Staff

 

 Traci Buckner

Traci Buckner - Executive Director

Traci joins the museum after 18 years of service in the Akron Public School system and most recently as program officer at GAR Foundation, the largest private charitable foundation in Akron. Buckner is the founding instructional leader of the National Inventors Hall of Fame School…Center for STEM Learning and most recently served as Director of Specialty Programs.

She is also an author and has co-authored the book STEM Leadership, a guide on creating a STEM culture in a school or district. Prior to her educational career, she worked in corporate marketing and sales. Buckner has served as a guest panelist at the Athena Leadership Forum, The Ashland University Leadership Academy Seminar, and the Akron Roundtable. She is a member of Leadership Akron and currently serves on the United Way of Summit County Board of Directors. She was featured in Akron Life magazine as one of the city’s 2015 change makers and was a recipient of the Women of STEM Rising Amongst the Stars award from the Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus. Buckner received a Master’s in education from John Carroll University and Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from The Ohio State University. She also earned an instructional leadership administrative certificate from Ashland University. She resides in Akron with her husband, Tobin and their two sons.

 

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Alex Eliopoulos - Operations Manager

Alex’s responsibilities are focused on day-to-day operations, marketing, staff management, and delivery of a family focused fulfilling museum experience. Alex holds Bachelor of Art degrees in both Anthropology and Art History from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, has held curatorial internships at art museums such as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and The Akron Art Museum. Alex is passionate about children and spends much of her free time guiding and shaping our community’s young population. Alex has relocated back to Akron where she enjoys the art and music culture of our neighborhoods.

 

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Maggie Spangler - Visitor Experience Manager

Maggie Spangler is responsible for exhibit planning and development of an exciting visitor experience. Maggie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology from The College of Wooster and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Museum Exhibition Planning and Design from The University of the Arts. She has been a volunteer and intern at multiple museums and historical societies including The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, and The North Canton Heritage Society. Maggie lives in Akron.

 

Cyndi Fiehn

Cyndi Fiehn - Development and Membership Manager

Cyndi Fiehn assists with planning and execution of membership programs, sponsorship opportunities, field trips, birthday parties, and more. Cyndi graduated from Kent State University and spent 11 years in pharmaceutical sales, until deciding to stay at home with her two daughters, now 5 and 7-years old. Cyndi is passionate about working with kids and enjoys helping with the Kindergarten reading program at Green schools and volunteering in the classroom. She began work with ACM in 2015 and is excited by the opportunities for this new organization – one she feels is very much needed in our region. She looks forward to using her skills to help the museum grow and serve thousands in the years to come. Cyndi resides in Green, and is an active member of the Green PTA serving as VP of Membership, as well as numerous other volunteer opportunities.

 

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Margaret Keller -- Education Coordinator

Margaret Keller facilitates the museum's relationships with local individuals and organizations that support learning for Akron's kids. She coordinates and promotes ACM’s focus on learning through play, and works with local entrepreneurs and artists to bring unique programs to our community. Margaret comes to ACM with 15 years experience in the field of early education, both in and out of the classroom. Past positions include Assistant Coordinator for Stark County’s Early Learning Initiative and most recently, with Akron Summit Community Action’s Head Start/ Early Head Start program. She holds degrees in Child and Family Development and Early Childhood Education. Over the years, Margaret has also enjoyed serving as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including serving on the Board for the Canton Area Association for the Education of Young Children. Margaret joined the museum when it opened in November 2016 and is excited to be a part of bringing fun, hands-on learning experiences to the children and families of our community!

 

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Alex Rodgers - Logo & Our Little Monsters

Local graphic artist Alex Rodgers won our logo design contest in 2012 and is now helping us create the colorful, lively concepts for most of our marketing materials and collateral.  His "little monsters" will serve as our ACM mascots and greet visitors at our Lock 3 site!

Alex is a graphic designer living in Sagamore Hills, Ohio. He graduated from Kent State University in 2009 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. By day, he creates greeting cards at American Greetings World Headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. By night, he is El Presidenté and the designer for Lil' Burritos, his passion project. When he's not designing cards or wrapping baby clothes like burritos, you can find him hiking and biking in the CVNP, traveling, (foolishly) rooting on Cleveland sports teams year after year, or eating Mexican food.

For more about Alex and his work go to: www.lilburritos.com and www.alexrodgers.com

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We are thankful for the time and support of Katie Widness of WWBD Consulting. Katie and her colleague, Carol Murphy, have provided many volunteer hours in addition to the consulting work she has done for Akron Children's Museum.