Museum Staff

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Lovely Qureshi
Museum Director
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Lovely is a Southern California native and has over 12 years of experience in museum management, city administration, program development, cultural arts, early childhood education, and community relations. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Law, Politics and Society and received her M.A. from the California State University Fullerton in Public Administration with a concentration in Finance. Lovely has a passion for politics and spent many years traveling around the world meeting famous dignitaries such as Bill and Hilary Clinton, Dolores Huerta, Revered Jesse Jackson and George W. Bush just to name a few.  Lovely spends her free time raising 2 beautiful children ages 1 and 5 with her husband Eddie, enjoying time with her large Bengali family, and avidly reading. She treasures her time with her hero, her father Shah Qureshi who survived the partition in India, Civil war in Pakistan and Independence of Bangladesh.  Ms. Qureshi is very proud of her heritage which links her to the famous Quresh Family in Saudi Arabia and family relations to Emperor Shah Jahan in India and Shah Jalal and Shah Kamal in Bangladesh.
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Maria Tinajero-Dowdle Assistant Director
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Maria was born and raised in Southern California. Being the first born of immigrant parents, who knew little English, her visits to museums were few and far between but quite poignant and so special when they did happen. Her earliest and fondest museum memory is of watching newly hatched baby chicks in the incubator at the California Museum of Science and Industry as a child. Maria’s love of art and the memories of museum visits as a child led Maria to work for a children’s museum- with her career spanning nearly 20 years. She finds it a privilege to help create programs for young families, and meeting and talking with them are some of the most rewarding experiences she has had working here at CMLH. In her free time Maria enjoys spending time with husband Paul and children Olivia, Jackson and Paloma, and loves to travel, cook, entertain, and party plan! In her next life she hopes to be a chef and eat her way through Europe.
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Roy has been an Executive Director, Education Director and Science Curator at children’s museums from New York to California. He is especially proud of the new Children’s Museum in San Luis Obispo that he helped build on California’s Central Coast. Roy was also a classical musician, performing in orchestras around the world. He has lived on three continents and travelled to six. Roy enjoys being in nature, especially by the ocean, jazz, baseball, cooking and gardening. He’s an avid fan of IndyCar racing and lives in Altadena with his wife, Elany and tabby cat, Monchie. 
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Executive Director & CDO,
Friends of The Children's Museum
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Lisa Reckon
Curator of Exhibits & Education 
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Lisa is a 4th generation Californian of mostly Irish and Cherokee descent, mixed with various and sundry other nationalities. She has a varied and eclectic background that somehow gives her a unique qualification for her job as Curator. Lisa’s degree in Theater from Cal Poly (she’s been in about 100 stage plays including 3 European tours with a Rep Company and time in 2 improv companies; a couple of radio shows and 3 movie shorts) gives her an understanding of lighting, fabrication and public presentation. She has a natural talent in artistry and, aside from drawing and painting, can work in just about any medium you’d care to think up. Coming from a family of 3 girls with a 3rd generation carpenter as a dad, Lisa spent a lot of time in the workshop and picked up another talent: skill with power tools. All this, with the addition of her pick-up truck, makes her a fairly competent exhibit designer. She really likes to travel and has seen 38 of the states and about 10 foreign countries. She has a great hubby, a talented daughter and several champion ponies taking up space in her back yard, happily eating their way through her paycheck.

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Eden Chung  
Exhibits & Education Assistant
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Eden was born in South Korea and moved to Los Angeles when she was 7 years old. On her high school senior trip to Great Britain, she discovered her love for history and historical sites. She received her BA in history from CSU, Fullerton. Wanting to explore and learn about her culture, she went to South Korea and studied a year of Korean history. Currently, she is attending CSU, Los Angeles for her multiple subjects teaching credential. Eden might’ve been born 2 centuries too late. She is an old soul who loves the western era from cowboys, ranch life, western movies, country life and music, and everything in between. With the advanced technology of the 21st century, Eden is secretly hoping for the invention of a time machine to go back to the 1800’s! In the meantime, she really enjoys hiking, rafting, snowboarding, traveling, exploring national parks and all outdoor adventures.

