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 is continuing to learn about the greater Manhattan community.
Jerri Hager • Development Officer
785-587-2729 ext. 207
Jerri is responsible for development and membership activities for the Discovery Center including supervision of outreach, marketing and event sales staff. An Atlanta native, Jerri moved to Kansas from Brunswick, Georgia where she served 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. Jerri’s experience includes serving as the Director of Continuing Education at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia. She also has extensive experience in event management and holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies from Clayton State University.
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.
Susan Adams • Volunteer/Visitor Services Manager
785-587-2729 ext. 210
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. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Leisure Management from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Stephen Bridenstein • Public Program Coordinator
785-587-2729 ext. 202
Stephen is responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of the Discovery Center’s educational, interpretive and public programming offerings and supervises two education specialists. He most recently held the position of oral historian coordinator with the Seminole Tribe of Florida at their Ah-Tah-Ki-Museum in Clewiston, FL. He also has experience with the National Park Service in Wyoming at Yellowstone National Park and Knife River Indian Villages in North Dakota as a park ranger heavily involved in on-site interpretation. Stephen holds a BA from the University of Michigan in History with a minor in Spanish as well as a MA in History from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Jonathan Mertz • Event Sales Coordinator
785-587-2729 ext. 208
Jonathan is responsible for facility rentals at the FHDC and assist in all event needs, from hosting a small group meeting to planning a 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.
Caitlin Luttjohann • Education Specialist - Science
785-587-2729 ext. 203
Caitlin, one of two Education Specialists, plans and implements education programs with a focus on science and technology. Prior to joining the FHDC staff, Caitlin worked for USD 383 for 4 years as Northview Elementary’s Before and After School Supervisor where she helped Northview start a summer camp program. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and is an avid hockey fan. Her diverse skills and engineering background bring a unique perspective to the FHDC 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.