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Board Members

 

The Role of the Advisory Board

...as a community builder

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.

...as a resource

The Board provides expert advice, consultation, feedback and critique, idea generation, financial support and other investments in support of the museum's mission.

...as a center of influence

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.
 
 

Advisory Board Members


Steve Birke, Chair
VP-GMM, Target Stores, retired
President, Birch Tree International

Peter Leppik, Vice-Chair
President and CEO, Vocal Laboratories Inc.

Lee Pfannmuller, Vice Chair
MN Department of Natural Resources, Retired

Daniela Bell
Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional

Tom Burk
Corporate Development, University of Minnesota Foundation, retired

Cherie Holm
Mayer Electric Corporation, retired
Jaques Art Center, founder

Sheri Booms Holm
Communications Director, West Central Initiative

Diane Hughes
Finance Director, Supply Chain, General Mills, Inc.

Parke Kunkle
Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Nathan Laible
Director of Gift Planning, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Leni Moore
Community Volunteer

Manley Olson
Dean of Liberal Arts, Normandale Community College, retired

Hart Rosenblatt
Attorney, Ross Rosenblatt, Ltd.

John Satumba
Director, US OILS R&D Food Ingredients, Cargill

Steve Sigmond
Chief Financial Officer, The Works

George Yoshida
Business Development Manager, 3M Building and Commercial Services
 

Ex-Officio Advisory Board Members


Shoghig Berberian
Associate Director of K-12 Education and Family Programs, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

Brian Buhr

Interim Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Barbara Coffin
Associate Director of Adult Education Programs and Media, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

Lori Engstrom
Chief of Staff, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Martin Moen
Associate Director for Communications and Operations, 
Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

Susan Weller
Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

Shana Zaiser
Associate Development Officer, 
Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

Robert Zink
Curator of Birds and Breckenridge Chair of Ornithology, 
Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota




 

  
 

Advisory Board

Read a welcome greeting from the Chair and updates from the Board. 

Board Vision

View the Advisory Board's short term goals for the museum.

New Building  

Learn more about the proposed new museum facility by downloading a fact sheet or a set of maps that document a portion of our statewide service.  Read the 1872 legislation that created our museum and mission.

A pre-design report was recently completed for the proposed Bell Museum and Planetarium.

The Falcon Heights City Council passed a resolution supporting the project.

Be Involved

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