Chief Executive Officer
Esther Netter is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Zimmer Children’s Museum. As Founder, Esther developed a community of supporters and contributing artists, the Museum’s Board of Directors, initial funders and a revenue strategy to support the growing fledgling institution. As the museum expanded its reach over time, Esther launched youTHink, a California arts education initiative which uses the power of art to foster critical thinking, engage diverse learners, promote literacy and serve as a tool for social change. With the creation of the youTHink arts education outreach programming, the museum's reach extended from birth through high school.
Esther graduated UCLA with her BA and earned her Master’s degree in Education from the JTS in New York. Esther's graduate research and thesis focused on "synectics," an approach to creativity and problem-solving. Esther's work has built on the knowledge that the creative process can be taught and encouraged. She currently lectures and teaches about museum education, informal education and creativity in North America, Europe, and Israel.
Childhood hero: My grandfather, Rabbi Marcus Breger
Julee Brooks has spent her career dedicated to cultural programming for young people. Julee joined the Zimmer in February 2011. Before moving to LA, Julee served as Director of Education at Nashville Children’s Theatre, where she developed an inclusive, process-based theatre curriculum for ages 3-18, job corps and internship programs for high school and college students, and professional development programs for educators and teaching artists. In her six years with NCT, educational programs grew four-fold with demand greatly exceeding capacity. Additionally, Julee has directed dozens of shows for professional and educational theatre across the country and has developed arts programming for organizations in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Kentucky and South Dakota.
Childhood hero: Punky Brewster
Associate Director, Play and Learning
Maria completed her Bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach in the field of Family Studies, with a specialization in Child Development. She received her Master's degree in Early Education in 2008 from California State University Long Beach. Maria has worked in both private and public schools, as well as nonprofit organizations. This unique background has provided a foundation for best practice in working with children of all ages. Maria’s passion for helping children to realize their full potential and access their strengths drives her to become a better human being!
“My passion in life is to inspire parents to be their child’s number one advocate! I strongly believe in the power of love, positive guidance and a free-mind spirit. My number one priority is to create a partnership between parents and educators to insure that children get the best education experience possible”.
Childhood hero: My mom
Education Program Manager
Belinda received a BA in Sociology and a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Digital Arts from the University of California, Irvine, and continues to study Early Childhood Education at East Los Angeles Community College. Previously, she has worked as a Program Coordinator at the UCI Cross-Cultural Center and as an elementary after-school teacher in the Mountain View School District where she created and facilitated arts-integrated programs. Belinda has also volunteered with the Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center and with the Tuesday Night Project, an art+community space in downtown Little Tokyo. She is a freelance graphic designer and has her own line of stationary. Belinda is particularly committed to creating programs for underserved communities and creating access for young children to learn about the world around them through creative and interactive play.
Childhood hero: Sailor Moon, Martha Stewart, and my mom
Community Relations Manager
Farzaneh received a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA and has a background in fashion and her family’s textile business. She was a stay at home mom while she raised 3 children, all grown now. She always loved working with people and kids and starting volunteering with nonprofit organizations like Aish, where she helped raise money for young adults to visit Israel. Farzaneh also volunteered with the Skirball Cultural Center and eventually worked as the assistant to their volunteer desk. Farzaneh’s love of people and children has always led her, and now she is so happy to have found a new home at the Zimmer for herself and her future grandchildren.
Childhood hero: My mom and dad
Visitor Experience Manager /
Sasha received a BA in fine art from the University of California, Santa Barbara. However, she started her art education at the age of eight and continued taking art classes at Pasadena Art Center while attending Fairfax High School Visual Arts Magnet. During her stay at UCSB she participated in several group art shows and was head curator of the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show in which she also exhibited her work. She has been a yearly muralist at the Pasadena Calk Festival since 2005 and interned with the Light Bringer Project, a non-profit arts organization. She continues to make art and exhibits her work whenever she gets a chance. An alumni of the Zimmer’s arts education outreach program, youTHink, Sasha loves sharing her enthusiasm for art with children and families here at the Zimmer.
