Sally Iverson: Visitor Services Representative

Meet Sally Iverson, one of our two Visitor Services Representatives and our own transplant from the Midwest. After coming to Santa Cruz in 2016, Sally soon joined the Museum’s cohort of volunteers in hopes of better learning the area.

Diving right into First Fridays and later assisting with our many workshops, she developed a love for traditional Ohlone basketry. Having grown up in Rochester, Minnesota, Sally’s fondness for the outdoors sparked right in her own backyard, in the company of her family’s ponies, sheep, cows, cats and wild creatures that occasionally roamed through.

Today, she enjoys introducing Museum guests to the marine creatures in our intertidal touch pool, assisting staff in putting on special events and sharing information about Santa Cruz’s unique natural history. She holds a BFA in Art/Filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Soon after graduating, she and a few friends renovated an old antique store in Milwaukee and opened a coffee shop in its place, named “Brewed Awakenings.” She fondly remembers baking treats for customers and booking artists to hang art and play music in the cafe, and boasts that she still makes a “killer biscotti.”

While she misses the Midwest’s white winters, today, she and her partner enjoy walking along West Cliff Drive and the UCSC campus, where deer, coyotes, bobcats and birds roam while they walk the trails with their Welch Corgi Jack Russell Terrier mix, Georgie. Sally also enjoys taking whale-watching trips in Monterey Bay whenever she has the time. “I’ve been trying to embrace the coast while I’m here,” she says, “and soak up all its natural history!”