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Meet Our Staff

The Boss

David Marskell

Role: CEO of THEMUSEUM
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Watching the parents and children interact. Watching the staff grow and mature into astute business and arts leaders.
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? Donate it to THEMUSEUM.
If you could go back in time, what would you do? Bet on the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays to win the World Series.

Exhibitions

Laurel McKellar

Role: Senior Director, Exhibitions & Program Development
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM?  Working with all of the different artists – local and international – for our exhibitions!
What is your favourite Beatles song?  You’ve got to hide your love away – I also love the Eddie Vedder version.
Describe your Instagram aesthetic in 3 words: Daughters, design and family.

Daniel MacPherson

Role: Technology Manager
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do?  Who thought up this scenario?  How do I know my time is about to expire?  Am I supposed to spend all this money?  Is someone trying to kill me because I have this money?  How did I get this money?  Did I take this money?  Is my downfall brought on by this money?   Oh this greed.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? I know where everything is.
Describe my Instagram aesthetic. WISIWYG no filter.

Gustavo Rodriguez

Role: Facilities Manager
Any hidden talents?
 I don’t have any hidden talents.
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? If I could have any pet, maybe a Siamese cat.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? My favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM is all the stuff I have to build with each new exhibit.

Sarah Rolko

Role: Exhibitions Coordinator
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? I already have my dream pet – my fur baby Phoebe. She is a 1 ½ year old Olde English Bulldogge and she is my child.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? I think I’d be Maleficent. As a Sagittarius who often suffers from FOMO, I would also be pretty upset if I didn’t get invited to the biggest party of the year.
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? Definitely Miss Chanandler Bong. His sarcastic, self-deprecating humour is my favourite. Phoebe is obviously a close second… (see the name of my dog).

Programming

Katelynn Dietrich

Role: Director of Public Programs & Special Projects
Who are your dream TV parents? The Dream Team Trio of Danny Tanner, Jesse Katsopolis, and Joey Gladstone from Full House. They do a mean rendition of the Teddy Bear song.
What is your strangest phobia? I’m afraid of Canadian Geese. If you went to the University of Waterloo you know what I mean. Ironically I have a stuffed UW Goose on my desk.
Secret Confession: One time I saw Afroman in an airport and was too scared to ask for a photo and autograph. Best part David Marskell offered to chase him down for me.

Jacob Latimer

Role: Education Manager
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? A Red Mouse Deer. Seriously. Look up a picture of a Red Mouse Deer right now. Their bodies make no sense. It’s like they skipped leg day at the gym.
If you could go back in time, what would you do? What would I do? Nothing! Doing things back in time is like the ONE thing literally every time travel movie and TV show says not to do before someone does it and sets off some horrible alternate timeline. No thanks.
What’s your favourite part about working at THEMUSEUM? Having the pleasure of interacting with students and visitors interested in new experiences. The atmosphere at a museum is so different from that of a classroom or lecture hall because it inspires learning instead of demanding it. Combining curiosity and passion in a person often helps someone learn about themselves and it’s pretty cool to experience that firsthand.

Rachael Kuntz

Role: Adult Programming Manager
If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? This may be a boring answer, but I have always wanted a dog! Who wouldn’t want a forever best friend?  Just don’t tell my family…they all own cats!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Ice cream may be the best dessert ever made. I could eat it for days.
If you could travel back in time to any era, when would that be and why? I would travel back to the 1980’s. Big hair, rock music, and colourful clothes…what’s not to like! But mostly so I could see Queen in concert.

Riley Shortt

Role: The Underground Studio MakerSpace Manager
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Zombies are my least favourite supernatural creature but I would use a Mad Max style vehicle to pummel them down.
Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter of Lord of the Rings? Lord of the Rings
What is your strangest phobia? Oompa Loompas

Brin Thomson

Role: Guest Services Coordinator
What is your hidden talent? I am a certified first-degree black belt in mixed martial arts or MMA for short. I have been trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, karate, kickboxing, and weapons training which includes bo staff and nunchucks. I also apparently move very quietly (according to my mom who thinks I’m always sneaking up on her) so I’m pretty much a ninja.
If you were a Disney villain, who would you be? I’m very interested in British history so I would go with The Queen of Hearts, mostly because she is pretty much a child-friendly adaptation of King Henry VIII.
Who is your favourite T.V. show character? Olenna Tyrell from Game of Thrones. Her sass and wit are unmatched by any other character I’ve seen. When I’m an old lady I want to be just like her.

Kyla Wright

Role: Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah Young

Role: Family Experience Coordinator
What TV channel doesn’t exist, but should? The Truman Show Channel, except it’s just of me.
The most recent google search: “How can I train my dog to sing along to Africa by Toto?”
Who is your favourite T.V. show character? I really like Amy Dunne from Gone Girl. I would like her to be my friend!

Business & Development

Jordan Baker

Role: Director of Business and Development
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Pizza. Any day, any time.
What is your ideal superpower? I had a recurring dream when I was a kid where I could fly, but only if I crossed my arms. It was odd, but fun. I’m not going to skydive or bungee jump, but outright flying would amazing.
If you could travel back in time to any era, when would that be and why? Anytime with great music. Can I transport modern medicine with me??

Bridget Hinnegan

Role: Development Specialist
What is your ideal superpower? Flight!
What is your favourite dinosaur? The Diplodocus, or really any of the long-necked long-tailed lumbering dinosaurs.
What is your strangest phobia? I don’t like cold little mouse feet.

Madeline Lee

Role: Sales and Rentals Coordinator
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? I would take my whole family on vacation to Italy!
Who are the 5 guests at your dream celebrity dinner party? Michelle Obama, Beyonce, Lucy Lui, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Anniston.
What is your ideal superpower? To be able to teleport.

Marketing

Christina Borota

Role: Manager of Communications
What is your ideal superpower? Having the ability to be invisible, that way I could do whatever I want, whenever I want!
If you had to eat your weight in one thing, what would it be? Baked Brie and crackers, I LOVE cheese.
If you had 1 million dollars and one week to live, what would you do? Take my closest friends and family on an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for a week! Whatever’s left I’d give to my parents, little brother and the World Wildlife Fund.

Sandra Henein

Role: Manager, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives
Who are the 5 guests at your dream celebrity dinner party? Lenny Kravitz, Jason Momoa, Robert Downey Jr., Maya Angelou, Steve Jobs
If you could travel back in time to any era, when would that be and why? 100% THE 80’S The British Pop invasion, the culture, the clothes, not sure if I was a Mod or Madonna? Or a prep? but the ’80s were my thing.
What is your hidden talent?
I write lyrics for musicians as a ghostwriter!

Connor Simpson

Role: Graphic Designer
When is the last time you climbed a tree? Never.
Who is your favourite F.R.I.E.N.D.S character, and why? I’m guessing this is a TV show?
In the case of a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice? Slower people. Forever.

Finance, Human Resources & Volunteer Management

Dave Ehrenworth

Role: Director of Finance

Guest Services Attendants & Interpreters:

Alex McConnell, Senior Interpreter

Aya Brynn Zakarya, Senior Interpreter

Matt Pedersen, Senior Interpreter

Cora Romany, Guest Services Attendant & Interpreter

Stefanie Kennell, Guest Services Attendant & Interpreter

Angelica Sampaio, Interpreter

Cristina Savulov, Interpreter

Emma Dye, Interpreter

Fiona Ozua, Interpreter

Isabell Chung, Interpreter

Julia Cowderoy, Interpreter

Kate Mallet, Interpreter

Kayden Trudgen, Interpreter

Khyra-Lee Coleman, Interpreter

Laura Jimenez, Interpreter

Masooma Raza, Interpreter

Zoe Kaplan, Interpreter

Zoe Wendling, Interpreter

The Underground Studio MakerSpace

Hayley Ellis, The Underground Studio MakerSpace Interpreter

Jennifer Corbett, The Underground Studio MakerSpace Interpreter

Voodoo Lounge

Becky Develter, Manager

Derreck Chappata, Bartender

Ella Nafgizer, Bartender

Isabella Kellerman, Bartender

Raisha Rahaman, Bartender

RS No 10 King St W

Breanne Stamplecoskie, Manager

Abrar Chowdhury, Retail Sales Assistant

Quinn Davidson, Retail Sales Assistant

The Ronnie Wood Art Exhibition at THEGALLERY

Katie Worthern

Michelle Wright

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