Our Staff


Selena Milstead, Executive Director

Selena Milstead was raised in Dallas, Texas where she and her husband, Alex raised their 3 children before moving to Port Lavaca in 2011. Selena graduated from The University of North Texas with a degree in Real Estate.  Her professional background has primarily focused on commercial lending. Upon moving to the  Golden Crescent area, Selena began working with non-profits and volunteering on a full-time basis. She keeps herself busy and enjoys her role as a CASA Volunteer, ballroom dancing, and horseback riding.




Tanya Wilkinson, Program Director

Tanya Wilkinson was born in Honolulu, raised in Victoria, and enjoyed living in various places around the country before returning to the Golden Crescent. She is a Rhodes College graduate with a B.A. in English literature and a licensed attorney with a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. Children are at the heart of her family and professional life. She enjoys writing, idea-generation, and the process of helping make an incredible dream become reality. She knows that two minds are better than one, and ten minds are better than two when getting a project off the ground, and she is grateful for the opportunity to work with many incredible staff members and volunteers in her position at the Children's Discovery Museum.





Caitlyn Jennings, Museum Manager

Caitlyn, also known as "Miss Caitie", has worked with CDM since 2013 in various roles. Caitlyn recently graduated from The University of Houston Victoria with a degree in Psychology and is working on her Master's in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She believes that working with children is her true calling and she is grateful for the opportunity to help children learn and develop in a fun and interactive environment. Make sure to say "Hi" when you see her out in the community! 




Julia Stanford, Event and Volunteer Coordinator 

Julia Stanford was raised in Fort Worth and now resides in Victoria with her husband after taking on many exciting jobs that have carried her all across the Lone Star state. She has found her calling in the field of experiential education, from leading families on nature hikes to working at a historic house museum to developing hands-on teacher workshops. Julia holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Texas State University and is a Certified Interpretive Guide. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and camping with her husband in their pop up camper. Julia is looking forward to using her unique skillset to facilitate great museum experiences and manage a volunteer program that is rewarding for all involved. 





Mary Caulkins, Outreach Specialist 

Five years ago Mary left her job of 12 years as a Lead Instructor at Carolina Ocean Studies and followed her husband David from North Carolina to Victoria Texas. She has two daughters, three dogs,  8 longhorns, one donkey and a boa constrictor. She served on the CDM board for 3 years and during that time she developed and lead Under the Sea Camp and Jr Marine Exploration Week. She is now proud to say she is officially on staff at CDM as an Outreach Specialist. You can also find her teaching horseback riding lessons to 5 and 6 year olds at Grace Ranch.



Lydia Chapman, Outreach Specialist 

Lydia Chapman is a native Texan and has been a resident of Victoria since 1974.  She attended Victoria College, and worked at an accounting firm for 18 years. She was the organist and choir director at First Christian Church for 14 years, at St. Francis Episcopal Church for 2 years, and at Trinity Episcopal Church for 6 years until her retirement in 2015.  She continues to teach piano lessons, for the last 24 years, and offers a Spring recital each May for her students.  She is married to attorney Richard Chapman, and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  Lydia enjoys teaching and sharing the joy of music with children.



Jacklyn Meismer, Outreach Specialist 

Jacklyn Meismer has been married to her husband Kyle for 7 years and has 2 little boys who are 2 and 3 years old. She has a Bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Houston-Victoria and a Master’s degree in Special Education from The University of Texas-Pan American. She is also a student mentor for VISD. In her spare time, she loves to hang out with family, go to the beach and shop. She looks forward to this new adventure with the Museum and looks forward to meeting new people and children in the community and surrounding areas!