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Staff & Board

Meet the CSPM's 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. Matt received the Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History in 2022 for being a transformative leader throughout his career in the field of state and local history. 

Leah Davis Witherow

Curator of History
719.385.5649 |

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 Leah 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. Leah currently serves on the Board of Directors for Colorado Humanities, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to humanities education in Colorado. 

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Kelly Murphy

Exhibit Designer
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Kelly Murphy 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 oversees the fundraising and marketing efforts of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Diane graduated with a B.A. in History from Florida State University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University with a concentration on Museum Management and Leadership.  Diane has fundraising experience for several institutions including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and Ford’s Theatre Society. In 2022, Diane was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Young Fundraising Professionals Award. 

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Meg Yevara

Program Coordinator
719.385.5631 |

Meg Yevara has managed interpretive programming and educational initiatives for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as the Program Coordinator since May 2014. She graduated with her B.A. in Anthropology from Colorado College and her M.A. in Museum Studies from The University of Oklahoma. While attending Colorado College, she first found a passion for interpretation as a student educator at their contemporary art gallery, the I.D.E.A. Space. After completing her undergraduate degree, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member teaching at-risk youth in Washington DC. In 2011, Meg started her journey with the CSPM 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 of Program Coordinator, Meg planned and led naturalist programs as the Interpretive Program Coordinator for El Paso County’s Bear Creek Nature Center. In 2023, Meg was selected as a “Rising Star” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.

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Hillary Mannion

719.385.5650 |

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

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.

Haley Davis

Development Technician/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.

Casey Kaza

Museum Customer Specialist
719-492-1326 |

Casey is a Colorado Native and has lived most of her life on the Eastern Plains. She graduated from Pikes Peak Community College in 2016 and holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She started her career with the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as a Museum Customer Specialist in 2019. She is one of the friendly faces you will see as you roam the museum as she continually greets visitors and monitors the exhibits.  

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Makaela Worden

Education Assistant
719.385.5635 |

Makaela Worden is a 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.

Joshua Cogar

719-492-1325 | Museum Customer Specialist

Joshua is a Colorado Native who been with the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services department since 2020. He spent three years as a Ranger on Pikes Peak before joining the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum as a Museum Customer Specialist. Joshua graduated from Pikes Peak Community College in 2021 with an Associates Degree in Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Technology.

Board of Directors

Sam Eppley, President 
Nancy Bernard, Vice President
Steve Post, Treasurer
John Harner, PhD, Secretary
Barbara Bates 
Gary Feffer
Danielle Gaffney

Sarah McGuinness, Past President
Sandra Meagher
Lynn Peterson
Christopher Schofield
Ellen Thommesen
Davis Tutt

CSPM Foundation Board of Directors

Bill Nelson, President
Steve Post, Treasurer
CJ Moore, Secretary
Blake Wilson
Barbara Winter