Maria has been the Executive Director of the Paper Discovery Center since May 2016. Prior to this she lived in Milwaukee and was the director of two art museums. She finds working with nonprofits fulfilling and uses more of her skills and talents than her for-profit positions ever allowed.
Besides travel (often to visit grandkids!), she enjoys good books, live theater, movies and interior design.
She feels honored to be part of such a wonderful and talented team at the Paper Discovery Center.
Michael fell into museum work by good fortune, learning his craft on the job. For over 28 years he has created exhibits that make people happy. He loves exhibit work; it makes him think and explore new directions. He does not know where his talent comes from, but he is grateful for it.
One of the most interesting aspects of museum work for Michael is his work with some unusual items: He has stood in a treasure vault filled with shipwreck coins, driven Abraham Lincoln’s shawl to a museum, smelled perfume from the Titanic, held a Viking sword, hung artwork of dazzling skill, and put the Wicked Witch of the West hat on display.
With a BS degree in art education from Mankato State, MN and 11 years in broadcasting (as a professional disc jockey, voice talent and copywriter), Stacy has been professionally involved in education and communication for over 25 years. The intersection between the sciences and the humanities has long been a passion of Stacy’s and she is thrilled to be a part of the PDC team, educating the people of the Fox Valley. A working local artist and “creativity coach,” her passion is supporting clients in discovering what lights them up creatively, and promoting the arts as tools for healing.
Carol worked as an Educator at the Paper Discovery Center before moving into the role of Development Director in 2019. She enjoys meeting community members and working to advance the mission of the PDC.
She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with a degree in History. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, and well as gardening, reading, and hiking.
Ann’s name should have been Elmer, since she is the glue that holds the entire facility together. From making paper, checking in guests, and making sure we pay the bills, Ann manages all aspects of the operation of the Paper Discovery Center.