Senior Staff

Leadership Biographies

Jan Luth, President
Jan Luth joined Exploration Place July 1, 2010. She came to Wichita with more than 30 years of experience in the museum field. Jan began her career in Midwest archaeology but as she realized her passion was sharing information with the public, she shifted her focus toward museums.

Jan earned a bachelor’s of art degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University in historical administration. She has worked in museums on the state and local level in Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, where she held positions at a historic site, history museum, one of the nation’s largest science centers, and a historic village. Jan has also been a consultant, serving as a project manager for a children’s museum. In addition, she has spent years as an adjunct professor teaching museum studies and public history for Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kent Shank, Chief Financial Officer/ Human Resources
Kent has worked in the museum industry for 27 years. He is responsible for the financial and human resource functions of Exploration Place. Kent spent 16 years at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center as vice president of finance and human resources where he was responsible for the finance and human resource functions as well many operations functions throughout his career there. Before Exploration Place he worked for Via Christi Senior Services, Inc. as regional director of finance. Kent received a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Kansas State University.

Lynn Corona, Director of Exhibits
Lynn oversees the planning, development, production, implementation and maintenance of EP’s permanent exhibitions, as well as administers traveling exhibit contracts, negotiations and scheduling. She has more than 26 years of experience with developing both permanent and traveling exhibitions for museums, in addition to an extensive background in general graphic design. Prior to Exploration Place, Lynn was exhibit director at the Science Museum of Virginia, and before that was an exhibit designer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Lynn earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign. Her other talents include painting media using oils and acrylics, drawing media using pencil, charcoal, pastels, markers, inks, water colors and air brush.

Christina Bluml, Director of Marketing and Communications
Christina has more than 24 years of experience in marketing, and has been with Exploration Place since 2001. She oversees the museum’s advertising, public relations, digital marketing, publications, promotional signage and website strategies. Before joining Exploration Place, Christina served as marketing specialist for seven years at Commerce Bank, Wichita. In 2013 she received the Wichita American Marketing Association's Non-Profit Marketer of the Year Award. She has served on local boards including Wichita American Marketing Association, PRSA Kansas and currently serves on the Wichita Hispanic Chamber board of directors. Christina earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University.

Mandy Fleming, Director of Development
Mandy has over 20 years of experience in non-profit and higher education, including program development, event planning and fundraising.  For seven years, she was the Director of Events at the Wichita State University Alumni Association. Mandy has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from WSU, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with an emphasis in non-profit management. She is proud to call Wichita "home."

Dustin Hendricks, Director of Visitor Services
Dustin has been a part of the Exploration Place team since before the museum opened. He is a lifelong Wichitan and has more than 20 years of customer service experience. At Exploration Place he oversees gallery experiences, guest relations, volunteers, facility rentals and the Explore Store. Prior to becoming the Director of Visitor Services, Dustin was the Visitor Services Manager for 10 years.

Laurel Zhang, Director of Education
Laurel has worked in the education field for more than 23 years. She oversees development, delivery, and evaluation of all directed education programs for schools, youth organizations, libraries, afterschool programs, birthday parties, camps, preschool classes and more. Laurel joined Exploration Place in 2005 as program coordinator for the education department. Over the years, she has filled many roles at the museum, most recently director of special projects. Laurel earned a bachelor of arts in teaching English as a foreign language at Oklahoma Christian University and a master of science in management from Friends University.