Meet The Staff

Bridget Coughlin
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, and Curator of Human Health

Dr. Bridget Coughlin, a Colorado native, joined the Museum team in 2005. In her role as vice president, Bridget oversees development and education programs. She is trained as a molecular biochemist, and the Museum's education, research, and collection activities are truly in her DNA. Bridget holds a bachelor of arts from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and a PhD from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa. 

Individual Giving

Ashley Alexander
Director of Membership

Ashley Alexander, a Colorado native, joined the Museum team in 2014 after a decade working in New York City. As director of membership, Ashley and her team are committed to providing an engaging experience for the Museum’s valued members. In her role, Ashley oversees the entire membership program, from general membership to Young Professionals, Edwin Carter Legacy Society, and a portion of the Giving Club. She is thrilled to return to Colorado and work in the Museum she grew up enjoying with her family. Ashley holds a bachelor of science in arts administration from Wagner College in New York.

Jennifer Stone
Membership Manager

Jennifer Stone joined the Museum in 2013. As membership manager, she supports the Museum’s general membership program through acquisition and retention projects, such as organizing members-only events and developing new benefit opportunities. She has worked for nonprofit membership organizations and associations since 1997. Originally from New Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in communication management from Colorado State University Denver Center.

Denae Duesler
Manager of Giving Clubs and Donor Stewardship

Denae Duesler joined the Museum in 2010. In her current role she supports the Giving Club membership program, partnering with individuals to further the Museum’s mission to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages through scientific discovery. Originally from Illinois, Denae holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. In her free time, Denae can be found exploring the great outdoors with her black lab, Lucy.

Mary Pat Rooney
Manager of Planned Giving

Mary Pat Rooney joined the Museum staff in 2013 and believes strongly in its mission to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages. Her work focuses on the Edwin Carter Legacy Society, encouraging supporters to create a lasting impression on the Museum and the community through their planned gifts. Prior to her arrival at the Museum, Mary Pat raised funds for Chicago-area nonprofits, including the Chicago Metro History Education Center and Lakeview Pantry. A Midwest native, Mary Pat holds a BS in secondary education and a BA in history from Drake University and a master’s in nonprofit management from DePaul University.

Brad Jessen
Advancement Officer

Brad Jessen is passionate about the Museum because of the unique way it inspires people of all ages to love learning. In his role as advancement officer he builds long-term relationships with donors and raises funds for the Museum’s programs and strategic initiatives. His fundraising career, which began in 1999, includes work at Regis University and Colorado Academy in Denver. Just prior to Brad’s arrival at the Museum in 2015, he served as director of development at an independent school in Jacksonville, Florida. An avid tennis player and Chicago native, Brad holds a BA from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and a master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University.

Corporate Giving

Megan Fisher
Director of Advancement

Megan Fisher was thrilled to return to Denver in 2013 to work at the Museum after a decade in Colorado Springs. Megan is responsible for engaging the business community in the Museum’s mission and believes that corporate involvement is key. She previously worked as executive director for university advancement for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, during which time she was a key contributor to a $1.5 billion comprehensive campaign. Born and raised in the Buckeye State, Megan earned her BA from The Ohio State University and her MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Laurie Hagerman
Corporate Relations Manager

Laurie Hagerman is inspired by the Museum’s mission and the dedication of its visitors, volunteers, staff, and supporters. As corporate relations manager, she supports all aspects of corporate giving, with emphasis on corporate membership and corporate grants. A native of New England, Laurie served in various roles in the development department at Carnegie Hall in New York City before relocating to Denver in 2013. She holds a BA in English and communication from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and is an aspiring cook and avid runner.

Foundations and Grants

Jill Viehweg
Director of Advancement

Jill Viehweg joined the Museum in 2005 as grants officer and moved into her current position as development director in 2009. Her primary focus is foundation and government grants. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jill holds a BA in biology from the University of Minnesota and a master's in human ecology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium. Since 1991, she has also raised funds for nonprofit organizations in Chicago; New Haven, Connecticut; and Fargo, North Dakota.

Alyssa Von Lehman Lopez
Grants Officer

Alyssa Von Lehman Lopez joined the Museum in 2012. She supports the Museum’s fundraising goals through cultivation and grant writing. Since moving to Denver in 2007, Alyssa has served as a grant writer for several nonprofits and educational institutions, including Metropolitan State University of Denver and Catholic Charities of Denver. Originally from the Seattle area, she holds a BA in English from Western Washington University and an MA in English and communication development from Colorado State University.

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