Meet the Staff Members

Nathan Richie | Director

After an 11-year walkabout, Nathan returned to his native Colorado in 2010 to serve as director at GHM&P. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in American History from Colorado State University. Previously, Nathan served as Director of Exhibits and Programs at the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago and as Curator of Collections and Programs at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana.


Mark Dodge | Curator

Mark came on board in 2004, developing exhibits and interpretation, overseeing the facilities for the Astor House and Golden History Park. Today he curates the City’s collection of artifacts and photos and manages the dynamic exhibit program at GHM&P. A native of Michigan, Mark relocated to Colorado in 1998 to earn his MA in Museum Anthropology at DU. He honed his museum skills by gaining front-line experience at the Denver Art Museum, conducting exhibit evaluation at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and developing and designing numerous exhibits for the Fort Collins Museum. In Golden, Mark enjoys conducting grassroots historical research: mining and preserving the city’s history through the stories and artifacts shared by people in the community.


Annika Firn | Student and Family Programs Coordinator

museum staffAnnika joined GHM&P in 2016 to teach the Building Colorado program as an Outreach Educator then moved into her role as Education Assistant in Sept 2017. In January 2018 she took over the full-time role of Student and Family Programs Coordinator. Annika previously worked with museums in Seattle, Glasgow, and Denver, landing in Museum Education after working with students and families at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, the History Colorado Center, and the Children’s Museum of Denver. She has BAs in History and Anthropology from Colorado State University and an MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow. 


Megan Murphy | Visitor Services and Interpretation Coordinator

Megan joined the GHM&P team in April 2017 as the Education Assistant and soon transitioned into her current role to work with volunteers and assist with on-site interpretation. Additionally, she coordinates the museum’s extensive membership program and events calendar. Megan has worked in museum interpretation as an intern and volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from 2013 to 2016. Additionally, Megan served as the U.S. Olympic Committee Archives Intern where she constructed both permanent and traveling exhibits highlighting specific games and athletes. Megan has a Master of Arts from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in History and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Colorado State University in History and Anthropology. She is a Colorado native who grew up in the southwest Denver area and currently lives in Westminster with her energetic border collie, Lieutenant Dan.

Vanya Scott | Curatorial Assistant

museum staffVanya began working for GHM&P in 2017 and assists with all aspects of curatorial management, including tagging and cataloging artifacts, maintaining the database, and preparing artifacts for display. Vanya has worked in collections management for over 25 years, and has served as Curator for the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and most recently as Registrar for the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C. She enjoys her three-day weekends, often walking the paths of Golden and the trails of the nearby Front Range with her husband, Shawn.


Doug Skiba | Development and Communications Coordinator

museum staffDoug began working for GHM&P in 2009 and coordinates marketing, publications, social media, and development. Previously, he managed fundraising for the Colorado Mountain Club and was the Assistant Editor of their Trail & Timberline magazine. He also participated in the culminating years of a decade-long effort to create Golden’s American Mountaineering Museum. Doug’s history roots began with a late ‘90s project to secure an endangered Lewis and Clark campsite, resulting in a new 15-acre Montana state park. An avid outdoorsman, Doug has also worked as a rock climbing guide in Colorado and as the Assistant Manager of the Yosemite Mountaineering School. He received his Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Education and Interpretation, from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1994.