ASTC welcomes Lori Bettison-Varga and Sara Schapiro to Board

The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is pleased to welcome two new members of its Board of Directors, who took up their positions at the conclusion of the ASTC Annual Conference earlier this month. The Board provides direction to the association representing organizations committed to public engagement with science, including a core membership of nearly 700 science and technology centers and museums and allied organizations in almost 50 countries around the world. ASTC has a vision of increased understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people and a purpose to champion and support science and technology centers and museums and the entire science engagement field.

Headshot of Lori Bettison-Varga

Lori Bettison-Varga
President and Director
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles, California, United States

Sara Schapiro
Senior Fellow and Director, Social Innovation
Federation of American Scientists
Washington, D.C., United States

Sara is the first Director from an Allied Member to serve on the ASTC Board of Directors, and we are delighted to have her important perspective as someone committed to science engagement but does not represent a science center or museum.

In addition, two current members of the Board were reelected to a second three-year term:

Rena Dorph headshot

Rena Dorph
Director
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Berkeley, California, United States

Curt Simmons
President and CEO
Science Center of Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Finally, Erin Graham, President and CEO of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, Oregon, and Andrés Roldán, Director of Parque Explore in Medellín, Colombia, were elected as Members-at-Large on the ASTC Executive Committee.

Others continuing their service on the Board of Directors include the Chair William T. Harris, President and CEO of Space Center Houston in Texas; Chair-Elect Tim Ritchie, President of Museum of Science, Boston; Immediate Past Chair Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; Treasurer Catherine Horne, President and CEO of Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina; Secretary JoAnn Newman, President and of Orlando Science Center in Florida; and the following Directors: Frederic Bertley, President and CEO of COSI in Columbus, Ohio; Tracy Calogheros, CEO of The Exploration Place in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada; Sam Dean, President and CEO of Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville, Arkansas; Rena Dorph, Director of The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, California; Robert Firmhofer, CEO of Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, Poland; Christian Greer, President and CEO of Michigan Science Center in Detroit; Marilee Jennings, Executive Director of Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, California, Doug Jones, Director of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida; Tara MacDougall, President and CEO of Discovery Center at Murfree Spring in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; María Emilia Beyer Ruiz, Director of Universum, Museo de las Ciencias de la UNAM in Mexico City, Mexico; Curt Simmons, President and CEO of the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa; and Adalene “Nene” Spivy, Executive Director of Children’s Science Center and the Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation in Fairfax, Virginia.

No Board members completed their terms in 2022.

ASTC extends a huge thank you to those who served on this year’s Nominating Committee. In addition to the Board Chair, Chair-Elect, and Immediate Past Chair—whose service is stipulated by the ASTC Bylaws—thank you to Linda Silver of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Katrina Stevens of The Tech Interactive, and Jane Werner of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh for their time and expertise they contributed to strengthening our Board of Directors.

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