Cheryl Kessler received a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Davis (2000) and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA (2002). She has 17 years experience conducting all phases of the exhibit and program evaluation in children’s museums, science centers, natural history museums, zoos, living history sites, libraries, theaters and performing arts residencies, and professional organizations. A generalist, Cheryl has skills and experience with a variety of audiences and evaluation methodologies. She synthesizes her broad range of experiences to bring a creative, pragmatic, and individualized approach to each project.
Cheryl is deeply interested in understanding how people connect with informal learning institutions and how that experience affects individuals over time. Committed to advancing evaluation as a profession, she served as a board member and Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Visitor Studies Association (VSA) from 2009-2013, is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and has served as a grant reviewer for the Insititute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB). Cheryl’s expertise and enthusiasm have earned her a reputation as an effective and trusted evaluator.