Meet Our Staff
Sherrie Neff - Executive Director
"The true American dream not only provides the freedom to use your gifts and talents to achieve your highest goal but also gives you the freedom to fulfill your purpose in life. You are meant to work in ways that suit you, drawing on your natural talents and gifts. This work, when you find it and commit to it - even if only as a hobby - is the key to happiness." -Dennis Kimbro
What is your favorite thing about working at the Children's Museum?: I get a personal feel of contentment as we continue to improve the experience at the museum for all. The ability to be creative and innovative in those improvements is the best!!!
What is your favorite exhibit?: WOW, that is a hard question. I have poured my love into so many of them and always excited for the next new one! If I had to choose only one it would have to be our Market. I was a checker when my children were babies and I really enjoyed the spending time with the community, trying to do the very best I could by being quick and accurate. I respect the history and culture the market represents in our society and hope to share that with the next generations. Our focus on updating was to give a modern paint scheme with a country feel.
What is your favorite mural or art installation at the Museum?: The art around the museum is spectacular. The Homestead's mural by Samantha Houston is World Class! I love it all, but the "Welcome to Little Falls" sign by Massina is my favorite and next would be Caleb's version of our Little Falls.
What future project has you excited?: I so look forward to the new Parkour exhibit within the museum as it was something a local teen taught me about and planted the seed for. My heart is so excited for the new visual language project that will add "American Sign Language" throughout the museum and be more inclusive for our all of our guests. Yet, the project that has my hair on my arms stand up when I visualize is the New Museum!!! We will see dreams come true as we build our new facility.
What do you wish people knew about the Museum?: We are the oldest and largest children's museum in Montana and we also strive to be the very best! Together we can create a stronger community and the Children's Museum of Montana is excited to work with you! From Parkour to Sign Language, the impact can be life changing. If you want to be a part of something AMAZING, please join us!
Joslin Knightstep - Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
What is your favorite thing about working at the Children's Museum?: It's hard to pin down, but I think the core of it lies in our community. We have an awesome team, our Board of Directors are some of the best I've ever worked for, and our patrons themselves make everything worth it. I also love hearing when families truly enjoy our space and programs. We try to constantly improve what we offer both in the exhibits and in the events we put on and knowing that people are noticing these improvements and enjoying them makes me excited for upcoming changes and upgrades!
What is your favorite exhibit?: The S. S. Martin is my favorite unique build (thank you, Richard Martin!) but my overall favorite for activities and future growth is the Treehouse and Parkour Square!
What is your favorite mural or art installation at the Museum?: It's definitely a toss up between Missy, our pink T-Rex metal sculpture from Ian Farnes, and the Curative Art Collective wall and floor murals upstairs. Both are special in that they were community donations, but especially so in that they were donated from some great people really close to our organization.
What future project has you excited?: In the short term, I'm really excited to see the completion of Parkour Square. Long term? Our plans for the new Museum in our new location are incredible. For Great Falls children and family to have access to all of these amazing new things is really going to be an asset for both our community and tourists coming in.
What do you wish people knew about the Museum?: How much everything changes! And how much our community really does affect these changes. Feed back in general means a lot to us but we're also really receptive to new ideas, particularly if someone knows a way to either build it themselves or has a connection to a funding partner that would be willing to help out. We try to improve as much as we can, but people bringing new ideas to us or even donations themselves sure helps speed the process up- meaning bigger and better things... sooner!
Shelly Boland - Administrative Assistant and Accountant
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
What is your favorite thing about working at the Children's Museum?: Hands down, it's the awesome group of ladies I get to work with every day.
What is your favorite exhibit?: The Treehouse! That upgrade project took a lot of actual blood, sweat, and tears to complete. We did the initial floor demolition all on our own before having to call in Mighty Mo Handyman Services and Jeremy Miller for help polishing it all off. I think it's a prime example of what the Children's Museum really is- a collaboration of community partners with a common goal of bringing something "great" to Great Falls.
What is your favorite mural or art installation at the Museum?: There is a mural on the second floor, right off the elevator, that I feel really represents a lot of the Montana culture we are trying to bring to the new Museum. I believe it was done by Sheree Nelson. It's huge! The colors are really vibrant and it's just a really fun thing to see first thing up there.
What future project has you excited?: I'm really excited to be a part of the transition into the new world class Museum. We've got a great team together now, not just in town, but from around the nation and globe helping us out! The planning going in to this is amazing anyway, but seeing some of the plans Studio Y Creations has put together is honestly breathtaking and inspiring to stick in it and keep going with our fundraising goals.
What do you wish people knew about the Museum?: That it's an ongoing transformation on a daily basis from new exhibits to basic fresh paint on the walls and floors. We are consistently trying to think of what we can improve and how to get it done.
Kenzie Diaz - Administrative Assistant
“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise" -Unknown
What is your favorite thing about working at the Children's Museum?: I love seeing the smiling children when they walk through that door. Seeing them all riled up and ready to play makes me so happy.
What is your favorite exhibit?: My favorite exhibit is the library. It’s such a quiet and peaceful part of the museum.
What is your favorite mural or art installation at the Museum?: I think overall just how almost every surface is decorated is part of what makes our Museum so special. I mean, have you seen our bathrooms? The art themed one with the Starry Night inspired mural is so cool!
What future project has you excited?: I’m super excited for our zoo exhibit. I think it’s going to be tons of fun to have a toddler area upstairs, especially with such a great concept. We've started collecting shelving, toys, decorations, and other items for it. The bones are there, our next step is assembly!
What do you wish people knew about the Museum?: I wish people knew more history of our organization and how it’s impacted the local community over the years. I find it really interesting how it began and how it’s developed over the 20 plus years we've been operating. We are now seeing second and third generations of families coming in. The imprint of the Children's Museum of Montana is a deep one in Great Falls and thankfully not going anywhere anytime soon!
If our mission has touched your heart to work with us, please go to our community tab and let us know how you would like to join in. We always have a need for those skilled in craft work and event planning, or those who just have a want to help us continue to upgrade and update our current building through painting and other improvement projects.