Staff

Jenn Moore - jmoore@mathandsciencecenter.org

Jenn Moore believes the Math and Science Center is an intersection of math, science, and art—bringing students and the community together for exhibitions, hands-on activities, and classroom learning. Moore hopes to make the Math and Science Center a magnet for creativity, critical thinking, and lifelong learning. She hopes to redefine the way people think about, learn about, and interact with science and technology by making science fun for everyone.

Moore comes to the Math and Science Center from the Timberline Field Institute at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville where she taught courses in Natural Resource Management. Having always had a passion for science and teaching, she developed new programs, wrote grants for student driven research, and managed an internship program for students to have hands-on work experience. Previous to her work at the college she was a research hydrologist for the US Geological Survey in Grand Junction. Her educational background is in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.

In her free time Moore enjoys mountain biking, gardening, reading books, and traveling the world with her husband Jesse and their daughter Madalyn.

Jenn Moore
Executive Director

Bambi Harmon - bharmon@mathandsciencecenter.org
Bambi Harmon recently retired from Deluxe Check Printers following 33 years of service. She began looking for a place to volunteer, seeking something she would enjoy doing while also serving others. After nearly two years of coordinating over 50 volunteers at the Math & Science Center as a volunteer herself, Bambi became the Center’s Operations Manager in January, 2011. She also serves as the President of the Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club and often provides presentations to local organizations as well as to students who visit the Center. Bambi is an ASL Deaf Interpreter and is currently the secretary of her neighborhood Homeowners Association.

Bambi Harmon
Operations Manager

Rhonda Woltjer - rwoltjer@mathandsciencecenter.org
Rhonda Woltjer came to the Math and Science Center in 2011. Prior to coming to the center she worked as a receptionist for a concrete construction company, she also has experience in banking and retail. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, walking the dogs, painting, and looks forward to the times she gets to visit with her children and grandchildren who live out of town.

Rhonda Woltjer
Program Manager

Ann Barrett - abarrett@mathandsciencecenter.org
Hi! My name is Angeline Barrett; everyone calls me Ann. For many years I worked as a landscape designer then I owned and operated a local garden center. I met John and Audrey McConnell when I helped design a native landscape for their new home. I have been fascinated by their idea of teaching science to children, so I told them I wanted to volunteers and love to see them interact with the kids we serve. I feel it is so important to our organization and am proud to be able to help.

Ann Barrett
Volunteer Coordinator/Reception

Tom Nelson - tnelson@mathandsciencecenter.org
Hello, my name is Tom Nelson. The John McConnell Math and Science Center has been part of my life since its very early days. Back in 2000, as a student at the New Emerson Elementary School, the Math and Science Center and its founder John McConnell helped to spark a lifelong passion for learning. Now, as a graduate of Colorado Mesa University with a degree in Business Management and a certification in data systems, I’m thrilled to be a part of this incredible organization and look forward to its future.

Tom Nelson
IT Support/Reception

Bree Hare - bhare@mathandsciencecenter.org

Bree joined the Math & Science Center in July 2017 as the Education Director. She is excited to have the opportunity to combine her program development experience with her passion for experiential learning in the outdoors. Bree is looking forward to creating meaningful learning opportunities that will engage current and new participants in STEAM programs throughout Mesa County and beyond. She hopes that through offering a variety of educational programs, the Math & Science Center will have something for everyone and that participants will gain a better understanding of the world around them.

Prior to coming to the Math & Science Center, Bree was involved with recreation program development for the City of Fruita, the Town of Breckenridge, and the City of Loveland Recreation Departments. Through these experiences, she created and maintained partnerships with outside organizations to offer a variety of programs ranging from state licensed summer day camps to afterschool programs to outdoor education camps to special events, she worked with stakeholders to create and implement new programs that met the community’s needs, and she worked with the Keystone Science Center to implement a county-wide after-school initiative in Breckenridge. Bree holds a Colorado K-12 Physical Education teaching license, a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.

In her free time, Bree enjoys trail running, hiking, ice hockey, stand up paddle boarding, skiing (water, tele, and cross country), photography, scrapbooking, and spending time with her husband Jon, sons Emmett & Austen, and their dog, Cisco.

Bree Hare
Education Director

Kayla Glenn - kglenn@mathandsciencecenter.org
Kayla recently moved to Grand Junction and loves it! This is her first time living west of the Mississippi River. She has a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Florida. Previously she taught at the Orlando Science Center in Florida. There she taught hands-on STEM labs and classes to students of all ages. She loves teaching science, especially anything to do with space! Teaching children is her passion and she loves being a part of their learning. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and roller coasters!

Kayla Glenn
Program Instructor

Interns

MiKealy Thomas
Hello! I will be a Sophomore Engineering Management Major at Gonzaga University this year. I am so excited about working at the John McConnell Math and Science Center and hope to spread my love of math and science with all the children that walk through the Center doors. In my free time I also enjoys competing in triathlons and playing with my 3-year-old brother, Andrew.

MiKealy Thomas

Nevin Lister
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Nevin Lister

Curtis Beckel
Hi! I am a third year mechanical engineering student at CU Boulder. As someone who came to the John McConnell Math and Science Center as a young adolescent I am excited to pass on a love for learning to the youth of today.

