Our Leadership Team
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.
Jacob Adamson, Exhibit designer and Installer, is responsible for the upkeep, development, and creation of exhibits within Discovery Gateway. He Graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Multi-Disciplinary Design with a focus on exhibition. Gathering experience from Discovery Gateway and the Natural History Museum of Utah, he is well accustomed to cultural institutions and their impact on education and works to maintain a welcome environment and to keep the exhibits new and exciting for returning guests.
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.
Chris Futral, Facilities Manager, is responsible for the management and upkeep of the Discovery Gateway's building, its systems and helps with the installation and maintenance of the museum's exhibits. Chris brings 25 years of construction and property management experience to the museum. Gathering experience from managing various types of retail and office properties and having most recently spent seven years as the facilities manager for Spectrum Academy charter schools, he is accustomed to helping create and maintain facility environments that feel fresh, inviting and conducive to the educational and customer experience. Chris has a passion for working with forward facing non-profits that have a positive impact on the community.
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.
Teri Hogan is the Floor Operations Manager and has been at Discovery Gateway since 2015. She runs the daily operations on the museum floor, ensuring the museum is fully staffed and functioning. Teri is always finding innovative ways to make sure families are having fun while being safe in the museum. She has over fifteen years of customer service experience, twelve of those years in management. In her spare time, she teaches English to children and has a TESOL certification. Teri obtained her bachelor’s in science from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cristi Meyer, Philanthropy Manager, has over three years of experience in the non-profit sector and is responsible for fundraising contributed revenue for Discovery Gateway by writing grants, cultivating donor relationships and working on different fundraising campaigns and events. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Integrated Communications and a minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Prior to working at the museum, she worked at the University of Oregon at Early Childhood CARES, an agency that provides early intervention and early childhood special education services where she worked in purchasing and contracting, accounting and project management.