The Executive Staff

Get In Touch

Private Events Kristal Blessett  801.531.9800 ext 126
Major Gifts & Sponsorships Deborah Peterson  801.531.9800 ext 110
Memberships Nathalia Whitecar 801.531.9800 ext 134
Marketing & Media/Public Relations Drew Ehrgott and Britnee Bartlett 801.531.9800 ext 130
Group Ticket Sales (15+) Group discounts (150+) Staff 801.531.9800 ext 202
School Field Trips Staff 801.531.9800 ext 103
Donations and Development Katie Smith 801.531.9800 ext 120
Children’s Birthday Parties Kristal Blessett 801.531.9800 ext 126

Get To Know Us

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Preston Eichers
Special Projects Director

Salt Lake City native and The Leonardo’s resident Renaissance man, Preston Eichers brings over 35 years of financial leadership experience to his role. In addition to helming the museum’s finances and accounting, Preston also oversees physical facilities, hospitality services, internal technology and risk management. Before joining the Leonardo, Preston had an impressive career in public accounting and was a longtime supporter of non-profits, having served as a board member on several of them.

In addition to his work experience, Preston is a retired veteran of the US Army, and was called to active duty in support of Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990.

Preston is passionate about helping The Leonardo become the premier museum on the Wastach Front and hopes his work will help leave a legacy for his children and grandchildren as a place to come, learn and express their creativity.  In his free time, Preston can be found with a good book, shooting photographs of the people and places he loves most and playing practical jokes on those same unsuspecting people.

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Kathryn Smith
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!

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Deborah Peterson
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.