Chaise (pronounced Chase) coordinates quality visitor experiences and supports the Museum’s mission, goals, and publicity efforts. She serves as the Museum liaison for various outreach and partnership initiatives concerning marketing, social media, and public relations. With Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and African American and African studies, Chaise is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in history with a concentration in public history. Before joining the DEA Museum, she interned with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC, worked as an assistant education coordinator at the Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland, and volunteered as a genealogist with the Smithsonian Institution Archives preserving, researching, interpreting, and updating records for the Freedman’s Bureau Collection Project.
Chaise’s favorite artifact on display is a pair of green platform shoes. In the 1970s, the “Decade of Disco,” a DEA special agent wore these shoes undercover in Detroit, Michigan. She enjoys sharing this story with Museum visitors drawn to the popular artifact.