Advisory Board

Lee Pfannmuller, Chair

MN Department of Natural Resources, retired


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


Steve Sigmond, Vice-Chair

Founder, Prairie Compass

Daniela Bell
Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness Professional

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

Tom Burk
Corporate Development, University of Minnesota Foundation, retired

Diane Hughes
Finance Executive, Business Operations, and Corporate Finance Professional

James Johnson
Assistant General Counsel, Xcel Energy

Parke Kunkle
Faculty, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

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

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

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

Ex-Officio Members

Beverly Anglum
Director of Advancement, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

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

Brian Buhr
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Barbara Coffin
Associate Director of Adult Education Programs & Media, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

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

Sharon Jansa
Curator of Mammals, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

Stephen Lott
Chief Operations Officer, Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

Don Luce
Curator of Exhibits

Lawrence Rudnick
Professor, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, University of Minnesota

Laura Vitko
Advisory Board Liaison

George Weiblen
Interim Scientific Director; Curator of Plants

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.