Our Team

Cynthia Brown 


Since receiving an encyclopedia set at the age of five (remember those), Cynthia Brown has considered herself a lifelong learner. She began her museum career working with fine art collections, researching and curating for various art and natural history museums. By working with collections, she learned the power of a compelling storyline and how to activate an artifact through personal narratives. By carefully choosing words, facts, and tone, she became a master at creating a concise storyline using all facets of a resonating experience—media, interactives, objects, scenic elements, programming, and the curiosity of the visitor. She loves to develop experiences that are authentic and inquiry-based that foster an ah-ha moment rooted in history and science. 

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies in the field of Museum Studies from Harvard University, as well as coursework in Painting and Visual Communications from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has served on the American Alliance of Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Network (TEN) Board since 2014—most recently as board chair—as well as a Board Member of the Cycling Museum of Minnesota. Over her career, she has held key positions at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.

John Shaw


For more than 20 years, John has been creating and managing interactive experiences in museums and science centers. Since beginning his museum career at the Center of Science & Industry (Columbus, OH), he has held many roles in traveling exhibitions, exhibit operations, project management, and experience development. John has directed exhibition development and traveling exhibit efforts for both the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. He excels at guiding projects from idea to completion and is skilled at managing complex project teams and stakeholders.

John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Spanish from Capital University (Columbus, Ohio) and studied international business and Spanish at the George Washington University Madrid Study Center at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain). John has served as an officer of the American Alliance of Museums Traveling Exhibits Network (TEN) and as a reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Museums for America grant program.

Rivah Winter, PhD

Content Developer

A research scientist by training, Rivah Winter, PhD explores various content areas, while applying her research background and STEM expertise to each project. Rivah brings STEM concepts to life and makes each exhibition project relevant to every visitor.

Rivah holds a PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California. She is winner of the Cappsci Inventors Prize and directed a molecular research laboratory at the Frost Museum of Science.

Meghan Weaver

Exhibit Marketing Manager

Meghan Weaver has spent her career working to advance the missions of non-profit organizations through community relations, marketing, fundraising, and event management. Working in organizations as varied as Special Olympics, animal shelters, and museums, she’s a strategic team player working to deepen community impact, constituency growth, and engagement. Her role at Center of Science & Industry (COSI) introduced her to the world of museums and she’s been hooked ever since.

Our EXPerts:

Beth Housewert

Child Development & Education Specialist

Beth Housewert’s passionate background in non-traditional education techniques along with her contagious enthusiasm brings many levels of knowledge to the table. During her 21 years of experience in both formal education and children’s museum settings, she has created new age and developmentally appropriate programming, spearheaded educational exhibit design projects, installed evaluation measures, created and maintained budgets, while facilitating staff development with mentorship and guidance.

Jamie DeRuyter

Exhibit Designer

Jamie DeRuyter has a broad design background in computer animation, visual effects, and 3D design. His work spans the entertainment sector from museums and theme parks to video games. In addition to his professional design practice, Jamie has been a faculty member at Ringling College of Art and Design since 2002 and heads up its newest major, Entertainment Design. He has helped hundreds of students achieve their dreams of working in the themed entertainment and animation.

Samantha Tableriou

Graphic Designer

Samantha Tableriou is an award-winning graphic designer and educator based in central Illinois. In addition to teaching college-level design curriculum, she is versed in graphic design for exhibitions and experiential designs. Samantha is passionate about working with multidisciplinary teams to create tactile, environmental, in-person experiences, in which families, friends, individuals, and colleagues can learn, be moved, connect, and immerse in astonishing, unforgettable stories together.

Em Johnson

Creative Director

The daughter of an educator, Em spent countless childhood hours on her school’s Bondi Blue iMac G3 redesigning tired and over-photocopied worksheets. Em loved the ability the computer gave her to bring these lessons to life for other students. Now, a PTA mom and graduate of the Columbus College of Art and Design with over 15 years of professional experience, Em continues to see effective design as a necessary tool in learning and education.