Staff and Consultants

Bronx Children’s Museum Staff at 3rd Annual Gala, May 7, 2019

Left to right: Takisha Dozier, Cole Hawkins, Carolyn Schwartz, Natalie Wood, Carla Precht, John Boudreau, Thu-Nhi Nguyen-Petit, Nicole Wallace, Troy Thompson


Bronx Children’s Museum Staff Party, June 2019 - Back Row: Troy Thompson, Sarah Jane Witchell, Carolyn Schwartz, Derek Cereola, James Montalvo, Shatevia Wilkins, Yosie Sosa, Middle Row: Takisha Dozier, Noelle Dozier, Thu-Nhi Ngyugen-Petit, Carla Precht, Renee Pena-Lopez, Nicole Wallace, Sandy Shalleck, Fionia Amara, Haqikah Abdullah, Lilli Genovesi  Bottom Row: Natalie Wood, Lorien Wallace, Lena Lopez, Jamal Richards, Luss Nigliaglioni, Marina Williams, Mona Dreher, Dominic Genovesi 

CARLA PRECHT, Founding Executive Director


Founding Executive Director Carla Precht joined the Bronx Children’s Museum in January 2010. An innovative manager of not-for-profit programs for children and families throughout the New York area, she knows and loves the Bronx.

For 10 years Ms. Precht served as Executive Director of Riverdale Neighborhood House in the northwest Bronx where she extended the reach of the agency, revamped its development program and revitalized its services for teens, seniors, families and young children. Ms. Precht was the founding Executive Director of the first Horizons academic enrichment program for low-income children at Brooklyn Friends School. She spent five years as Deputy Director and then Acting Executive Director of Youth Action Program in East Harlem, she was a program officer for one of the city’s leading literacy-focused after school program foundations, the Robert Bowne Foundation, and she served for nine years as Community Service Director for the Brooklyn Friends School.

Ms. Precht has trained and provided technical assistance to foundations, countless community-based organizations and after school and day care providers through Lutheran Medical Center, Child Care Inc, and Interface.

She began her career as an art teacher at Union Settlement House in East Harlem. From 2006-2009, Ms. Precht co-produced and co-directed an award winning educational documentary film about body image called Beauty Mark (www.beautymarkmovie.com) which was released in 2009.



TAKISHA DOZIER, Special Assistant to the Executive Director & Community Liaison


Takisha has been part of the Museum family since 2010, when she came across the Museum while searching online for things to do in the Bronx with her then infant daughter. Since then she has served the Museum in various capacities such as Volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator, Museum Advisory Board member and part time consultant before joining the Board of Directors in 2015 and now as an official team member. 


A Bronx native and proud mother of two who is passionate about parents being their children's first teachers and advocates, Takisha believes in the importance of education, exposure to opportunity and inspiring curiosity about the world to foster a lifelong journey of learning for both parent and child. 



THU-NHI NGUYEN-PETIT, Deputy Director of Operations and Finance

Thu-Nhi Nguyen-Petit joined BxCM in January 2019 as Deputy Director of Finance & Operations.  She oversees finance, operations, facilities management, human resources and information technology. Most recently, Thu-Nhi was the Director of Grants and Healthcare Administration at the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center for Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. She has spent her 15-year finance and administration career in the nonprofit sector, focused on improving the lives of underserved populations, from HIV/AIDS patients to people living with developmental disabilities. She managed complex, multi-million dollar grant portfolios for large institutions such as Mount Sinai Health System and Columbia University. She also oversaw the finances of NGOs specialized in global health and human rights issues (HealthRight International and Vital Strategies). French born Vietnamese, she holds an Executive Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University.  After becoming a Mom and exploring cultural institutions with her two young children, Thu-Nhi was greatly inspired to transition to the Museum field. Joining BxCM is bringing her steps closer to accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming an Artist..




NATALIE WOOD, Deputy Director of Arts and Exhibits


Natalie Wood joined the Bronx Children’s Museum in July of 2010. She began her work in the Bronx community in 2004 at the Bronx Veterans Hospital in the Maxillofacial Prosthetic Training Program. Since then she has exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and has worked as a teaching artist in the South Bronx with Creative Classrooms.  

Ms. Wood manages the Waters On the Go! Exhibit in the Museum on the Go bus, the What is Art? Program, the Little Friends of the Museum Program, the Dream Big Summer Program, and the Dream Big After School Program. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx.


