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For general museum inquiries, please call the museum’s direct line: (909) 624-2798

Don Lofgren, Director
DoDon Lofgrenn Lofgren earned a B.A. in Geology at the University of Minnesota in 1983, an M.S. in Geology at the University of Montana in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Paleontology at UC-Berkeley in 1990. His research interests include the systematics of Cretaceous-Paleocene mammals, stratigraphy and sedimentology of Cretaceous-Paleocene rocks of North America, and in particular the Paleocene mammal fauna of the Goler Formation of California. At the museum, Dr. Lofgren works with the board of trustees to further the mission and programs of the museum. He also teaches Honors Paleontology and Advanced Studies in Paleontology classes at The Webb Schools. Learn more about Dr. Lofgren’s research here.
Email:     Telephone: 909-482-5242

Andrew Farke, Augustyn Family Curator, Director of Research and Collections

AndAndy Farkey Farke earned his B.Sc. in Geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University in 2008. His research interests focus on the evolution and paleobiology of the horned dinosaurs, dinosaurs of western North America, and the vertebrate paleontology of Madagascar. Within the museum, Dr. Farke engages in curation and research of fossil specimens and leads initiatives related to expansion and use of the museum collection. He also teaches Introduction to Paleontology, Advanced Studies in Paleontology, and Museum After School classes at The Webb Schools. Learn more about Dr. Farke’s research here.
Email:     Telephone: 909-482-5244

Kathy Sanders
Kathy Sanders, Director of Outreach

Kathy Sanders earned her B.A. in Art History at California State University, Long Beach in 1981, and joined the Alf Museum in 2000. She schedules and administers daily Tours and Classroom Science Connections, conducts the museum’s public programs and enrichment classes for children, develops and illustrates educational materials and works as scientific illustrator for museum research projects.
Email:     Telephone: 909-482-5225

Harason Horowitz

Harason Horowitz ’02, Director of Development
Harason Horowitz graduated from The Webb Schools in 2002, completed her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology at the University of Southern California in 2006, and earned a M.A. in International Relations at Claremont Graduate University in 2009. She joined the Alf Museum in 2014. As director of development, Harason works with the Board of Trustees to execute its strategic plan, specifically by developing an online educational resource, building strategic partnerships and outreach, and growing the endowment.
Email:     Telephone: 909-447-7077

Gabriel Santos, Collections Manager
Gabe Santos received his B.Sc. in biology at University of California-Irvine, and is finishing his M.Sc. in geology at California State University-Fullerton. He joined the Alf Museum in 2015. As collections manager, Gabe is responsible for the care, cataloging, and organization of the Alf Museum’s research fossils. His research interests focus on the Eocene vertebrate fauna of Southern California and the paleobiology of marine mammals, particularly in the extinct hippo-like desmostylians.
Email:     Telephone: 909-482-5243

Monique Reyes, Outreach Assistant

Monique Reyes graduated from the University of La Verne, graduating in the spring of 2015 with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. Afterwards, she plans to continue her education towards the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher. Monique developed her Spanish language abilities while living in South America and enjoys communicating with our Spanish speaking museum visitors. She joined the Alf Museum staff in 2013 as an outreach assistant, organizing and conducting tours at the museum.

Stephanie Barron, Tour Guide

Stephanie Barron graduated from Chaffey College with an A.A. in liberal studies, physical science, and universal studies, and graduated from California State University-San Bernardino with a B.Sc. in Biology. Stephanie is excited to interact with and pass on her love of science to kids that come to the museum for tours.

Nel Graham, Tour Guide

Nel Graham graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in psychology in 1980, and completed a teaching credential from the UCLA Graduate School of Education in 1981. Nel taught elementary school  for 10 years, and taught junior high gifted magnet science as well as physical geology for high schoolers for the next 20 years. Nel joined the museum in 2015 after “retirement,” and now leads tours.

Lucy Herrero ’10, Collections Assistant

Lucy graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a B.A. in Archaeology. As a Webb student, Lucy was highly involved in the museum program and participated in many research and fieldwork opportunities. Now, in the collections, Lucy works to ensure that all Alf specimens are properly identified, catalogued, and curated to the highest archival standards. Lucy plans on attending graduate school to study the intersections of paleontology and cultural resource management in the future.

Jared Heuck, Preparator

Jared graduated from Montana State University, and was very active at the Museum of the Rockies during his time there. He currently assists in the fossil preparation lab.

Our Docents

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology thanks our docents for their generous efforts and dedicated service that allows the museum to better serve the greater Los Angeles area. In particular, we thank:

  • Carol Jorden
  • Marky Katib
  • Ellen Goldman
  • Bill Hanlon

Want to join our docent program? We are currently seeking volunteers to help with our ongoing and upcoming outreach programs. Come learn more about paleontology and have fun sharing your knowledge with visitors of all ages. No scientific background is necessary – just an eagerness to contribute your time and enthusiasm! Requirements: You must be at least 21 years old and must complete the museum’s docent training program as well as a background check. Contact Kathy Sanders at 909-482-5225 or via email at for more information.