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, […]

Leslie Anderson

Exhibits & Facilities Director

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

Erika Garcia

Operations Manager

Operations Manager Erika Garcia is an old lady at heart. She’s 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 come to the museum her favorite exhibit is the Makerspace, it offers so much and she loves to […]

Ana Dominguez

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator Ana Dominguez 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 […]

Patricia Bergstrom

Makerspace Manager & Program Assistant

Program Assistant Patricia Bergstrom is fond of the outdoors and rock climbing. It shows in how much she enjoys the Mars Rock Climbing Wall in the museum! 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 […]

Robbie Naten

Marketing & Program Assistant

Marketing & Program Assistant Robbie Naten’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 […]

Stephanie Naten

Program Assistant

Program Assistant Stephanie Naten 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 […]

William Pena

William Peña

Discovery Innovator

Will Peña is our summer employee who’s background in theater productions and acting has made him a hit for engaging and showing kids how to have the most fun in the Makerspace.

Abigail Ysalde

Program Assistant

Our Program Assistant, Abby has one of the biggest personalities in the museum! She’s always there with a smile and bubbling with fun and creative things to do with the little ones. She’s constantly eating pizza to the point there’s a rumor that she’s become more pizza than person.

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