The New York Times - July 24, 2015:

How Natalie Collette Wood, Program Director of the Bronx Children’s Museum, Spends Her Sundays



CHRISTOPHER GOMEZ, Arts Program Manager

Christopher Gomez joined the Bronx Children's Museum in October of 2019. He is a New York-based cartoonist and illustrator who has been working as a teaching artist since he graduated from The School of Visual Arts in 2014. He creates comics and children's books with the purpose of educating and entertaining youths from every walk of life, and believes that art is a fantastic vehicle for delivering information and culture to children of all ages.



NICOLE WALLACE, Director of Education

Nicole obtained her B.A. in Classical Civilizations from UC Berkeley in 2006 and immediately began working in museums, first at an archaeological site in Israel and then at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. She has lived in the Bronx since 2011, when she began working for the Bronx Children's Museum. She has an M.S. in Education from the Leadership in Museum Education program at Bank Street College of Education. Nicole is a National Geographic Certified Educator.




Born and raised in Soundview, Dejá was always interested in science and helping her community. She has a B.S. in Anthropology and Archaeology with a concentration in Bioarchaeology from Mercyhurst University. Her degree and college experience gave her a renewed appreciation of her community and ignited her passion to give back to the community. Dejá's path in museums started when in college during an internship at American Museum of Natural History, propelling her onto the path of museum education/administration, and informal education. After college, she returned to AMNH first as a Teaching Assistant, and then as a Lead Facilitator for the Youth Initiatives department. Dejá is "super excited" at the prospect of contributing to BxCM, her community and really making an impact on it's youth - our future!



CAROLYN SCHWARTZ, Development Director


Carolyn brings three decades of experience as a marketing, branding, and development professional to the team. Her career has spanned both book publishing and the nonprofit sector. As Vice President, Director of Advertising and Promotion for the Random House Publishing Group, she developed and implemented plans for fourteen imprints, and spearheaded brand marketing strategies for numerous bestselling authors, including Dean Koontz, Lee Child, George R.R. Martin, Danielle Steel, and Dr. Christiane Northrup. Afterwards she led marketing and development for World Book Night US, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to promoting reading by engaging 25,000 volunteers to distribute 500,000 free, specially-selected books to teens and adults nationwide. She worked closely with their Board of Trustees, made up of industry leaders from publishing houses, the American Bookseller Association, and the American Library Association. Ms. Schwartz has been associated with the Bronx Children’s Museum since 2015. She gives back by assisting numerous nonprofits through her work with the Taproot Foundation. She received her BA from The Johns Hopkins University.


COLE HAWKINS, Development Assistant

Cole is supporting our Director of Development on a part-time basis in our development work researching, writing, analyzing, helping to manage the data base, and providing overall administrative support. Cole is a Bronx resident who attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA and worked on campus as Administrative Assistant in the Student Government Office. He worked at the Chelsea MA Housing Authority as the Assistant Housing Manager. Cole was a seasonal associate in Maintenance and Operations at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.  He performed an internship as a Marking Administrative Assistant at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development.  He is a currently a Community Board Member at the Bronx Community Board #7.



JOHN BOUDREAU, Director of Marketing and Communications

John Boudreau has more than 26 years experience in the creative services, graphic design, web development, marketing and publishing industries. Designing and producing a wide variety of materials from promotional brochures, magazines, media kits and catalogues to children’s books, event graphics, exhibit design and websites, John began his career as a Magazine Designer in trade publishing at Keller International Publishing followed by Brand Manager for 17 titles at VNU eMedia. In 2003, John opened Boudreau Design as a freelancer graphic designer and creative communications consultant with clients in the educational, legal, financial, construction, real estate and art industries. Clients included Teachers College, Columbia University, Standard & Poors, Hoff Barthelson Music School, Westchester Golf Association, Yula Corporation and Agent of Change Events. John began working with Bronx Children’s Museum in 2010 as a designer and consultant and joined the team full-time as Director of Marketing and Communications in January 2019. John holds a Masters Degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music and was formerly a concert pianist



BRIGID BARKLEY, Human Resource Manager



SANDY SHALLECK, Proofreader, Editor



KRISTIN SCAROLA, Early Childhood Education Specialist Consultant


Kristin Scarola is a museum educator and consultant who provides experiences for museum visitors that are accessible, engaging and informative with an emphasis on the power of creativity to enliven, transform and inspire. Kristin specializes in early childhood and family programming, while working with a range of audiences including school groups, special needs, educators and school and museum administrators. She has taught at numerous cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, the Met and the Newark Museum. She has partnered with many institutions through Cool Culture to support families in visiting museums including the Rubin Museum of Art, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling and El Museo del Barrio. Kristin supports pre-service teachers at the Borough of Manhattan Community College as an adjunct professor.


