CNSE CMOST Staff
Catherine Gilbert joined CNSE CMOST as Vice President in August 2014. "My aspiration is that this venture will result in a museum which will exemplify progressive educational strategies and satisfy the modern museum-goers' expectation to be an active participant in the museum experience." Ms. Gilbert has her Masters of Arts in Museum Education from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Marist College. Catherine spent the past six-and-a-half years as Director of the Museum Association of New York, a statewide professional services organization for museums, including her time spent as Executive Director of Museumwise before the two organizations merged. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade connecting communities with the wealth of learning experiences offered by museums and heritage organizations by developing programs and resources at the Miami Children's Museum, the New York State Historical Association, Old South Meeting House, and the Boston Children's Museum. A strong proponent for physical activity, Catherine balances out "office time" by coaching rowing and running half-marathons.
Email Catherine | Ext. 205
Dawn Baldwin joined the staff of CNSE CMOST in 2002 and currently holds the position of Senior Museum Educator/Animal Specialist. Her responsibilities include preparing and delivering educational programs to schools, community groups, birthday parties and general public visitors. Dawn's lifelong love of children and animals blends well with her interests in science and education. Before joining the museum, she spent many years working part-time and volunteering in Troy Public Schools. Her time there offered a variety of opportunities that ranged from working one-on-one with children requiring extra help, to working with at-risk kids to improve attendance and developing an after school program. When she is not at work, Dawn likes to cook, read and spend as much time as possible outside, enjoying and exploring what nature has to offer.
Email Dawn | ext. 220
Jamie Cooper works as a Senior Museum Educator at CNSE CMOST, where he is responsible for delivering educational programs to the general public and private groups. He also assists with animal care and supervises the birthday parties. Hailing from England, Jamie spent 14 years on the education team at one of the country's top tourist attraction, Dudley Zoological Gardens and Castle, where he devised and delivered various educational and entertainment programs for schools and the general public. He has also taken part in History shows for German and Canadian television, and was a consultant for the live broadcast at Dudley Castle for the popular program "Most Haunted." Jamie graduated from Wolverhampton University with a BA (Hons) in Theater Studies. A keen performer, Jamie likes to spend his free time writing and performing music.
Email Jamie | ext. 201
Victoria DeAngelis is the Community Outreach Coordinator at CNSE CMOST. Also serving as one of our outreach educators, Victoria is responsible for delivering, developing, and evaluating The Science Crew After School Program, which is held in schools and libraries throughout the Capital Region. Prior to joining the museum team, Victoria served as a teacher in local public schools for nine years. She holds a B.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education, and a M.S. in Professional Teacher Education from The College of Saint Rose. When not performing science experiments in our after school program, Victoria spends her time experimenting with words as a writer of children's literature. Her favorite book is The Giver, by Lois Lowry.
Email Victoria | ext. 203
Sarah Fisk has worked at CNSE CMOST since 2003 and is presently the Director of Education. She is responsible for creating and administering the museum's overall vision for educational programs and activities, including oversight of all community-based engagement events. Sarah has always had a passion for science, holding a BS in Natural Resource Management/Environmental Science from Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks. She discovered her affinity for informal education while still in college, and further developed it while serving as an AmeriCorps Educator. From there, Sarah determined that she wanted to work in a museum environment advocating for increased access to early childhood learning opportunities. When she is not busy pursuing new program opportunities and facilitating hands-on science activities, Sarah can be found enjoying the outdoors as avid triathlete and Ironman.
Email Sarah | ext. 209
Gradia Melrose Gbarbea
Gradia Melrose Gbarbea is currently a Member & Guest Relations Specialist at CNSE CMOST. Gradia completed her MA in Political Science and International Relations at SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College, having earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Management from the University of Liberia. Her career has included a broad range of public service and advocacy. Gradia has dedicated a great deal of effort towards improving both her local as well as international communities, through participation in the Capital Area Council of Churches, and the Inter-Religious Council of Central New York, which assists with sponsoring both refugee and immigrant families. Gradia has also published work in the National Research Council on 'Freedom and Trade.' She is a 2014 recipient of the City of Albany Common Council's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to the Community, on the occasion of Black History Month.
Ashley Haggerty is a Museum Educator at CNSE CMOST. She assists with many aspects of museum programming, including vacation camps, group programs, and community outreaches. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from SUNY Albany. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching through SUNY Empire State College. Ashley is able to blend her interests in both science and art through the museum's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) educational activities and programs. In 2012, she completed an internship at the Wadsworth Center studying microorganisms and creating artwork, which was featured in an exhibition at the Lake George Arts Project's Courthouse Gallery. Ashley enjoys sharing her creativity and inspiring a new generation of innovators through her work at the museum.
Cara Long joined CNSE CMOST in 2014 as a Development Associate. With a background in media and marketing and an enthusiasm for community development and outreach, Cara looks forward to promoting the museum's mission and vision in and around the Tech Valley Region. She began her career in the public sector as a legislative intern in the New York State Senate, where she developed an interest in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining CNSE CMOST, Cara worked for the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany where she helped to develop and implement public sector leadership programs. She is also a published author, with a collection of short stories released in June 2014. Cara holds BA in English and an MA in Media
Email Cara | ext. 206
Laurie Miedema is the Director of Operations at the CNSE CMOST, where she is responsible for the day to day operations of the museum, membership, marketing, and the museum's development program. Laurie began her work in the not for profit community while in college, becoming a community organizer for a statewide student group. She later returned to her native Rochester, New York, in order to work with the National Clean Air Coalition. Laurie has previously worked with organizations such as the Capital District YMCA, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and was also the Legislative Director for a national women's organization. Her community volunteering includes Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and Blue Star Mothers of the Capital Region. She attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania where she pursed her studies in Political Science. An avid sports and music fan, you will find her cheering for her beloved Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Sabres.
Email Laurie | ext. 202
Sheila Wrede is the Reservations Assistant at CNSE CMOST where she works with parents, teachers, and community groups to schedule parties, field trips and visits to the museum, as well as programs out in the community. As a devoted Trekkie, Sheila brings a love of science and technology to her work. Prior to joining the museum, she worked at several area museums in their education and visitor experience departments. When she's not at work, she keeps busy with volunteer activities in her children's schools and in the community. Sheila has received several awards from community organizations in recognition of her dedication to volunteer service. She is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, where she obtained her BA in History, with a minor in Environmental Science.
Email Sheila | ext. 204