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meet our staff
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 Finance
Hannah Gimpel, Associate Director of Finance, holds a BS in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Montana. Before joining spectrUM in 2011, Hannah shared her love of science, conservation, and the outdoors with learners of all ages as an educator at the Montana Natural History Center and as an Energy Corps member with HomeWORD.
Head of Educational Programs
Jessie Herbert oversees all spectrUM education programs and coordinates spectrUM's statewide mobile science program, MosSE. Jessie earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Montana in 2008 and has worked in informal education since then. She became a certified SciGirls trainer in 2011 and trains educators to implement gender-sensitive curricula in their classroom. She also currently co-directs the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative. As a passionate learner, Jessie enjoys teaching and learning about all types of science, from nanoscience and neuroscience to physics and ecology. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education from the University of Montana.
Amanda Duley first became involved with spectrUM as a volunteer scientist, sharing her passion for laboratory science with museum visitors of all ages. Upon completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Amanda joined spectrUM full time as staff scientist and liaison with UM’s Center for Structural and Functional Neuroscience. She holds a PhD in microbiology from the University of Virginia and a BS in animal science from the University of Delaware.
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.
Nicholos Wethington, Museum Coordinator, is passionate about sharing his knowledge of science with everyone. Outside of spectrUM, he's the president of the Western Montana Astronomical Association. A native of South Dakota with a BS in English Literature from Iowa State University, Nick can be found biking, camping, hiking, endurance racing, and making ridiculous contraptions out of scrap metal in his garage.
Associate Director for the Broader Impacts Group
Nathalie Wolfram holds a PhD in English from Yale and a BA in English from Middlebury College. She moonlights as an adjunct assistant professor at UM's Davidson Honors College, where she teaches texts that help us understand how the world works.
Camp and Field Trip Coordinator
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 and working with spectrUM again. 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 now handles all travel, hiring, and other related business paperwork for spectrUM and the Broader Impacts Group. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son.
Science Sprouts Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator
Seisin Eyer has been at the spectrUM Discovery Area since 2014. Seisin coordinates and leads spectrUM's early childhood program, Science Sprouts. Seisin has an elementary and special education degree from the University of Montana, and has 20 years experience working with kids in Montana and Alaska. Additionally, Seisin serves as spectrUM's Outreach Coordinator. She enjoys raising her two children here in Missoula, enjoying theater, music, and hanging out.