Curtis Beckel

Angel Bautista
Hello! I currently attend CMU, I am a first generation college student, and am studying human resources, business. I am a local product of Grand Junction, I graduated from GJHS, I am fluent in Spanish, and I am 18. I spent my youth going to the MASC for school field trips. I am a student athlete with the track and field team at CMU (hammer throw). I have also coached for Mesa County Junior Football for 5 years, and played for 13 years. I love working with children. I love watching their character grow. My work through football and here at MASC has helped them progress in life; I value academics, because athletics can only go so far. Your brain can take you anywhere. The kids are our future, so they require all of the resources to succeed. Every child needs an outside role model; I hope that myself, and my co-workers, can be those role models for your children. I love awful jokes, football and basketball. My favorite teams are the Steelers and the Bulls.

Angel Bautista

Paldeep Kaur
I am from India. I am a computer science major at Colorado Mesa University. I want to be a programmer. I like rafting, watching movies, hiking, and talking to my mom. I love traveling and would love to do that after completing my degree.

Paldeep Kaur

Rupy Randhawa
Hello, my name is Rupinder Singh Randhawa and I go by Rupy. I am from India and am going to Colorado Mesa University. My major is computer science. I want to be an ethical hacker. I love to adventure, like rock climbing, skydiving, hiking, skiing, and such. I also love to make rockets!

Rupy Randhawa

Rupesh Panta
Hello! My name is Rupesh Panta. I am from Nepal and I go to CMU for computer Science degree. It has been almost a year I came to Grand Junction. Now, it feels like Grand Junction is my home town. And what I feel similar about Grand Junction and my birth place, Kathmandu, Nepal, is that both are surrounded by mountains and we can do a lot of outdoor activities. I feel proud and fortunate to get work as student intern this summer in this renowned institution- John McConnell Math and Science Center. I am enjoying a lot, learning a lot and giving my best. My co-workers and people around here are super supportive and amazing the way they are. I must say, John McConnell  Math and Science Center is a full of creative stuff contributing to shape the innocent minds of beautiful kids.

Rupesh Panta

Isa Kohls
Hello! I was born and raised here in the Grand Valley; and my favorite field trips were to the Math and Science Center. I attend BYU in Utah as a sophomore and am majoring in Applied Physics. I always get the chocolate-vanilla twist ice cream, I like to watch public domain movies made in the 60's or earlier, and my favorite thing in the world is to walk down a street or trail I've never walked down before.

Isa Kohls

Brook Rajnowski
Hey! I am a sophomore history education student at Colorado State University. I grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado and I love hiking, traveling, and music. I grew up with field trips to the Math and Science Center, as well as attending camps and activities throughout the year, and I am so excited to help form those amazing memories for more children and to help expand their knowledge and excitement for science!

Brook Rajnowski

Alli Engel
Hi! I am currently attending CMU to earn my bachelor's degree in english/secondary education with a minor in philosophy. My passion is children and I love helping them find whatever their passion is in life! I love learning and hope to show kids everywhere how fun learning is! Whenever I'm not working or going to school you could find me reading, hammocking, doing yoga or watching The Office.

Alli Engel

Emma Gardner
Hi! I'm a student at CMU majoring in Civil Engineering, and focusing in water management. In my free time I read voraciously, experiment with new recipes, and make jewelry. I am excited to see all the fun activities that we can do at the center this year!

Emma Gardner

Jessah Skalla
Hello! I am a senior at Colorado Mesa University. I have received my bachelor's degree in biology and my minor in chemistry and am just finishing up my secondary education major. I love science, but I also enjoy music and art! I play the violin and ukulele, and I have been teaching myself how to watercolor paint. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, playing with my two dogs, cooking, and being crafty! I love working with kids and look forward to sharing all of the wonders of science with them!

Jessah Skalla

Haley Jensen
Hello! I grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. I am currently working towards a degree in statistics with a minor in dance at Colorado Mesa University. I love being outside, dancing, hanging out with friends and family. I am super excited to both learn and teach in my time here.

Haley Jensen

Zach Harr
Hi! I am a senior at Colorado Mesa University here in Grand Junction studying secondary education for biology and chemistry. I moved from Greeley to attend Mesa and fell in love with the area. Outside of teaching, I enjoy hiking on the monument, playing the piano, drawing cartoons, and swimming laps. I will be student teaching at Fruita Monument High School in the chemistry class this fall.

Zach Harr

Alyssa Arellano
Hi! I'm a student at Colorado Mesa University and I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy art, math, science and being around kids. I can't wait to inspire children about these things I'm passionate in.

Alyssa Arellano

Dominick Brevig
Hello! I am currently a senior student of Mechanical Engineering in the CMU/CU partnership program. I enjoy running, working on cars and all things outdoors. I hope to someday design and maintain important public infrastructure such as hydroelectric dams.

Dominick Brevig

Dixie Poteet
Hello! I will be a Civil Engineering Major at CSU Ft. Collins for Fall 2017. I love taking on new challenges and experiences. As someone who is always trying to learn something new, I am incredibly excited to be working at the Math and Science Center. The exhibits are just as exciting today as they were when I was just a kid myself. I can't wait to help young students explore the fun side of math and science and explain the "why" behind the coolness of the exhibits!

Dixie Poteet