Meet Our Staff

Susan Lynn

Susan Lynn

Executive Director

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Cornelius the corn snake!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Enchanted Castle" By E. Nesbit

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
I loved playing cards with my grandmother!

Fun Fact:
I still have my childhood love of climbing - rocks, trees, mountains, you name it!

Hannah Hausman

Hannah Hausman

Senior Director, Development & Communications

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Bubbles! They are beautiful, fantastical and make my son smile.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
I love so many, but if I had to pick I'd say: Lyle, Lyle Crocodile

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Red Rover!

Fun Fact:
I auditioned for Ringling Brothers Clown College when I was 18.

Leona Hillary

Leona Hillary

Director of Education

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The garden and our Seeds & Sprouts program because we are able to grow food, eat, play, get dirty, and learn about nature!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Where the Wild Things Are" - by Maurice Sendak

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
I enjoyed playing dress-up in any way! I wore tutus and hats and would put on fashion shows! Playing real estate and climbing on the jungle gym were also my favorite things to do!

Fun Fact:
I am an artist too! I paint, draw, and build sculptures from trash. Making things at the Museum is great because it’s always more fun with friends!

Hector Solis

Hector Solis

Facilities Manager

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The pepper and chile beds in the planting area

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
I never read.

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
"Black Ops" on Xbox 360

Fun Fact:
I like to dance cumbia and rancheras!

Asis Gonzalez

Asis Gonzalez

Museum Educator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Cornelius and his feedings! Because Cornelius is a fun danger noodle!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Magic School Bus" (Any)

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Hide and Seek

Laurie Kornely

Laurie Kornely

Museum Educator (Early Childhood)

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Bubbles! I love making bubbles & watching the faces of kids when they see them so big or so many. (Plus, it's fun to watch them pop them.) I could spend hours making bubbles.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"In the Night Kitchen" by Maurice Sendak

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Hide 'N Seek

Fun Fact:
One year I decided to surprise my mom on the Fourth of July by riding my motorcycle from San Francisco to Orange CA, 462 miles along Highway 101. It was an amazing experience & my Mom was so excited to see me!

Barbara Schwarz

Barbara Schwarz

Finance Manager

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
I love any of the water play exhibits! They remind me of the hours and hours I spent at the neighborhood pool. Water is the best!)

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"The Shoemaker and the Elves" (and "Miss Rumphius," which I read to my kids)

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Hopscotch!

Fun Fact:
I was the first New Year's Baby in my town.

Norma Flores

Norma Flores

Manager on Duty/Fun Facilitator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
I love our earthworks, there is a lot to play with.There’s a music plaza, an adobe playhouse, a sand pit, and the horno where sometimes we cook veggies from our garden. You can also see lizards,butterflies, birds, and the beautiful flowers.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"The Five Chinese Brothers" by Claire Huchet Bishop

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Mancala

Fun Fact:
I like to watch and draw anime, one of my favorite shows is Avatar the last air bender!

Xochitl Garcia

Xochitl Garcia

Fun Facilitator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
My favorite exhibit would have to be the bubbles because it brings me back to being a kid. Bubbles are such an underrated activity that we forget we enjoyed when we were younger.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
My favorite childhood book is, "Where the Wild Things Are."

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Freeze Tag!

Fun Fact:
I played Varsity sports since middle school.

Chelsea Darter

Chelsea Darter

Development Assistant

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The Garden because it's a multisensory experience where you're encouraged to get dirty.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Anything where I could use my imagination. I loved to create and perform my own commercials and TV shows.

Fun Fact:
I'm a photographer! I love telling stories through images!

Maria Vazquez

Maria Vazquez

Museum Maintenance

K. Lopez

K. Lopez

Digital Marketing & Special Projects Manager

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The programs like "Wee Explorations" where toddlers are able to experience the magic of the museum are great!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
I liked those that were interactive, such as "Magic Eye," "Where's Waldo" or "Search & Find" activity books.

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
I'd play anything from kickball to "colored eggs," or even pretended to be a chef in a fake restaurant. I especially enjoyed playing catch, basketball, & chess with my dad.

Fun Fact:
I've been skydiving over the Rocky Mountains & bungee jumping 3x off of California's Bridge to Nowhere.