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Our Staff

At the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota, every one of us is passionate about play.

Our team is committed to driving our mission of igniting the natural curiosity of every child through the power of play in a dynamic, awe-inspiring environment.

Our Front Desk staff welcome visitors with a bright smile as soon as they walk through the door. Museum Educators lead engaging programs and experiences in our exhibit spaces while playworkers are there to make sure children and families get the most out of their time at the Museum. Behind the scenes, we have many happy faces further driving the mission of Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota.

We are committed to building a team of people who uphold the highest standards of visitor experience so that every adult, child, and family has the best experience possible. If you share these same values, we’d love to hear from you about joining our team! Explore our current job openings below.

Louise Dickmeyer CEO of the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota

Louise Dickmeyer

Chief Executive Officer

When I was a girl visiting my Grandparents, my Grandma used to let my sister and me put on the old lace petticoats she had in her attic.  We would pretend we were brides or princesses – sometimes adding a lace curtain held on with a headband as a veil.  It was one of my most special play memories from our visits. 

Kim Kleven, Vice President, Education & Learning Experience

Kim Kleven

Vice President, Education & Learning Experience

My best memories of childhood mostly come from being outside.  Whether it was “fishing” in mud puddles or creating great “feasts” with rocks and pinecones there was a lot of imaginary play involved!  These memories fuel my passion to provide these opportunities for all children!  

Heather Ungerer | Human Resources Manager

Heather Ungerer

Director of Human Resources

As a child, I liked to spend a lot of time playing outdoors at parks, swimming and reading.

Nick Linell

Nick Linell

Associate Director of Memberships and Technology

My best childhood memories are letting my imagination run free through arts, playing with my LEGO figures, and spending quality time with my best friends.

Luke Splinter

Luke Splinter

Lead Fabricator

As a child I liked climbing trees, taking everything apart and not getting it back together, and making things from LEGO sets to large wooden catapults.

Garron Williams | Facilities Manager

Garron Williams

Facilities Manager

As a child I liked to do home improvement, sledding and play in the pasture by the pond.

Wyatt Miller | Museum Experience Supervisor

Wyatt Miller

Guest Experience Manager

The thing I remember most from playing as a kid is always being curious about how and why things worked. That curiosity led to my interest in tinkering, taking small things apart and putting parts together to make something new. It is like a childhood dream come true that I get to work somewhere that not only allows kids to channel that same creative curiosity, but encourages them to do so, it’s fantastic.

Rachel Gemlo CMSM Program Facilitator

Rachel Gemlo

Program Facilitator

When I was little I loved playing at my grandparent’s farm, which is by a lake. We would collect baby frogs, snails and lightning bugs, play in the hay barn and go on 4-wheeler and tractor rides. I still love to do all of these things.

EmmaLee Krosch CMSM Staff

EmmaLee Krosch

Lead Front Desk

My favorite thing to do as a child was build big sand castle cities with my sister in the huge sandbox behind the townhomes we lived in. We would also dig up worms and keep them as pets for the day.

Ashley Rehder Program Facilitator at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota in Mankato

Ashley Rehder

Program Facilitator

When I was a child I loved strolling my bike all over town and playing at parks until it was dark out. I was a collector of caterpillars, salamanders and lightening bugs. When I wasn’t outdoors, I was always creating something with puffy paint, glitter or photographs. 

Grace Matson CMSM Staff

Grace Matson

Front Desk

As a kid, I loved reading. I would often be found reading in the living room, in my bedroom, in the car, you name it! I also enjoyed anything musical. I grew up in a family of singers, so music became an essential part of my childhood and my current life as well!”

Cami Kottke CMSM Staff

Cami Kottke

Playworker

Being the youngest out of my siblings, I was always tagging along with my two older brothers no matter where they went. Sometimes our adventures led us through mud, climbing a tree, bike riding around town, camping or running around the neighborhood.