Nancy Gastelum

Executive Director

Ms. Gastelum has a B.S. in Business Management and has completed graduate work in both education and mental health counseling. She has worked for over 20 years in the non-profit management and development arena as well as taught at both the pre-K, elementary, and high school levels. As a former high school administrator, Ms. Gastelum, […]

Erika Garcia

Operations Manager

Erika is an old lady at heart. She likes to crochet and bake, and she’s a longtime bookworm. Her passion for reading started with the first Harry Potter book in 4th grade. When it comes to the museum, her favorite exhibit is the Makerspace, it offers so much, and she loves to see the look […]

Ilsa Toepher

Education Director

Leslie Anderson

Exhibits & Facilities Director

Leslie has worked with the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum since it first opened. She’s worked as a 3-D artist and helped facilitate the development and production of the museum exhibits.

Ana Dominguez

Volunteer Coordinator

Ana takes pride in keeping the museum nice, neat, and ready for play for all the families who come through. Her favorite thing the museum offers is field trips because she enjoys seeing the look on the children’s faces when they visit the museum for the first time. When it comes to holidays, Christmas is […]

Patricia Bergstrom

Makerspace Manager & Discovery Navigator

Patricia is an outdoors person and likes to rock climb as a hobby, that’s probably the reason she’s such a fan of the Mars Rockwall! When she’s not scaling the wall, Patti enjoys the coziness of the treehouse. The museum event she likes the most is the Batty Ball— she loves spooky vibes and the […]

Briseida Colores

Makerspace Innovator

Kayla Frausto

Discovery Navigator

Robbie Naten

Marketing Assistant

Robbie’s favorite thing about the museum is seeing all the children’s creations and listening to their stories about what they’ve made. His favorite event is the Kite Festival. It’s a busy day, but he likes to help out and be part of families having a fun time outdoors. Robbie is a huge fan of movies. […]

Stephanie Naten

Discovery Navigator

Stephanie enjoys working at the museum so much! She loves seeing children using the treehouse to put on puppet shows for their families and letting their imaginations go wild. She has an interest in doing makeup, and she loves dogs. Her best friend is her dog, Gordo. She says he is the best boy, and […]

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