Note: This is one in a series of spotlights on MOI staff members who have been named a “Keefer Fellow,” a monthly program aimed at recognizing staffers for their contributions to the museum and the community. This month, our new Director of Corporate Partnerships.
Q: Explain what you do at the museum in 20 words or less.
Chris: I basically find money and match company sponsors to help fund all the incredible programs, events, and traveling exhibits we offer at MOI.
Q: What’s a museum-related accomplishment that you’re particularly proud of?
Chris: I have only been here a few weeks, but I have already been able to increase in-kind donations to help bridge major budgeting costs.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Chris: I love spending time with people, especially family & friends. I also like down time, though. Gardening, camping, kayaking, biking, backyard bbq’s, and reading.
Q: What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this (and if money were no object)?
Chris: Public Relations. Connecting people is my specialty and it helps everyone win.
Q: What’s the weirdest / most interesting past job you’ve had?
Chris: Nursing: hard, but rewarding work that scared me to death. I wish I had had a good mentor at the time.
Q: Name a setback in your life that has ended up being a good thing.
Chris: Relocating to Idaho Falls many years ago!
Q: What’s something – large or small, useful or not – that you’re really good at?
Chris: Decorating, making useful space feel good. Also canning. I love it and nicknamed our canning group “The Corkscrew Canners.” I guess you know why.
Q: What were you like in high school?
Chris: Athletic, fun, curious, but not so pretty.
Q: What’s your favorite book, movie, and TV show?
Book: Strengths Finder or any from Nora Roberts
Movie: Hope Floats, Jason Bourne series
TV Show: Friends
Q: Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
Chris: I have a nursing degree and a gemologist certificate, have traveled to Africa, and recently won a Best of the West Media Award in 15 states.