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.

Laura LoTurco-Gorian

Laura LoTurco-Gorian

Developmental Administrative Assistant

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The Make & Take are and Fine Art Friday! I love anything that has to do with art!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" -Novel by E. L. Konigsburg

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Catching fireflies!

Fun Fact:
I'm a book hoarder! I enjoy books on art culture, foreign places, and children's books.

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!

Asis Gonzalez

Asis Gonzalez

Planetarium Coordinator

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

Dylan Gacia

Dylan Gacia

Museum Educator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The Stargazer Planetarium is so uniquely inspiring! I hope everyone gets a chance to experience this wonderful space dome.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
My grandmother taught me how to play Super Mario World and my father taught me how to beat him in chess! You can still catch me climbing jungle gyms!

Fun Fact:
I used to think my name was Mijo as a child. I still answer to it...

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!

Fran Narain

Fran Narain

Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Science Saturday is my favorite because sometimes we make slime and I think that's pretty great.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
I didn't enjoy reading all that much, but when I did, it was either non-fiction about nature or absolute fiction about unicorns.

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
I really loved playing with marble runs!

Fun Fact:
I used to compete on FIRST Robotics team 2945, which is essentially a less intense version of battle bots!

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!

Howard Theron Hommer

Howard Theron Hommer

Fun Facilitator/Manager on Duty

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
"People on the Go" (because it encourages the imagination of travel)

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" - A 1974 children's poetry collection written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Kick the Can

Fun Fact:
I have travelled the United States alone for two years visiting 44 states.

Isabelle Clinton

Isabelle Clinton

Fun Facilitator/Administrative Assistant

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
So many to chose from! Gotta say, I never get tired of the bubbles. But I also love the art room. And anything outdoors! The Seeds and Sprouts program has to be my favorite program, because who doesn't love playing with worms?

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan. I read all 56 books! Twice!

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
The board game Clue! I went ten years without losing a single game. To be fair, I was playing against my baby sisters.

Fun Fact:
When I was younger, I had an imaginary friend named Blue Sky Images, a name that I got from a PBS commercial

Mariana Montano

Mariana Montano

Fun Facilitator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
I like Fine Art Friday, because it's fun to unleash your inner artist! My favorite exhibit is the Bubble Table, because how can you not love bubbles?

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Oh The Places You'll Go," by the well-known Dr Seuss!

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
Definitely "Duck, Duck, Goose"

Fun Fact:
I like to paint and sketch on my free time!

Scott Leiser

Scott Leiser

Museum Caretaker

KT Lopez

KT Lopez

Special Projects Coordinator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Seeing toddlers fill the museum on "Wee Wednesdays" is magical!

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.