President and CEO
Mike Noller has been involved in the management and delivery of education services for the past 23 years – from operating a Wichita-based technology learning center that provided much needed curriculum and training to Kansas schools and families in the early 90s, to managing the delivery of more than $2,000,000 a year in education services to Fortune 500 companies for a global communications company. A Wichita native, Noller received a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Electrical Engineering from Wichita State University and attended graduate MBA studies at the W. Frank Barton School of Business before leaving early to pursue a management opportunity with a Wichita based office furnishing and design company. Later, after spending eight years in Nashville, Tennessee, Noller returned to Wichita in 2005 to take over operation of the Museum of World Treasures. His extensive background in business and education provide him with the unique management skills required to build the Museum of World Treasures into the world-class historical museum its founder envisioned.
Chief Development Officer
Lon Smith been involved in business and nonprofit development for over twenty years, having owned two companies and worked with a diverse array of nonprofit and higher education entities to lead them toward growth of programs, services, revenue and engagement. Smith served for nearly eight years as Executive Director at the Kansas Aviation Museum where he provided the vision that led to major additions, including aircraft restoration facilities, special archives, an education/activity center and a major mechanical upgrade that brought heat, air, elevator and ADA compliant restrooms to the facilities. Originally from the St. Louis area, Smith grew up in museums. His mother served as curator of the county historical museum in his hometown and then later as director of the city history museum. Smith holds bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Communication and a Master of Public Administration degree with an emphasis on nonprofit management. With his unique set of experiences and skills, Smith is well positioned to help guide the Museum of World Treasures toward its significant growth potential.
Kristin leads education, exhibits, and collection work in the Programs Department at the MOWT. Having completed her B.S. in History through Newman University, Kristin joined MOWT as Education Director in 2014. As a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation, Kristin is committed to developing and delivering non-boring museum offerings.
Having built her career in the museum field up from a position as an exhibits volunteer in 2012, Kristin is dedicated to providing growth opportunities for museum staff, interns, and volunteers. In alignment with that dedication, Kristin acts as a co-chair of the Mountain-Plains Museum Association’s Emerging Museum Profressionals group and as a liason to the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network.
Kristin’s favorite activities include learning the piano, travelling to museums and scenic landscapes, and enjoying a good story.
Leads collections work in the Programs Department at the Museum of World Treasures. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Arts in anthropology and a Chinese language minor, Jordan moved to the Wichita area in 2014 where she became a Customer Service Representative for the museum, as well as a paleontology volunteer. In 2017, she completed her Masters of Arts from Wichita State University in anthropology with a museum studies emphasis, having pursued a masters project that focused on the preservation and conservation of a museum collection. While at WSU, Jordan also worked as Registrar and Collections Manager at the Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology. Jordan has a deep and expanding interest in the history of cultural traditions, beliefs, and art practices from around the world.
When you see something from the Museum on your social media feed, you can bet that Bonita was behind it. With her background in customer service and event planning, Bonita loves coming up with creative and fun ways to bring people in to see our treasures. From new, innovative events to engaging posts, she enjoys connecting with our patrons at every level. Her passions lie in spreading the word about the Museum's mission, and making sure that our image and voice reflect in everything we do.
Abbi has a background in education and genealogy. She graduated from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Social Studies and Language Arts. While at university, she led multiple student organizations which involved planning events, recruiting volunteers, and fundraising. Since university, she has taught Social Studies and Language Arts at the high school level in Emporia, Kansas and Andale, Kansas, and conducted genealogical research for multiple clients. Abbi’s passion for history and the stories it holds make her a great fit for the Museum of World Treasures.
Customer Service Manager
Danielle leads the customer service team in the Operations Department at the Museum of World Treasures. After graduating from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, Danielle moved to Wichita in 2013 where she became the studio manager and cake decorator at a local bakery. In 2015 she married the love of her life at the Wichita Art Museum. Having a lifelong passion for museums and art, Danielle joined the MOWT team in June of 2017. Danielle’s other passions include painting, singing, and being a part-time stay at home mom for her twin girls!
Mark was born and raised in Wichita and has a serious passion for all things history. He graduated from Campus High School in 2008 and worked as a cook for 8 years before pursuing his degree in Anthropology and History at Wichita State University. While attending school, Marc worked on campus for the Holmes Museum of Anthropology. Beginning as the Curator of Exhibits under Jerry Martin, in three years he would go on to become the Head Curator under the new director, Rachelle Meinecke. Marc is recently married and he and his wife, Jordan, are expecting their first child!
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