Rachel Meyer, Executive Director, joined CuriOdyssey in April 2007. Prior to joining the museum, she served as the executive director of the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo for 12 years, where she led a turnaround effort that included capital upgrades, new exhibits, and new programs. Prior to that, Rachel worked at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for 19 years, nine of which were under the tutelage of Exploratorium founder and renowned physicist Dr. Frank Oppenheimer, serving as Director of Facilities, Director of Programs, and Chief Exhibit Curator. While at the Exploratorium, Rachel advised numerous science and children’s museums, nationally and internationally, on effective interactive educational strategies.
Rachel is also the recipient of the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) for establishing a new educational philosophy and implementing new ways of learning with interactive science exhibits and programs. She is also the recipient of the 2009 ASTC (Association of Science-Technology Centers) for her leadership and experience in providing leading edge education. In addition, in 1982, Rachel was one of two representatives from the United States museum community for a traveling exhibition sponsored by the United States Information Agency to Romania. Rachel has 3 grown children.
Joan Martel, Deputy Director, joined CuriOdyssey in 2005. Prior to coming to the museum, Joan was the CFO and co-owner of a database tracking software company for alternative education providers. She has more than 20 years experience in finance and operations with start-ups and small to mid-sized companies. She graduated from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Geology with minors in geography and physics.
Nikii Finch-Morales, Director of Wildlife, oversees the care of CuriOdyssey’s wildlife. She started her career as a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo’s Animal Resource Center (A.R.C.) from 1990 to 2005. In 1992, she trained to be an animal health technician for domestic and exotic animals at the Irving Street Veterinary Hospital in San Francisco. In 1996, Ms. Finch-Morales joined the CuriOdyssey staff as one of the full time animal keepers. In 2001 she was promoted to director of wildlife.
Patricia Jenkins, Director of Marketing and Communications, joined CuriOdyssey in 2013 after managing a successful marketing consulting business. She has worked with clients ranging from technology to commodities. She directed strategic marketing efforts for regional and national businesses and non-profits including the Arthritis Foundation, CitySearch and the San Francisco Design Center. Over 20 years, Patricia developed comprehensive marketing programs that included traditional advertising, social media, publicity, events and promotions. Patricia is from the Pacific Northwest, holds a business degree from the University of Washington, and does miss the rain.
Eric Maschwitz, Director of Exhibits, has been an exhibit and model fabricator for more than 10 years. His clients have included Yosemite National Park, Smithsonian, American Museum of Natural History, Target, Microsoft, and Pepsi. Most recently he spent six years as a team leader and fabricator in the Interactives division of Academy Studios, one of the premier exhibit design houses in the country. He also spent seven years as a carpentry instructor and activity coordinator at the Science Museum of Minnesota, designing and implementing science-based curricula.
Carl Oosterman, Director of Education, has been with CuriOdyssey since 2004. He develops and leads school, camp, and family programs; supervises education staff; trains and oversees education volunteers; and manages a year-round youth leadership development program. Carl holds a B.A. in Biology with a concentration in Teaching from San Jose State University. He has held a variety of programming positions including two and a half years at Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District as the community programs supervisor and 12 years with YMCAs throughout the Bay Area as a senior program director for youth, teen, and family programs.