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.

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.

Kalie Vanderzyden, Education Director Year started: 2016 Hometown: Orange City, Iowa Educational background:  Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College, IA and Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan What do you do in your spare time: I love spending time with my husband and daughter, working on my bullet journal and hand lettering, and probably watching too much Netflix!  Fun/little known facts:  I have super long toes and can pick up almost anything with them. Favorite part of your job: Playing with all the children that come in.  I love seeing their smiling faces and helping them understand different STEM concepts. 

Kalie Vanderzyden, Education Director
Year started: 2016
Hometown: Orange City, Iowa
Educational background:  Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northwestern College, IA and Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
What do you do in your spare time: I love spending time with my husband and daughter, working on my bullet journal and hand lettering, and probably watching too much Netflix! 
Fun/little known facts:  I have super long toes and can pick up almost anything with them.
Favorite part of your job: Playing with all the children that come in.  I love seeing their smiling faces and helping them understand different STEM concepts. 

Jessica Monroe, Administrative Coordinator 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.

Jessica Monroe, Administrative Coordinator
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.

Jessica Monell, Events Coordinator Year started: 2015 Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa Educational background: Currently enrolled at WITCC for Business Management What do you do in your spare time: Put away laundry! Fun/little known facts: I've been to the Sturgis Rally five times on the bike.  Favorite part of your job: Seeing all of the great parents sitting down and playing with their kids here. 

Jessica Monell, Events Coordinator
Year started: 2015
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
Educational background: Currently enrolled at WITCC for Business Management
What do you do in your spare time: Put away laundry!
Fun/little known facts: I've been to the Sturgis Rally five times on the bike. 
Favorite part of your job: Seeing all of the great parents sitting down and playing with their kids here. 

Jason C. Allen, Operations Director Year started: 2015 Hometown: Louisville, KY Educational background: BA University of Louisville-Political Science, Webster University-MBA, Briar Cliff University - Master of Management: Human Resources What do you do in your spare time: Teach Judo at Boys and Girls Club Fun/little known facts: Have traveled to 20+ countries and all but four states Favorite part of your job: Seeing the “Aha” moments children experience when they play and discover

Jason C. Allen, Operations Director
Year started: 2015
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Educational background: BA University of Louisville-Political Science, Webster University-MBA, Briar Cliff University - Master of Management: Human Resources
What do you do in your spare time: Teach Judo at Boys and Girls Club
Fun/little known facts: Have traveled to 20+ countries and all but four states
Favorite part of your job: Seeing the “Aha” moments children experience when they play and discover

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.

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 Coordinator 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!  

Angelica Maldonado, Guest Services Coordinator
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!

 

McKenna Murphy, Lead Discover Guide Year Started: 2016 Hometown: Le Mars, IA Educational Background: Bachelors in History and Museum Studies from University of Iowa What do you do in your spare time: Teach ballet and modern dance, look at pictures of donkeys, eat excessive amounts of candy Fun/little known facts: I am obsessed with Abraham Lincoln and collect Lincoln memorabilia. I even have a Lincoln tattoo!  Favorite part of your job: When a child who visits often hears our activity announcement and runs excitedly to the classroom ready to learn!   

McKenna Murphy, Lead Discover Guide
Year Started: 2016
Hometown: Le Mars, IA
Educational Background: Bachelors in History and Museum Studies from University of Iowa
What do you do in your spare time: Teach ballet and modern dance, look at pictures of donkeys, eat excessive amounts of candy
Fun/little known facts: I am obsessed with Abraham Lincoln and collect Lincoln memorabilia. I even have a Lincoln tattoo! 
Favorite part of your job: When a child who visits often hears our activity announcement and runs excitedly to the classroom ready to learn!   

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!   

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! 
 

Susan Port, Discover Guide Year Started: 2016 Hometown: Mission, SD Educational Background: B.S. Environmental Science minor in Fish and Wildlife Management What do you do in your spare time: I love to go hiking or read a good book.  Fun/little known facts: I have lived in 11 states, I love giraffes, and I dream of traveling to Ireland someday.   Favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job is seeing a child's face light up when they learn something new, the little giggles and bright smiles when they watch science unfold.   

Susan Port, Discover Guide
Year Started:
2016
Hometown: Mission, SD
Educational Background: B.S. Environmental Science minor in Fish and Wildlife Management
What do you do in your spare time: I love to go hiking or read a good book. 
Fun/little known facts: I have lived in 11 states, I love giraffes, and I dream of traveling to Ireland someday.  
Favorite part of your job: My favorite part of my job is seeing a child's face light up when they learn something new, the little giggles and bright smiles when they watch science unfold.