Childhood hero: Darkwing Duck
Director of Finance & Administration
Christine Barber is the Director of Finance and Administration. In her native United Kingdom, she received a BA in Business Administration and a Master’s in Psychology and was employed in HR Management, prior to traveling to the U.S. on an extended vacation.
When she chanced on employment with the New Zealand Embassy, her ‘vacation’ trip to the US became permanent residency. Based in Los Angeles, she was employed to promote New Zealand as a tourism destination to Americans.
After several years of this fun lifestyle she decided it was time to join the American workforce. She obtained Certificates in both HR Management and Accountancy at UCLA and has for the past 12 years been employed in non-profit management, the last 7 with Zimmer. In addition to the UK and US, Christine has lived in Spain and New Zealand and traveled through much of the world. Exploring foreign lands and foreign cultures is an on-going passion and is only curtailed by work and financial restrictions.
Childhood hero: None. She was too busy playing.
Adult hero: Nelson Mandela
Development & Communications Manager
Rebecca Bernard was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and came to Los Angeles at the young age of two. As a product of a multicultural family, she has always had an affinity for cross-cultural exploration and has made it her life mission to inspire children with a sense of love, respect and appreciation for our cultural differences. She has a "thing" for languages and was raised bilingually. She currently speaks Spanish fluently and Italian and French conversationally, but is ready to add more languages to her belt! Rebecca obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures, with a Minor in French. She also holds a Masters in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, with a specialization in digital communication and arts journalism. Rebecca brings over a decades worth of Business Development experience in the Localization industry, having helped Fortune 500 companies tailor their products and messaging for the international marketplace. She has also spent the last four years blogging and writing articles on parenting, culture, travel and the arts. When she is not working valiantly to grow the Zimmer through her fundraising efforts, you can usually find her hanging out in the exhibits with her two young children.
Development & Communications Coordinator
Arielle was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, but it’s been quite a while since she’s lived here. After attending the University of California at Davis, where she earned her BA in Art History, Arielle moved up to Eugene, Oregon to begin a Master’s program in Arts Management with emphases in both Community Arts and Media Management. Most recently, Arielle worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Cinema Pacific film festival in Eugene.
Now, this Valley Girl is back. Her position at the Zimmer combines her passions for the community engagement through the arts, youth learning, and- let’s be honest- social media. When she’s not working, Arielle can be found traveling the world (and capturing every moment of it on camera), watching the Food Network, geeking out over marketing blogs, playing on one of her many iSomethings, wandering into a(nother) museum, or waiting in line at a coffee shop.
Childhood hero: Bobby Flay
For over 25 years, Shifra has worked as an educator with youth and adults in schools, universities, businesses, camps and a range of co-curricular settings. She has been the director of youTHink, a program of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, since its inception in 1999 and has developed it into a comprehensive education and youth development program anchored in social justice.
Shifra served as adjunct faculty at Antioch University, Los Angeles from 2005-2009 in the graduate Education Department. Prior to her work at youTHink, she directed OPTIONS, a wellness and leadership program at California State University, Long Beach. Shifra has a doctorate in education (EdD) from Fielding Graduate University, a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA, and a Bachelor’s degree from Antioch University, Los Angeles.
Carla was born and raised in LA, but moved to NY to go to Vassar College, and then to get an MA in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She taught English at JHS 117, Elisabeth Irwin HS and Hunter College HS. Then she shifted gears and became a theater Teaching Artist, working for organizations like The New Victory Theater, Theater Development Fund and Lincoln Center Institute, going into NYC public schools to do everything from clowning to dance to Theater of the Oppressed work. She also taught Playwriting at Pace University and is a working playwright.
