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Expert Profile


Leanne Poellinger






Position Type:

La Crescent


United States of America

Years in the field:

20 – 25 Years

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Support, Development/Sponsorship/Institutional Advancement, Events, Grants/Foundational Giving, Guest/Visitor Services, Information/Technology/Digital, Marketing & Communications, Membership Programs, Operations, Outreach and Public Engagement, Project Management, Social Media, Other

I have been fortunate to have a career centered on promoting the power of playful learning for all ages.

I have been managing the marketing and communications for a nonprofit children’s museum that I was privileged to help start over 20 years ago. As part of a very small staff, I have been able to put my organizational, creative, and interpersonal skills to work in all aspects of building, managing, and growing a well-respected arts and culture business. The Children’s Museum of La Crosse’s annual visitation increased from 40,000 people per year to our record-high of over 78,000 in 2019.

My responsibilities have included: brand development; internal and external communications, print and digital; social media content curation and creation; e-mail newsletters; advertising & PR; media relations; website design and maintenance; managing internal and external calendars; database administration; membership management; grant writing and direct fundraising; graphic design; photo and video library management; project planning & oversight; and special events planning.

I am a strong writer and editor, and I also enjoy concept development and graphic design. Some of the publications I have designed and created can be seen via this link: via this link: A recent short video can be seen here: and a longer video here: Additional videos, including program-specific videos are on the Children’s Museum’s Youtube channel: I would be happy to email individual files and/or mail hard copies if desired, and I have additional items available to share as requested.

I have a B.S. in Business Administration with a Marketing emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I am detail-oriented, organized, and efficient in managing time and multiple priorities. I thrive on working independently but am also comfortable as part of a team. I have experience with database management and related statistics, e-mail and survey software, G-Suite, MS Office Suite, websites, online sales, graphic design, desktop publishing, and social media, and I enjoy mastering new software and other tools.

I have enjoyed my position with the Children’s Museum of La Crosse very much, and I am proud of the role I have had in the Museum’s creation and 20+ year success. I am now looking for a part-time, remote employment opportunity.

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