Bob Fitch, Executive Director Year started: 2015 Hometown: Yankton SD Educational background: B.A. from Augustana University in Sioux Falls; Yankton High School What do you do in your spare time: Help at my dad’s farm; play with my grandson; garden; read; spend too much time watching TV Fun/little known facts: I have genealogy charts for our family that go back 30+ generations (about 1,000 years) Favorite part of your job: Visiting with parents and helping the kids in the museum.
Jessica Monroe, Office manager Year started: 2016 Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Educational background: NECC Elementary Education What do you do in your spare time: In my spare time I am usually cooking or spending time with my son and husband. Fun/little known facts: I have six siblings, three older and three younger. Favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job is that each day is never the same. There is always something new to do or learn.
Alyssa miller, Education manager YEAR STARTED: 2016 HOMETOWN: SIOUX CITY, IA EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Bachelor in Elementary education from Concordia University WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME: I enjoy reading, crafts, puzzles, cooking, running, watching disney movies, and spending time with my family. FUN/LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: I like to adopt a wide assortment of animals because I am allergic to cats and dogs. I've had frogs, chickens, hermit crabs, and more! I even tried to adopt a donkey once. FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB: seeing a child grasp a new idea, or enjoying and learning from one of the many exciting programs we have.
Carrie Lebowich, DEvelopment coordinator Year started: 2016 Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Educational background: Paraeducator Certificate, currently enrolled in Early Childhood Studies Program What do you do in your spare time: In my spare time my favorite thing to do is spend time with my daughters, my husband and my dog. We love to dance, play with My Little Ponies, and go to the movie theater. I spend a lot of time doing homework, housework and working out at the gym. Fun/little known facts: My nickname is Pippi, I drive a JEEP and love it, I’m left handed, I am the middle child of 6 brothers and sisters (step, half and full), I love fried zucchini and Snickers, and I love going to Vegas Favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job is “making the museum awesome”. I tell my 3-year-old daughter that every day when I leave. I love hearing the kids laugh and play while I work, it always sounds like they’re having a blast.
Angelica Maldonado, Guest Services Manager Year started: 2016 Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Educational background: Graduate of West High School, Class of 2012 What do you do in your spare time: Photography and going to the gym. Fun/little known facts: I worked at a daycare for four years prior to working at the museum. Favorite part of your job: Watching the children learn by having fun!
Jeremy Bartelt, Outreach Educator Hometown: Maquoketa, IA Educational Background: B.A., Theater Arts – University of Wisconsin – Madison A.A.S., Recording Arts – Full Sail University What do you do in your spare time: Hanging out with my family is number 1. Recording and mixing bands is number 2. If I’m not doing those things, I’m out running. Fun/Little Known Facts: I do not have vast experience in world travel, but in college I was the bass trombonist for the UW-Madison Symphony Orchestra and we did an eastern European tour. I find this typically means I have been to cities in Europe most Americans haven’t been to, like Bratislava and Brno. Moving to Sioux City has made this the 8th city of residence in my life. Maquoketa, IA / Madison, WI / Aspen, CO / Winter Park, FL / Chicago, IL / Minneapolis, MN / Eagan, MN / Sioux City, IA Favorite Part of Your Job: I love watching children learn in the museum with a smile on their face. I find the children here at Launchpad are impressed at how much fun they have and the adults are impressed with how much their children learn. I have the opportunity to help with that fun and learning and that is why this job is so awesome!
Bobbi Reynolds, Discover Guide YEAR STARTED: 2017 HOMETOWN: SIOUX CITY, IA EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: 2006 East high graduate, associates of arts from Western iowa tech, additional year at morningside college WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME: enjoy baseball/softball games and spending time with family FUN/LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: Enjoys arts and crafts FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB: Interacting with the children and their families
sabrina guerra, Discover Guide YEAR STARTED: 2017 HOMETOWN: Red Oak, IA EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Student at Morningside College WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME: binge watching netflix FUN/LITTLE KNOWN FACTS: favorite color is glitter! FAVORITE PART OF YOUR JOB: Leading toddler adventures!
Bre TenHulzen, Guest Services Year Started: 2015 Hometown: Sioux City, IA Educational Background: Student at The University of Nebraska- Lincoln What do you do in your spare time: Play soccer and volleyball, paint, draw, and read. Fun/little known facts: I’ve never been on a plane. Favorite part of your job: Seeing all of the new changes to the museum and watching the kids get excited as they walk in.
Ashley vandestouwe, Discover Guide Year Started: 2016 Hometown: rock rapids, ia Educational Background: Morningside college student - majoring in elementary education What do you do in your spare time: Play volleyball at morningside Fun/little known facts: i'm a proud mother of a 2 year old, my cat charlie. Favorite part of your job: I love coming in and having every day be different. seeing children discover and enjoy learning with us makes it all worth it!
Corina Maldonado, Guest Services Year started: 2015 Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Educational background: West High student, Class of 2018 What do you do in your spare time: Volunteer around Sioux land, I love to go to any concerts and I also love to bake! Fun/little known facts: My best friend, McKenna, works here with me! My favorite subject is science, and this is my first job! Favorite part of your job: Love seeing the kids have fun and learn at the same time!
Taylor Hirschman, Discover Guide Year started: 2017 Hometown: Cherokee, IA Educational background: Morningside College student majoring in Elementary Education. I graduated from Washington High School in 2015. What do you do in your spare time: I love to cook and bake. I also love spending time doing puzzles or hanging out with family. Fun/little known facts: I was a swimmer for 12 years, now that I can’t, I have taken up golf as a hobby. Favorite part of your job: I love watching kids grasp a new idea or concept. I enjoy watching the kids use their imagination and play in the museum.
Alexis Hundley, DIscover Guide Year Started: 2017 Hometown: Sioux City, IA Educational Background: Senior at North High School What do you do in your spare time: search pinterest for crafts, and listening to music. Fun/little known facts: I enjoy sewing. Favorite part of your job: everyday is unexpected and you never know what new discover you will help a child make and teaching them that learning can be fun and the only thing holding them back is their imaginations.