Families First Children’s Museum Staff

Families First Children’s Museum Staff

Meet the individuals who make up the Families First Children’s Museum staff! These experienced and dedicated people bring their passion for enriching the lives of families to work every day. Whether you’re looking for advice for helping a teething toddler or a testing teen, or your family seeks a fun place for the little ones to explore and play – these are the people who are there to listen, teach and create programs that are helpful, safe and inclusive of all families.

Nick Roberts, Executive Director
Nick assumed leadership of Families First Children’s Museum in 2017. Having served as director of Missoula’s popular Flagship Program, he has an extensive history in fund development and community-based initiatives and has devoted his professional career to nonprofit management and higher education leadership. Previously, he has held positions with The University of Montana’s Office of Civic Engagement, Community Medical Center and the National Wildlife Federation. The father of two young children, Nick is a native of Tennessee. He has been happy to call Missoula home for more than a decade. Email Nick

Claire Phinney, Family Education Director
Claire joined Families First Children’s Museum in September 2017 as our family education director. She brings her skills in leadership, education, training, and program development from more than two decades of work in nonprofits, education centers and social service agencies. Claire hails from the Seattle area of Washington State, although she has deep roots in Montana and has spent the last 9 years calling Missoula home. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and Development (University of Washington, WA) and her M.A. in Human Development (Pacific Oaks College, CA) with an emphasis on conflict transformation and nonprofit leadership.  She is mother to two boys who are the light of her life, and who help drive her passion for ensuring children receive the best possible service and care from those who provide for and teach them. Previously Claire served as director of Women’s Opportunity Resource and Development (WORD) in Missoula. In Washington, she has held positions as the educational advocacy regional coordinator/curriculum development specialist for Treehouse for Kids and program development coordinator/tribal liaison for Washington Association of CASA/GAL Programs. Email Claire


Sarah Osteen, Museum Manager
A transplant from the desert, Sarah, a native Arizonan, joined the team as Museum Manager Summer 2017. She has always had an appreciation for both the function and beauty of Western Montana and her family is thrilled to now call Missoula home. Sarah attended Arizona State University, receiving a BS in Sociology, and values the importance of direct impact, especially at a city level. With over a decade of service in the nonprofit sector, Sarah thrives turning ideas into reality and connecting to the community to inspire change. Sarah’s favorite children’s book is Ferdinand the Friendly Bull. Email Sarah



Rob LubLubke photosmallke, Outreach and Development Manager
A native Missoulian, Rob joined  the staff of Families First Children’s Museum as outreach and development manager in 2016. After many years working in the health care publishing industry, Rob is excited to return to the nonprofit world. Previously, he spent time as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) and at Missoula Aging Services (MAS). In fact, his current position has proven to be a bit of a homecoming as the museum is located in the same offices that once housed MAS. He considers it an honor to say he’s worked to benefit people at both ends of the age spectrum—older adults and now young children. Rob holds degrees in marketing and journalism. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking and wood carving.  He is an avid Griz fan. Email Rob 

MingzhuMinghzu Yuan, Museum Assistant 
Mingzhu is originally from Southwest China. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in early childhood development and more than four years’ preschool teaching experience. She and her husband have a young son, and they are teaching him both English and Chinese. Mingzhu has worked as a translator and will be helping us develop Chinese programs for our visitors at the museum! Email Mingzhu