A Peoria Park District Facility

Meet the staff

THE PLAYHOUSE FLOOR STAFF

Rachel Aiello

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Rachel grew up in Peoria and is currently a student at Illinois Central College studying Multimedia. Her favorite movie is The Lion King. She loves spending time with family and friends and playing video games, particularly Mario Kart. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Fossils Rock.

Ashley Bailey

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Ashley is an explorer of the world. She has lived in several states throughout the United States. Ashley has lived in Peoria for the past four years. She enjoys camping and arts and crafts. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Motion Commotion!

Krystopher Brown

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Krystopher is a self-taught recycle artist. He likes many animated movies but his top favorite is The Iron Giant. He graduated from Peoria High School in 2011 in Music Studies. His favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are the Water Table and Motion Commotion.

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. Olivia loves to spend time with family and friends, and complete puzzles! Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Peoria, Then and Now, specifically, the trains which she would have loved to explore as a child.

Lynn Corbin

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Born and raised on a farm two hours away, Lynn has been a Peoria resident for over 20 years. After raising two kids, she was looking for her next chapter of life when she found it at the PlayHouse! In her free time, she loves keeping up with current events, spending time with her granddogs, and eating great pasta! She loves all the PlayHouse exhibits and can't narrow a favorite down.

Cameron Culberson

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Cameron was raised and born in Peoria. He currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he is studying Psychology. In his free time, Cameron loves to paint, draw, and create digital art, as well as hang out with family and friends. His favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Motion Commotion.

Cassie Voss

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Cassie was born and raised in Peoria, IL. They are a freelance photographer and poet. Cassie's favorite movie is Paddington 1 and 2. Their favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is the musical bridge.

Robin Hasty

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

Christopher Wombacher

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Christopher was born in Macomb. He started coming to the Playhouse when it first opened, making him the first staff member to work here after coming as a kid. He currently attends Peoria Heights High School. He plays World of Warcraft and writes poetry for fun. His favorite exhibit is the Water Table!

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. She loves visiting home to see her dogs, cats, and chickens! Her favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are Peoria, Then and Now, and the Theater.

Ryce Ledezma

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Ryce was born in Evanston, Il but soon moved to San Antinio, TX. He returned to Illinois 8 years ago and recently found a great home here in Peoria. He loves reptiles and amphibians, and currently owns a Bearded Dragon named Levi. His favorite TV show growing up was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Teri Nixon

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Teri was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois! She has 25+ years working with children in all sorts of different capacities. Teri’s favorite movie is Toy Story as she loves to watch the joy that it brings to children. When not working, you can find Teri curled up at home reading or grabbing a latte from Starbucks. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Motion Commotion.

Miranda Prather

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Miranda has lived in the Peoria area her entire life and loves watching how kids learn and grow. Outside of the PlayHouse, she enjoys doing puzzles, taking care of her family, helping her daughter with her party princess business, and watching her perform. Her favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are Motion Commotion and the SciLab.

Danara Tran

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Danara Tran is currently going to school to become a special education teacher. She is a full-time substitute teacher in the Peoria Area. Her favorite movie is Sleeping Beauty. Her favorite exhibit at the PlayHouse is Fossils Rock.

Taylor Tomlianovich

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Taylor grew up in Peoria and graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Her favorite movies are Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog. During her free time, she loves to hike, kayak, and travel. Her favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are Real Tools and Fossils Rock!

Ang Naylor

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Ang is from the northwest Chicago suburbs and currently goes to school at Bradley University. She is studying Secondary Education along with History & Social Studies. Her favorite movies are Moana and The Princess Bride. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and play various sports. Her favorite exhibits at the PlayHouse are Motion Commotion and the SciLab.

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE PLAYHOUSE OFFICE STAFF

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Melissa Sierra

Director

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msierra@peoriaparks.org

Melissa grew up in Illinois, and spent most of her childhood within a five-mile radius of Glen Oak Park. Her passion for learning and sharing comes for working in public libraries for almost 10 years, five of those years were spent serving the youth of Austin, Texas. She returned home to Peoria in 2019 and comes to PlayHouse with a passion to learn, grow, and share access to resources with our patrons and community members.

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Jake Guzan

Exhibits Manager

309.323.6895

jguzan@peoriaparks.org

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!".

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Katie Klaus

Operations Coordinator

309.323.6893

kklaus@peoriaparks.org

Katie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Peoria in 2011 after earning her Bachelor’s Degree at Eureka College. She started working at the PlayHouse in 2017, two years after her son was born. She loves watching him grow up and explore at the PlayHouse. Her favorite toys as a child were her beanie babies because of her love of animals, especially cats.

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Jada Culberson

Community Outreach and Marketing Manager

309.323.6894

jculberson@peoriaparks.org

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.

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Jennifer Stubbs

Education Coordinator

309.323.6896

jstubbs@peoriaparks.org

Jennifer is a proud graduate of Peoria District 150 Schools. She continued her education at Illinois State University in Normal, IL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and Education and at the Erikson Institute in Chicago, IL with a Master’s Degree in Child Development. From as early as she can remember, Jennifer has loved three things: family, learning, and the outdoors. As a mother and educator, Jennifer believes that science and nature can inspire play and wonder, foster a love of learning, and create time for togetherness -- for both children and their grown-ups.

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Gabrielle Necastro

Marketing Intern

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Gabi was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. A third-year student at Bradley, she is currently majoring in Business Management and Social Media Marketing with a minor in Sociology. In her free time, she loves to cross-stitch, bake, and write. Her all-time favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas, which she believes will never change. She currently is a dog mom to a lovable beagle-daschund.

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum

The Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum