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Team and Credits

Research Quest is the culmination of an inspiring effort by an amazing team of professionals and fundraising partners. Each committed themselves to helping NHMU create a powerful learning experience for students. We are grateful for their expertise and many contributions. They include:

Advancing Critical Thinking (ACT) Project Team

  • Tracey Collins
    School Programs Manager
  • Merinda Davis
    Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist
  • Chris Eisenberg
    Director of Philanthropy
  • Sarah George
    Executive Director
  • Ann Hanniball
    Associate Director, Community Relations
  • McKenna Lane
    Digital Learning and Curriculum Specialist
  • Madlyn Larson
    Director of Education Initiatives
  • Carrie Levitt-Bussian
    Collections Manager, Paleontology
  • Becky Menlove
    Associate Director, Visitor Experience
  • Glenna Nielsen-Grimm
    Collections Manager, Anthropology
  • Mitch Power, Ph.D.
    Curator, Garrett Herbarium, Associate Professor, Geography Department

University of Utah, College of Education, Educational Psychology Department

Instructional Design and Educational Technology Program
  • Kirsten Butcher, Ph.D.
    Program Director and Associate Professor
  • Eric Poitras, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Michelle Hudson
    Graduate Research Assistant
  • Matt Orr
    Graduate Research Assistant

Funding Partners

ACT National Advisory Team

  • Roger Alitizer, Ph.D.
    University of Utah, Entertainment, Arts and Engineering Program, Associate Director and Professor
  • Sue Allen, Ph.D.
    Allen and Associates, Principal
  • Thomas Arnett
    Clayton Christensen Institute, Research Fellow
  • Jamie Bell
    Association of Science and Technology Centers/Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education, Project Director
  • Kirsten Butcher, Ph.D.
    University of Utah, Department of Educational Psychology, Director and Professor
  • Christelle Estrada, Ph.D.
    Utah State Board of Education, Title III Education Specialist
  • Shelley Goldman, Ed.D..
    Stanford University, Department of Education, Associate Dean and Professor
  • Preeti Gupta Ph.D.
    Director of Youth Learning and Research at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Ricky Scott
    Utah State Board of Education, Science Specialist
  • Jennifer Shirk
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Manager
  • Eric Siegel
    New York Hall of Science, Director and Chief Content Officer
  • Sarah Young
    Utah State Board of Education, Digital Teaching and Learning Coordinator

ACT Education Advisors

  • Christelle Estrada
    Utah State Board of Education, Title III Education Specialist
  • Brett Moulding
    Utah Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning, Director
  • Barbara Gentry
    Jordan School District, Secondary Science Specialist
  • Tyson Grover
    Davis School District, Science Supervisor
  • Jane Harwood
    Jordan School District, Curriculum Administrator-Science/STEM
  • Melissa Mendenhall
    Alpine School District
  • Paul Nance
    Jordan School District, Elementary Science Specialist
  • Matt Patterson
    Weber School District, Science Specialist
  • Stephanie Wood
    Granite School District, Associate Director of Online Learning
  • Donna Ziegenfuss
    Ed.D., University of Utah, Marriot Library, Associate Librarian in Graduate and Undergraduate Services

Utah Education Network

  • Jessica Anderson
    UEN Web Designer
  • Michelle Dumas
    UEN Web Designer
  • Laura Hunter
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Rusty Keele
    Database Designer
  • Justin Reed
    Database Designer
  • Tim Stack
    Project Manager

Video Production Team

  • Phase 2, Video Production
    • Colby Bryson
      Producer and Director
    • Derek Long
      Sound Recorder/Mixer
    • Alec Lyons
      Director of Photography
  • Rob Blatt
    Creative Producer & Script Writer
  • Michael Leschin
    Bureau of Land Management, Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Illustration and Animation

  • Mitch Guarente
  • Ian J. Johnston
    Animation Director
  • Jonathan Powell
    Interactive Developer

Entertainment, Arts and Engineering (EAE) Program at the University of Utah

  • Roger Altizer, Ph.D.
    Associate Director
  • Ryan Bown
    MFA Assistant Professor
  • Jesse Ferraro
    Project Manager
  • Zeno Saviour
  • Sydnie Ritchie
  • Yash Kapani
  • Maté Mihanovic
  • Yang 'Leo' Li
  • Matt Jensen
    Research Assistant
  • Swapnil Sawant
  • Brenton Walker
  • Isaac Kellis
  • Jeff Jackman

Digitization and Modeling

  • University of Utah Marriott Library
  • Idaho State University, Jesse Pruitt
  • Autodesk, ReCap Pro

Youth Teaching Youth ACT/EAE Interns

  • Linda Gillis
    Youth Development Programs Coordinator
  • Cayden Turnbow
    2016-2017 intern
  • Gerardo Robles
    2015-2016 intern
  • Renata Visnjic
    2015-2016 intern
  • Ricky Arellano
    2014-2015 intern
  • Johnson Liu
    2014-2015 intern

Research Quest Teacher Fellows

Kim Brockholt
Sheri Burton
Dan Hansen
Stephanie Lewis
Jodi Rees
Jennifer Roberts
Heather Shaffer
Sarah Sumison

Tyler Blain
Becky Curtis
Andrew Gee
Reed James
Rurik Johnson
Alison Lund
Tiffani Martin
Deb Smith
April Thompson
Mike Wallace
Kate Williams
Kathleen Wynn

Jill Allen
Broc Ballif
Angela Bazzo
Brandy Beckman
Ken Bennion
Karen Blake
Brent Blanch
JoAnne Brown
Lindsay Child
Jessica Constant
Lori Daniels
Christine Edenfield
Megan Funk
Valerie Gailey
Kristen Galletta
Lora Gibbons
Matthew Hacket
Dane Hepworth
Nicole Herrera
Jill Howells
Phil Hughes
Megan Hurster
Rebecca Kern

Madison Kingsford
Karen Kraus
Sarah Lange
Maria Lee
Julie Leri
Alison Lund
Justin Maddocks
Jennifer Mackay
Sharon McGarry
Leslie Mouton
Bobbi Nielsen
Katie Nelson
Michael Olsen
Kelly Paxton
April Thompson
Kelci Thurman
Carolyn Roberston
Jeff Rolan
Trudy Skeleton
Deb Smith
Jenn Tullis
Mike Wallace
Lindy Worden


In addition to the partners above, Research Quest has benefited from the expert input and time that has been so generously given by dozens of additional advisors and community partners. We are grateful for their support.