The Executive Staff
Get In Touch
|Private Events||Kristal Blessettfirstname.lastname@example.org||801.531.9800 ext 126|
|Major Gifts & Sponsorships||Deborah Petersonemail@example.com||801.531.9800 ext 110|
|Memberships||Nathalia Whitecarfirstname.lastname@example.org||801.531.9800 ext 134|
|Marketing & Media/Public Relations||Drew Ehrgottemail@example.com||801.531.9800 ext 130|
|Group Ticket Sales (15+) Group discounts (150+)||Stafffirstname.lastname@example.org||801.531.9800 ext 202|
|School Field Trips||Staffemail@example.com||801.531.9800 ext 103|
|Donations and Development||Katie Smithfirstname.lastname@example.org||801.531.9800 ext 120|
|Children’s Birthday Parties||Kristal Blessettemail@example.com||801.531.9800 ext 126|
Get To Know Us
Alexandra has been with The Leonardo since 2006 and is a full-time employee. She was the Program Manager for Body Worlds 3 and the Story of the Heart and is responsible for bringing the world renowned exhibit to Utah. Before joining The Leonardo, she held management roles with the Salt Lake and Sydney Olympic organizing committees as well as the Stills Gallery in Sydney, Australia’s foremost multimedia art and contemporary photography gallery. She holds the following degrees: Undergraduate Studies in Pedagogy and Philosophy, University of Mainz, Germany (1990); Master of Science (Sports Sciences), University of Mainz, Germany (1994); and Master of Business, University of Sydney, Australia (2004).
Chief Impact Officer
Kathryn (Katie) Smith found the one organization that made sense of her extremely eclectic talents and interests when she joined The Leonardo in 2009. Her experiences working in a genetics laboratory, excavating Turkish archaeology sites and earning a Masters degree in Human Rights easily fit right in with The Leonardo’s multi-disciplinary mission.
Katie raised money to support the museum’s original build-out during its capital campaign phase and led its development team through the transition to developing an annual giving program. These days she works mostly with community partners, government officials and foundations and loves nothing more than to share the impressive impact The Leonardo has in our community.
When not at The Leonardo, you can find her…wait…you can almost always find her at The Leo!
Chief Development Officer
Deb Peterson fell in love with the idea of The Leonardo long before it became a reality.
As an advisor to Dr. Mario Capecchi, Deb was instrumental in Dr. Capecchi’s appointment to a senior advisory role on the museum’s board. Early enthusiasm for the vision was infectious. Deb subsequently took Dr. Capecchi’s “follow your heart” advice; she took a leave of absence from the University of Utah to assist in the early establishment of the museum!
Deb so loved the excitement and challenge surrounding this project that she just couldn’t leave. After three months “assisting,” she resigned her post at the U to become The Leonardo’s Chief Development Officer. Deb brings decades of experience in public relations, marketing and development to her role at The Leonardo. The only thing she loves more than her family and The Leonardo are her horses. Shown in this picture with Sonny, her 14 year old, 17 hand quarter horse. When not in the museum, you might spot Deb climbing through the mountains on one of her amazing horses.