Executive Staff

 
 
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Executive Director

Grant Dewey | museum.manager@wmmi.org

Grant began leading the WMMI team in January of 2018. Grant has lived in El Paso County since 1969, when his father retired from the Air Force and his family moved here. After graduating from Lewis Palmer High School, Grant earned his first Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He was a production manager and process engineer for American Strategic Metals in Monument then moved to Italy where he set up a carbide recycling operation for Aldap SPA.

Grant returned to the States to get married and earn a second degree in Secondary Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Since then, Grant has taught science and mathematics in public, private and international schools. While raising three boys with his wife Rachel, he has also been involved in small business development, corporate training and real estate/property management in the Colorado Springs area.

We are excited to have Grant pour his experience and leadership into operations of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry.

Fun Fact: Grant has studied pedagogy, explored geology and climbed topography on 6 of the 7 continents!

 
 
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Curator

Dr. Richard Sauers, PhD | rsauers@wmmi.org

A native of Lewisburg, PA, Richard A. Sauers received his B.A. of History from Susquehanna University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from The Pennsylvania State University.

Sauers is the author of more than two dozen books, including A Caspian Sea of Ink: The Meade-Sickles Controversy (1989), the highly-acclaimed two-volume Advance the Colors! Pennsylvania Civil War Battle Flags (1987-1991), A Succession of Honorable Victories: The Burnside Expedition in North Carolina (1996), Meade: Victor of Gettysburg (2004), America's Battlegrounds (2005),The Fishing Creek Confederacy: A Story of Civil War Draft Resistance (2013), and his latest, a 3-volume guide-index to Civil War material in the National Tribune newspaper (1877-1943).

Current research projects include a detailed study of the Cripple Creek Mining District and ongoing work on his hometown. Sauers has been in the public history arena since 1984, serving currently as Curator of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry in Colorado Springs.

Fun fact: Rick is an expert in Civil War history and loves nothing more than entertaining guests and visitors at special events as a talented Civil War soldier reenactor!

 
 
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Marketing & communications coordinator

Jamie Briem-Martinez | info@wmmi.org

Prior to joining WMMI in August 2018, Jamie served 10 consecutive years at a local award-winning marketing and advertising agency. Her education and experience include a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with Strategic Marketing Emphasis alongside 10+ years experience in: media buying, campaign planning and management, copy-writing, broadcast promotion, partnership development, public relations, social media strategy, franchise marketing, non-profit marketing, brand strategy, and demographic research methods.

Jamie enthusiastically serves WMMI by strategizing and overseeing all marketing and public relations initiatives in an effort to optimize the museum’s influence and reach within the local and statewide communities.

Fun fact: Jamie is crazy about all things Geology. On the weekends, you’re likely to find her in the back country, rock-hounding for amazonite, topaz, smoky quartz and other cool minerals!

 
 
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grounds & Maintenance Lead

Andrew Davis | maintenance@wmmi.org

Andrew joined the WMMI team in 2018 and currently serves as the museum’s Grounds and Maintenance Lead, ensuring the optimal care and maintenance of our museum and its beautiful, historic property.

In addition, Andrew assists at the front desk, helps with machinery demonstrations, leads several of our educational in-reach programs, acts as a liaison during offsite events, assists with needs pertaining to audiovisual and sound for our educational lectures, and helps with guided tours through our main hall.

Andrew is currently pursuing his degree in filmography at University of Colorado and intends to put his education to work for WMMI with development of new education-based videos and content designed to expand knowledge about the museum, its history, and the impact of mining and industry in Colorado.

Fun fact: Andrew has a great passion for the outdoors and frequently spends his time exploring around Colorado on backpacking hikes and excursions.

 
 
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Membership development coordinator

Don Unger | member@wmmi.org

Don Unger went to Fort Lewis College in 2011 and recently pursued an MA with a focus on mining history in various regions and eras across the world. He completed his MA in the history department at UCCS where he served as a TA, project coordinator, and writing fellow in various departments and colleges. Don was also an assistant editor for Colin McAlister DMA, for The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature.

His current research includes: mining reclamation on the Navajo Reservation at the Rocky Mountain Council of Latin American Studies in 2019, and on ancient Israeli numismatics in October at the European Studies Conference in Omaha, NE upcoming. Don’s article “We trace out all the veins of the earth’: Iberian Mining, Labor, and the Industrial Foundation of the Roman Empire: An Interdisciplinary Approach,” was recently published in The Springs Online Graduate History Journal in Fall of 2019.

Don found WMMI as a student intern, and he stayed as a volunteer because of the meaning he rediscovers every time he steps onto the old Reynolds Homestead. At WMMI, Don seeks to preserve our past for those yet to learn its wisdom, and he loves to share our rich historical infrastructure with all who come to WMMI.

Fun fact: Don is quite the artist when it comes to guitar playing and enjoys wood-working as one of his favorite hobbies.

