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.
In 2019, Dené was elected to serve on the national board of the Association of Children's Museums. She has also served as the co-chair for Association of Children's Museums Conference. She currently serves on the Momentum 2022 Talent Development Work Group, Visit Topeka Board of Directors and was a 2017 Woman of Excellence Nominee. She volunteers for Junior Achievement and Meals on Wheels.
Dené brings a unique and diverse understanding of human development to her work at the Discovery Center. 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.