How are you connected to the Montshire?
I wear a few different hats at the Museum. I'm exhibits assistant for facilities and the live animal care specialist. I maintain exhibits, help the education and exhibits department build things, and help with some of the Woodland Garden and landscaping projects. And of course, most importantly, our job in facilities is to keep our beautiful building and grounds in top condition and running right.
Why do you choose to be involved?
There are so many different things I get to do—no two days are the same and I get to work with different staff and volunteers. Every day presents new challenges.
When was the first time you came to the Montshire?
When I was involved with the Upper Valley teacher-training program in 1989, when the Montshire was in the old bowling alley.
What is your favorite Montshire experience?
Collecting the bees after they swarm and collecting specimens for the aquarium exhibits. I also enjoy putting together major exhibitions. I train summer staff and volunteer explainers to feed and take care of the live animals and I work with them to develop animal programs for visitors.
What do you wish everyone knew about the Museum?
There's a lot more going on behind the scenes than most people realize. Live animal care takes about eight hours a week.
The Montshire is an incredible community focal point with a widespread support system for maintaining and growing the Museum.
What do you think the Montshire will be like in ten years?
I'd like to see the Montshire make more use of its riverfront and extend its reach out into the river for educational opportunities that include the history, geography and biology of the Connecticut River valley.
What do you find most rewarding about working at the Montshire?
The diversity of tasks and the diversity of people I interact with including the staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Which other museums do you enjoy visiting?
When I get a chance, I love visiting aquariums—The New England Aquarium, Monterey Bar Aquarium, ECHO or pretty much any aquarium. I also like the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.