The Board helps the Bell Museum of Natural History to build successful partnerships, social capital and support for collaborations with a variety of constituencies, including legislators, potential donors, the business community, community organizations, the media and diverse communities of the University of Minnesota.
The Board provides expert advice, consultation, feedback and critique, idea generation, financial support and other investments in support of the museum's mission.
The Board serves as an active advocate, with both internal and external constituent groups, in assisting the museum in achieving strategic priorities and promoting its local, national and international prominence.
Lee Pfannmuller, Chair
MN Department of Natural Resources, retired
Peter Leppik, Vice-Chair
President and CEO, Vocal Laboratories Inc.
Steve Sigmond, Vice-Chair
Chief Financial Officer, The Works
Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional
VP-GM, Target Stores, retired
President, Birch Tree International
Corporate Development, University of Minnesota Foundation, retired
Finance Director, Supply Chain, General Mills, Inc.
Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy
Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Director of Gift Planning, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Dean of Liberal Arts, Normandale Community College, retired
Attorney, Ross Rosenblatt, Ltd.
Director, US OILS R&D Food Ingredients, Cargill
Business Development Manager, 3M Building and Commercial Services
Campaign Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Associate Director of K-12 Education and Family Programs, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Associate Director of Adult Education Programs and Media, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Chief of Staff, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Associate Director for Communications and Operations, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Professor, MN Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota
Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Curator of Birds and Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Read a welcome greeting from the Chair and updates from the Board.
View the Advisory Board's short term goals for the museum.
Read the 1872 legislation that created our museum and mission. In 2009 a conceptual plan was completed for a new permanent exhibition tentatively titled Minnesota's Nature Gallery.
If you are curious about our dioramas--their history, why they are so useful and important, and their role in the new museum--read our FAQs about the Bell Museum dioramas.
This public museum needs your involvement and creativity.