SUNY Poly CMOST Staff
Catherine Gilbert, Vice President: Ext. 205
Sarah Fisk, Senior Director of Education & Museum Experience: Ext. 202
Sarah Smith, Director of Outreach & Traveling Programs: Ext. 217
Dawn Baldwin, Animal Care/Senior Museum Educator: Ext. 220
Sheila Wrede, Reservations Associate: Ext. 203
Catherine Gilbert joined SUNY Poly 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.
Dawn Baldwin joined the staff of SUNY Poly 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.
Jamie Cooper works as a Senior Museum Educator at SUNY Poly 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.
Sarah Fisk has worked at SUNY Poly 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 an avid triathlete and Ironman.
Allison McArdle joined the SUNY Poly CMOST staff as a Museum Educator in 2015. A certified NYS teacher, Allison has a dual degree in Childhood and Special Education, concentrating in Theatre, with a special interest in museum education and programming. Her enthusiasm for informal education stems from working at miSci, the New York State Museum, Old Sturbridge Village and the National Museum of Play. Allison also spent several years touring with The Puppet People, a professional puppet company performing a repertoire of shows for children at schools, theaters, festivals and libraries. When she isn't teaching, Allison spends her time performing in local and regional theatrical productions.
Ashley Phillips is a Museum Educator at SUNY Poly 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.
Sarah Smith joined SUNY Poly CMOST in September 2016 as Director of Outreach and Traveling Programs. She is responsible for the development and delivery of engaging and interactive programs that travel to both schools and public venues. Sarah is a passionate educator who discovered a love of museums during an internship at the Smithsonian during college. After graduating from Smith College with a BA in History, Sarah worked at the DAR Museum, National Doll House and Toy Museum, and the National Building Museum before receiving her MA in museum studies from SUNY Oneonta. Sarah has over fifteen years of experience as a museum professional working at Clermont State Historic Site, the Connecticut Historical Society and Hanover Tavern Foundation. Sarah has spent the past few years working in local schools including Shenendehowa Central School District and Questar III BOCES. When she is not creating hands on learning opportunities for the museum, Sarah is a Cub Scout leader and mother of two active boys and one crazy dog.
Sheila Wrede is the Reservations Associate at SUNY Poly 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.