Meet Team SCCMOD

(aka "The MOD Squad")

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

Melissa

Manager

Katie has been with MOD since September 2017. You can find her around the museum greeting customers at the front desk, running around the floor, and teaching the Infant/Toddler Workshops on Tuesdays and Fridays. She is also a part of our Mobile MOD program where she helps teach science lessons at local elementary schools. 

She has been working with children for over 10 years and is currently working towards her Early Childhood Education degree at Cabrillo. Outside of MOD, you can find Katie going on hikes, riding her skateboard, playing with her dogs, or on her way to get some ice cream.

Sasha

Discovery Specialist

Heaven

Discovery Specialist

Rhiannon

Interim Executive Director

Rhiannon received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Center for Informal Learning and Schools. She has worked with the Exploratorium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science Department to understand how informal learning opportunities can support complex conservation thinking and activity. She currently leads the YardMap Network Project at the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell Lab, a program that utilizes community members to teach and understand more about the impact of land-use on bird populations. She lives with her husband and two young children in Santa Cruz.

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.

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!

Doris

Discovery Specialist

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 Mondayand 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.

Brooke

Discovery Specialist

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.

Katie

Program Coordinator & Discovery Specialist

Jeanette

Marketing & Fundraising Director

Jeanette is the mother of two squirrely boys and initially got involved with MOD as a loyal member. Her background is in print journalism, business and performing arts, which she is thrilled to bring to MOD! Jeanette practices Permission Marketing techniques (as a student of Seth Godin) all while working to invent her own category of experiential guerrilla marketing. If you read the enews, follow MOD on social media platforms, interact with our website and/or participate in other forms of communication with the Museum, chances are you've chatted with Jeanette!

Sasha is one of MOD's newest team members and is extremely excited to be a part of MOD Squad! She's an advocate for children and believes that they are our future. Sasha understands the importance of learning through play. Her favorite color is RAINBOW (but if she needs to pick just one, then purple). Favorite food: Bread, pasta, steak and chocolate (not necessarily in that order). When Sasha's not in MOD, she's either at the beach or snuggled up at home when it's cold.

Biography Coming Soon!

Rose

Packard Consultant

Hello, my name is Rose Martin and I am working as a consultant for MOD under a grant from the
Packard Foundation. I have been a child development specialist, educator, family resource supporter
and nanny for over 15 years and a patron and member of MOD since its beginning. I see children as
our greatest teachers and I am always in awe of what they are capable of. They offer reflections of our
inner selves, and require us to show up for them and ourselves in a way that is truly unique to being a
parent or an important person in a child's life.

Bryan

Discovery Specialist

Biography Coming Soon!

Trinity

Discovery Specialist

Biography Coming Soon!

Mari

Discovery Specialist

Biography Coming Soon!

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