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Our Team

Executive Leadership

Lindy Hoyer

Executive Director

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Matt Orand

Chief Operating Officer

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Michelle Chartrand

Chief Advancement Officer

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Justin Snodgrass

Chief Financial Officer

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Leadership & Support

David Andersen

Director of Facilities

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Ben Beck

Tinker Studio Coordinator

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Tim Benson

Director of Guest Experience

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Meredith Billings

Lead Performance Educator

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Tara Case

Accounting Specialist

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Tammy Fugit

Human Resources Manager

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Cheryl Glasford

Lead Educator

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Aurora Harbison

Guest Services Assistant Manager

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Bailey Hindman

Graphic Designer

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Hillary Horner

Director of Education

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Mark Jacobsen

Exhibit Designer

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Marc Menchaca

Custodial & Maintenance

Jesse Nieves


Jacob Orand

Development and Membership Manager

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Brittany Obermeyer

Executive Assistant

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Elizabeth Planck


Kim Reiner

Director of Marketing and Public Relations

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John Schendt

Traveling Exhibits Coordinator

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Mary Slater

Office Assistant & Receptionist

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Joe Toppi

Director of Development

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Jon Van Horn-Hickerson

Guest Services Manager

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Matt Walker

Senior Exhibit Designer

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Emma West


Kimberly West

Custodial Manager


Kelsi Weston

Education & Event Coordinator

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Board of Directors

Omaha Children's Museum

Sherman Willis


Executive Committee

Russell Collins

Past President

James Nolan

Treasurer/Finance Chair

Jen Wulf

Development Chair

Helmut Brugman

Secretary/Governance Chair

Carolyn Sutton


Sandy Parker


Chuck Campbell



Julio Aguirre

Matt Breunsbach

Pam Duzik

Meaghan Fitzgerald Walls

Deena Hamilton

Niki Horton-Brown

Kelly Jeffreys

Anne Karabon

Mike Kelley

Fatima Khan

Rob Maglinger

Roy Patterson

Jason Steele

Sara Wachter

Dana Washington

Kim Weiss

LaShawn Young

Executive Director

LIndy J. Hoyer

As executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum since June of 2002, Lindy Hoyer brings 26 years of passion for reaching out to children through children’s museum work and continues striving to inspire young people to play, explore and learn. During Hoyer’s tenure as Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum has seen fantastic growth and accomplishment from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits to completing a $6.6 million capital campaign and renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibits and seeing attendance soar to over 270,000 annually. Hoyer participated in the inaugural Noyce Leadership Institute along with 17 science center executives from across the world. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and participates in Qm2 Roundtable for Museum Executives. Locally, she serves on the Omaha Sister City Association Board and serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for Nebraska.

Letter from the Executive Director

What is your “new” normal?

We are living in a “new” normal world. The community is more aware of the need to gather in smaller numbers and keep our distance from people outside of our immediate family. We wear our masks and sanitize our hands often.

As the holiday season approaches, I am sure you have asked yourself “What is our ‘new’ normal for the holidays?”

It can be daunting to prepare to celebrate your family traditions this year. A visit to Santa is a tradition of many families who celebrate Christmas. We know that you are thinking about how to safely enjoy this childhood tradition.

Omaha Children’s Museum is thinking about you and your family. We have worked to bring Santa “magically” to your home. No masking, no sanitizing, no social distancing. Our new Virtual Visits With Santa provide a lot of one-on-one time with Santa. This is one way we can support your family while keeping as much “normal” in your traditions as possible.

We will have in-person magical experiences this season, and they’ll feature familiar faces and the delightful indoor snowfall kids have grown to love. But, the changes we’ve made to Santa’s Magic this year will reflect the safety precautions we need to take in our “new” normal world.

Regardless of the holiday you celebrate and the traditions that surround them, I hope you will find a way to connect as a family. Be sure to share your joy and make amazing memories in this safe, adapted and “new” normal world. Best regards,

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Lindy Hoyer Executive Director