Wayne brings to the Powerhouse over 30 years of experience working at museums and science centers including having been the Director of Exhibits for five years at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA and Vice President of Exhibitions and Theaters for eleven years at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ. In both of these positions Wayne served on the senior leadership team, led major exhibit and program renewals that received national acclaim and was a critical key to their success.
Most recently Wayne founded Alchemy Studio, an
independent design and development firm, seven years
ago, which has worked internationally as well nationally. Much of the recent work that his studio focused on included developing and designing maker spaces and programs where children and families could explore and tinker with creating things.
In addition to his extensive job experience Wayne is considered a leading thinker and innovator in the museum field. He has written numerous articles and co-edited a book on using technology in science centers. Wayne has served for the past four years as the President of the National Association for Museum Exhibition a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums.
Lexie Stetson-Lee is well known around the rural Four Corners as “Labcoat Lexie”, the wacky lady scientist. Passionate about education, innovation and discovery, Lexie has been working in and out of the museum world since 2008. Lexie oversees the Powerhouse’s infrastructure and operations, ensuring health and sustainability of the project. She also heads the team that engages partners and donors in opportunities that advance the Powerhouse’s vision to be a “leading science and educational center in the Southwest that brings together curious minds of all ages, inspires innovative learning, and unleashes human potential.”
She received her Master’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where her emphasis was nonprofit and educational policy. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Kenyon College.
She loves living in the rural Four Corners region because she can hike with her new baby Davis, trail run with her two dogs, Otter and Lego, and backcountry ski in the San Juans with her husband, Tor.
Joe is a lifelong educator, a technology generalist, a pilot, an exhibit designer and a caterer (this last one is both a joke and not a joke). Joe has worked at the Powerhouse Science Center since 2008 and has contributed to all aspects of the project.
The “lifelong educator” part began during Joe’s high school years, when he taught swimming, first aid and CPR. This passion for teaching continued through college, where Joe studied science and education and worked as an outreach educator. Joe received his Bachelors degree in Biology from Colorado State University. After college, Joe did a tour with the Marine Corp, operating cameras and intelligence gathering equipment on RF4 jet aircraft, teaching human relations classes, and doing volunteer work teaching physically handicapped people to swim.
Following military service Joe earned a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration and a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Joe’s post doctorate emphasis was on cognitive processes in learning, with specialization in creating effective learning environments, usually involving innovations with emerging technologies. Joe served on the faculty of the University of Northern Colorado and at Fort Lewis College prior to joining the Powerhouse Science Center.
Anja DavisDirector of Community Engagement + Education
Anja grew up with salt water running through her veins in beautiful Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Psychology. After feeling unsatisfied working in corporate America, she quit her desk job and escaped to Durango. She fell in love with the small town lifestyle, mountain and river sports, and with inspiring curious minds in the Four Corners community.
Anja is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of our community engagement strategies and activities. She also facilitates and manages our education programs and other special education events held at the Powerhouse Science Center. She will attend Colorado State University in Fort Collins for a Masters in Social Work in the fall of 2018.
Jenny was born and raised in Dublin, Ohio. She graduated from CSU in Fort Collins, CO in 2003 with a Bachelors in Science. After moving to Durango, Colorado in 2004, she pursued a teaching license in secondary science from Fort Lewis College. Jenny was a science educator for six years and worked internationally as well as locally in the 9-R Durango School System. She enjoys any outside activity, traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with her dog Melon. She is currently excited about taking MakerLab classes and booking events for the Powerhouse Science Center.
Board of Directors
Jeff Susor is a nonprofit consultant based in Durango, Colorado. After working as a teacher and helping launch new schools across the country serving at risk youth, he founded Praxis Nonprofit Strategies in 2008. Jeff’s consulting work includes fundraising planning and support, capacity building, and capital campaign management. Jeff is married and has two young sons. He has been a member of the Powerhouse Science Center Board of Directors since 2016 and currently serves as President.
Erica Henner Max move to Durango 20 years ago and realized a lifelong dream of being a cowgirl. Despite 40 years of city living, working in the ﬁnancial services sector and generally being a dazzling urbanite, she embraced the ranching life and began importing, breeding and training Danish Warmblood Sporthorses. In her prior life she spent 7 years as a commodities futures trader and 13 years founding and running Henner Associates, Inc., an executive search ﬁrm specializing in retained search for top tier investment banks, money center banks and Fortune 100 companies. In her early days, Erica was featured in several ﬁnancial publications after becoming the ﬁrst female member of the London Commodity Exchange. Erica has a degree in Linguistics from The University of Michigan and shares 35 acres with her husband, 4 dogs and 6 horses. Her two children have moved to big cities to pursue their careers.
Ryan FinniganMakerLab Committee Chair
Mike KellyExhibits Committee Chair
Michael Kelly is an evaluator and exhibit design consultant with 20 years of informal science education and visitor research experience. As a designer, Kelly specializes in accessible, interactive and visitor-centric learning experiences. Kelly commonly designs and conducts formative evaluations of other designer’s planned exhibitions. With his experience in conducting visitor research at National Park Service units, he has developed a unique ability to communicate cultural concepts that are foundational to interpreting the history of people and landscape on the Colorado Plateau. He has a strong interest in Maker Spaces, and in accessibility in museums. Kelly is adjunct faculty at Northern Arizona University’s School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability.
Lisa brings thirty years of experience and innovation in working with nonprofits who serve children
and families from all backgrounds. She spent her early career with the YMCA leading and expanding early
learning centers, head start and early head start programs. She worked closely with local school districts and community partners to expand afterschool and summer enrichment programs. Lisa was recruited by Google in 2010 and served as Director of Family Programs. She launched the first national dependent care benefit for US Google employees and expanded family benefits around the world.
Lisa currently serves as the Executive Director of Durango 4C Council/Tri-County Head Start. TCHS provides comprehensive early childhood services to income-eligible families in La Plata, Montezuma and Archuleta counties.
Lisa is a lifelong learner and holds a Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Nonprofit Management. She holds leadership certifications with Vanderbilt University and YMCA of the USA. Throughout her career, Lisa received several awards including the Google Global Summit Award, the United Way Success by Six Distinguished Service Award, and Kansas State University Community Service Award.
Lisa volunteers and serves on the boards of two national organizations; Child Care Aware of America and the National Afterschool Association. She joined the Powerhouse Science Center Board of Directors in 2017 and chairs the hiring committee.
Mancos, Colorado is now home to Lisa and her partner, TJ, along with their horses and dogs. Lisa enjoys skiing, gardening, traveling and spending time with friends and family.