Kathleen Bodenlos, Executive Director, has over 20 years of executive management and strategic development experience for corporations and non-profit organizations. She is passionate about the role museums play in creating curious thinking and sparking the joy of learning.
In her current role, Kathleen provides strategic direction and is responsible for the success of the museum’s mission as well as overseeing finance, exhibits, education, marketing, operations and philanthropy. Prior to moving to Utah to join the Discovery Gateway team, Kathleen served on the executive management teams of both Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati Museum Center. Before working in the museum field, she worked in executive leadership roles for corporations primarily in the medical device industry. She earned a BA from Thomas Edison University and is passionate about hiking, art and travel.
Senior Manager of Finance & Accounting
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Heath Garner has over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting, having served as an Internal Auditor in the Banking industry, an Assistant Controller for a large newspaper and a Controller for a construction company. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Utah Valley State College and his Master of Accountancy Degree from DeVry University. Heath takes great pride in his ability to juggle many tasks, improve company efficiencies, reconcile complex accounts, and keep a well-balanced budget. In his spare time, Heath enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife and two teenaged children.
Anika Gemmell earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Brigham Young University. She is passionate about art history and over the course of her undergrad she was able to intern in Belgium where she did research on Northern Renaissance Artist Lucas van Leyden. In addition to this she has presented research on Italian Renaissance artist Fra Filippo Lippi and worked as a teacher assistant to upper division art history courses. Anika also feels passionate about museum education and had the opportunity to intern at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC and worked throughout her undergrad at the BYU Museum of Art. As a museum educator in these institutions she developed gallery activities, presented material to a variety of ages, and assisted with family days, helping guests connect with the museum.
In 3rd grade Sky Hatter raised some red flags when she wrote “E is for dolphin because dolphins use echolocation”. in an alphabet book assignment. It was clear early on that she was going to be doing something that combines her two loves: art and science.
She earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and began a career in graphic design that spanned editorial, books, and scientific exhibit design. In 2019 she co-founded S.T.E.A.M.punk Academy and became the Chief Creative Officer. These days she has her dream jobs: being the Co-founder and Creative Director of S.T.E.A.M.punk Academy and the Marketing Manager and Exhibit Designer of Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. She also does freelance graphic design work for various non-profits and paints pet portraits by commission.
Emilee King-Ward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a minor Political Science from Utah State University. Before coming to DGCM, Emilee worked with an afterschool program for Title I schools, as well as with AmeriCorp and Utah Conservation Corp as a Youth Educator for a Salt Lake City nonprofit. There she taught a wide variety of topics including ecology, botany, conservation, nutrition, and gardening. Emilee joined Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in March of 2014 and spent three years as an outreach educator before moving into a coordinator position. She then became the Science Outreach Education Manager, and is now the Manager of Education. She is passionate about accessible science education and spends her free time gardening, foraging, cooking, and playing the piano.
Assistant Manager, After School/Summer Camps
Ashia Lujano graduated from Saint Cloud State University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geology and Biology and spent a summer doing research at Biosphere 2, as well as spending several years as a tutor in Geology, ranging from entry level classes to upper division subjects for college students of varying abilities. In 2020, she started at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum as an outreach educator. Ashia has since grown into her new role of overseeing the afterschool programs and summer camps. When she is not at work you might find her nose in a book, and if not, she is probably knee-deep in all sorts of crafty projects.
Branna Riding, Development Manager, has worked over a decade with non-profit organizations. Her background has been focused on outreach education and she was promoted from Discovery Gateway’s School Programs team, where she spent her time visiting schools across the state of Utah to teach engaging science programs in the classroom. She is excited to cultivate relationships with new and existing corporate sponsors to help achieve DGCM’s goals. She has a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. In her free time, Branna enjoys hiking, kayaking, bouldering, painting, reptile keeping, and homesteading with her husband and their growing dairy goat herd.
Dawn Smith, Operations Manager, has a background in education and a passion for the role museums play in enhancing the education of children and adults. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Weber State University. She previously worked as a Discovery Gateway Outreach Educator and loved helping to teach science in elementary schools across the state of Utah. She now works inside the museum helping to coordinate events and support the Imagination Facilitators in enhancing the guest experience.
Victoria Sohm graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Utah. Since then, she has worked in science and informal education both locally and abroad. She completed a summer internship at a local AZA-accredited facility here in Salt Lake City, later working at that same zoo; she has participated in citizen science projects and done outreach education for conservation causes; conducted field surveys throughout central Utah; worked onsite at a macaw sanctuary in Costa Rica and with Australian National University in their field research in South Australia. She is continuing to grow her skills in education outreach at DGCM.