Meet Our Staff!
AdministrationSuzanne Olson, Executive Director
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.
John Marble, Director of Finance & Operations
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.
Lucia Stancioff, Deputy Director
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
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Development & CommunicationsKyle DeVaul, Director of Development & Communications
BA English, Rutgers University
Graduate Training, New York University
Kyle got her start as a grant writer when she was in graduate school and she has worked in the non-profit sector ever since. Kyle's experience includes marketing and development positions at Tony Award-winning theater companies in Philadelphia and Princeton NJ, opera companies, universities and other cultural organizations up and down the east coast. She has also worked on several capitol and annual fund campaigns as a consultant. Kyle fell in love with Maine when she served as executive director of Summer Festival of the Arts in Bar Harbor and she is thrilled to be back in her beloved adopted home state helping to further the mission of the Museum & Theatre.
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
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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.
EducationLaura Poppick, Science Coordinator
BS Geology, Bates College (Lewiston, ME)
Graduate Certificate in Science Communication, UC Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
Laura grew up exploring the tide pools and rocky coastlines of New England and loves sharing the treasures of these environments with others at the Children’s Museum & Theatre. With a degree in geology, she thinks a lot about how landscapes change through time and shape our communities and weaves this long-term sense of place into her programs. She has traveled to the Arctic and the Australian Outback for geology fieldwork and has taught science in a number of settings across Maine including at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough, ME and the Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco, ME. Laura is also a freelance science writer and contributes to a variety of popular science news outlets. In both her teaching and writing, she loves the challenge of making science captivating and inspiring for young people and non-scientists.
Brittany Liscord, Educator & Community Engagement Coordinator
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
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.
TheatreReba Short, Director of Theatre & Education
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
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.
ExhibitsChris Sullivan, Director of Exhibits
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. In 2005, Chris started at the Museum while still in graduate school working as the operations assistant, taking the position of Director in 2008. In his tenure at the Museum & Theatre he has planned and executed a number of exhibit and facilities projects, including the installation of the exhibits Have a Ball! and What About Whales? and the green renovation of the lower level restrooms.
Terra Fletcher, Exhibits & Visitor Services Assistant
email@example.com 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.
Visitor ServicesAndy Rosen, Exhibits Associate
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 ServicesDebjani Das, Front Desk Assistant
BA Anthropology, Central CT State University (New Britain, CT)
MS Journalism, Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT)
Before making the move to Maine, Debjani was active in the museum and archaeological field throughout her home state of Connecticut. In 2006, she worked with leading figures from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Forensics team of University of CT (UCONN) in uncovering the burial remains of Broteer Venture Smith, the son of a king turned slave, in a small town in CT. This excavation was documented by the BBC, and aired internationally. She now owns and publishes a local magazine in Maine and enjoys working at CMTM on the weekends.
Shana Jaques, Booking & Floor Coordinator/Buyer
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.
Molly McLaughlin, Front Desk Staff & Floor Coordinator
BS Child Development and Family Relations with Studio Art Minor, University of Maine (Orono, ME)
Molly is excited to be a member of the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine family. She is a native of Old Town, Maine, yet feels quite at home after living in the Portland area since 2003. Her background includes working with children with special needs and their families in a multitude of settings and honing her customer service skills with Unum for several years before joining the Museum & Theatre staff. If you don't see her at the front desk, she is likely to be volunteering around town, doing arts and crafts projects at home, hitting the ski slopes in the winter, or soaking up the sun on one of Maine's many beautiful beaches during the summer.
Elizabeth Knowland, Visitor Services Assistant
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.
Kenneth Quinn, Visitor Services & Exhibits Assistant
BA History & Education (8-12), Westfield State University (Westfield, Massachusetts)
BFA, New York State College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
Ken is from Massachusetts, but has spent many summers during his childhood in the Southern Maine area. He graduated with honors from WSU and is a licensed Mass educator. He has recently moved to Portland after a handful of years living and working with children in Japan, and is excited to get involved with the Museum & Theatre and community. Ken has an affinity for other cultures, world languages, and (of course) living by the sea!
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