Who We Are
Staff Directory and Phone Numbers
Fred W. Goss • Director
785-587-2729 ext. 206
Fred began his employment with the City of Manhattan’s Parks and Recreation Department on May 2, 2013 and is responsible for the daily operations of the FHDC and supervision of its staff in addition to assuring that the FHDC objectives of tourism attraction, education, and recreation are carried out at the highest professional standards. Fred also serves as the liaison to the FHDC Foundation and its board, the FHDC’s Advisory Board, in addition to serving regional stakeholders, and the general public.
He has held several positions including that of Consultant with the Cultural Resource Management Group; Director of the Greensboro Historical Museum in Greensboro, NC and Chief Executive Officer of the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska. His career path provided him with the opportunity to work in the positions of Assistant Director, Interim Director and Graduate Student Internship/Farm Manager at Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita, KS and a interpretation supervisor at Living History Farms in Urbandale, IA. Goss holds a MA in Historic Administration from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fred is a Great Plains Native and looks forward to learning about and becoming involved in the greater Manhattan community.
Jerri Hager • Development Officer
785-587-2729 ext. 207
Jerri is responsible for development activities for the Discovery Center including supervision of outreach, membership and event sales staff. Jerri recently moved to Kansas from Brunswick, Georgia where she served the last three years as the Public Relations Director with the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. Her previous work as the society's development director included coordinating and implementing a five-year, $5.5 million dollar capital campaign. She also has extensive experience in event management and holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from Clayton State University.
Susan Adams • Volunteer/Visitor Services Manager
785-587-2729 ext. 201
Susan is responsible for both a dynamic volunteer program and excellent customer service here at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Susan handles recruitment, training and supervision of the more than 100 volunteers who support programs and activities. She also manages all aspects of customer service. Previously, Susan worked for Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan as the Director of Volunteer/Guest Services for more than five years.
Roy Garrett • Exhibits/Operations Manager
785-587-2729 ext. 209
Roy Garrett serves as manager for the 10,000 square feet of permanent exhibits on display at the facility. He supervises building operations and is responsible for the implementation and development of engaging temporary exhibits. Roy is a seasoned museum veteran, having worked for 15 years at the Corpus Christi Museum of Natural History. He is a Kansas State University alumnus and a proud parent.
Jared Bixby • Curator of Education
785-587-2729 ext. 202
Jared serves as the Curator of Education at both Sunset Zoo and the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Jared is well-known for his knowledge, creativity and effectiveness as an educator in the areas of animal and natural sciences. He supervises a staff of education specialists, as well as volunteer interpreters, to ensure a rich and stimulating education program at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.
Pamela Kulokas • Marketing Coordinator
785-587-2729 ext. 213
Pamela serves as the outreach coordinator for the Flint Hills Discovery Center, and is an experienced public relations specialist. She is responsible for the strategic development of a wide variety of internal and external communication materials to support and promote FHDC. Pamela enjoys maintaining strong relations with local and regional media outlets to facilitate a positive flow of information, and she is always looking for opportunities to share the mission of the FHDC with the community. Pamela earned her Bachelor of Arts in English education and Theatre from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Jonathan Mertz • Event Sales Coordinator
785-587-2729 ext. 208
Jonathan is here to assist in all your event needs, from a small group meeting to your dream wedding. A graduate of Wamego High School and then Kansas State University, he is the fourth generation of his family to live in the Flint Hills. After working for several years for non-profit organizations in Washington, DC, he is excited to be back in Kansas.
Travis Young • Education Specialist - History/Culture
785-587-2729 ext. 204
Travis is one of two Education Specialists tasked with assisting the Curator of Education with the development of educational programs with a historical and cultural focus, as well as coordinating with volunteers to ensure accurate delivery of information to guests. Born and raised in Missouri, Travis was a high school history teacher before enlisting in the Army. He has resided in the Manhattan/Fort Riley area since 2004, except for two years during his military duties. He previously worked as a substitute teacher in the Flint Hills area.
Caitlin Luttjohann • Education Specialist - Science
785-587-2729 ext. 203
Caitlin comes to the FHDC after having been with USD 383 for the past 4 ½ years as Northview Elementary’s Before and After School Supervisor. She also helped Northview start a summer camp program last year. She is also a recent graduate from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. Her diverse background, great enthusiasm, willingness to learn, and strong work ethic makes her an outstanding addition to the team.
Penny Cullers • Gift Store Coordinator
785-587-2729 ext. 214
Penny is responsible for the purchasing of new products, inventory accountability and sales at the Gift Store. She previously worked for fifteen years as a manager and buyer for Varney’s Book Store here in Manhattan, and brings her retail experience along with her love of the Flint Hills to assist in the Gift Store’s success. Penny has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Kansas State University.