Jennifer Frazier is the Program Director, Oceans, whose current obsessions include plankton and data visualization. Jennifer is a cell biologist and has been at the Exploratorium since 2004, focusing on finding new ways to help visitors explore worlds they normally can’t see. Her projects include the Microscope Imaging Station and the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network’s Visualization Laboratory. Before joining the Exploratorium, she created exhibits, multimedia, and documentary films at NOVA, the National Academy of Sciences, and several multimedia companies. Jennifer received her PhD in cell biology from the University of California, San Francisco, where as an NSF and AAAS Fellow she used advanced imaging techniques to study polymer assembly during cell division. She has a BS in bioethics and genetics from the University of California, Davis. of the a cell biologist whose current obsessions include plankton and data visualization. Jennifer has been at the Exploratorium since 2004, focusing on finding new ways to help visitors explore worlds they normally can’t see. Her projects include the Microscope Imaging Station and the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network’s Visualization Laboratory. Before joining the Exploratorium, she created exhibits, multimedia, and documentary films at NOVA, the National Academy of Sciences, and several multimedia companies. Jennifer received her PhD in cell biology from the University of California, San Francisco, where as an NSF and AAAS Fellow she used advanced imaging techniques to study polymer assembly during cell division. She has a BS in bioethics and genetics from the University of California, Davis.
Kathi (Koontz) George is a Project Manager in the Living Systems Department at the Exploratorium. She is also a Co-Investigator on NOAA's Marine Mammal Health & Stranding Response Program's Endangered Species Act/Marine Mammal Protection Act scientific research and enhancement permit, which means she is permitted to respond to entangled whales. Kathi has participated in six whale disentanglements, numerous entangled whale responses, and over fifty sea lion disentanglements. Kathi is also a member of the California Dungeness Crab Fishing Gear Working Group. Kathi is an avid diver, snorkeler, and advocate for marine wildlife. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and spends as much time as she can underwater and on boats.
Denise King is the Exhibit Developer Group Manager and has been at the Exploratorium since 2001. A keen observer of the natural world, she has studied subjects ranging from botany and ecology to marine biology, microbiology, and evolution. She has developed many biology exhibits at the Exploratorium including Glass Settling Plate, Mosquito Magnet, Leaves That Never Get Wet, and Algae Chandelier, and has redesigned some old favorites such as Chick Embryo and Mimosa House. She has also produced exhibits such as All Eyes on Me and Mood Lighting, which highlight her ability to design exhibits that don't have wet and squishy things in them. Before setting anchor at the Exploratorium, Denise worked as a field biologist and a lecturer at SF State, and she once got to shoot on location with English broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough in the Mohave Desert.
Moira McEnespy is a program manager at the Exploratorium, where she helps develop the work of the Bay Observatory Gallery--particularly around regional resilience and sustainability initiatives, building partnerships, and enhancing the Observatory's role as a convening and education hub. Moira has a background in environmental science and policy, has helped implement the state's coastal management program, and has a keen interest in interdisciplinary approaches to addressing climate change.
Mary Miller is a science writer, producer and director for the Exploratorium’s partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her academic background is in marine biology and science communication and one of her roles at the Exploratorium is to help introduce the museum's audiences to research scientists and the ways in which they investigate and understand the natural world. In that capacity, she's been lucky to spend time with fascinating minds in some of the most interesting places in the world: Antarctica, Greenland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, aboard NOAA’s exploration ship, the Okeanos Explorer, NASA’s AMES, Goddard and Johnson Space Flight Centers, and the Exploratorium. The Exploratorium has a number of exciting projects with NOAA, spanning our fluid planet with labs across the country that focus on ocean, climate, weather and atmospheric research. You can follow along on the adventures through this blog with lots of links to the Exploratorium and NOAA websites.
Anne Richardson is the Exploratorium’s Global Studios Director of Planning and Program Development. Anne works with partners to develop cultures of learning that align with their organizational and community goals and values. Her areas of focus include educational programming, professional development, and institutional learning. During her tenure at the Exploratorium, Anne directed the Field Trip Explainer Program and Member Education Programs. She also launched and directed Helix, a one-year, experimental community-science center. In her early career, she developed and implemented science-and-art learning experiences at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Environment, Mass Audubon, and the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Anne holds a PhD and an MS in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and a BA in art history from Northwestern University.
