Frehner Museum Staff

Jacqualine Grant

Museum Director

Jacqualine Grant has directed the museum since its opening in 2012. Dr. Grant is faculty in the Department of Biology where she teaches introductory biology, environmental biology, genetics, conservation biology, mammalogy, and fungal biology. She encourages experiential education in her classes. She brings a global perspective to the museum and her students through her service to the Society for Conservation Biology as Vice President for Education and Outreach. She enjoys the amazing scenery of southern Utah, and competing in arm wrestling and swimming at the Utah Summer Games.

Lauren Hardin

Chief Museum Assistant

A senior from Blythe, California, Lauren is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is planning to pursue a master's degree in infectious disease in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. She loves helping run the museum and teaching kids new things. In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, exploring, and spending time with family and friends.

Michael Christiansen

Museum Assistant

Michael is from Lehi, Utah and lived there most of his life. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in Biology at SUU and will one day be a doctor. He loves to learn and engage in challenging and new environments. He has previously worked at Timpanogos Cave National Monument as a Park Ranger and loves spending time in the outdoors. He is bilingual and speaks English and Korean. He also loves learning new things, playing guitar, listening to music, reading, and eating ice cream.

Madeline Crossley

Museum Assistant

Madeline is in her fourth year of earning her bachelor's degree in Biology. She has always loved science and is working towards a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She is currently working on a leech research project in Microbiology. She loves to run and just ran her first marathon in October.

Jessie Fischer

Museum Assistant

Jessie is a junior at Southern Utah University. She is pursuing a degree in Chemistry with the intent to do research. She loves learning both inside and out of the classroom. When she’s not drowning in homework, she enjoys reading, rock climbing, and eating Crumbl cookies.

Ashlee Hardin

Museum Assistant

A sophomore from Blythe, California, Ashlee is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in hopes of becoming an OB/GYN. When she has free time, Ashlee enjoys reading, playing piano, and hanging out with family and friends.

Aurianna Luker

Museum Assistant

Aurianna is currently pursuing a Chemistry degree with an emphasis in Professional Chemistry in hopes of becoming a chemist. She enjoys learning all that she can in whatever field she can. She loves the arts; both participating and watching. Aurianna loves every second at the museum helping kids-- and kids at heart-- learn more about natural history and the science around us.

Kate Olson

Museum Assistant

Kate is a sophomore from Willard, Utah and is working on her degree in Art Education. Prior to SUU, Kate attended Snow College. Kate loves working at the museum and learning about science!

Allie Tyson

Museum Assistant

Allie is a freshman from Eagle Mountain, Utah and is currently studying Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics and a minor in legal studies. She hopes to further her education and one day receive her JD. In her free time she enjoys watercoloring, listening to music, and being with people she loves. She loves to travel and has had the opportunity to do humanitarian work in Ghana and Paraguay.

Rebekah Esplin

Museum Assistant

Jennifer Crowell

Museum Paleontology Assistant

Jennifer Crowell is a biology and geology double major from Cedar City, Utah. Jennifer has wanted to be a paleontologist since she was two years old and will pursue a master's degree and PhD after she graduates. Her favorite dinosaurs are the Baryonyx, Velociraptor, and Nigersaurus. Jennifer is currently working on a research project with dinosaur tracks from the Iron Springs Formation and presented her research at the 2019 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Her favorite specimen in the museum is the Onychonycteris bat fossil.

Julie Crowell

Museum Art Assistant

Julie Crowell is a senior from Cedar City, Utah. She is an illustration major and has loved doing art since the time she could hold a pencil. She loves working at the museum and using her talent to interpret what ancient creatures looked like. Julie's work has recently been accepted into The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Her favorite specimen in the museum is the skunk.

Logan Banks

Museum Art Assistant

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Lola Taylor

Assistant Museum Director

Lola Taylor is currently in the MFA in Arts Administration program at SUU. Her background is in theatre and dance, so working at the Frehner Museum has been an exciting and educational experience. She was born in Arizona, but has lived in Utah for most of her life. When she has free time, Lola enjoys singing, dancing, acting, swimming, reading, playing games with friends, and attending SUU sporting events. She loves working at the museum and immersing herself in the heritage and history of southern Utah. The silver fox, Canada Lynx, and dragonfly fossil are some of her favorite pieces in the museum.

Debora Cruz

Museum Assistant

Debora Cruz is originally from Southern California, but has lived in Utah for about 10 years. She has an incredibly energetic lifestyle and loves rocking climbing, archery, Mixed Martial Arts, and especially soccer. As a future anthropologist, Debora is entering a field that is just as active and educating as her everyday life. She thoroughly enjoys learning about the world around her and searching for answers to the life's frequently asked questions. Debora has learned so much about anthropology and other physical sciences while working at the museum.

Ryker Minks

Museum Assistant

Ryker is a sophomore from Honolulu, Hawai'i. He is majoring in History with a minor in Anthropology. When he grows up, he would like to be Indiana Jones. His favorite things in the museum are the fossils on the Jurassic Period shelf, especially the dragonfly. In his spare time, Ryker enjoys reading science fiction novels, cooking, target shooting, and researching topics that will never be useful on Wikipedia.

Mallory Petersen

Museum Assistant

Mallory Petersen is currently starring in her own reality television show called, "The Art Major and the Studio: Forever Inseparable." She is always in search of sleep, mac and cheese, and Hogwarts! Mallory feels she belongs in a different decade because of her love for wearing vintage and retro clothes she purchases from good ol' Deseret Industries. Her aspiration in life is to love something as much as women in commercials love yogurt. Oh, and she loves working at the museum!

Moriah Guy

Museum Assistant

Moriah Guy worked at the museum with Dr. Grant when it opened in Spring of 2012. She graduated with a degree in Zoology in December 2014. Moriah loved helping with the bi-annual teaching programs at the museum, as well as databasing and displaying the museum’s shell collection. After graduation, she worked at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA. Moriah's photograph is of her feeding one of the San Diego Zoo giraffes. Moriah presently works at a pharmaceutical company in San Diego.

Delaney Peterson

Assistant Museum Director

Delaney Patterson worked at the museum from 2012-2015, and is currently in the MFA in Arts Administration program at SUU. In her free time, she is usually with her family and friends playing games, creating art, cooking, hiking, or watching sitcoms. Her favorite museum objects include the Silver fox, the Heyborne amethyst, and the Fremont bowl.