Kayla Wopschall, Ph.D.

President of the Board of Directors



Kayla Wopschall has over a decade of experience working in Science Education and Outreach, as well as a background in the fine arts and performing arts. With her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Washington, Kayla has worked to create interactive ways to engage the public of all ages—preschool to adult— in scientific inquiry through hands on activities. While in Seattle she worked with Expanding Your Horizons as a mentor for middle school and high school girls interested in working in STEM fields, and worked with the Burke Museum in Seattle during public outreach for paleontology, geology and archaeology. Kayla has a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Studio Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara—where she first fell in love with bringing kids and peers out into the field to learn about their environments.


For the past eight years, Kayla Wopschall has worked as a successful contract archaeologist throughout the western United States and Canada. She first became interested in focusing on work with younger kids after having her own children, and exploring ways for them to create, play and experiment at home and in their community.  On any given day, she can be found hiking, camping and navigating the Deschutes River with her 5yr old son and 3yr old daughter. Since arriving in Bend in 2013, she has worked with the High Desert Museum, Girl Scouts, and COCC. She is excited and very honored to be a part of bringing this incredible resource to Central Oregon.

Meet Our Team

The Children's Museum of Central Oregon is working towards developing a diverse board of directors that believe in our vision and mission, and are committed to creating a sustainable future for the organization. Please contact us if you are interested in serving in this capacity.


Kayla Wopschall

Board President

Children's Museum of Central Oregon


Pascaline Klein

Board Secretary

Desert Sky Montessori Charter


Valerie Ells

Board Treasurer

Bank of the Cascades

Natasha Bellis

Deschutes River Conservancy

Kristi Coughlin

KC Nutrition LLC



Matthew Hansen

City of Bend

Shelley Kaiser

Young Presidents Association

Lori Lull

Envrionmental Scientist

Joan Vinci

Morrison Hershfield


Aimee White 

Bellevue Community College

Kim Gammond 

Central Oregon Association of Realtors


Board of Directors


Mailing Address: 20834 SE King Hezekiah Way

Bend, OR 97702

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