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Andrew Farke, Director
Andy 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, Honors Paleontology, Advanced Studies in Paleontology, and Museum After School classes at The Webb Schools. After serving as Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections from 2008 to 2021, Dr. Farke advanced to director in 2021.
Kathy Sanders, Office Manager and Board Secretary
Kathy Sanders earned her B.A. in Art History at California State University, Long Beach in 1981, and joined the Alf Museum in 2000. In addition to her role in managing museum operations, she works as scientific illustrator for museum research projects and outreach materials.
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Gabriel-Philip Santos, Collections Manager and Outreach Coordinator
Gabe Santos received his B.Sc. in biology at University of California-Irvine, and his M.Sc. in geology at California State University-Fullerton. 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. 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. As Outreach Coordinator, he manages the museum’s outreach and education programs, such as Discovery Days and Fossil Friday Chats. Gabe also assists in teaching the Museum After School program.
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Jared Heuck, Senior Preparator
Jared graduated from Montana State University, and was very active at the Museum of the Rockies during his time there. He received his master’s degree at California State University-Fullerton. As the preparator of the Malcom McKenna Fossil Preparation Lab, Jared is responsible for managing preparation projects and for the preparation, repair, and conservation of the museum’s fossil specimens. Jared also assists in teaching the Museum After School program.
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Bailey Jorgensen, Senior Collections Assistant
Bailey graduated from Montana State University in 2015, with a degree in Anthropology/Archaeology. After graduating she worked sailing traditionally rigged tall ships and teaching history, environment, and traditional sailing methods to school groups and the public. At the Alf she is exercising her knowledge of a more ancient past and continuing her passion of educating the public about history and science.
Monique Reyes, Tours Manager
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, and now manages the tour program.
Billie Guerrero, Outreach/Collections Assistant
Billie graduated from Chaffey College and received her degree in anthropology at the University of La Verne. She is now a M.Sc. student in geology at Cal State San Bernardino. During the summer of 2017, she conducted research in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa, where she studied Pleistocene mammals in order to reconstruct the paleolandscape that early humans inhabited between 2 and 1.4 million years ago. She hopes to continue her studies with a focus on dinosaurs (starting with a project on a Parasaurolophus at the Alf Museum), and eventually earn a Ph.D.
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.
Iann Islas, Outreach Assistant
Iann graduated from University of New Mexico in 2014, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Cinematic Arts. He has always had a passion for ancient animals, and after returning home from school, Iann began volunteering in museum collections. This led him to the Alf Museum in 2018, where he is now a staff assistant and tour guide.
Hannah Caisse, Outreach Assistant
Hannah graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2018 with a B.S. in Evolution and Ecology Biology. She was accepted into the Science Illustration Graduate Program at Cal State University, Monterey Bay, and she completed her paleontology art internship at the Alf Museum in 2020. A year later, Hannah joined the museum as an Outreach Assistant, and she is very excited to share her enthusiasm about prehistoric animals with visitors.
Don Lofgren, Director Emeritus
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. He also teaches Advanced Studies in Paleontology classes at The Webb Schools. After serving as Director from 1991 to 2021, Dr. Lofgren advanced to Director Emeritus.