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Gateway Science Museum

Gateway Staff

Stephanie

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Exhibits Curator

Hi folks! My name is Stephanie and I am the Exhibits Curator at Gateway. I received my BA in Ecology & Organismal Biology from the University of Montana in 2016 and my MS in Biological Sciences from Chico State this summer. The most rewarding aspect of science is sharing it with others. I've worked as a teaching naturalist, lab instructor, zoological curatorial assistant, and museum educator - my passion is science communication! 
Fun fact: I am an enthusiastic naturalist with my own collection of pressed plants, fossils, antlers, animal skulls and more!

Tay

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Curiosity Guide

Hello! I’m Tay, Curiosity Guide and greeter at the Gateway Science Museum. You may also know me as Gateway’s “Shark Guy!” I love helping guests identify shark teeth and answer as many questions as I can about these amazing creatures! You will most likely find me working behind the Microeye taking an up close look at any kind of fossil! 
 I’ve been a part of the Gateway team for four years and started out as a volunteer. I’m currently attending Butte College majoring in recording arts.
Fun fact, my favorite hobby is playing my guitar and making music!

Michelle

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Artist in Residence

As Artist in Residence at Gateway I get to incorporate my skills as a visual artist into the programming, exhibitions, and events at the museum. I work as an illustrator and artist and am inspired by and curious about the natural world and our universe. I grew up in Minnesota and have now lived in California for 13 years.  After earning an MFA at UC Berkeley I moved to Chico in 2017 and have been enthusiastically on staff at Gateway since 2018.
Fun Fact: I spent four summer seasons working at McMurdo Station, Antarctica where I learned how to make round cookies for a community of over 1000 people.

Cole

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Curiosity Guide

Hi there! My name is Cole Schmitt and I am a Curiosity Guide/ Greeter at the Gateway Science Museum. I started here as a volunteer fall 2019 and now have the best job ever! I am in my junior year at Chico State and I'm double majoring in Ecological Biology and Science Education. I see our museum as a vitally important resource for our community. Science museums aren't just for people who study science, they're a place to be curious. My life goals are to first work for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and years later, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Some of my hobbies include hiking, woodworking, playing videogames, and my biology honors society Omicron Theta Epsilon. I hope to see all of you at the museum sometime in the future!!!!!

Fun Fact: I've jumped out of a helicopter to ski down a mountain in Alaska

Leilani

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Field Trip Tour Guide

Hello, my name is Leilani! I am a Field Trip Tour Guide at Gateway Science Museum. I am a Chico State student and I am majoring in Agricultural Science & Education with a specialization in Plant & Soil Science. My plan is to become an elementary teacher.

Fun facts: In my free time I love finding new music and attending local live music shows with my friends. Normally, you could find me at the University Farm either seeding in the Greenhouse, tending at the Organic Vegetable Project, or attending class inthe animal units or the mechanic shop. I love exploring nature and my favorite places have been Potem Falls or Multnomah Falls. I have so many plants that I lost count after 40.

Dafne

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Curiosity Guide

Hi my name is Dafne. I am a curiosity guide here at Gateway! I started working one year ago. I go to Chico State, my major is Animal Science and I hope to one day become a veterinarian🐶🐱

Fun Fact: I love hiking, and my boyfriend and I just adopted a dog, his name is Sherman he is a German Shepard🐶🥾

 Jayne

Curiosity Guide & Gateway Greeter

Bryan

Bryan playing guitar


Graphic Designer

Hey! My name is Bryan. I am the graphic designer at Gateway! I am currently the newest member of the Gateway Science team, and I’m looking forward to meeting all of you in person soon. I am a Graphic Design major at Chico State with a minor in Photography. As a Chico native I love sharing the amazing content that our team creates with our community!

Fun Fact: I taught myself how to play guitar when I was thirteen and have been playing in bands since I was sixteen years old. Since then I have gotten to tour and play shows around the country and even in Canada!

 Kurt

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Gallery Supervisor

Hello! My name is Kurt and I am a Gallery Supervisor at the Gateway. I participate in many of the field trips at the museum and often lead tours. I love talking about fossils, wildlife, and providing scientific information to people. I am also a father to two wonderful kids and I run a small business with my son Carter. My background is in wildlife education, research and photography.

Fun Fact: I did wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work for several years. I helped train an injured owl to be an education animal and had an injured owl living in my house for a year. My kids grew up sharing their home with hummingbirds, hawks, baby squirrels, baby raccoons, a ringtail, and even a baby coyote.

Michael

Curiosity Guide & Gateway Greeter

Morgan 

Morgan with two dogs

Activity Coordinator

Hello! My name is Morgan and I am the Activity Coordinator at Gateway Science Museum. Most of the time you can find me in the Investigation Station or hosting a Gateway activity! Last May, I graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (specialization in history) and a minor in Comparative Religion.

Fun fact: I have two Shih Tzu’s named Clementine (right) and FiFi (left) and they are the cutest things in the whole world. During this time of isolation, you can find me cooped up in my apartment watching The Office, working, on the phone with my mom or playing Animal Crossing. Stay healthy and be safe!