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 her undergrad 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