The foundation of any successful organization is its staff, and MOD is proud to have some of the most dedicated and engaging employees. Each one brings special and unique skills to provide a safe and engaging environment for you children. Whether it is opening, closing, cleaning, or caring, the MOD Squad will ensure that you and your children have a safe, engaging, and educational environment.
RACHEL – Director of Operations
Favorite Color: Hawai’i ocean blues & blue-greens | Favorite Food: Spam musubi | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: I love traveling, camping & other outdoor adventures with my family, and I also work as a psychotherapist in Santa Cruz County.
Favorite Thing About MOD: I joined MOD in 2013, before we even launched Mobile MOD, and have loved every day of seeing MOD grow and strengthen our commitment to providing discovery experiences to children & families in our County. I love the sense of place MOD has become for our members & visitors and am so proud of the many ways we continue to work hard to meet the needs of our wonderful community.
Introducing: The MOD Squad
DORIS has been with MOD since just prior to it’s grand opening in November 2014. She brings a wealth of experiences to MOD, including running her own licensed child care business for over 10 years, and taking Early Childhood classes at Cabrillo College. She keeps busy on the floor at MOD or leading Make Art Monday and What-If Wednesday STEAM-based classes.
Favorite Color: Yellow | Favorite Food: Italian Food | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: Walking my dog at the beach Favorite Thing About MOD: Teaching art to children.
SYLVIA is one of the first people you will meet when you enter MOD. Her smile is contagious, and sets the stage for fun at MOD. Sylvia’s love for nature is shown in the Environmental Art classes she teaches at MOD.
Favorite Color: Yellow bc it’s so bright and beautiful. | Favorite Food: Pizza! | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: Watching birds and taking nature walks! | Favorite Thing About MOD: Meeting all the new family & friends that keep our doors open day in & day out!
You can find MELISSA all over MOD when she is not managing the gift shop or leading Circle Time. Melissa’s engaging smile is known to all who visit MOD.
Favorite Color: There’s soooo many colors that I love! Turquoise is one of them. | Favorite Food: Dark chocolate…with almonds! | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: Singing at open-mic or out to a movie with my kids. | Favorite Thing About MOD: Smiling faces and imagination all around!
BROOKE, like many of our Discovery Specialists, is a home-grown product of the Monterey Bay region. When she is not making sure that your child has a safe playing area, she can be found teaching Circle Time and Sensory Art.
Favorite Color: Lots of shades of GREEN | Favorite Food: Surf Rider Burgers! | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: Collecting shells and sea glass at the beach with my daughter and hiking in the redwoods as a family | Favorite Thing About MOD: Interacting with the children and learning with art and crafts while teaching classes.
PAISLEY | Since playing is one of her favorite activities, Paisley fits right in with all of the exhibits at the MOD. Often, she can’t help but enjoy the small things in life that make her giggle or smile. With her love of minerals and crafts, she’s always busy creating or playing with something!
Favorite Color: Glitter | Favorite Food: Gouda cheese or sushi depends on the day | Where Can You Find Me Outside MOD: Being a part-time Faerie or going to magic school. Also playing games | Favorite Thing About MOD: The loving and welcoming environment
HANNAH, was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, minutes from the beach. She attended lots of schools growing up; such as Bay View and Delaveaga Elementary, B40 Middle School, Harbor High School, and Cypress High School. I’m currently attending Cabrillo College to get the education to become a family counselor.
I love to cook, take photos, go thrift shopping, ride my bike to the beach, go on hikes, and make diy’s.
NORA, was born and raised in Santa Cruz. Starting out as a volunteer, She has been with MOD since our grand opening in the fall of 2014. She loves to draw, doodle, and explore, making Open Art one of her favorite parts of MOD! Nora also enjoys running the hurdles, biking, reading, and learning. Her involvement with MOD has been a steady force of positivity, and being able to interact with children in the museum is easily the most fulfilling aspect of being a part of the MOD family. Besides having been with MOD from the very beginning, Nora is also well-known throughout the Santa Cruz community for her commitment to various social activities.
HEATHER, divides her time between greeting friendly faces at the front desk, and helping people engage with the museum floor, assisting with safe and happy exploration. Favorite color: Aquamarine | Favorite food: all things chocolate! | Where you can find me outside the MOD: Sewing, singing, or swimming in my mermaid tail. I am also working on my psychology degree. | Favorite thing about MOD: I have so many good memories of going to children’s museums as a child. I am honored to get to help the next generation develop their curiosity and imagination!