About Dené Mosier, President/CEO
Dené Mosier began with the Kansas Children's Discovery Center in August of 2015. Since arriving at the Discovery Center, she has led the organization in eliminating all debt, launching a mobile museum, creating programming for children facing life threatening illnesses through the Medical Warriors program and establishing the Play Free program, a prison partnership that allows children to meet their incarcerated mothers or grandmothers at the museum to play. She places a strong emphasis on ensuring all children have access to high quality hands on learning experiences and is committed to seeking new ways to remove barriers that have previously prevented families from visiting.
Dené is currently serving as a Vice President of Initiatives for the Association of Children's Museums Board of Directors. Has served as the Co-Chair for Interactivity, the Association of Children's Museums National Conference. She serves as the Chair-Elect for the Visit Topeka Board of Directors, served on the Momentum 2027 Steering Committee and serves on the Momentum 2027 Leadership Cabinet.
She comes to this position with a unique and diverse understanding of human development. She worked for many years in the classroom as an early childhood educator and later as the head of the lower school at a small independent school. She obtained both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, where she also served as an instructor teaching courses on human development and aging.
Dené enjoys spending time hiking and exploring nature. She and her husband have two daughters.