Our Team

Staff

Kirsten Gosch

Executive Director

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Kirsten is the Executive Director of the Cayuga Museum. She first joined the staff in 2013 as curator, and has held the position of Executive Director since 2019. Her passion for the museum field is continually reinforced through new discoveries in the permanent collection and the possibilities of what is to come through the revitalization of the City of Auburn and the strategic direction of the Museum.

Spending most of her career making connections in the community, she currently serves as the Auburn City Historian, Chair of Auburn’s Historic and Cultural Sites Commission, is a board member of the Howland Stone Store Museum and the Cayuga County Convention and Visitors Bureau; as well as a member of the United Way Funds Review Panel. In 2020 she received the Chamber of Commerce’s Terri Bridenbecker Outstanding Young Professionals Award.

A Pennsylvania native, Kirsten has lived and worked in Syracuse and Cayuga County for over ten years. She received a BA in Art History from Penn State University, and later attended Syracuse University to receive an MA in Museum Studies. Prior to joining the Cayuga Museum, she worked at the Museum of Texas Tech University as a Collections and Preventive Conservation Assistant.

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Karyn Radcliffe

Collections Manager

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Karyn Radcliffe is the Collections Manager at the Cayuga Museum. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where her research focus was on Central American history. She began working at the museum in 2017 as a weekend docent while getting her master’s degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University.

As Collections Manager, Karyn is responsible for caring for the museum’s large collection of objects and archival material. This includes making sure objects are stored correctly, updating policies regarding the care and use of the collections, cataloging, and serving as the contact for community members interested in donating objects to the museum. When she is not working in the collection, Karyn helps to write exhibit text and answers research requests. She enjoys discovering the incredible objects and stories represented in the museum’s collection and sharing them with the community.

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Geoff Starks

Director of Development and Outreach

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Geoff Starks is the Director of Development and Outreach at the Cayuga Museum, which means everything from fundraising, to marketing, to public programming (and everything in between) falls under his wide-brimmed employment hat. Joining the staff in 2019, Geoff came to this position with a profound love of underrepresented history and art and has seen that passion grow every day as he learns more and more about the massive amount of cultural impact this city, this county, and even this building has had on American and even world history! In 2021, he expanded his involvement in the community when he joined the Friends of the Seymour Library as their Vice President.

While  New York has been his home state for nearly half of his life, Geoff was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived in nine different cities across the East Coast. Prior to his work at the Cayuga Museum, Geoff worked for the Society for Science and the Public (now the Society for Science) in Washington D.C. as a Development Associate. He received his M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program at SUNY Oneonta in 2017, and a B.A. in History (and minor in East Asian Studies) from New York University in 2015.

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