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Meet Our Staff!

Administration

Suzanne Olson, Executive Director
(207) 828-1234 ext. 223
BA English, Wheaton College (Norton, MA)
Graduate Work, Liberal Studies and Educational Administration, University of Maine
In 2000 after twenty-eight years as a teacher and school administrator working with students from kindergarten through graduate school, Suzanne Olson joined the Children's Museum of Maine staff as the Museum's Executive Director. During her public school career, Suzanne worked primarily with special needs and gifted students in Massachusetts and Maine. She was instrumental in her school district's instituting Japanese, French, and Spanish language and culture classes for students in grades K-12 and in the establishment of an extensive arts program. Suzanne has held leadership positions with a variety of state level commissions, including the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, and the Governor's Advisory Council on the Maine/Aomori, Japan, Sister State Relationship. In 1997 she received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.

Jeff Kline, Associate Director
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Boston University College of Communications (Boston, MA)
As both a Writer and Producer, Kline has been responsible for nearly 1,000 episodes of television – the bulk of it geared toward children – designed to both entertain and educate. He has received multiple Daytime Emmy® Awards for his CG series, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME (The Hub), and simultaneously co-developed and Executive Produced TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS (The Hub) and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (CN). Prior to that, Kline served as Showrunner on a slew of classic animated series including MY FRIENDS TIGGER AND POOH (Disney Playhouse), JACKIE CHAN ADVENTURES (Kids WB), MEN IN BLACK: THE ANIMATED SERIES (Kids WB), EXTREME GHOSTBUSTER (BKN), DRAGON TALES (PBS), and HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON (HBO Family).
Six years ago, Kline founded Darby Pop Publishing, which has produced nearly 20 titles including the all-ages BRUCE LEE: THE DRAGON RISES (as co-creator/co-writer with Bruce’s daughter, Shannon). Kline has also taught at both Boston University and Maine College of Art. Jeff resides in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, Cathy, and their daughter Darby. He has an unhealthy obsession with the Red Sox.

John Marble, Director of Finance & Operations
(207) 828-1234 ext. 226
BS Business Administration, Philadelphia University.
Graduate studies in Business Administration and Education, Temple University.
John joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine as Director of Finance and Operations in 2014 with over 15 years of experience in finance and operations with educational and other non-profit institutions. In addition, John has expertise in financial modeling. Although John grew up in Philadelphia, PA, his father grew up in Skowhegan, ME and his family spent summer vacations at the family camp on Lake Wesserunsett. John and his children enjoyed visits to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA before they moved to Portland in 1986 and later visited CMTM. John enjoys finding pragmatic solutions in supporting CMTM’s core operations and can often be found volunteering at the Museum & Theatre on First Fridays. While not at the Museum & Theatre, John enjoys running, biking, hiking, and camping throughout Maine.

Rose Splint, Capital Campaign Director
(207) 828-1234 ext. 221

Lucia Stancioff, Deputy Director
(207) 828-1234 ext. 225
BA Psychology, Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)
Lucia has worked with children and parents for many years. She taught pre-kindergarten in Maine and Vermont, and she spent her summers working with Maine youth and coordinating staff at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, where she continues to volunteer as a board member. Lucia joined Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine staff in September of 2008; she enjoys creating an imaginative and safe environment in which children can explore!

Emily Ruger, Executive Assistant
(207) 828-1234 ext. 228
Currently Completing BA in Economics, University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME)
Emily is currently working on her undergraduate degree in economics, and is most interested in how nonprofits operate within communities to improve public wellbeing. Emily has experience in various arts and educational institutions, incuding an elementary school, an adult language learning school, theatre, and a visual arts college. Emily is excited about the Museum & Theatre's hands-on and family-centered approach to learning. In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring Portland, reading, and yoga!

Development & Communications

Marci Murphy, Development Director
(207) 828-1234 ext. 243
BA Psychology, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)
Marci most recently served as a Board member of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine for two years before becoming the Director of Development. Marci’s passion for the Museum & Theatre started when she moved to Maine in 2012 with her husband and daughter, and the Museum & Theatre was their go to destination for enriching family experiences. Marci’s professional career includes working for the Fidelity Foundations in Boston, the Goldman Sachs Foundation in New York City, as well as other consulting and volunteer activities.

