About Dené Mosier, President/CEO
Dené Mosier began with the Kansas Children's Discovery Center in August of 2015. Under her leadership the Kansas Children's Discovery Center has reached record breaking attendance numbers as a beloved institution, offering hands-on exhibits and educational programs that inspire creativity and curiosity in children. 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 is passionate about providing opportunities for all children to learn and grow through play and exploration, and is dedicated to making the museum a welcoming and inclusive space for all families.
In addition to her work at the Discovery Center, Dené is actively involved in the museum industry. Currently, she holds the position of Chair of Strategic Initiatives on the Executive Committee for the Association of Children's Museums Board of Directors. She has previously served as Vice President of Initiatives. Locally, she serves as the Chair 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.
Dené enjoys spending time hiking and exploring nature. She and her husband have two daughters.