Meet Our Museum Staff

Hannah Hausman

Hannah Hausman

Executive Director

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

Norma Flores

Norma Flores

Floor Manager/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:
I enjoy the "People on the Go" exhibit because it encourages the imagination of travel!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" – 1974 children's poetry collection written & 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.

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.

Sarah Haghi

Sarah Haghi

Education Coordinator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
Science Saturday! Science is LIFE! Good science education is the key to creating future generations of critical thinkers with open minds to the endless capacity for being wrong, learning, & adjusting their views!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
"The Great Good Thing," "The Phantom Tollbooth," and anything and everything by Roald Dahl

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
The floor is made of lava, any game that took place in water, Candyland, and, of course, Operation!

Fun Fact:
I fly helicopters and I am a tango dancer.

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.

Dante Gonzales

Dante Gonzales

Fun Facilitator

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
I always loved coming to the museum on Saturdays and watching the train as they zoomed by.

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”(All)

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
“New Super Mario Bros” on the Nintendo DS

Fun Fact:
I love comic books and movies, my first memory is watching “Spider-Man 2” on my 4th birthday.

Chelsea Darter

Chelsea Darter

Development & Membership Manager

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
The Backyard 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!

Sage McEwen

Sage McEwen

Lead Custodian

Favorite Exhibit/Program:
I love the garden in the Backyard, I think it’s so fun to watch everything grow, and to see guests get exited about picking vegetables!

Childhood Book I Enjoyed:
The Percy Jackson series!

Game(s) I Liked To Play:
As a kid, I could have spent all day on Minecraft!

Fun Fact:
I’m weirdly good at Tetris.