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Staff and Board

Staff Contact Information

Gift Store719.385.5644
Haley DavisEvents
Carol DenningStore
Lance JamesDevelopment
Matt MayberryMuseum
Kelly MurphyExhibit
Meg PoolePrograms
Stephanie ProchaskaAssistant
Jim WahlSecurity
Leah Davis WitherowCurator of

Board of Directors

NameBoard Role
Bill NelsonVice ChairLewis Roca Rothgerber
Sue GrantVice ChairColorado Springs Municipal Court Judge
Sue Bradt LaabsTreasurerVice President, Senior Trust Officer, Investment Trust Company
Marjorie WestbaySecretaryRetired D11 Principal
David BuckleyDirectorRetired USAF
Harry GautscheDirectorPresident, Gautsche & Associates
Jennifer MalenkyDirectorDirector of Mission Advancement,
Benet Hill Monastery
Jarred RagoDirectorCommunications Director, Rep. Lamborn
Ben GallegosDirectorBig Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Jan MartinDirectorFormer Colorado Springs City Council
Bernie HerpinDirectorFormer Colorado State Senator/City Councilmember
Barb Ferrill Van HoyDirectorOwner, Impact Advocacy

Meet The Staff

Matt Mayberry, Cultural Service Manager/Director
719.385.5636 |

Matt Mayberry has served as the director of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum since 2002. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history. He has published scholarly and popular articles on a variety of topics, ranging from tuberculosis treatment in the Pikes Peak region to how museums can effectively use eBay to further their missions. In addition to his duties at the CSPM, Matt is involved with numerous boards and commissions and volunteers for the American Alliance of Museums to help similar institutions around the country to evaluate their performance relative to established standards of excellence.
Leah Davis Witherow, Curator of History/Archivist
719.385.5649 |

Leah Davis Witherow is the Curator of History and Archivist for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. She graduated with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Eastern European and Russian Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. in History from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Additionally, she is an instructor in the History Department at UCCS where she has taught American History for fifteen years. In 2014 she was selected as the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Outstanding Instructor of the Year at UCCS. Leah is the former President of the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists and is a certified Archivist with the American Academy of Certified Archivists. She is a frequent speaker in the community and regularly presents papers at professional conferences and for publication.
Kelly O’Hara, Exhibit Designer
719.385.5641 |

Kelly O’Hara is a native of New Hampshire but has lived in Colorado Springs since 1971. As a work-study student in the spring of 1998, she began what would become a long career at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Shortly after her start date, she was offered the opportunity to become the Archives Assistant and eventually transitioned into the position of Research Coordinator. In 2009, Kelly stepped into her dream job as Exhibit Designer for the CSPM. Ms. O’Hara received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a Minor in Gallery Management, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado Springs.
Lance James, Development Director
719.385.5633 |

With almost 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Mr. James brings experience in creating and building youth programming, fundraising, marketing/communications and strategic planning. After managing the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s (MLBPAA) youth baseball program for seven years, Mr. James was offered the organization’s newly created position of Vice President of Development and was the driving force behind the creation of the MLBPAA’s first philanthropic giving program, growing charitable giving to more than $1 million annually during a seven year span.
From 2012-2014, James served as Harrison School District’s Development Officer. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of building and managing strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofit groups and the Pikes Peak regional community and established the district’s first philanthropic giving program. He raised more than $450,000 in two years to underwrite college scholarships for HSD2’s students and to support programs to make HSD2’s students career and college ready.
Living in Colorado Springs since 1996, James graduated from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Community Leadership Program, serves as President of the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum’s Board of Directors, as well as a Harrison School District Two Foundation and Southern Colorado Association of Fundraising Professionals board member.
Stephanie Prochaska, Assistant Archivist
719.385.5650 |

As Assistant Archivist, Stephanie will be responsible for fulfilling research requests and providing public access to the rich archival collections in the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum’s Starsmore Center for Local History. She graduated from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs in 2008 before earning her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Denver in 2012. Previously, Stephanie was a librarian and archivist in the aerospace industry and has experience in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors.
Meg Poole, Programs Coordinator
719.385.5631 |

Meg Poole has managed interpretive programming and educational initiatives for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as the Program Coordinator since May 2014. She is a 2010 graduate in anthropology from Colorado College, where she first found a passion for interpretation as a gallery educator at the Colorado College I.D.E.A. Space. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member teaching at-risk youth in Washington DC. In 2011, Meg started her journey with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as the lead Museum Educator. In 2013, she accepted a position as Cultural Interpreter at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Before returning to CSPM in her current role, Meg planned and led naturalist programs as the Interpretive Program Coordinator for El Paso County's Bear Creek Nature Center. Currently Meg is pursuing her Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Haley Davis, Events Coordinator
719.385.5653 |

Haley was born and raised in Colorado Springs. After earning her B.A. in Anthropology and History at the University of Northern Colorado in 2010, she became involved as a volunteer docent and Assistant Curator at the McAllister House Museum until 2012. In 2011, Haley began volunteering at the CSPM. Shortly thereafter, she became the Events Coordinator and Administrative Assistant which she has now held for the last three and a half years.
Jim Wahl, Security Officer
719.385.5638 |

Jim has served as the Security Officer at the CSPM for the last two years. Museum guests will likely be treated to the opportunity to meet Jim during their visits as he is constantly monitoring exhibits and answering questions for the CSPM patrons. Prior to the CSPM, he was a letter carrier for the USPS for 42 years. He started his career in Indiana and transferred to Colorado Springs in 1973 with his wife Pam.
Caitlin Sharpe, Registrar
719.385.5654 |

Caitlin Sharpe holds a B.A. in History and Minor in Anthropology from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and M.A. in Public History with a concentration in Museum Studies from University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. She began her career as Visitor Services Manager at Historic Columbia, then moved to Colorado in May 2014 where she served as Curatorial Assistant at the Aurora History Museum. As registrar at CSPM, Caitlin oversees collections care and management of the museum’s three-dimensional objects and artifacts.