OUR TEAM

Cara Lesser

Cara Lesser

Founder and Executive Director

Cara has held a number of leadership positions in nonprofits and the federal government, focusing on health policy and reform. In 2011, she shifted gears to pursue a longstanding dream to establish a local children’s museum. Cara believes strongly in the need to cultivate children’s creativity, curiosity and compassion – both to provide well-rounded experiences in their formative years and to nourish the next generation of leaders.
Mohona Bose

Mohona Bose

Maker Educator

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Gene Burkett

Finance Manager

Gene is responsible for overseeing all accounting work, performing analysis and budgeting for the board and grants, overseeing the annual audit and Form 990 preparation, maintaining the bank account and employee pay records. Gene has been working with KID Museum for over a year. His employment history includes 4 years of experience as Finance Manager at Children for Children Foundation and over 27 years in the Finance Department of ExxonMobil Corporation. He has a BS in accounting from Abilene Christian University.
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John Carbonell

Maker Educator

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Grace Center

Maker Educator

Grace designs and implements programs and manages KID’s weekend operations. She also helps direct our Apprenticeship and Excel Beyond the Bell programs. Grace first partnered with KID Museum 4 years ago, developing and launching Community Kids, a summer service program for Middle Schoolers. She loves wielding power tools, being a doofus, and learning as many new skills as she can.

Holly Christensen

Business Operations & Member Services Manager

Holly oversees KID's internal operations, including financial and grant management, CRM processes, inventory management, and data tracking. She also assists with membership inquiries, event registrations and other support. Holly has ten years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors, including positions at American University, and The Carter Center in Atlanta. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from American University.

Claire Cocciole

Director of Maker and Community Partnerships

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Rob D'Amato

Development Manager

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Amanueal Daba

Program Specialist

Lillian Feldman-Hill

Lillian Feldman-Hill

Maker Educator

Layne Garrett

Layne Garrett

Maker Educator

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Karen Giacopuzzi

Maker Educator

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Meg Goetz

Education Team Lead

Laurel Harrington

Laurel Harrington

Director of School and Group Visits

Dya Ishak

Dya Ishak

Manager of Cultural Programs, Maker Educator

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Scott Joftus, Ed.D.

Managing Director

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Jenifer Kwan

Web Manager

Maureen Lexner

Director of Operations

Liza Manfred

Liza Manfred

Maker Educator

Gabriel Mellan

Creative Director

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Valeria Monfrini

Maker Educator, Media Specialist

Ram Mosher

Maker Educator

Amanda Puerto Thorne

Amanda Puerto Thorne

Maker Educator

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Adriana Ray

AmeriCorps VISTA Outreach Coordinator

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Ashima Mathur Shah, Ph.D.

Manager of Evaluation and Research

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Tim Slagle

Maker Educator

Emma Sussman Starr

Emma Sussman Starr

Director of Communications

Emily Tangorre

Maker Educator