Hutchings Museum

Meet the Team

Daniela Larsen - Hutchings Museum Executive Director

Daniela Larsen

Executive Director

Biography

Passionate about exploring the world through science and the human story and is a certified National Geographic Educator. She has founded several non-profit organizations that support education and exploration. 

Current projects include creating online education, marketing the right causes, conservation, and historical preservation.

Leah Stutz

Leah Stutz

Team Manager

Biography

Leah has been working at the Hutchings Museum Institute for over 10 years. She graduated from UVU with a degree in Public History. She has helped to develop field trip programs, outreach programs, and museum events. She has been working as Museum Manager for 3 years. She loves her job and loves the staff and volunteers she works with. She enjoys teaching the students that visit the museum.

Leah enjoys camping, hiking, and looking at the night skies. She participates in the sport of falconry and flies a prairie falcon. She loves traveling and getting to learn about different countries and cultures. Some of her more recent trips include France, Mongolia, Nepal, and Canada.

Elise Williams

Elise Williams

Director of Operations

Biography

Elise Williams joined Hutchings Museum Institute in 2017 as an Executive Assistant and has transitioned to taking on the additional role of Director of Operations.

Elise is a former teacher with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Her greatest accomplishments are her three sons (17, 14, & 10) that keep her busy with competitive swimming, football, and basketball.

Spencer Ledbetter

Spencer Ledbetter

IT Support

Biography

Spencer Ledbetter has been working at the Hutchings Museum Institute for the past 3 years in IT and WordPress Front End Development and 1 year managing Google Ads. He created a Matterport virtual tour of the museum to make it accessible to everybody around the world.

Spencer likes teaching field trip groups about the geology collection. He is currently studying Business Information Systems online at GCU.

Spencer enjoys watching YouTube videos about the latest technology in smartphones and computers, building computers, and discussing economics.

Lucy Larsen

Volunteer Coordinator

Biography

 Lucy Larsen has been working at the Hutchings Museum Institute for the past 5 years as an Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, helping with conservation and humanitarian projects, as well as some digital preservation for the Museum’s artifacts.

  She is currently working on her general education and enjoys the learning opportunities that working at the museum provides.  

Lucy’s greatest accomplishments are hiking to Everest Basecamp, going to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and being IWRC Certified.

Desert

Desert Mulford

Educator

Biography

Desert Mulford joined the Hutchings Museum Institute team as an Educator in September 2021, shortly after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University. 

Lover of animals and fossils, Desert finds himself right at home in the arid regions of Utah. Having reached thousands of Utah schoolchildren, he is an accomplished informal educator and will happily discuss his passions with anyone. From training Rhesus macaques in the field stations of California to collecting entomology research specimens in the frigid rivers of Utah, Desert wields a large variety of experience to use in making your visit to the museum a fulfilling one. 

When he is not spending his time learning about ancient life or the latest herpetological discoveries, he can be found playing indie games on his PS5 or playing Magic: The Gathering with his friends. Before he allows himself any time for those activities, however, he will bend over backward to ensure his cat, Sammy, is treated like the princess that she thinks herself to be.

Nancy Bentley

Nancy Bentley

Programs and Events

Biography

Nancy grew up in northern Utah.  She got her BFA from Utah State University and studied at Pratt Institute in New York City.  After living on both coasts, she has returned to Utah to curate her grandparents’ doll museum collection and care-take their Victorian home.

Nancy has worked in a broad spectrum of museum environments, from curating contemporary art to organizing large public events for a children’s museum.  Her curiosity and penchant for discovery have brought her to Hutchings Museum Institute where she coordinates events and programs.

Chuck Larsen

Charlie Larsen

Videographer

Biography

Information coming

Elder Beus

Conner Beus

Head Gamekeeper

Biography

Conner Beus has been working at the Hutchings Museum for the past 3 years as an Educator, Animal Caretaker, and Gamekeeper. He has experience working with crocodilians, anaconda’s, penguins, bears, venomous animals, and training mink. As the head of the animal department, he takes upon himself to make every experience meaningful for our guests by inspiring curiosity for wildlife in the community. With experiences in presenting to 1000 people at once on large stages to presenting to young children at preschools or birthday parties he is adaptable and loves making each experience meaningful. As a National Geographic Certified Educator, he believes in the power of storytelling and sharing both sides of a story. He believes in making education fun and hands-on.

Conner Beus loves natural history and nature, his work is his passion. In his spare time, he grows/restores native vegetation, cares for native wildlife, restores/prepares fossils, writes informative papers on wildlife to further his knowledge, and seeks more opportunities in the community to get involved in nature. He is currently studying Botany at UVU.

Carrie Miller

Giftshop

Biography

Carrie has been with the Hutchings Museum Institute for over a year operating the museum gift shop. She has had experience in sales for over 5 years and is skilled in sales and service. She loves selling products that are unique, educational, and fun to inspire exploration, curiosity, and awareness! 

Carrie loves working at the museum and has interests in history, curation, and education. She loves to travel, spend time outside, and share her love of history.

Emily Larsen

Emily Larsen

Researcher

Biography

Information coming

Camilla Larsen

Camilla Larsen

Website

Biography

Information coming

Toph Cottle

Toph Cottle

Online Content

Biography

Toph Cottle works with days for girls in Madagascar. He is finishing a Masters’s in Development Economics from the University of London SOAS. He is the proud board member of three non-profits working around the world to close opportunity gaps. He completed his undergraduate at Utah State University and worked in Italy, Kiribati, Madagascar, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In his free time, Toph loves to read, fish, and has a small obsession with checking his Twitter account.