Amanda McReynolds Doran – Executive Director
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver, a Leadership Certificate for Non-profit Chief Executives from BoardSource, and is a graduate of the National Victim’s Assistance Academy’s Leadership Institute. Amanda served as the Executive Director of Survivor Resource Network from 2009-2017, and prior to that served as Development Officer for Marland Children’s Home. Her education and professional experience have given Amanda a passion for community service, social justice, and capacity building. As a mother to Willow, Adileh, and River, Amanda looks forward to the CDM becoming a world-class children’s museum where the community can come together and children can learn, explore, grow, and imagine.
Marlea Whitley - Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Marlea has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan as well as certification in Volunteer Management. She has worked extensively in the non-profit sector but her additional experience in event planning for the corporate sector has given her a unique perspective on fundraising. Her education has given her the background to work in both areas, performing fundraising and event planning services for organizations across Canada. Her love of music and the arts is shared with her husband, and her family is deeply rooted in the city of Saskatoon. The Mendel building and its Conservatory hold a special place in Marlea’s heart and she is very proud to be a part of the team that will foster this heritage building’s legacy for the next generation. She is so excited to see the dynamic and creative learning and intergenerational play that the CDM will bring to the children and families of Saskatchewan.
Anneka Richer – Museum Manager (currently on Maternity Leave)
Anneka holds a B.A. Hon. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology and a B.A. in Linguistics both from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the CDM Anneka worked as the Assistant Curator at the Museum of Antiquities (University of Saskatchewan) and then as the Education Programmer at the Humboldt & District Museum & Gallery. Anneka’s areas of expertise stem from her work within museums; she has skills in museum management, practices and policies as well as educational programming. Currently she is working towards receiving a certificate in Community Museum Studies through the Museums Association of Saskatchewan. Anneka is married with no children (yet!) and is excited by the opportunity to have a hand in developing a world-class children’s museum in Saskatoon where children will learn, discover and spark a creative light.
Helena Larsen-McKay – Program Facilitator
Helena studied Education and French Language at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Quebec in Trois Rivières. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree and has extensive experience teaching all age levels. Helena has been keeping kids engaged at the CDM since we opened our doors in 2009. She delights in creating and delivering hands on, ears open, eyes open programs in which the children can learn by doing. Helena strives to create programs that spark curiosity in the teachers and children who visit and hopes they leave with a desire to learn more. She is a true Saskatchewan girl, married and mother of two, with a passion for learning and teaching. Helena is delighted to be a part of the CDM and is very excited about the expansion, which will give families from near and far the opportunity to come together, learn and grow in our wonderful province.
Adeline Chiu - Programming & Outreach Coordinator
Michelle McMillan - Museum Manager
Leah Reynolds - Office Manager
Leah holds a 2-year Business Administration diploma from SIAST Palliser and is currently one class away from her Bachelor of Management degree. Prior to coming to the Nutrien Children’s Museum, Leah worked extensively in the financial sector at Concentra Financial (formerly Co-operative Trust) and Affinity Credit Union. She is a long-term volunteer at the Saskatoon SPCA having served in many capacities, including Board President, as well as with Saskatoon Pets in the Park where she is currently bookkeeper and Board Treasurer. She has a strong passion for the non-profit industry and helping those who can’t help themselves. Leah was born and raised in Saskatoon, has 9 nieces and nephews (and one great-nephew) and has seen how their own unique personalities have helped them learn in their own unique ways. She’s enjoying helping the museum transform into a world-class facility that will enable children to feel free to learn about themselves and the world around them – while having lots of fun doing it!