Gateway Science Museum

Gateway Staff

Julia
Julia
Visitor Service Supervisor & Outreach Manager

Hello! My name is Julia, the Visitor Service Supervisor & Outreach Coordinator, at Gateway Science Museum. I graduated from CSU Sacramento State with a BA in Communications. I love to work with students of all ages to inspire and educate about opportunities and programs in school that is in line with their passion! I have been a peer mentor, recreational leader, volunteer program intern at shelters, and special events leader!

Fun Fact: I love to draw and bring my creations to life through stickers and enamel pins.

Leilani
Leilani
Education Coordinator

Hello, my name is Leilani! I am a Education Coordinator at Gateway Science Museum. I graduated from CSU Chico State in Fall 2021 with a BS in Agricultural Science & Education. However, 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. I love taking photos of nature. If I am not at work, hanging out with friends, or enjoying nature, I'm spending time with both my cats that have special needs. Nugget, 5 years old, is an orange, medium hair female tabby. Kitori, 10 years old, is a grey, long hair female tabby.

michellle
Michelle
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.
 
Laura
Laura
Garden Curator

Hello! My name is Laura, and I’ve been the Garden Curator at Gateway since 2019. I love working outside in our gardens, maintaining them as habitat for our local flora and fauna, and producing educational programming. After a couple of years of study in Seattle, I received my BS in Evolutionary, Ecological, and Organismal Biology and a minor in Studio Art from Chico State in 2018, and also studied field botany with the University of Idaho. In Fall 2022 I completed my Master's degree here in Chico, where I used historic plant and bee specimens to research long-term changes in plant-pollinator interactions. I love exploring our region and celebrating the incredible biodiversity of California.

Fun fact: I've been dancing (swing, salsa, blues, and ballroom styles) since 2013. Some of my other hobbies are hiking, sewing my own clothes, going on road trips, and baking for my friends.

Cole
Cole
Operations Assistant

Hi there! My name is Cole Schmitt and I am the Operations Assistant 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 video games, 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

William
William
Curiosity Guide & Greeter

Hey everyone, my name is William Henriquez. I am one of the Curiosity Guides and Greeters here at Gateway Science Museum. I am currently attending Chico State, majoring in Science Education. Though I find all the different types of Sciences fascinating, my favorite is human biology. With my Science Education degree, I want to work as a science teacher and give tours at different Science Museums when classes are not in session. Working here has brought me so much joy. When I leave work here, I always feel accomplished knowing that I taught at least one guest something new. When I am not working or studying, I go on hikes, find new places to explore, or binge-watch shows and movies.

I hope I can teach you soon here at Gateway Science Museum!

 

Dafne
Dafne
Lending Library Coordinator

Hi my name is Dafne. I am a Curiosity Guide/Lending Library Coordinator. I go to Chico State and my major is Animal Science with a minor in Biology. I hope to one day become a veterinarian :giraffe_face:


Fun Fact: I love hiking and going on adventures with my friends!

Hira
Hira
Curiosity Guide & Greeter

Hello! My name is Hira! I am one of the curiosity guide and greeter at Gateway Science Museum. You will usually find me when you enter the museum. I moved from Pakistan 7 years ago and now Chico is my home. I’m currently pursuing a BFA in interior architecture at Chico state.
Fun fact: I’m fluent in 4 languages!!

Renee
Renee
Community Program Intern

I am Renée Brown, 21 years old, and I’m a senior History major! I plan to continue my education at graduate programs in either History or Museum Studies. I hope to one day work in a Museum and educate the public on a verity of topics. I am also the Treasurer of the History Club and an Ambassador to the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

hana
Hana
Curiosity Guide & Greeter

Hi! My name is Hana Consterdine and I’m pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at Chico State.  I love learning about new science discoveries and hope to contribute to the science world someday.  When I’m not learning about something science related, I’m usually hanging out with my friends or doing something artistic.  I hope to see you at Gateway Science Museum soon!

 

Katelyn
Katelyn
Curiosity Guide

Hey!!! My name is Katelyn. I have a few different roles here at Gateway. I am a field trip guide, a curiosity guide, and the lending library co-coordinator. I graduated from Chico State in Spring 2022. I love education and museums, so I hope to one day work in museum education.

A fun fact about me is that I have lived all over California.

 

 

Chloe
Chloe
Curiosity Guide

Hello there-I'm Chloe! I'm a Chico State Student studying Computer Science. I've been at the museum since October or 2021. I grew up in Redding going to Turtle Bay and it's been so cool to finally work in a museum and see the other side of things! When I'm not at the museum (or studying!) I love to hike, bake, take care of my many houseplants, or cuddle with my puppy Parker. My favorite place to travel and camp is to the Nor Cal coast (I <3 redwoods and banana slugs).

Nayellie
Nayellie
Curiosity Guide

My name is Nayellie Barragan-Mejia and I am a Microbiology-Clinical Laboratory Science major at Chico State.

Sean
Sean
Paleontologist in Residence

I like to play in the dirt!

 

 

Bradley
Bradley
Student Intern & Fossil Friday

I like fossils and good times.