Wednesday-Friday: 11:00 am-5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:30 pm
Holly Truitt, Director, co-founded spectrUM in 2006 and was recently named one of The Missoulian’s “20 under 40” for her efforts to relocate the museum to the heart of downtown Missoula in 2013. Within her role at spectrUM, she co-directs education, outreach, and diversity for the Montana National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and serves as co-PI on the Big Sky Brain Project, a collaborative project with UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. In 2013-2014, Holly completed a fellowship with the Noyce Leadership Institute, which supports museum leaders working to engage their communities in science. She holds an MS in environmental studies and a BA in anthropology from the University of Montana, where she has also taught courses in the Department of Communication Studies.
Associate Director of spectrUM Discovery Area
Jessie Herbert-Meny has been with the spectrUM Discovery Area since 2008 and runs spectrUM's educational programming including field trips, camps, museum visits, teacher professional development and outreach in addition to training and supporting the education team. Jessie holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and is currently pursuing a master of education degree from the University of Montana. As a passionate learner, Jessie enjoys teaching and learning about all types of science. Jessie serves as the liaison with spectrUM’s advisory committee SciNation on the Flathead Reservation and serves on the Salish Kootenai College’s BRAIDS advisory council. She co-directs the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative and is a certified SciGirls trainer. Jessie is passionate about increased access to hands-on science opportunities for kids and families across Montana. Jessie serves on the Bonner School PTA and loves to spend time outdoors with her husband, two daughters and dog.
Amanda is a self-proclaimed chocoholic and transplant from the east coast where she attended the University of Delaware for her undergraduate studies in animal sciences and the University of Virginia for her doctoral studies in microbiology. She moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 2009 and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Rocky Mountain Laboratories. She now lives in Missoula as staff scientist with spectrUM since 2013. Her projects include curation of the brain exhibits and hands-on activities for the NIH R25 Award for neuroscience education and liaison for a co-creation project with the Missoula Food Bank and the Missoula Public Library. She also loves to lead role model training workshops at UM and in the Bitterroot Valley. Her other roles include daughter, sister, wife, mother, MTB Missoula Board Member and avid mountain biker.
Head of Science Education Research and Evaluation
Beth Covitt, Head of Science Education Research and Evaluation, has been working in the fields of environmental and science education for 20 years. She has a keen interest in environmental science literacy and developing a citizenry that is well prepared to use science to inform decision-making. Beth has worked on numerous projects spanning many topics, but has particular interests in water and climate education. Her efforts encompass science education research and evaluation, program and curriculum development, and teacher professional development. Beth has an MS in environmental resource policy and behavior and a PhD in environmental education and conservation psychology, both from the University of Michigan.
Making and Tinkering Education Specialist
Nicholos Wethington, Making and Tinkering Education Specialist, is passionate about sharing his knowledge of science with everyone, and loves making and tinkering. At spectrUM, Nick works in the museum and with our partners in the Bitterroot valley and on the Flathead Reservation creating hands-on educational experiences that engage everyone’s innate ability to make and create. Through these efforts, he is embedded in a number of schools co-teaching activities and helping to build the capacity of teachers and staff to incorporate the maker movement ethos into their curriculum. Nick also maintains and develops spectrUM’s exhibits and IT infrastructure.
Outside of spectrUM, Nick is the president of the Western Montana Astronomical Association, Missoula’s local astronomy club. A native of South Dakota with a BS in English Literature from Iowa State University, Nick can be found biking, camping, hiking, and making ridiculous contraptions and telescopes out of reclaimed materials in his garage.
Museum Program Coordinator
Caitlin Ervin started at spectrUM Discovery Area as an Americorps Team Leader in 2017 where she volunteered full-time before joining the staff team as the Museum Program Coordinator in September 2018. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art in 2016 with a major in Sculpture. In addition to keeping spectrUM's daily operations running smoothly, she also coordinates role model visits to spectrUM and our partner locations. Caitlin is an enthusiastic learner, and enjoys biking, coffee, reading and traveling.
Associate Director for the Broader Impacts Group
Nathalie Wolfram holds a PhD in English from Yale and a BA in English from Middlebury College.
Grants Program Manager
Agatha Podrasky first became involved with spectrUM in 2006 leading the Science Learning Tent in Missoula Downtown. After a move to Alaska for 6 years, she is happy to be back in Montana. She holds a BA in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Montana and a MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. A passionate advocate for advances in STEM education, she is happiest when teaching. In her free time she can be found hiking, fly-fishing, camping, and skiing.
Sara Bunton began working for spectrUM in 2012 as an office assistant. She handles travel, hiring, purchasing, calendars and other related business paperwork for spectrUM and the Broader Impacts Group. She is the glue that keeps our organization together. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son.