 
 
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Education program coordinator

Tiffany Hawk | education@wmmi.org

Tiffany joined WMMI after spending a year in the Caribbean as a Curriculum Coordinator for a new international school. With over eighteen years in education, Tiffany has a passion for continuous learning and works closely with teachers through workshops and curriculum development. She holds a Masters in Teaching, a Colorado School Principal’s License, and is actively involved as a curriculum consultant with local and international schools.

In her role at WMMI, Tiffany works closely with teachers, students, and the community to develop rich learning experiences that enhance and extend classroom curriculum. You will find her both at the museum and in the schools conducting outreach activities.

Fun fact: Maintaining a commitment to balance, Tiffany is an avid hockey fan and is frequently spotted in yellow and black cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins!

 
 
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gift shop manager

Ashley Affleck-Johnson | giftshop@wmmi.org

Ashley Affleck-Johnson attended Metropolitan State University of Denver where, in 2015, she graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both History and Cultural Anthropology. She is currently pursuing an MA at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. With a projected graduation date of May 2020. Ashley is completing her research on the Cold War in Eastern Europe, in preparation of her Thesis Defense in spring 2020. With her focus on 20th Century History, Ashley’s Thesis Portfolio includes research on the hundreds of murals painted during Northern Ireland’s decades long conflict: The Troubles in both Belfast and Derry. Additionally, Ashley has researched the effects of Native American Boarding Schools on Indigenous identity. While at UCCS she has worked as a writing fellow for the Sociology Department.

She spent 9 years at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, where she worked in Prehistoric Journey sharing her love of dinosaurs and fossils. Beginning in May of 2019, Ashley began as an Archives & Collections Intern at the Old Colorado City History Center, where she is currently a board member. During her internship she transferred dozens of tape cassette oral histories to digital format and transcribed over 200 minutes of those oral histories. Her work was featured in the West Word Newsletter, for which she wrote the article: The Forgotten Voices of Colorado City.

At WMMI, Ashley will be building on the Museum’s mission within the Gift Shop where she will entice visitors of all ages with items that inspire creativity and curiosity. She will endeavor to bring the local appeal of Colorado into the Gift Shop, with one-of-a-kind, unique, locally made items.

Fun Fact: Her favorite dinosaurs are the Stygimoloch and the Dreadnoughtus.

 
 
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Volunteer coordinator

Julie Schroeder | volunteer@wmmi.org

Julie comes to WMMI as the Volunteer Coordinator. She brings with her over nine years’ experience in volunteer leadership at various organizations to include the American Red Cross, Project Angel Heart, and Glen Eyrie. In addition, she has volunteered herself since she was a teenager and has enjoyed applying servant leadership to every position she has held since.

Julie is Certified in Volunteer Administration. This professional certification shows her dedication to education, ethical practices, and competency in all areas of volunteer leadership. She is looking forward to building onto the volunteer department at WMMI and work with the volunteers to continue to provide a great place to serve.

Julie’s love of history was ignited while she was the Director of Volunteer Ministries at Glen Eyrie. The tours the volunteers guided through General Palmer’s historic castle brought history to life for her. She is excited to delve even deeper into Colorado history while serving at WMMI.

Julie has been married to the love of her life for almost 29 years. When she isn’t at work she is usually being Gigi to her new grandson. She also does photography, leatherwork, fiber arts, and various crafts.

Fun Fact: Julie was a firefighter for five years and that is where she met her husband. She still has the urge to follow sirens every time she hears them race by.

 
 

Board of Trustees

  • Board President: Woodward Brown - Co-Founder of Tavatek

  • Board Vice-President: Dr. Randall K. Liefer - Educator with TSTI, Inc. and founding partner of eSi, Inc.

  • Board Treasurer: Doug Hering - Principal Consultant with Smarter Directions, LLC 

  • Board Secretary: Steven W. Veatch - Director and owner of Veatch GeoScience, LLC

  • Timothy J. Priebe, board member - Colorado business and real estate law attorney

  • Cindi Ryan, board member - Retired Colonel / Judge Advocate with U.S. Air Force, current member of Questers, TriLakes Women's Club Grant Committee Chair

  • William Sanden, CPA

 

The Board of Trustees of the Western Museum of Mining & Industry is seeking qualified applicants to fill vacancies on the Museum Board! 

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization whose mission is to educate the public about the heritage and continuing importance of the mining industry in the American West. Located at the north edge of Colorado Springs, the museum has been open since 1970 and is a fully-accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums. In 2015, the museum saw visitors from all 50 states and 45 countries, as well as class visits from over 5,000 Colorado school children. In addition to guided tours, the museum offers two changing exhibits and associated lectures each year, a functional stamp mill (one of only 13 such mills in the United States) and blacksmith shop, and events such as the Anniversary Expo (July) and the Reynolds Ranch Harvest Festival (October).

To apply for a Board position, send an e-mail with the following information to the museum’s manager, Mr. Grant Dewey at museum.manager@wmmi.org.

Please include:

1. Cover letter stating why you would like to be a museum trustee and what you can offer the board and museum to achieve success and growth.
2. Resume
3. Brief biography