SARAH JANE WITCHELL, Visitor Services Consultant

Sarah Jane is our Visitor Service consultant working directly with Nicole Wallace to integrate a visitor service infrastructure, systems, assessment protocol, and culture into our day-to-day operations as we ready ourselves to conduct a soft opening by early 2020 and a grand opening by June 2020. Sarah Jane obtained her B.A. from Hofstra University and has worked in various roles throughout her career related to group sales, operations and visitor services.  She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) as Director of Group Sales, where she oversaw all aspects of group sales and visitor services, and with Upsilon Ventures as the Group Sales & Membership Manager, where she project managed the integration of a new companywide ticketing system. She has also worked, on a consultant/seasonal basis, as the Director of Audience Services at World Science Festival, where she helped streamline and manage all aspects of ticketing and training of Audience Services Staff.


JACE SCHINDERMAN, Board Development & Strategic Planning Consultant

Ms. Schinderman has established a reputation over her 30-year career as an expert in board development and strategic management of nonprofit institutions, particularly in higher education, primary and secondary education, health care, the arts and community initiatives. At JLS Enterprises, a consultancy she founded in 2006, Ms. Schinderman serves a range of clients including the Archdiocese of New York, Bronx Children’s Museum, The New School, Rice University, Temple Emanu-El, NYU Langone Medical Center Cancer Institute, SUNY Maritime College and Touro Hospital of New Orleans. As Associate Dean of Columbia Business School from 1990-2006, Ms. Schinderman staffed the 80-member global Board of Overseers, supervised marketing and communications and developed and operated the Chazen Institute of International Business. Before that she held executive positions at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, which she joined after serving for six years as Founding and Executive Director of Louisiana’s 1st shelter for battered women and children, operated under the auspices of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Ms. Schinderman serves as Independent Director of alternative investment funds at Oppenheimer & Co. and Central Park Group. She graduated with her BA and MBA from Tulane University and speaks French, Italian and Spanish.



SHARON KLOTZ, Exhibit/Capital Consultant


Sharon has been a museum professional for nearly two decades and has held positions at Discovery Place, SciTrek, The Tech Museum of Innovation and Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM), where, as Director of Exhibitions, she was part of the leadership team that developed, designed and launched an $80M expansion and renovation, giving New York City its first LEED-certified museum. Recognized for its world-class collection and its central role as a cross-cultural community nexus, BCM created a suite of exhibits and programs that reflected Brooklyn’s diverse international community groups and encouraged ongoing, changing activities. BCM’s expansion project has served as a model and reference for many subsequent projects. In addition to leading exhibition research, planning and implementation, Sharon also led the Museum’s extensive visiting and traveling exhibits program. Following the grand re-opening of Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Sharon supported post-opening operations for a year and then launched a consulting practice to expand her work with emerging and transitioning museums. Projects include roles as: researcher and writer for an energy gallery at the new science museum in Calgary; strategic consultant and project coach for an emerging museum in Northern VA; and research and design consultant for Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Sharon holds a physics degree from MIT and, in addition to her museum experience, has also been a Wall Street finance analyst, a published science writer, a national corporate trainer, a theater producer and an organizational Board coach and facilitator. Sharon regularly serves the field as an advisor, grant reviewer, and conference presenter.



Waters On the Go! Guides


Haqikah Abdullah

Adam Algarin

Fionia Amara

Derek Cereola

Jessica Colon

Mona Dreher

James Montalvo

Naa Pappoe

Renee Pena-Lopez

Jamal Richards, Bus Driver

Marilyn Sola-Tavarez

Yoseline Sosa

Marina Williams

Shari Winard


Teaching Artists

Dr. Valerie Capers

Estefania Chavez

Christopher Gomez

Bobby Gonzalez

Ricardo Luss Nigaglioni

Yvette Martinez

John Robinson

Bobby Sanabria

Javaka Steptoe

Natalie C. Wood