Staff & Board - CSPM

Staff & Board

Meet the CSPM's Staff

Matt Mayberry

Cultural Service Manager/Director
719.385.5636 | matt.mayberry@coloradosprings.gov

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
719.385.5649 | Leah.Witherow@coloradosprings.gov

Leah Davis Witherow is the Curator of History 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 has taught American History at UCCS since 2000, specializing in the history of Colorado, the Progressive Era, Labor and Women. In 2014 she was selected as the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Outstanding Lecturer of the Year, and in 2018 was selected as a “Woman of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

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Kelly O’Hara

Exhibit Designer
719.385.5641 | kelly.ohara@coloradosprings.gov

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.

Diane Barber Stine

Development Director
719.385.5633 | diane.stine@coloradosprings.gov

Diane is passionate about history and museums. She has been working in the museum industry since 2012. In 2014, she graduated from Florida State University with her B.A. in History and minor in Art History and Museum Studies. She also holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University concentrating in Museum Management and Leadership. While in Washington, D.C., Diane served on the fundraising team at Ford’s Theatre Society and was a front-line fundraiser as the Membership Manager.

Diane and her husband had always wanted to move to Colorado. In 2018, they moved from Washington, D.C. to the Colorado Springs Community. As the Development Director, she oversees all fundraising and marketing efforts of CSPM.

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Meg Poole

Programs Coordinator
719.385.5631 | meg.poole@coloradosprings.gov

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.

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Hillary Mannion

Archivist
719.385.5650 | Hillary.Mannion@coloradosprings.gov

Hillary Mannion is the Archivist at the Starsmore Center for Local History, the archives and special collections department of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. She graduated with a B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Fredonia and an M.A. in Museum Studies, with a concentration in American Studies, from The George Washington University. Hillary has worked within a diverse set of archival and object collections throughout her career. This includes work at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, The White House Historical Association, Colorado College’s Southwest Collection, and the Bob Moog Foundation.

Caitlin Sharpe

Registrar
719.385.5654 | caitlin.sharpe@coloradosprings.gov

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.

Judy Zezula

Marketing Coordinator
719.385.5637 | judy.zezula@coloradosprings.gov

A native of Colorado Springs, Judy’s 25+ year marketing career served independent banking in the Colorado Springs region where she managed marketing planning, advertising, communications, and community events for a local independent banking organization. She firmly believes in the value of investing in her community and supporting local non-profit organizations. It is that type of investment that is a large part of Judy’s passion, so when she had the opportunity to become part of CSPM to utilize her marketing skills to help promote CSPM, she was thrilled.

Judy attended the University of Colorado where she studied business management and marketing and is a graduate of the American Banking Association’s School of Bank Marketing. She serves as a member of Partners In Housing’s event planning committee and supports several community organizations through her volunteer efforts.

Leah Koller

Museum Store Manager
719.385.5643 | Leah.Koller@coloradosprings.gov

Leah was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She attended UCCS, where she obtained a B.A. in History in 2008. In 2013, Leah started volunteering at the CSPM at the front desk, where she greeted visitors, meeting many people from all walks of life. After 6 and a half years, she became the Museum Store Manager, where much of the merchandise available is made-in-Colorado, in addition to an extensive historical book offering for adults and children. In Leah’s spare time, she enjoys collection and reading books and spending time with her family.

Haley Davis

Events Coordinator
719.385.5653 | haley.davis@coloradosprings.gov

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.

Jim Wahl

Museum Customer Specialist
719.385.5638 | jim.wahl@coloradosprings.gov

Jim has served as the Museum Customer Service Specialist 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.

Steve Winter

Facilities Technician
719.385.5638 | steve.winter@coloradosprings.gov

As a native of Colorado Springs, Steve has a long history in the region. His grandparents were original “health-seekers” and came to Colorado due to his Grandmother’s asthma in 1931. Steve has an extensive background in building construction, floor covering, and building maintenance. He worked 10 years with the Colorado Springs Utilities Wastewater Division as an Industrial Waste Technician, and later as Industrial Waste Field Operations Supervisor. Steve also had 21 years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department from which he recently retired. He went to Wasson High School and graduated from Pikes Peak Community College with an Associates Degree in Fire Science. He enjoys building and restoring classic cars in his spare time as well as visiting wineries in different states with his wife on their motorcycle.

Casey Kaza

Casey Kaza

Museum Customer Specialist
719.385.5990 | casey.kaza@coloradosprings.gov

As a Museum Customer Specialist, Casey has been pursuing her career as a Security Officer and holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a Colorado native and has lived most of her life on the Eastern Plains. She is one of the friendly faces you will see as you roam the museum as she continually greets visitors and monitors the exhibits.

Makaela Worden

Makaela Worden

Education Assistant
719.385.5635 | makaela.worden@coloradosprings.gov

Makaela Worden is Colorado Springs native whose love for museums was first sparked during a school field trip to the Pioneers Museum at a young age. Later, while attending college at UCCS, pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in Literature, her passion for the field of Museum Studies was ignited. During an internship through UCCS at the Heller Center, she learned the finer points of collection management, exhibit design, and curating, which has fueled her desire to pursue a career in the museum world as it combines her love of learning and educating others.

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Gabrielle Friesen

Museum Technician
Gabrielle.Friesen@coloradosprings.gov

Gabrielle has a strong background in museums; she has completed internships at the U.S. Olympic Committee, the University of Washington’s Special Collections, Davidson Galleries, and the Museum of Pop Culture. She has worked as a curatorial assistant, a collections move specialist at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and as a contract exhibit developer at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

Gabrielle holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle and a B.A. in History from University of Colorado, Boulder.

Board of Directors

Jan Martin, President
Chrys Fotenos, Vice President
Sue Bradt Laabs, Treasurer
Linda Sauer, Secretary
William (Bill) Cogswell
Gary Feffer
Sarah Gonzales

Bernie Herpin
Jennifer Malenky
Bill Nelson
Laurel Prud’homme
Steve Post
Dennis Weber
John Harner, PhD

CSPM Foundation Board of Directors

Jon Medved, President
Sam Eppley, Treasurer
Harry Gautsche, Secretary
Sue Laabs

Bill Nelson
Darryl Thatcher