Note: This is the first in a series of spotlights on MOI staff members who have been named a “Keefer Fellow,” a new monthly program aimed at recognizing staffers for their contributions to the museum and the community.
Q: Explain what you do at the museum in 20 words or less.
Adrien: As Business Manager, I handle general accounting, financial, payroll, and visitor reporting, and manage and merchandise the MOI store.
Q: What’s a museum-related accomplishment that you’re particularly proud of?
Adrien: The museum has been passing our audits with flying colors. Also improving the Museum Store to become a destination for Idaho-themed gift buyers.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Adrien: Travel, read and judge beer.
Q: What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this (and if money were no object)?
Adrien: If money was no object, I would be a travel blogger.
Q: What’s the weirdest / most interesting past job you’ve had?
Adrien: I have a lot of interesting jobs that led me to the Museum. I started as a temp at a Naval Library, was Assistant to an Insurance Curator going through historical policies for a 300-year-old insurance fund, lifeguard, ran student security at a university medical building, Construction Secretary (including Pit 9), Bar Owner, Recruiter at INL, Planning and Budget Engineer, Art Teacher’s assistant, Teachers Aid and Girl Scout Leader.
Q: What’s something – large or small, useful or not – that you’re really good at?
Adrien: I love photography, and looking through the Museum’s old photographs when they’re out to be cataloged or brought out for projects.
Q: What were you like in high school?
Adrien: I was the quiet nerdy girl that did statistics for the soccer team to earn a Letter. I tutored multiple football players to help them pass math and history. I loved photography class and took it all 4 years.
Q: What’s your favorite book, movie, and TV show?
Adrien: My husband would say I love bad Sci-Fi movies. That’s mostly true, but I like good Sci-Fi and fantasy movies and books as well.
Q: Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
Adrien: I’m dyslexic, didn’t get properly diagnosed until college, and still graduated from college with high honors.