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

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

Laurie Kornely

Laurie Kornely

Early Childhood Educator

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

Maria Vazquez

Maria Vazquez

Museum Maintenance

K. Lopez

K. Lopez

Digital Marketing & Special Projects Manager

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.