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MARY MOLLICONI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Educational Background:
Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and Art

Professional background:
20 years of management and higher education administration experience.  During that time served as a  track coach working with long and triple jumpers where I coached 59 All Americans and 10 National Champions. Joined the Army Reserves while I was in college and served for 10 years working in the administration and retention areas.

Why you like working at EEC:

I am passionate about children and education. Having the opportunity to impact the way people and children think about and perceive science is exciting. Having the opportunity to take the Edgerton Explorit Center to new level of greatness is amazing.

Hobbies and Interests:
Spending time with my husband, Dan, my son, Jacob, and two dogs, Rylie and Josey. Anything competitive. I have been an athlete and coached on the high school and college level for 20 years. I am competitive to a fault and do not like to lose at anything I do.

Hometown:
Graduated from Logan View Jr/Sr High School in Hooper, NE.

Favorite Scientist:
Leonardo Da Vinci. I love his fascination with science and his in-depth study of human anatomy.

Favorite Weird Science thing:
The aurora borealis. It is like a form of art. All of the magnetic and electrical forces react with one another in constantly shifting combinations. These shifts and flows can be seen as the auroras “dance,” moving along with the atmospheric currents.

Contact:
402-694-4032
mary@edgerton.org

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DANIEL GLOMSKI, SENIOR EDUCATOR

Education Background:
B.S. (Mathematics), Louisiana State University

Professional Background:
Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center (2009-2012), Hastings Museum (1987-2009). Adjunct professor at Hastings College since 1994.

Why you like working at the EEC:
Indulge my love of science — learning about it myself, then sharing that love with others

Hobbies/Interests/Spare Time:
Astronomy, gardening, birding, hiking, butterflies, photography, biking

Hometown:
Midland, MI

Favorite Scientist:

Tough to pick! Neil deGrasse Tyson (Hayden Planetarium, NYC). An amazingly articulate science advocate.

Favorite Weird Science thing:
Each of us carries material inside our bodies that were formed in the explosions of massive stars. We are made of starstuff!

Contact:
402-694-4032
dan@edgerton.org

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JESSICA BROCK, EDUCATOR/MAD SCIENTIST

Education Background:
Bachelors of Human Services Administration and Theater, Masters of Teaching, Hastings College

Professional Background: 
Fundraiser and event planner for not for profit businesses, wedding Planner, Summer Camp Counselor, College Admissions Counselor

Why you like working at EEC:
Science is such a dynamic field.  It is great watching a student really engage and understand such important components to life itself!  Also, I really enjoy working with such great people who are very smart and encouraging.

Hobbies/Interests/Spare Time:

Reading!  I read about 3 books a week; my public library is my happy place.  I also really enjoy archery, which is especially fun now that it is seeing so much more movie popularity.

Hometown:
Graduated High School from Bertrand, NE.

Favorite Scientist:
Bill Nye the Science Guy.  It is one thing to create; it is an even greater thing to help others understand.  Bill Nye is kind of my current hero.

Favorite Weird Science thing:
I really dislike pickles.  The fact that, when they are a part of a closed circuit, they glow like crazy. That is my justification for why I don’t eat them.

Contact:
402-694-4032
jbrock@edgerton.org

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Deb Nelson, RN BSN

Part Time Educator and Volunteer, 402-631-8881

Deb Nelson, RN BSN

Educational Background: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, 1993. I-ACT certified Colon Hydrotherapist.

Professional Background: Registered Nurse; Owner of Wellness Within R.N.

Why you like working at the Edgerton Center: Science is FUN! Sharing my knowledge with the kids reminds me how excited I was at their age; when the possibilities where endless.

Hobbies, interests, spare time: Long distance road biking, crochet, travel and Broadway Show Nerd.

Favorite scientist: Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. His theories and beliefs were novel for his time, and many still hold true today.  Favorite weird science things: Nothing is weirder than human anatomy. Bodies are gross and miraculous.

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Deb Miller

Educator, debm@edgerton.org or cell 402-694-1331

Deb Miller

Hometown:  Cozad, NE
Educational Background: BA in K-12 Education

Professional Background: Certified Nebraska Master Naturalist, Volunteer for Raptor Recovery,  Teacher and Volleyball Coach, Restorative Therapy Aide

Why you like working at the Edgerton Center:   Learn through playing what a great thing to do everyday!  To see children come here with such energy and learn that science is fun.   We have a great staff and board of directors!

Favorite scientist:  Albert Einstein, “There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as if everything is.”  If I only had one small portion of his knowledge!

Favorite Weird Science Thing:  While you eat a slice of pie how close to the crust do you get before the slice falls backwards?

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Joe Almont

Front Desk & The Kinex Guy, joe@edgerton.org

Joe Almont

Educational Background: Boxelder Job Corps, Certificate in Computers

Professional Background: 16 years janitorial work, 7 years of computers, certified bus driver

Why you like working at the Edgerton Center: It is a place that is enjoyable to come to everyday.  I’m still learning every day!

Hobbies, interests, spare time: Video games, car fanatic, building things and spending time with my family. I built the giant Kinex Ferris Wheel in the rotunda.

Favorite scientist: Bill Nye, he is the person who got me interested in science.  Edison and Einstein are close behind because they show anything is possible.  Thomas Edison favorite quote of mine is, ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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Bethany Walker

Part Time Educator and Volunteer

Bethany Walker

Currently pursuing at Masters of Divinity Degree as a Distributed Learning through Luther Seminary in St Paul MN

Background in Youth and Family Ministry, Outdoor Ministry, Campus Ministry and Curriculum Writing for ELCA Outdoor Ministry

I enjoy the staff member’s positive attitudes and the amazing science that happens at Explorit. To see kid’s light up with curiosity and discovery is exciting to be part of.

My favorite scientist (other than my biologist husband!) is Isaac Newton. As the father of physics, his curiosity helped shape much of what we experience in the world around us everyday.

My favorite weird science thing is anything solar powered. I find it amazing that we can save landfills from batteries, electrical cords, light bulbs and more by tapping into the sun for natural energy!

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Nicole Havlik

Part Time Educator and Volunteer

Nicole Havlik

Educational Background: Bachelors of English with Writing emphasis, Hastings College

Why like working at ECC?: I love learning about science and then being able to share it with others while learning from others as well. There is a fun, encouraging, and helpful atmosphere to be in, and there is always something new going on.

Hobbies, interest, spare time: writing, reading, watching a movie, and creating hairstyles

Favorite scientist: Ted Fujita – scientist and researcher of severe storms also known for creating the Fujita Scale that tornadoes used to be measured by.

Favorite weird science things: Weather! The Midwest is known for some wacky weather and it is hard to predict precisely, but the clouds that we see every day are good hints of what’s to come.

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Judy Schachenmeyer

Part Time Educator and Volunteer

Judy Schachenmeyer

Educational background:  Business College and Beauty School

Professional Background:   Retired small business owner & operator.

Why I like working at the Edgerton Center:  I like working with kids.

Hobbies:  Cooking, baking, reading, playing cards