CMOST Staff

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

Hannah McClearnen, Volunteer Coordinator and Museum Educator: Ext 203

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

Barbara Owens, Director of Development: Ext. 204

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

Sheila Wrede, Reservations Associate: Ext. 206

NB: As of 1/1/19 all CMOST email addresses end with @cmost.org


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.

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.

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Maribeth.jpgMaribeth Becker
Maribeth Becker is a museum educator who joined CMOST in April of 2018 after relocating to the Capital Region from Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Wilkes University and Master of Science and Master of Philosophy degrees in Molecular Cell Biology from Yale University. She has worked in the research lab in both academia and industry and has had roles in industry in technical support, inside sales, business-process reengineering, and technical writing. Prior to her move to New York State, she earned teacher certification in Pennsylvania through Drexel University in biology, elementary education, general science, and mid-level math. She has taught high school biology, middle school math, and served as a gifted education teacher for all grade levels. When not sharing her love of STEAM-related activities with others, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, walking, and cooking.

 

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Maggie.jpgMargaret Caron
Margaret Caron started working with children as a preschool assistant before staring work as a substitute teacher. She began teaching at St. Mary’s Academy in Hoosick Falls in 2016 as the art and music teacher until the school closed this past June. She loves the outdoors and has a passion for art, literature, astronomy and aeronautics.

 

 

 



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.

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/DDiGiorgio-SMALL.jpgDiane DiGiorgio
Diane is an experienced educator who joined the Museum's traveling team about 2 years ago. Trained as a Social Worker, Diane enjoys working with children, encouraging them to be their best self, to be confident, curious and have a love of learning. Prior to joining the Museum, Diane taught and/or volunteered in various capacities for over four decades - as a statewide Child Welfare Educator for NYS, as a Girl Scout Leader, and as a parent volunteer at her daughter's school and also with a local coalition of adoptive parents.  Her special interests at the museum are gardening/botany/nature programs and building projects.

 

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.

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Emily.jpgEmily Joyce
Emily began working at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in July 2016. She currently works in Visitor Services and is the Membership Coordinator. Her responsibilities include welcoming guests to the museum, assisting with reserving birthday parties and other museum programs, updating the public of museum events through social media and communicating with our members. She graduated in 2016 from SUNY Purchase with a Bachelors of Art in Arts Management with a minor in History. Prior to working at CMOST she interned at the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY and worked in Member Services at the YMCA. When she is not at the museum, Emily enjoys going on hikes with her dog, a beagle-pug mix named Bella.

 

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Aubrey sm.jpgAubrey Kirsch
Aubrey is a Museum Educator at CMOST as of July 2019. Her duties include outreach and general public programming. A recent graduate from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta, with a Master’s in Museum Studies, and a Siena graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in History, Aubrey is just beginning her STEAM adventure. Prior to CMOST, she interned at the Strawbery Banke Musuem in Portsmouth, NH and led a storytelling troupe in the Capital Region. When not in the museum, she spends her time finding new recipes to try and relaxing with her cats, Lo Mein and Noodle.

 

 

 

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/hannah2.jpgHannah McClearnen
Hannah is CMOST's Volunteer Coordinator and also serves as a Museum Educator. She is responsible for recruiting and supervising CMOST's volunteer staff.  Additionally, her duties include developing and teaching STEAM Based educational and public programs. Hannah completed her Master of Arts degree in History at West Virginia University and her Bachelor of Arts in history at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Following her graduate degree, she spent a summer studying historic weaving in Vermont. Before beginning at CMOST, Hannah served as a textile history consultant and  a park ranger for the National Park Service. Hannah spends her free time with yarn and her dog.

 

 

 

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/CeNedra.jpgCe’Nedra Morales
Ce’Nedra (CJ) is a Museum Educator at CMOST as of May 2019. She is a current College of Saint Rose student where she will graduate with a Bachelors of Science  in Forensic Chemistry in May 2020. Her academic interests include synthetic chemistry and genetics. Her favorite activities at the museum are seeing the dozens of sweet animals and science story time! Her hobbies are quite musical despite a strong passion for academics. She is the Vice President of the all female A Cappella group at Saint Rose, The Girls Next Door and plays the bassoon classically in various Saint Rose ensembles.

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/B Owens.jpgBarbara 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

 

 

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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/Meredith.jpgMeredith Wagoner 
Meredith Wagoner was volunteering with CMOST's living collection for two years before happily joining the Museum's education team in April 2019. She has a background in zoology, having previously worked as an elephant handler and mammal collection manager at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. She holds degrees in biology (BA) from St. Olaf College and in zoo animal technology (AS) from Santa Fe College. Meredith's favorite thing about working at CMOST is sharing the Museum's animal collection with local students. When not at the museum, she enjoys as much time as possible outdoors with her family, runs a small photography business, and serves on the board of trustees at her local library.

 

 

 

Uploaded Image: /uploads/staff-photos/Savannah.jpgSavannah Wilson
Savannah joined CMOST in August 2019 as a Museum Educator. Savannah graduated in 2016 from SUNY Oswego with her bachelors of Science in Zoology. While in college, Savannah interned at a variety of zoos and nature centers while also studying the local wildlife and ecology of Lake Ontario.  Prior to CMOST, Savannah spent her time as the Animal and Education Manager at Cayuga Nature Center and Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, caring for a variety of native and exotic terrestrial and aquatic animals while also conducting programs on the amazing ecosystems and wildlife that can be found. Outside of CMOST, Savannah spends her time working at a local state park as the Environmental Educator, nature photography, walking her dog and exploring nearby parks and mountains! 


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.