Greetings and salutations!
I’m Scott Heath, Welcome Center Coordinator and enormous geek dad. I started here at the Kearney Y in April 2021 and I’m loving it! The fact that everyone seems to love being here is definitely infectious (what, too soon?), and the members and my coworkers are great fun. I seriously don’t think I’ve ever worked at a place where I’ve seen so many people laughing and smiling all the time.
Life has been a long strange trip: I grew up in Wahpeton, ND, then received my Bachelors in biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. That was followed by dual Masters degrees (because apparently, I’m a glutton for punishment) in Museum Studies and Invertebrate Paleontology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I moved out to Washington, DC to be with my then-girlfriend-now-wife Michelle while she was finishing her doctoral program. While there, I worked briefly at the Smithsonian and the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, and then as a consultant for a museum master planning firm with a worldwide client base.
After a year-long sojourn in New Orleans, LA for a postdoctoral program, in 2009 my wife landed a tenure-track position here with UNK’s English Department, where she’s now a professor and graduate coordinator. Since then I’ve worked at both the Hastings Museum and the Museum of Nebraska Art in both financial and operational roles, and I’m currently also working at the Frank Museum. Along the way we’ve managed to acquire an obnoxiously spoiled miniature poodle Marisol and two children, Sonnet and River, who have been regular and enthusiastic users of the Y’s aquatics and youth sports programs. If your kids have taken swim lessons here recently, then they’ve probably gotten splashed by mine, for which I apologize. Between my various positions and the kids’ activities, I’ve definitely become one of Kearney’s “now where do I know you from exactly?” types.
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In my spare time, which is rare, I enjoy cooking, traveling when not in pandemic mode, gaming, and all the medias, with an especially voracious appetite for science fiction and role-playing games. Seriously, only talk to me about it unless you’ve got a lot of spare time.
If you have ANY questions about membership, please stop by or contact the Welcome Center and we’ll do what we can to get you the answers you need.