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The George Eastman Museum appoints Jacqueline DiStefano as Vice President, Finance and Operations

Jun 12th, 2018

The George Eastman Museum has appointed Jacqueline DiStefano, CPA as Vice President, Finance and Operations. She will be responsible for overseeing the activities of the accounting and finance, human resources, and information technology departments of the museum, as well as the Eastman Museum’s shop and cafe. DiStefano will be succeeding Thomas J. Combs, who is retiring, and will begin in her new role on July 16.

DiStefano brings more than thirty years of experience in finance and administration in higher education. She previously was the Vice President for Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at St. John Fisher College for four years. She has held similar positions at SUNY New Paltz as the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and at The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany as the Assistant Vice President and Chief Operation Officer. DiStefano recently served as Financial Administrator for the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford.

“The Eastman Museum is most pleased to welcome Jackie DiStefano as our new Vice President, Finance and Operations,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman Museum. “We are confident that she will play a key role in advancing our institution in her areas of primary responsibility and through collaboration with our senior leadership team on both operational and strategic issues.”

DiStefano is deeply committed to serving the Rochester community. She is currently a director and chair of the Volunteer Services Committee and member of the Regional Advisory Council for the Rochester Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is also active with Rochester’s youth, providing tutoring services for the Rochester City School District; serving as a Board Finance Committee member and mentor to the Director of Finance with EquiCenter Inc. and as a Y Leadership Ambassador for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. 

She is a graduate of Clarkson University, where she received a bachelor of science degree with concentrations in managerial and public accounting. DiStefano currently resides in Rochester.

About the George Eastman Museum
Founded in 1947, the George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the largest film archives in the United States, located on the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman, the pioneer of popular photography. Its holdings comprise more than 400,000 photographs, 28,000 motion picture films, the world’s preeminent collection of photographic and cinematographic technology, one of the leading libraries of books related to photography and cinema, and extensive holdings of documents and other objects related to George Eastman. As a research and teaching institution, the Eastman Museum has an active publishing program and, through its two joint master’s degree programs with the University of Rochester, makes critical contributions to film preservation and to photographic preservation and collections management. For more information, visit

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