Phone: 518-235-2120

Staff extensions:

Catherine Gilbert, Vice President: Ext. 205

Dawn Baldwin, Education Program & Volunteer Manager: Ext. 217

Jacob Baldwin, Museum Receptionist & Living Collection Coordinator: Ext. 219

Emily Joyce, Museum Receptionist & Membership Coordinator: Ext. 202

Barbara Owens, Director of Development: Ext. 203

Sarah Smith, Director of Education & Discovery: Ext. 217

Sheila Wrede, Reservations Associate: Ext. 206

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/2017_Catherine_linkedin.jpgCatherine Gilbert
Catherine Gilbert joined 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

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/dawn.jpgDawn Baldwin
Dawn Baldwin joined the staff of CMOST in 2002 and currently holds the position of Education Program & Volunteer Manager. 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.
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Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/jamie.jpgJamie Cooper
Jamie Cooper works as a Senior Museum Educator at 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.
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Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Leigh.jpgLeigh Graham
Leigh Graham is a Museum Educator at CMOST. She assists with the various aspects of museum programming and community outreach. She received a Bachelor of Art in Art History from Siena College and her Master of Arts in Museum Studies through th eCooperstown Graduate Program. Leigh has a background in Preschool education and has worked with all school age groups in the museum setting through internships at the Fenimore Art Museum, Farmers' Museum, Hyde Hall Inc, Great Camp Sagamore, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. She is a hobbyist photographer and enjoys hiking in her free time.
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Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Chris.jpgChristopher Hopkins
Chris Hopkins began working at CMOST in May of 2017. As one of the Museum Educators, his responsibilities include the development of educational programs and teaching in the museum or at regional schools. Chris has a multidisciplinary background in cultural studies with an interest in the physical sciences. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies in 2004 from The College of Saint Rose with a dual concentration in philosophy and textual criticism. In 2010, Chris returned to school to obtain Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology at the University of Albany and continues his academic career part time at the University of Binghamton as a doctoral student. Prior to working at the Children’s Museum, Chris has been an archaeological consultant and educator working to develop community programs that foster an appreciation for cultural diversity. He is currently an adjunct professor of archaeology, teaching classes on archaeological heritage and community development, which he does in his spare time. Email Chris

Barbara Owens
Barbara began working at CMOST in June of 2018 as the Director of Development. She is responsible for securing sponsorship and funding for museum exhibits and programs through the generosity of individual donors, corporate partners, and community foundations. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo and is a native Buffalonian. Barbara has worked for several Capital district non-profits and educational institutions. She spends much of her free time with her children, who do everything, and her two lazy pugs, who do nothing. Email Barbara

Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith joined CMOST in September 2016. 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. Email Sarah

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/sheila.jpgSheila Wrede
Sheila Wrede is the Reservations Associate at 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.
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