Meet Our Team

    • Melody Kraus
      Founding Executive Director

      Melody Kraus

      Founding Executive Director

      Melody Kraus has served non profit and religious organizations for over 20 years. As an Ordained Elder, Kraus is highly regarded in the United Methodist Church system, and has served in Mont Belvieu, Pearland, Deer Park and Dickinson. Kraus lives in Mont Belvieu, TX with her husband and 3 children. Click HERE to email Melody.

    • Macy Middleton
      President of the Board of Directors

      Macy Middleton

      President of the Board of Directors

      Macy is a Marketing Consultant with over 13 years of experience with small businesses and startups. She has a BS in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin and worked for the Austin Rodeo and Sweet Leaf Tea Company before she went to Rice University for her MBA in Entrepreneurship. Since then she has served various small businesses and tech startups setting up marketing programs, researching and surveying potential customers, and creating retention programs. In addition, she builds websites, creates graphics, and builds communication programs. She is a mom to 3 boys and is married to Mayes Middleton, who is a State Representative for Chambers and Galveston Counties.

      “As a mom to 3 boys, my days are full of serving, caring, teaching, and playing. I’m so inspired when I see their little “lightbulbs” turn on when they are experiencing or learning something new. I see the value of those experiences both inside and outside of the classroom and it is my goal to turn their education into a love of learning. That is the focus of the Children’s Museum. To come along side parents and teachers in this formative age and supplement the children’s learning in a play-centered way. I am the President of the Board of Directors and I can’t wait to bring the Children’s Museum from ideation to grand opening.”

    • Sandra Duree
      Deputy Superintendent, BHISD

      Sandra Duree

      Deputy Superintendent, BHISD

      Sandra Duree is a lifetime educator committed to excellence in education.  Over the course of her career, she has served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, and a national consultant providing workshops in the areas of Reading, Writing, School Reform, and Leadership.  For the past 14 years, she has worked in Barbers Hill ISD where she currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

    • Jessica Ligon
      M. Ed, Board Member

      Jessica Ligon

      M. Ed, Board Member

      Jessica has worked in a variety of capacities within the field of education for the past twenty-one years.  Her experiences include teaching in early childhood and public elementary classroom settings, private education center management, non-profit school-based programs, and instructing undergraduate education majors at Texas State University and Lamar University.  A a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Southwest Texas State University; she holds teaching certificates in early childhood, elementary, and special education. Jessica has been married to her husband, Brian, for seventeen years and together they have one son, Zak, who is a fifth grader.  Her family enjoys church activities, sports, games, movies, and spending time outdoors.

      Jessica is excited about helping families and children connect through play at the Chambers County Children’s Museum!

    • Ashley Shibley
      Marketing Director, Patients ER

      Ashley Shibley

      Marketing Director, Patients ER

      Ashley Shibley is the current marketing director for Patients Emergency Room, and is an active member of many boards and organizations in the community. Prior to her career, Ashley was a Kilgore Rangerette and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, Ashley had stints in communications, public relations, and television news, where she was an anchor and reporter. She and her husband, Adam, and their two children, Adelyn and Ace, reside in Chambers County.

    • Courtney Caylor
      Senior Field Administrative Assistant, Enterprise Products

      Courtney Caylor

      Senior Field Administrative Assistant, Enterprise Products

      Mrs. Courtney Caylor is an employee of Enterprise Products, Houston Region Operations. As a Senior Administrative Assistant, her responsibilities are vast, however with her passion for the community she thrives in public relations for community efforts and events. Courtney is an active board member for the Chambers County Children’s Museum, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation- Baytown Chapter, and Goose Creek ISD Education Foundation. She also enjoys camping and boating with her husband, three children, and dog. Courtney is a graduate of Auburn University. She has 14 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.

    • Megan Campbell
      Educator

      Megan Campbell

      Educator

      Megan is a life-time learner and mother of two boys. She feels strongly that education should be derived through an immersion experience that ignites the senses.  She was raised in Chambers County, and has been married to her wonderful husband, Danny, since 2010. Megan has a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration education from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has been an early childhood educator since 2010, teaching kindergarten and first grade. Megan is excited to serve on the board and assist in bringing a fun and educational safe place for all children to grow and learn with their families and peers.

    • Jake Caylor
      Owner, Texas Modern Waste, Synergy Project Group

      Jake Caylor

      Owner, Texas Modern Waste, Synergy Project Group

      Jake is a husband and father of 3 beautiful children (Laney Grace -10, Hank -7 and Duke -1.) He is the the owner/operator of Texas Modern Waste and his capital project consulting firm Synergy Project Group. After graduating from the University of Alabama, Jake has spent over 16 years in the construction industry. His experience includes consulting, design and construction execution for projects in residential home building, commercial construction and the oil and gas industry. This experience has given Jake a unique firsthand perspective and serves as a foundation for his work and will provide the Chambers County Childrens Museum with a comprehensive understanding of construction best practices and management expertise.

      Jake also has a heart for families and children in the community and is excited to see that there will soon be a new opportunity for them to learn, grow and spend time together at the Chambers County Childrens Museum.

    • Brian Ligon
      Communications and Marketing Director, CIty of Mont Belvieu, Board Member

      Brian Ligon

      Communications and Marketing Director, CIty of Mont Belvieu, Board Member

      Brian is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of Mont Belvieu.  After graduating from Baylor University, Brian spent 17 years working in broadcast television specializing in production and marketing.  In 2012, he found a passion for government communications and is committed to ensuring his residents stay connected and informed. Brian currently serves on the board of directors for the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) and has been recognized for excellence in his field with numerous state and national awards. He also stays busy within the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Mont Belvieu Fire Department, serving as Vice-President of the Barbers Hill Lions Club, and also volunteering at Faith Family Church, Baytown. While his professional achievements are nice, he is most proud of being husband to Jessica and dad to Zak.

      Brian is excited for the kids in the Mont Belvieu area to have a new place to learn and explore and for the positive impact the museum will have on the City.

    • Kelli Youngquist

      Kelli Youngquist

      Kelli was born and raised in North Dakota. Prior to moving to Texas, she was a teacher and coach for 7 years. She now resides in Mont Belvieu with her husband Brett, 3 year old daughter, Lux and 2 year old son Jaxon.

    • Ashley Bollich
      Former Marketing Director

      Ashley Bollich

      Former Marketing Director

      Ashley attended Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing. She resides in Chambers County with her husband Chris and two children, Briley and Jackson.  Ashley is excited see the joy that Chambers County Children’s Museum will bring to our community.

    • Karla Dean
      Retired Educator

      Karla Dean

      Retired Educator

      Karla is a retired teacher who taught the Biological Sciences, Leadership, and Forensics for 27 years. She is a member and President of Delta Kappa Gamma, Soil and Water Conservation Board, Lions Organization, Book Club, and Trinity Episcopal Church. She enjoys horseback riding, baling hay and mowing, reading, painting, puzzles, and nurturing her two grandchildren.

    • Chris Bollich
      Owner, Gulf Coast Measuring

      Chris Bollich

      Owner, Gulf Coast Measuring