Childhood hero: Spike Lee
School Services Coordinator
Tasha Johnson was born and bred in Sacramento, California. She attended college at Grambling State University in Louisiana earning her BA in English. Always up for an adventure, she moved to Washington DC where she worked in politics for a while before discovering she wanted to effect change in another way through teaching. After teaching 7th grade English for 5 years, she and her family moved back to California. Tasha’s passion for youth continues both as a mom of 3 adorable boys and now as the School Services Coordinator of youTHink. When she’s not working, she enjoys riding bikes on the beach, reading and dancing to old school hip-hop.
Childhood hero: My brother, Autroy Graves stood tall above buildings and when he picked me up it felt like I was flying high in the sky.
Program Specialist, Youth Services
Carolina Couto graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the Program Specialist for Youth Services with youTHink. Carolina loves to be able to work in the community and empower our youth to create change. In her free time she loves to dance, go to concerts, and bake cupcakes.
Childhood hero: Frida Kahlo
We are not currently hiring any full-time staff members.
New Children's Theatre Program: a partnership between Zimmer Children's Museum and Children's Hospital Los Angeles
We are still accepting headshots and resumes for the project! You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that indicates why you are interested and any applicable experience you might have!
The Zimmer Children's Museum is casting roles in an innovative, year-long children's theatre partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of their Artist Program. The show is being conceived here at the Zimmer and will feature scripted and improv-based piece to be performed in rotation on visits to CHLA. The show will feature interactive components for kids and families.
The show in non-AEA.
4-5 days/week (4 hour blocks; likely evenings) June 3 – 25 Premeire at Zimmer: Sunday June 23 at 3:00pm Premiere at CHLA: June 24 or 25 (full day commitment)
We are looking for two main actors and to train 2 understudies as well.
Rehearsal rate: $1000/actor including both premiere dates Daily rate for performance days (once monthly): $150 per hospital performance date that you perform All performers will be compensated for any additional brush-up rehearsals/rehearsals for necessary show modifications.
The program is funded to run June 2013 to May 2014. Monthly dates TBD but hope to be consistent (i.e. fourth Monday of the month, etc).
We will also be looking for one actor to also serve as “project coordinator” as well. We will discuss as we find the right team that works.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 7 from 4-6pm at the Zimmer! As the script is being devised, we will be getting a group together for improv to test chemistry, flexibility and energy. Please come dressed to move and bring updated resume and headshot that details applicable shows, experience and training.
To be considered for this opportunity and attend the audition on May 7, please email Julee Brooks, Museum Director at email@example.com by Monday May 6.
Play Guide – Part-time/On-call
Zimmer Children’s Museum is always seeking volunteers and part-time Play Guides!
Responsible for general care of and engagement with museum visitors during public hours and private events.
- Assist visitors with general questions and needs. Respond in an appropriate way to guest concerns.
- Encouraging active engagement of visitors with museum exhibits and programs.
- Lead programs such as Open Art Studio and Sing-a-longs.
- Perform front desk duties when needed including answering main phone line, welcoming guests, answering questions about programs and selling memberships.
- Host birthday parties as scheduled.
- Collect feedback from visitors.
Does this sound like you? Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org today!
The museum is currently seeking interns in the following areas for Summer of 2013:
Early Childhood Education
Arts Education/Visitor Services
These project-based internships will give students hands-on experience in a non-profit cultural institution whose focus is informal learning for early childhood. Interns in ECE will work directly will program staff trained in ECE to develop, facilitate and assess summer camp and programs and school field trips. Public Programs/Visitor Services interns will assist on the floor of the museum with visitors and free arts-based programs offered daily. Admin/Development interns will gain first hand experience in non-profit management areas of fundraising, marketing and communications.
Internships at the Zimmer Children’s Museum commence June 3, 2013 and conclude August 30, 2013. Schedules are available Monday – Friday or Sunday-Thursday. Internships are unpaid and interns are responsible for their own housing. Course credit or required volunteer hours is available.
To apply, please email cover letter, resume and 2 letters of recommendation to Julee Brooks, Museum Director at email@example.com.