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.
Steve Birke, Chair
VP-GMM, Target Stores, retired
President, Birch Tree International
C. Eugene "Gene" Allen
Emeritus Dean and Distinguished Teaching Professor
University of Minnesota
Nia Technique Fitness Instructor, Community Member
Corporate Development, University of Minnesota Foundation, retired
Mayer Electric Corporation, retired
Jaques Art Center, founder
Sheri Booms Holm
Communications Director, West Central Initiative
Finance Director, Supply Chain, General Mills, Inc.
Principal, Robert J. Koenke & Associates, Art Appraisals, Art Consulting
Director of Gift Planning, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
President and CEO, Vocal Laboratories Inc.
MN Department of Natural Resources, Retired
State Planning Coordinator, Audubon Minnesota
Chief Financial Officer, The Works
Peggie Van Wychen
Director of Development, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Business Development Manager, 3M Building and Commercial Services
Associate Director of K-12 Education and Family Programs, Bell Museum of Natural History, 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
Dean, 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
Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Associate Development Officer, 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.
Learn more about the proposed new museum facility. Also, download 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. Or browse our FAQs page.
The Falcon Heights City Council passed a resolution supporting the project.
This public museum needs your involvement and creativity.