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Laurie Hopkins, Executive Director, has over 20 years of experience and leadership in fundraising, program development, finance and administration, and has completed a three-year, $1.5M museum revitalization campaign at Discovery Gateway. Prior to joining the team, Laurie served as Co-Managing Director for Sundance Institute, where she oversaw many critical areas of operations and administration for eight and a half years and built a strong track record with the nonprofit arts and culture world. Ms. Hopkins holds a M.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on Economics from John Hopkins University, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Redlands in California. Laurie is a member of the SLCo ZAP Operating Committee Executive Board, sits on Public Arts advisory boards in the Park City area, and volunteers extensively for Lion’s Heart, Girls Scouts of Utah, and local schools.
Finance and Accounting Senior Manager
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Brad R Elliott, Senior Manager of Finance and Accounting. Brad earned his MBA from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Utah. Brad oversees all financial and accounting operations for the museum. Brad has over 20 years of accounting experience and has worked in the non-profit sector for many of those years.
Creative and Exhibits Senior Manager
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Travis Reid, Senior Manager of Creative and Exhibits, has over 15 years of project management experience in the fine arts, design, and exhibits industries. In his current role at the museum, Travis provides creative vision for the improvement and transformation of the Museums’ exhibit experiences and supervises the daily operations of the Creative and Exhibit Departments. Preceding the recent move to Utah to join the Discovery Gateway team, Travis served 8 years as Operations and Logistics Manager for Billings Productions, Inc., where he traveled around the world working with attractions and educational organizations to develop permanent and temporary exhibits to fit each site’s specifications. Mr. Reid holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Project Management from The University of Texas at Dallas, a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture from The University of North Texas, and is a certified P.M.P. from the Project Management Institute
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Laura Cotter, Senior Manager of Outreach Education, has a strong background in chemistry, biology, and math. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in professional chemistry from the University of Utah. She worked as a research assistant for Dr. Matthew Sigman at the U of U and Dr. Eileen Kennedy at the University of Georgia. She worked at a compounding pharmacy for seven years where she found diverse ways to apply her knowledge. Beyond practical applications, Laura has tutored in math and sciences from elementary to college levels. Laura cares deeply about encouraging children, especially young girls, to become interested in the sciences from an early age. Her position allows her to help science become more accessible for children of all backgrounds and abilities.
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Melissa Miller, Marketing Senior Manager, has been with Discovery Gateway since 2015. Melissa develops all aspects of the Museum’s marketing, public relations, communications, and messaging for exhibits, programs and events. Melissa received her AS in English and her BS in Environment and Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in non-profit work from the University of Utah.
Operations Manager and Human Resources Coordinator
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Jamie Wilson, Operations Manager and Human Resources Coordinator, has been with Discovery Gateway since 2018. Jamie oversees daily operations of the museum including the Imagination Facilitators and Admissions Staff. She also oversees all of the Human Resource functions of the museum. Jamie received her BS in Public Service and Policy and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership from Arizona State University. Jamie is the mother of four children and loves working for an organization that fosters learning through play. Discovery Gateway is her children’s favorite museum!