Meet The Staff

Bridget Coughlin
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs, and Curator of Human Health
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Dr. Bridget Coughlin, a Colorado native, joined the Museum team in 2005. In her role as vice president, Bridget oversees development and education programs. She is trained as a molecular biochemist, and the Museum's education, research, and collection activities are truly in her DNA. Bridget holds a bachelor of arts from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and a PhD from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Iowa. 

Individual Giving

Michael McNeill
Director of Major Gifts and Donor Relations
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Michael McNeill trusts in the Museum's mission to inspire curiosity and firmly believes that all gifts are major. Together with a strong team of development professionals, Michael seeks support from individuals who want to partner with the Museum and continue a long tradition of engaging the Colorado community. He holds a PhD in French literature from Princeton University, and has served as the director of development at Kent Denver School in Englewood and The American School of Paris. 

Marc Ravenhill
Manager of Leadership Giving and Donor Stewardship
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Marc Ravenhill joined the Museum in 2010 as the first donor services officer. Originally from Southern California, Marc holds a BA in communications from the University of California at Fullerton. Before joining the Museum, Marc "ran away with the circus," traveling to more than 30 North American cities and seven European countries with Cirque du Soleil. His career in fundraising began in 1991 while working for the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, in Costa Mesa, California.

Denae Duesler
Manager of Giving Clubs and Donor Stewardship
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Denae Duesler joined the Museum in 2010. In her current role she supports the Giving Club membership program, partnering with individuals to further the Museum’s mission to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages through scientific discovery. Originally from Illinois, Denae holds a bachelor’s degree in international economics from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. In her free time, Denae can be found exploring the great outdoors with her black lab, Lucy.

Mary Pat Rooney
Coordinator of Legacy Gifts and Donor Relations
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Mary Pat Rooney joined the Museum staff in 2013 and believes strongly in its mission to inspire curiosity and excite minds of all ages. Her work focuses on the Edwin Carter Legacy Society, encouraging supporters to create a lasting impression on the Museum and the community through their planned gifts. Prior to her arrival at the Museum, Mary Pat raised funds for Chicago-area nonprofits, including the Chicago Metro History Education Center and Lakeview Pantry. A Midwest native, Mary Pat holds a BS in secondary education and a BA in history from Drake University and a master’s in nonprofit management from DePaul University.

Corporate Giving

Laurie Hagerman
Corporate Relations Manager
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Laurie Hagerman is inspired by the Museum’s mission and the dedication of its visitors, volunteers, staff, and supporters. As corporate relations manager, she supports all aspects of corporate giving, with emphasis on corporate membership and corporate grants. A native of New England, Laurie served in various roles in the development department at Carnegie Hall in New York City before relocating to Denver in 2013. She holds a BA in English and communication from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and is an aspiring cook and avid runner.

Foundations and Grants

Jill Viehweg
Director of Foundation and Government Grants
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Jill Viehweg joined the Museum in 2005 as grants officer and moved into her current position as director of foundation and government grants in 2009. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jill holds a BA in biology from the University of Minnesota and a master's in human ecology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium. Since 1991, she has also raised funds for nonprofit organizations in Chicago; New Haven, Connecticut; and Fargo, North Dakota.

Alyssa Von Lehman Lopez
Grants Officer
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Alyssa Von Lehman Lopez joined the Museum in 2012. She supports the Museum’s fundraising goals through cultivation and grant writing. Since moving to Denver in 2007, Alyssa has served as a grant writer for several nonprofits and educational institutions, including Metropolitan State University of Denver and Catholic Charities of Denver. Originally from the Seattle area, she holds a BA in English from Western Washington University and an MA in English and communication development from Colorado State University.

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