Our Team - HistoryIT: We give history a future

Our Team

HistoryIT is a company of digital innovators.

We employ project and metadata specialists, historians, content and social media experts, software engineers, and more.

The HistoryIT Management Team works from our Portland, ME headquarters and in Chicago, IL. Our project teams work at both locations as well as independently throughout the United States and in Utrecht, The Netherlands, through our partnership with Utrecht University.

Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD
  • Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Kristen is a professional historian and digital strategist. She holds a PhD in U.S. History from George Washington University and is a published author, accomplished scholar, experienced public speaker, and thought leader in digital history and historical collections.

Donny Lowe
  • Chief Technology Officer

  • Donny joined the HistoryIT team after serving 5-plus years as the director of digital strategy at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. In addition to overseeing the Museum’s digital preservation efforts, Lowe managed all Hall of Fame branded online portals. Before that, he spent 10 years in television production for Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Hayes Ferguson
  • President & Chief Operating Officer

  • Hayes was part of the founding management team at Legacy.com, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Content Officer. Early in her career, she was the Latin America correspondent for The Times-Picayune and a writer for People magazine. She has a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Serge Vladimiroff
  • Director of Software Development

  • Serge spent four years as lead tech for Zynga Poker, the world’s largest online poker game. He has worked as a software engineer and web developer for numerous clients, and has co-founded a number of projects, including the San Francisco Festival of Fantastic Film and the Cosmic Hex Film Archive.


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