The Center Team

Interim Director Tammy Key

Tammy Key
Interim Director
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Associate Director Tammy Key is passionate about empowering young women. She has advocated for women in government, politics, public policy and non-profits throughout her life.

Key was a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) for 25 years. In that capacity, she was a senior criminal investigator responsible for various aspects of national security programs, investigations and program management. She was responsible for the development and implementation of national level policy for joint and combined force protection and counterintelligence operations. In addition, she was an instructor and program manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the NCIS Training Academy. In her law enforcement career, she blazed trails for women including selection for specialized training and positions which had not previously been held by women. During the first 10 years of her career with NCIS, Key worked violent crimes, where she advocated for standardized national policy and agent training for the protection of victims of sexual assault.

After retirement from NCIS, Key was a leadership speaker and cultural competency consultant for Berlitz, International. She also remained in public service volunteering as a Sheriff’s Office Victim Services Advocate and has coached and supported college women’s organizations lobbying the Texas legislature.

In 2019, Key served as a Faculty-in-Residence at New Leadership Texas, a six-day workshop for college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

Gallery Curator Elizabeth Neucere

Elizabeth Neucere
Gallery Curator
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Elizabeth Neucere believes that museums are the perfect area to have open discussions about history and current events or issues. It is important for museums to create learning experiences where visitors can develop informed opinions, learn other viewpoints and have emotional reactions that allow them to emphasize and personally relate with what is on display. As the gallery curator for the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Neucere will take these ideals and apply them to the new gallery space in Old Main Building.

Prior to TWU, Neucere served as exhibits and collections manager at the Museum of the Coastal Bend.

Neucere received her BA and MA in history from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During graduate school, she had her first “consciousness raising” about women’s history. Since then, she has been an active student of United States women’s history, particularly the suffragist movement.

She also is passionate about historical research. She is published in the first scholarly edited book on prison tourism, and her work will be featured in the 2019 edition of the Fwd: Museum journal.

Neucere believes it is important to be constantly learning and staying on track with new trends in the museum world. This October, she is attending the Association of Midwest Museums conference. While there, she will participate in a panel titled, “Advocating for Your Career at Every Stage” and discuss her experiences as an emerging museum professional.

Senior Secretary Barbara Reinke

Barbara Reinke
Senior Secretary
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Barbara Reinke has worked with a number of organizations across a wide range of industries, but joining the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy has further fueled her long held interest in politics and civic engagement. She has served as a CASA advocate and volunteer on a number of political campaigns and referendums.

Reinke has a BBA in management from the University of Texas. When off campus, you can find her volunteering at her granddaughter’s school, the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas or working on any number of creative projects with like-minded friends.

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