Deanne Dutton, Development Assistant
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BA Theatre, University of Maine (Orono, ME)
Deanne joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in September 2016. Originally from Belfast, ME, Deanne has worked and lived on both the East and West coast. Deanne is an artist who has been involved in theatre both backstage and onstage, paints, makes gunpowder and smoke drawings, and was recently a web comic inker and colorist. Deanne may be an artist, but she also has a knack for non-profit administration and has decided to put her skills to good use working for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.

Sandy Boyce, Communications Associate
(207) 828-1234 ext. 222
BFA Broadcast & Motion Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art & design (SCAD Atlanta)
Sandy joined the Children's Museum & Theatre of Main in September 2016 and is originally from Binghamton, NY. After graduating from SCAD Atlanta, Sandy moved to the west coast and remained there for almost a decade. She found her niche in design and communications, in working for a school district and local government in Washington. She enjoys creating through different mediums, from the digital to the handmade. Sandy enjoys road trip adventures, camping, illustration, and exploring Maine.

Education

Samantha Connelly, Educator
(207) 828-1234 ext. 229
BS Psychology, University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
Child development and a little Reggio Emilio preschool in Vermont brought Sam into the wonderful world of Early Education, and she’s never left since. Sam worked for 5 years as a preschool teacher in Massachusetts and Maine before joining the Museum and Theatre team in 2015. Sam enjoys challenging her own creativity and finding new and exciting ways to share joy, learning, and laughter with young children. When she’s not at work, she can be found taking care of her plants, water skiing in Back Cove, or spending time with her favorite mammals, Huck the cat, Wilbur the dog, and her husband, Nate.

Brittany Liscord, Educator & Community Engagement Coordinator
(207) 828-1234 ext. 241
BA History and English, Allegheny College (Meadville, PA)
Currently Completing MA Museum Studies, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
Brittany loves discovering the world through play. Her previous work experience includes spending many wonder filled days with families at Canterbury Shaker Village and Strawbery Banke Museum. Brittany currently lives in South Portland and can often be found enjoying the beauty of our seacoast on long runs, which recently culminated in her first marathon. Brittany has been at the Children’s Museum & Theatre since 2014 and looks forward to continually exploring and discovering alongside museum visitors.

Lily O'Brien, Educator
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BA Art History with a Minor in French, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York)
Lily has been lucky enough to work with parents and children for many years. Most recently, she worked in a one room co-op schoolhouse and a small children’s museum, both in rural Northeast Tennessee. She has spent her summers leading an art and social justice camp in Transylvania, Romania and organizing a farm camp for some of Maine’s youngest farmers. When Lily is not at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, she is most likely riding her horses, Buster and Valentino.

Theatre

Reba Short, Director of Theatre & Education
(207) 828-1234 ext. 223
BA Theatre Arts, Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA)
MA Theatre Education, Emerson College (Boston, MA)
Reba spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, where she facilitated a clowning troupe and helped teach theatre workshops for youth all over the southwest region of the country. In addition to directing five mainstage productions per year at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine, Reba is an active member of Portland's thriving theatre community. Reba uses theatre to teach anything and anything to teach theatre, loves making art with young actors and loves watching young people find their spark!

Allison McCall, Theatre Educator & Stage Manager
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BA in Theatre and Art History, Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA)
Originally from Cumberland, ME, Allison graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in Theatre (Acting Concentration) and Art History, with her senior thesis focused on Anti-Apartheid art in South Africa. While at Muhlenberg, she worked as a research and archival assistant to the Art Department; other theatre training includes Commedia dell'Arte and masked theatre, Shakespeare and classical verse, Boal Forum Theatre, and various forms of puppetry. Allison attended Goldsmiths, University of London for Performance Studies in 2009, and was a Theatre Artist-in-Residence with Camp Susan Curtis (Stoneham, ME) in 2010. While most of her time is spent alongside young actors in the Dress-Up Theater, Allison is also a professional Portland-based actor and proud member of Mad Horse Theatre Co. and MTWTFSS Theatre Co.

