Spark Team

We are a small but mighty team of creative, smart, and fun individuals who care about helping kids learn! Along with our amazing Sparkologists, we have a passion for serving children and families in our community. 
 

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LINDSEY HEMKER

Development Manager

Lindsey has been with the organization since October 2018. Her passion is development and helping the organization reach its highest funding potential. Working at SPARK allows her to write grants for programs that the community and SPARK visitors are passionate about. She has 4 year old twins that are always wanting hands on activities, and the museum is a place for them to expand their learning through play! Her favorite childhood toy was the easy bake oven (the most popular exhibit in children’s museums is the pretend play kitchen). She enjoys the Little Sparks exhibit the most because even the youngest learners have the opportunity to experience hands-on education.

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JERAKA TWEITE

Operations and Visitor Services Manager

Jeraka has been with SPARK since July of 2020 and joined the team right before the SPARK opened!  She enjoys being a part of an organization with a mission focused on families learning and growing through time spent together. Her 8 year old daughter is very creative and is always looking for a project, the museum has a fantastic Maker Space to offer a creative outlet for all ages. As a kid she loved being outdoors, and spent most of her time at the lake or outside playing and exploring.  She enjoys finding creative and engaging ways to enhance our visitors experience at the museum by expanding on our current exhibits and programs.

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WHITNEY PERLENFEIN

Education and Community Engagement Coordinator

Whitney has been with SPARK since March 2022 and joined with the hope of offering more educational opportunities for children and families.  She aims to provide an asset to the community where families get excited to discover what they are going to learn through play today.  She loves seeing the learning and interactions between children and parents as they play.   Her favorite exhibit is the Light Bright wall because playing with it it highlights so many different areas of development.  When playing with a light bright, children and parents of all ages can explore and learn.