Education Program and ran the summer camp program. For more than 40 years, he has been part of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity.

Docent Chair
Mary Jane Roberts

John Clover outside house

John Clover, chair of McGuffey House and Museum docents, holds three degrees from Miami (Classes of 1970, 1974, 1990). Recently, he and Steve Gordon enjoyed a full day visiting historic house museums, churches and cemeteries in Lancaster, Ohio, John's hometown. Here is John standing in front of his boyhood home on E. Fifth St. in Lancaster.

Student Aides

Alex Gregory

About Alex

Alex Gregory is a double major in English Literature and History with a double minor in Archaeology and Museum Studies. She grew up in Liberty Twp., Ohio and plans on furthering her education by attending grad school and studying history. This past summer she studied abroad in London with an internship at the Ragged School Museum.

Katie Staffiera

About Katie

Katie Staffiera is a sophomore Middle Childhood Education and Spanish double major from Cincinnati, Ohio. When she isn’t in class or studying, Katie can be found reading, spending time with her friends around campus, or dancing in Phillips Hall with the Dance Theatre program. She is also a member of Miami’s Urban Cohort program, which collaborates with high-need schools and community-based organizations to prepare teachers who are grounded in the life of the community. Katie is so excited to be working in the McGuffey Museum and to get the chance to share her love of history and education with everyone!