Exhibits

Chris Sullivan, Director of Exhibits
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BFA Painting, University of Maine (Presque Isle, ME)
MFA Studio Arts, Maine College of Art (Portland, ME)
Chris attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle on the Irving O. Bragg Trustee Tuition Waiver and Collins Art Scholarship. He received his BFA in painting, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. Immediately after, he enrolled in Maine College of Art's MFA studio arts program, where he graduated with distinction in 2007. Chris has been with the Museum & Theatre since 2005 working as an Operations Assistant, Operations Manager, and Director of Exhibits and Operations. In his tenure as Exhibits Director, he has designed and executed many beloved exhibits including the Playscape, Down to the Sea, and Creating Communities. In addition to his work at the Museum & Theatre, Chris serves on the Environmental Exhibit Collaborative (E.E.C) and is an assistant professor of Fine Arts at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine.

Terra Fletcher, Exhibits & Visitor Services Assistant
(207) 828-1234 ext. 229
Terra studied informal education with a focus on science museum exhibit design at Hampshire College, and graduated with a BA in 2013. Her previous experience includes seven years of exhibits and education work in museums, schools, and camps. Terra centers her work around creating authentic learning spaces that engage and inspire visitors. She has been creating scientific illustrations since junior high, and is passionate about this kind of accessibility in learning. She believes in the power of museums to educate and inspire, and couldn't be happier to keep working toward that mission at the Museum & Theatre.

Andy Rosen, Exhibits Associate
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MFA, MA University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
BFA, New York State College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
Andy is an artist and professor at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College. His artwork and research combines New England's rich rural craft traditions of chainsaw carving and whittling with contemporary modes of computer-driven fabrication. His work at the Museum & Theatre is a continuation of his art making process that revolves around play and fun as guideposts for design. You can find his latest artwork standing amongst sorted piles of unwanted items at the Community Recycling Center in Scarborough, Maine, where he was part of a unique artist residency organized by SPACE Gallery. The work, a larger-than-life-sized black bear made of wood and asphalt shingles titled "David," will be on display until September. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.

Visitor Services

Phanie Mills, Visitor Services Manager
(207) 828-1234 ext. 225
BFA Illustration & Painting, Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
Phanie joined the Museum & Theatre team in September of 2017. Originally from Michigan, she spent the previous year on a tour of the entire country with a traveling farm-to-table event company. After traversing the U.S. in her converted van-camper, living and working outdoors on farms, beaches, urban gardens, and vineyards, she fell in love with the city of Portland, Maine. Her previous professional titles have included Pinball Art Restoration Expert, Cheese-monger of the San Francisco Bay area farmers’ markets, and Assistant Manager of the Food & Beverage Department at a nonprofit sculpture park and concert venue. She is truly passionate about promoting a culture of education and creative expression for all ages both within the Museum & Theatre and in the greater Portland community. When Phanie isn't working, you may spot her enjoying Maine’s beaches and mountains, often cooking elaborate vegetarian meals out of her homemade van-kitchen.

Shana Jaques, Reservations & Retail Coordinator
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BFA Sculpture, Maine College of Art (Portland, ME)
Shana's previous experience includes L.L. Bean, DeLorme, and Thos. Moser Cabinet Makers in Freeport, ME, as well as five years' experience at Maine Audubon Society's Nature Stores. While at Maine Audubon, she managed the store for the seasonal Scarborough Marsh Nature Center and was the first store manager for the new store at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, ME. She came to the Children's Museum of Maine in 1998 and has enjoyed using her skills to support the mission of the Museum & Theatre. She hopes that all who visit the Museum & Theatre find something that helps to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

Elizabeth Knowland, Visitor Services Assistant
(207) 828-1234 ext. 231
BA History & English Literature, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
MA History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Liz grew up in South Portland and remembers coming to play at the Museum & Theatre when she was little. (She especially loved the fire truck and the space shuttle!) She's really happy that she gets to help kids have as much fun here as she did. Liz has lived in Canada and Japan, and likes comics, anime, and reading books.

Melia Coletta, Front Desk Assistant
(207) 828-1234 ext. 231
BA Art History, with Arts Administration & Management and Business Minors, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)
A Western Massachusetts transplant, Melia received a BA at Skidmore College in 2017. At Skidmore, she was awarded the Filene Scholarship for playing the clarinet, co-curated Borrowed Light: Selections from The Jack Shear Collection, recorded with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, and created marketing content for 1st Playable Productions's Playscope. New to Portland, Melia enjoys exploring Maine's sights, reading, cooking, contemporary art, and cuttlefish.



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