What do you hope to contribute to the team?
I hope that both my education and my experience in Visitor Services and Public Engagement Strategies at museums and heritage sites will continue to further the already fantastic understanding that Guru has about how people engage with sites and what visitors most expect out of an experience. I also hope that my training as a Site Manager will help further strengthen the partnerships between Guru and these institutions as I speak their language, so to speak. And perhaps my background in battlefield interpretation can help Guru reach a new type of cultural heritage site in the future!
What about Guru makes you the most excited?
One of the key questions in most of my lectures during my Master’s Degree program was “saving heritage, why and for whom?” Great question! But, it’s increasingly obvious that kids find museums and heritage sites to be boring. If this new generation has no interest in our cultural heritage sites then why are we saving them? And if these places generate no interest, who will protect them in the future? Guru’s combination of cutting edge technology and engaging storytelling is what makes me the most excited.
What do you foresee for Guru in the coming months/year?
Guru is going to continue to be a leader in the field of alternative and innovative interpretation strategies and cornering the market in the SoCal region in the coming months.
Favorite movie/book/quote (if you have one)? why?
My favorite book is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. The story of D’Artagnan has always resonated with me. An upstart from the provinces, D’Artagnan is unafraid to follow his dream to reach Paris and become a Musketeer. He’s not wealthy, aristocratic, nor remotely in the same league as the other Musketeers, but his sheer determination, dedication and blind optimism that he can reach his goal struck a chord with me from the first moment I read the novel, and in many ways has probably shaped who I am as a person.
Anything else you’d like to share about yourself and/or Guru?
Guru is the leader in reconnecting youth to heritage, and I am excited about being at the forefront of invigorating the cultural heritage space and making it relevant to the future.