Staff and Board

Andrea Bestor, Guest Services Manager & Buyer – Andrea has railroading in her blood! Her father was a gandy-dancer, and her grandma and great-grandads all worked for the New York Central lines. Andrea has lived in Golden for the past 22 years, and has enjoyed watching it grow. She has worked in retail for over 15 years, and is excited to keep the Museum Store at the Colorado Railroad Museum stocked with interesting and fun “finds!”

Danielle Ghear, Event & Volunteer Manager – Danielle started at the Colorado Railroad Museum volunteering in the train restoration department rebuilding infrastructure and hand painting the train signs. She then spent time with Guest Services in the Depot General Store and now works as the Event and Volunteer Manager. “I love my job here, I get to work with awesome people and around the coolest equipment! I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the industrial age.” In her free time Danielle is a steampunk enthusiast creating costumes as well as unique art and sculptures. She also enjoys hiking, swimming, and rugby.

Stephanie Gilmore, Curator of Collections – Stephanie joined the staff at the CRRM in the fall of 2015. Born and raised in the east San Francisco Bay in California, Stephanie came to Colorado in 2005 to attend the University of Denver where she later earned her master’s degree.  She has always been fascinated by railroad history and especially how the railroad has shaped the American west.  She currently lives in Lakewood with her husband and their two “furry” kids – a black lab and an orange tabby cat.  In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys volunteering at the Cat Care Society in Lakewood, traveling, cooking, crafts, painting, and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.”

Beth Glandt, Assistant Manager, Guest Services – Beth joined the Museum staff in August 2014 and is responsible for a wide range of tasks & projects including donation requests, memberships and more. Beth has a BS in Business Administration and more than 20 years experience in the education and athletic fields, and 9 years experience as a corporate travel agent. In her free time Beth enjoys photography, traveling and spending time with friends, family and granddaughter Emma! “I am excited to learn more about Colorado railroading history and to meet new people.”

Matthew C. Isaacks, Multimedia Coordinator – Matt, a Colorado native, studied Multimedia Communications at Warren Tech and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO. He has worked for the Colorado Railroad Museum in several positions since September 2002. Matt documents important events and activities at the Museum, helps maintain and update the web site, and is the project leader for the Museum’s catalog and auction programs.

Chad Knasinski, Communications Manager joined the Colorado Railroad Museum staff in the spring of 2017.  Growing up in Wisconsin and attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater studying Public Relations and Marketing, Chad moved to Colorado in 2003 to explore his passion for the great outdoors.  He is nationally recognized for brand building, creative and strategic counsel and programs, and crisis communications success.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling all over the state of Colorado.

Marcie Miller, Director of Development – Marcie was raised within walking distance of the Railroad Museum, and spent many a childhood hour playing in and around the railcars on the lot before graduating to horses and expanding her range to include the top of North Table Mountain. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, and is an award winning glass artist with a hot shop in Golden. She likes to joke that it’s a metaphor for life: she’s not afraid to play with fire, and hardly ever gets burned! Marcie says she feels that she has come full circle from her early days at the Colorado Railroad Museum and has returned again to play at the Museum… only now she can come in the front door instead of sneaking in over the back fence!

Maurisa Mounger, Guest Services Specialist – Maurisa joined the Museum in May of 2016. Maurisa is a junior in college studying Elementary Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In her free time, Maurisa enjoys spending time with her family, playing volleyball for the club team at UCCS, and learning more about Colorado Railroads.

Elizabeth Nosek, Curator of Education & Exhibits – Elizabeth  manages the museum’s education and exhibits programs. A museum curator for over 20 years, she has worked in collections, interpretation, education and exhibition at museums around the United States as well as in various time periods. Museums are her lifelong passion and she delights in using objects to connect people with the unique story they have to tell. Whether milking a cow in Massachusetts, printing the Hawaiian alphabet in Hawaii, hearth cooking in Maryland or driving a Model T in Lakewood, Colorado, Elizabeth has always delighted in learning new things. She looks forward to bringing Colorado Railroad history to life.

Bonnie Prater, Business Manager & Controller – Bonnie began her career with the museum as a volunteer in 2006 for a “Day Out With Thomas”, Halloween Train and Christmas Train. She then started as a Part-Time Guest Services Employee until the Business Manager retired and Donald asked if she would consider taking the position. She agreed and has been in this position since 2007. When she is not at the museum, Bonnie likes playing with her 4 parrots, fishing, playing on-line games, and target shooting.

Donald Tallman, Executive Director – Donald begins his 10th year as the Executive Director at the Colorado Railroad Museum. Active in the community, Donald currently serves on the Boards of the Association of Tourist Railroads & Railroad Museums and Golden Visitor Center and is a member of the City of Lakewood Budget and Audit Committee. As a professional singer, he performs throughout the Denver area, and regularly performs the National Anthem at civic and professional sporting events. Donald is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club, and enjoys mountain-climbing and cooking. He and several of his favorite recipes are featured in the recently published cookbook “Denver Men in the Kitchen.”

Jeff Taylor, Curator of Rolling Stock & Equipment – Jeff comes to us after having worked for 7 years with Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern Calif. on 346’s only surviving sisters, RGS 41 and D&RGW 340 as well as RGS Galloping Goose No. 3. After that a year and a half in Durango with the D&SNG as a Car Man on their historic coach fleet similar to our own D&RGW 280 & 284. Please stop by the shop and introduce yourselves and welcome Jeff to our Museum family!

Board of Trustees Emeritus

Charles Albi
Dave Bender
Thomas Daniels
Mike Danneman
Kenton H. Forrest
Martin Frick
Ronald C. Hill
William C. Jones
Dave Ropchan


Lindsey Ashby
Jim Barton – Vice President
Al Blount – President
Michael Davis
Larry Dorsey – Secretary
Bill Henderson
David Hensarling – Treasurer
Roy Johnson
Sharon McGee
Alan Olson
Steve Parker
William Robie

Advisory Board

John Bush
Cornelius Hauck
Keith Hayes
Phil Johnson
Doug Junda
Ed Lichtenfels
Richard Luckin
Linn Moedinger
James Smith
Michael Ramsey
Henry Reynaud
Dave Schaaf
Mike Spera