Staff & Board

Kearney Area Children’s Museum’s staff and board members understand how to create a great place for children and families to use their imagination in the most important work of childhood: PLAY! We look for qualities that display humility, a genuine interest in people, a life-long love of learning, a yearning to excel and help others excel, and a deep moral code in all of our staff.

The Kearney Area Children’s Museum is governed by a board of directors representing the diverse populations, talent pools and occupations that characterize the Kearney area. This board steers the museum through its long-term planning and serves as the organization’s ambassador to other agencies, funder, and the general community. Board members must possess an interest in children’s education and be representative of the community. The board brings a variety of skills that are useful in non-profit management (i.e. expertise in education, law, finance, marketing, insurance, fundraising, event planning, etc.). Board members are elected to three-year terms.

Museum Management

Janell Brown

Executive Director
(308) 698-2228 ext. 5

Cassie Larreau

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Emily Surmeier

Lead Playologist

Board of Directors


Tara Bowman

Vice President

Alyssa Wyant

Past President

Christy Margritz


Whitney Cochran

Member at large

Debra Rupp


Heather Blecha

Sarah Bartling

Sara Bennett

Dawn Becker

Mallory Kuskie

Alyssa Prososki

Liz Cooley

Michelle Anderson

Sara Koehler

Andrea Upson

Collette Kinzie

Summer Vosika

Megan Wilson

Timaree Smith

Robin Younes

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