Mankato—February 22, 2023—The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to welcome Jaci Sprague as the new Vice President of Development.
Sprague comes to the Museum with a wealth of knowledge and experience, along with a passion for community, nonprofits, and education.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity and to be joining an incredible team. I look forward to supporting one of the greatest community assets and playing a role in ensuring its sustainability and “play” for decades to come for children and families,” Sprague said. “I have had the opportunity to support several nonprofits and they all do impactful work. The CMSM is one the greatest nonprofits and assets in our region and currently the favorite in my house with my three kids Raegan (6), Gordon (4), and Cora (almost 2). I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me when I told my six-year-old I was going to work for the Children’s Museum. I said “Raegan, what would you think of mom working at the Children’s Museum?” Her response was instant tears of sadness. I asked her why she was sad, and she responded, “you get to play at the Museum every day and I don’t.” Instantly, I knew I was making the right choice.”
Sprague is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and has held various roles in the Mankato community, including time with Junior Achievement and Greater Mankato Growth.
CEO Louise Dickmeyer said, “We are thrilled to have Jaci join our team here at the CMSM. Her breadth of regional contacts, firsthand member experience, and passion for nonprofits and children’s well being all combine to our benefit. Jaci will oversee all marketing and fundraising strategic initiatives and will bring a new level of energy in serving our mission.”
Sprague said she is excited to see the Museum continue to grow.
“It’s always exciting at the CMSM but these are very exciting times at the CMSM with the plans for their upcoming expansion. I’m honored to be able to see the CMSM mission impact in my own three littles; igniting the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment. I know from my own experiences in coming to the Museum with my three kids that the work this team does is way more impactful than people realize. Playing is learning, and children need time to play,” Sprague said.