Our People

The Children’s Museum Board

Josh Hunt

Chairman of the Board

Miguel Fernandez

CEO, Transtelco

Tracey Jerome

Director, El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs City of El Paso

John McKee, D.V.M.

Southwest Animal Care Complex

Eric Pearson

President / CEO

El Paso Community Foundation

Sam Rodriguez

City Engineer

Capital Improvement Department City of El Paso

Cita Sanders

Director, Kids Excel El Paso Community Volunteer

Nicholas Tejeda

Market Chief Executive Officer The Hospitals of Providence

*Ms. Jerome photo courtesy of El Paso Inc.

The Children’s Museum Founding Director

Paul Kortenaar, PhD

Dr. Paul Kortenaar is a native of Toronto, Canada, and has spent his career in the education, science, and museum fields. He has held positions at the Ontario Science Center, the Dallas Museum of Natural History/Museum of Nature and Science, and most recently as Executive Director of Kaleideum, a children’s museum in Winston-Salem, NC.

Working with the entire community, we will create a phenomenal destination where exploration and experimentation lead to discovery and learning. It will be a uniquely El Paso museum that helps families understand and navigate a rapidly changing world, while helping children imagine their future within it. I am honored and feel very lucky to be asked to lead this very exciting project.– Dr. Paul Kortenaar

The Children’s Museum Partners