Susan Schwartzenberg is the Director of the Environmental Initiative and curator of the Fisher Bay Observatory. Established in 2013, the Bay Observatory is a windowed room of exhibits, artworks, instruments, and programs that engage a regional and international audience on local environmental conditions. The Observatory functions as the creative engine and public forum for program work, creating linkages between the local and global, and convening scientists, general audiences, and policy makers on regional climate resilience.
Originally trained as a visual artist, Schwartzenberg has been a project director at the Exploratorium for over 30 years. As a visual artist, writer and photographer she has built numerous public projects in the Bay Area and beyond. She is a Loeb Fellow for Advanced Environmental Studies at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard and has taught at California College of the Arts, the San Francisco Art Institute, and Stanford University.
Kristina Yu is the Director of the Exploratorium’s Living Systems Department. In this position, she oversees the biology laboratory and the staff who support the Exploratorium’s unique collection of life sciences exhibits, and she has curatorial oversight over the collection. The laboratory includes the Microscope Imaging Station (MIS), a facility that allows museum visitors to control research-grade microscopes to explore living biological samples and provides high quality imagery for educators. Kristina also collaborates with researchers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she is building an archive of microscopic movies and images that are available on the Web. She earned a PhD in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Kristina spent her childhood on her parents’ organic pear farm in rural northern California.
Jennifer Fragomeni is the Director of Facilities and Operations and recently earned her Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP) credential through International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Jennifer first joined the Exploratorium in 1989 as a science educator, working with visiting school groups in the Field Trip Explainer program. After timing out of the Field Trip Explainer program, she took on administrative positions at the de Young and Asian Art museums before returning to the Exploratorium, this time as Facilities Coordinator, in 1999. In her new role, Jennifer became deeply involved in the planning of the Exploratorium at Piers 15/17 and was instrumental in the relocation of the staff to the new buildings. Now, as the Director of Facilities and Operations, Jennifer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the LEED® Platinum facility that she helped to bring to fruition.
Shani Krevsky is the Project Director of the Exploratorium Campus. Shani is a Licensed Architect in California, with over 20 years of experience, is LEED® AP BD+C, and recently earned her Sustainable Facilities Professional (SFP) credential through International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Throughout her design career she focused primarily on academic and institutional projects and those that emphasized strong sustainable design principles with responsiveness to site and client needs. Of particular interest were adaptive reuse and renovation projects because they allowed her to experience the unique challenge of transforming existing buildings into vibrant new uses while conserving resources and land typically needed for new construction.
Seven years ago she had the opportunity to join the Exploratorium and help move this world-renowned institution into its new home on the San Francisco waterfront. Working closely with staff exhibit developers, designers, and curators, she was responsible for developing all aspects of the galleries’ inaugural space plans.
Now as Project Director, she is a member of the Facilities & Operations Division. Shani is responsible for capital projects and renovations, design reviews, and code compliance. Her strong technical background blended with attention to detail ensures that the building is maintained with optimal performance for our visitors and staff. She also leads the museum’s sustainability efforts including implementing processes to achieve its Net-Zero Energy goal.
Chuck Mignacco is the Building Operations Manager and joined the Exploratorium’s Facilities Division in 2009. He is responsible for the overall operations and maintenance of all building systems. He is factory trained in the maintenance and operation of the building’s unique central plant, which includes a Bay Water Heating and Cooling System. This system uses the San Francisco Bay for heat exchange in conjunction with a series of ultra-efficient heat pumps that maintain the temperature of the building on Pier 15 without using conventional boilers and cooling towers. Chuck is also a certified operator of the Exploratorium’s life-safety systems, security systems, and is the lead first responder for first aid and other emergencies. Chuck’s goal is to maintain Exploratorium facilities at the highest standards and explore all possible avenues to achieve energy savings in ways that are environmentally correct as possible.