Garth and Jerri Frehner Museum of Natural History

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 and through her position as the Community Engagement Center's EDGE Fellow at Southern Utah University. 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.

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!

Previous Staff

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.

This page was updated April 2016.