A Peoria Park District Facility

Meet the staff


Katie Klaus

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Katie was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and attended Eureka College. Her favorite movie is The Lion King and her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the Chicken Coop! In her free time, Katie enjoys playing with her rambunctious son and cats.

Robin Hasty

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Robin has a bachelor’s degree in music. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the Theater and her favorite movie is Mulan. She loves all things music and art, and animals, too!

Haley Gray

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Haley is a studio artist who received her BFA in Painting from Illinois State University. She loves helping kids use their imagination to create projects in Real Tools.

Jody Holtz

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Jody graduated from Bradley University in May 2021 with a theatre arts, television arts double major. She loves performing, stand up comedy, and cooking delicious meals. Feel free to talk to her about movies, TV shows, and anything funny.

Taylor Kilgus


Taylor is from Pekin, Illinois and attends St. Ambrose University. Her favorite animal is a kitten and she loves the movie Tangled. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the SciLab!

Taylor Tomlianovich

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Taylor grew up in Peoria and is currently a student at Bradley University studying Early Childhood Education. Her favorite movies are Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog. Her favorite exhibits at the Playhouse are Real Tools and Fossils Rock! During her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, and travel.

Rebecca Mueller

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Rebecca is from Northwest Indiana and is currently an Elementary Education major at Bradley University. Her favorite movies are Raya and the Last Dragon and Big Hero 6. Her favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are Peoria, Then and Now, and the Theater. She loves visiting home to see her dogs, cats, and chickens!

Olivia Caspall

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Olivia was born and raised in Evanston, IL. She attends Bradley University and is studying Social Work. Her favorite movie is The Angry Birds Movie and her favorite exhibit is Peoria, Then and Now, specifically the trains which she would have loved to explore as a child. Olivia loves to spend time with family and friends, and complete puzzles!


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Rebecca Shulman




Rebecca moved to Peoria in 2013. For nearly 25 years prior to that she lived in New York City, and worked in the Education Departments of art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Noguchi Museum. She is the author of the book Looking at Art in the Classroom and writes the blog Museum Questions.


Jake Guzan

Exhibits Manager



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Jada Culberson

Community Outreach and Marketing Manager



Michelle Kistler

Membership Coordinator



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Tessa Martinez



Jake joined the PlayHouse in November 2018. He is a printmaker, with a BFA degree from Bradley University and an MFA degree from West Virginia University. His favorite movie is The Lego Movie because he always loved playing with Legos when he was young, and because "everything is awesome!".

Jada is from Peoria, Il and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finishing with a degree in Communications. She believes strongly in making sure the arts are accessible to all communities. In her free time, she loves to roller skate, paint, and read.

Michelle is from Hunstville, AL and moved to Peoria in 2019. She graduated from University of Alabama and received her masters degree overseas at University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Michelle has loved museums since a visit to Washington, D.C. in 5th grade; she is passionate about museum education and enjoys collections and archival work.

Tessa was born and raised in Laredo, TX. She received he master’s degree in ceramics. She loves traveling, dancing, and making cards. She is passionate about having children and their adults learn about new materials, tools, and ways of making.

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Tori Hatchell

AmeriCorps Member / Educator



Tori is from Readfield, ME and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in May of 2020. She developed a passion for museums when she was young after visiting them on family vacations and school trips, and was able to spend the summer of 2019 interning at the Maine State Museum, where she gained experience working with collections and conservation staff.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum