ASTC Committees

(as of September 2017)

Executive Committee
Conference Program Planning Committee
Equity and Diversity Committee
Finance and Audit Committee
Global Committee
Governance Committee
Leadership and Field Development Committee
Nominating Committee
Public Policy Committee

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall have all of the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of the business and affairs of the Corporation.

Chair: Linda Conlon, Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Chair-Elect: Guy Labine, Science North, Sudbury, ON, Canada
Immediate Past Chair: Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Secretary: Stephanie Ratcliffe, The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake, New York
Treasurer: Bert Vescolani, Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Member-at-Large: Matt Fleury, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Member-at-Large: Larry Dubinski, President and CEO, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Interim CEO: Gillian Thomas, ASTC, Washington, D.C.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM PLANNING COMMITTEE

Charge: Responsible for strategically leading the ASTC Annual Conference, including: reviewing proposals for future conference sites; setting the overall goals for the direction of the conference; reviewing session proposals; and ensuring that the structure and content of ASTC Annual Conferences are closely aligned with the Association’s strategic priorities and responsive to the diverse needs and capabilities of its members. Read the full committee charter.

Co-Chair: Karen Hager, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Co-Chair: Kim Herlev, Experimentarium, Hellerup, Denmark

EQUITY AND DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Charge: Responsible for ensuring continuing progress toward the vision of the Association’s equity and diversity initiative. The Committee will set priorities and provide guidance to ASTC in the design and implementation of a dynamic suite of activities and resources to help ASTC members gain the skills necessary to meet the needs of and reflect the diverse communities they serve, recognizing that truly effective equity and diversity work is never finished. The Committee will ensure that equity and diversity activities are closely aligned with ASTC strategic priorities and responsive to the diverse needs and capabilities of ASTC members. Read the full committee charter.

Chair: Stephanie Ratcliffe, The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, New York

FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

Charge: Responsible for assisting the Board of Directors’ oversight of: the integrity of the Association’s financial statements; ASTC’s financial strategy and objectives and their relationship to the annual strategic priorities; performance of the Association’s investments; compliance with legal and regulatory requirements; the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence; the performance of the Association’s independent auditors; and reviewing and approving the audited financial statements. Read the full committee charter.

Chair: Bert Vescolani, Saint Louis Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri

GLOBAL COMMITTEE

Charge: Shall ensure that ASTC programs and services incorporate a global perspective and support the diverse needs and interests of ASTC’s global membership and are closely aligned with ASTC’s strategic framework and business plan. Read the full committee charter.

Co-Chair: Silvia Singer, MIDE, Museo Interactivo de Economia, Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Co-Chair: Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

LEADERSHIP AND FIELD DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Charge: Responsible for helping to set – and approve – the content of the Association’s professional development agenda. The Committee will: set priorities and provide guidance to ASTC in the design and implementation of high-quality, flexible, accessible, forward looking professional development programs and products of highest value to the field; ensure that professional development activities are closely aligned with ASTC strategic priorities and responsive to the diverse needs and capabilities of ASTC members; and actively encourage ASTC members to participate in these professional development activities. Read the full committee charter.

Co-Chair: Kate Bennett, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, New York
Co-Chair: Preeti Gupta, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Charge: Delegated with the authority to act for the Board of Directors in: identifying individuals to become Board members, consistent with the bylaws; sending a ballot with a proposed slate of candidates to all governing members at least 60 days prior to the Annual Conference; and recommending for Board approval individuals to receive the ASTC Fellow designation (maximum one a year). Read the full committee charter.

Chair: Chevy Humphrey, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix

PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE

Charge: Responsible for helping to set – and approve – the content of the Association’s public policy agenda. The Committee will provide “rapid-response” policy advice to the Association; help prioritize and “sign off” on the issues it pursues; assist in formulating persuasive public policy-related arguments and positions; and actively encourage ASTC members to participate in advocacy-related actions on behalf of their own institutions and the field as a whole. Read the full committee charter.

Co-Chair: Matt Fleury, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Co-Chair: Van Reiner, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, Maryland