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Kristine Smith
Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
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Kristine is a Los Angeles native. As a child, she read the book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and has been obsessed with museums ever since. She was also the kind of kid who would much rather look for insects than play with dolls. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she moved back to LA and worked for a few years at the Natural History Museum in the Insect Zoo- a match made in Heaven! Here at the Children’s Museum, you may find her feeding our tarantula when she’s not greeting guests at the front desk or giving a school tour. She loves the energy and wonder of our young visitors. She believes that early childhood is the perfect time to lay a foundation of curiosity and stewardship of our natural world. It is her personal mission in life to turn a person’s “Ew!” into an “Oooh!” when they see a “creepy-crawly.” The best thing that’s ever happened to her in a museum is either getting married in one or having a parasitic fly named after her. She lives in La Habra with her husband and two children and is happy to be here serving her new community.
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Jennifer Andrade 
Visitor Services Coordinator
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Jennifer was born and raised in East Whittier and resides near the Museum with her 3 handsome boys and husband of 12 years. Jennifer says the most rewarding time of her life was being a stay-at-home mom to raise her sons through their early years. Jennifer rejoined the workforce and became the Visitor Services Coordinator at the Museum in 2012. “This job works out perfectly for me and my family” says Jennifer. Working just minutes away from my home, Jennifer is able to be a dedicated baseball mom for her all-star players Rudy and Nathan! In her free time Jennifer enjoys attending church, sporting events (go Angels!), camping, fishing, and the beach. 

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Lorena Altamirano
Assistant Visitor Services Coordinator
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Lorena grew up in California’s “Central Valley”, in a small town called Sanger. She has always loved to work with kids, as a youth swim instructor and lifeguard, babysitter, and now here at the Children’s Museum. As a child one of her favorite places to visit, as she often would, was The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum where she let her imagination run wild. Working here at the museum is a great reminder of the fun she had as a child, and she enjoys seeing our young visitors have just as much fun playing in our museum galleries. Lorena enjoys traveling and has had great opportunities to visit Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Berlin, Venice, and Munich, and hopes to visit many more places in the future.



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Lynn is a lifelong Whittierite. She is a graduate of Cal High and Cal Poly, Pomona. She and her husband have two children and a son-in-law. After many years in the travel industry and several more as an elementary school teacher, she is now a happily working at the Children’s Museum. She enjoys leading school tours and watching the delight on the children’s faces as they explore the museum. In addition to her human family, she has two dogs and three cats. She enjoys travelling, reading, shopping, boating, and attending her kid’s music performances.

Lynn Holmquist
Visitor Services Assistant
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Scott Christensen grew up in South Whittier, CA, where he attended East Whittier Middle School and then California High School. He is currently finishing his AA in English and Literature and a minor in Art at Rio Hondo College. He eventually would like to transfer to Cal State Los Angeles or Cal State Long Beach. A few of Scott’s previous jobs have included the sales at the Halloween Club in Santa Fe Springs and dog bather at a grooming shop. Scott enjoys painting and drawing, which he would like to pursue a career in and likes to experiment with any other medium he can get his hands on. He considers himself a film enthusiast and loves to spend his time watching various kinds of genres. Scott likes to spend as much time as he can outdoors whether it be camping or even hiking. And whenever time permits he adores playing a game of soccer.
Scott Christensen
Visitor Services Assistant
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Petry Rivera


Visitor Services Assistant

Petry was raised in Whittier, California where she attended East Whittier Middle School and Whittier High School. She graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a B.A. in History and minor in French. As an undergraduate, Petry traveled to Asia and Central America. She even had the opportunity to live in Paris, France where she had the opportunity to explore many European countries while she was there. Following her graduation, Petry moved to New York City where her appreciation for literature and public work expanded as she immersed herself into the big city through library work. Petry loves to work with children and hopes to become a Children’s Librarian in the future. She has a true passion for helping people. She enjoys exploring new things and going on adventures.  During her free time, she spends time with friends, family and her puppy and does volunteer work with two different non-profits in Los Angeles and Orange County! 

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Steven Montes

In Memorium:
Steven graduated with his BA in American Studies and Communications, emphasis in Entertainment Studies and Tourism from California State University, Fullerton. He was an avid movie watcher, preferring to jaunt to the theater for the morning matinee. Any showing without the presence of a cute elderly couple was unacceptable. He enjoyed comedy in its many forms, and was a podcast fanatic (have you listened to the last This American Life episode?). Steven was glad to be a part of this museum team and joked that the Museum "had respectfully agreed to allow him to join the Nature Walk gallery when his time ends."