GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER APPOINTS 10 NEW BOARD MEMBERS, OFFICERS, PLUS NEW DIRECTOR, CORPORATE AND INDIVDIUAL GIVING
New year brings new leadership for Science Center
January 23rd, 2012
CLEVELAND (January 23, 2012) – Great Lakes Science Center elected 10 new members to join its Board of Directors and announced the 2012 slated of officers. The Science Center added several corporate and academic leaders in science and technology industries. The board members began their 3-year terms on December 15, 2011. Board Members share fiduciary and strategic planning responsibility for the organization.
The new Board Members are:
• Robert H. Armstrong, VP Global Research & Development for CT & Nuclear Medicine, Philips Healthcare
• Patricia J. Britt, Clerk of Council, Cleveland City Council
• Peter A. Burke, Ph.D., Sr. VP & Chief Technology Officer, STERIS Corporation
• Dr. Steve Florio, Chief Technology Officer, Ferro Corporation
• Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, President & CEO, Quality Electrodynamics, LLC
• Robert T. Graf, Corporate Vice President, Research and Development, Lubrizol
• Douglas J. Newlin, Senior Vice President, Global Engineering, Invacare Corporation
• Umesh Ramakrishnan, Vice Chairman, CTPartners
• P. Kelly Tompkins, Executive VP of Legal, Government Affairs & Sustainability & Chief Legal Officer, Cliffs Natural Resources
• James Young, M.D., Professor of Medicine & Executive Dean, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Great Lakes Science Center announced the following officers:
• Chair – Paul Clark, Regional President, Northern Ohio PNC
• Vice Chair – Paul J. Dolan, President, Cleveland Indians
• President & CEO – Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver, President & CEO, Great Lakes Science Center
• Secretary – Mark A. Filippell, Managing Director, Western Reserve Partners LLC
• Assistant Secretary – Elaine Wilkins-Copeland, Executive Assistant to the President, Great Lakes Science Center
• Treasurer – Jack D. Myslenski
• Assistant Treasurer – Donald B. Paterson, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Great Lakes Science Center
In addition, the Science Center announces the appointment of David Munson to director, corporate and individual giving this month. Munson will be responsible for the development and execution of the overall strategy and plan for annual giving, as well as the creation and introduction of annual giving societies.
Most recently, Munson was vice president, resource development of United Way of Lake County, where he spent more than a decade leading and implementing their annual multi-million fundraising campaign and building relationships with Lake County’s largest corporations, small and mid-size businesses and individual donors. Prior to this, Munson spent nearly 15 years in the environmental sector, focusing on hazardous waste management, hazardous chemical cleanup and environmental liabilities.
“We’re very pleased to welcome 10 new board members, all of whom are respected leaders in their fields and will bring an unmatched commitment to the importance of inspiring young minds and engaging them in informal science education,” said Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver, president and CEO of the Science Center. “We’re also thrilled to have David join the Science Center team as he’ll be a significant component of expanding upon our mission as we continue to increase public understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math.”
More on new Board Members:
• Robert H. Armstrong, vice president global research & development of CT & Nuclear Medicine of Philips Healthcare. During his tenure at Baxter Healthcare, Armstrong was responsible for innovation, new product development and product support for disposable and capital equipment that accounted for 60 percent of Baxter annual sales and 30 percent of profit. Armstrong also managed a budget of $140 million, 7 direct reports and total team of 600 engineers, scientists and technicians globally.
• Patricia J. Britt, clerk council of Cleveland City Council. Britt supervises the recording and retention of all official reports, communications and transcripts delivered to Council, and the certification of all legislation. She is also responsible for overseeing Cleveland City Council’s staff of more than 20 and working with the 19 Members of Council and their Executive Assistants.
• Peter A. Burke, Ph.D., senior vice president and chief technology officer of STERIS Corporation. Dr. Burke manages STERIS’s research, development and regulatory functions. He works closely with the company’s marketing, sales, manufacturing and support functions to facilitate new applications of current technologies, leads the development of new technologies from conception to commercialization and monitors and assures compliance with applicable regulatory requirements for the Company’s products.
• Dr. Steve Florio, chief technology officer of Ferro Corporation. Dr. Florio is responsible for the Electronic, Color and Glass Materials (ECGM) Division, including technical programs and global personnel. He is also site manager for Ferro’s Corporate Research Center in Independence, Ohio.
• Dr. Hiroyuki Fujita, founder, president and CEO of Quality Electrodynamics, LLC, a company that sells state-of-the-art MRI coils worldwide. Last year, he founded his second company, eQED, a solar energy company that manufactures and distributes highly efficient, cost effective, reliable and easy to install solar microinverters. With these companies, Dr. Fujita has capitalized on the two areas of innovation and commercialization predicted to drive our economy – healthcare/medical and clean energy.
• Robert T. Graf, corporate vice president, research and development of Lubrizol. In 2004, prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Graf was the division head of North American R&D and testing for Lubrizol. He also held a variety of technical management roles throughout Lubrizol including a two-year assignment with GE-Lubrizol.
• Douglas J. Newlin, senior vice president, global engineering of Invacare Corporation. Newlin leads global product development that provides innovative products, services and clinical solutions that enable customers to meet the needs of the patient throughout the continuum of care.
• Umesh Ramakrishnan, vice chairman of CTPartners, a premier executive search firm committed to performance, quality and results. Ramakrishnan integrates executive recruitment strategies with corporate goals, producing culturally compatible executives who can meet the clients’ specific challenges and achieve long-term growth.
• P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president, legal, government affairs and sustainability and chief legal officer of Cliff Natural Resources, Inc., an international mining and natural resources company. He is responsible for global legal, labor and public affairs, as well as ongoing relationships with all US and international government and regulatory bodies and the execution and reporting of the company’s increasingly critical sustainable development practices.
• James Young, M.D., professor of medicine & executive dean of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and chairman, Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute. He is also physician director of Institutional Relations and Development and a medical director of the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure.
About Great Lakes Science Center
Great Lakes Science Center is one of the nation’s leading science and technology centers and home to Northeast Ohio’s NASA Glenn Visitor Center. Its mission is to stimulate interest in and increase understanding of the sciences, with a particular emphasis on the interdependence of scientific, environmental and technological activities in the Great Lakes region. It features hundreds of hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibits, daily demonstrations, the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater and the Steamship William G. Mather. The Science Center is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted parking is available for guests in the attached 500-car garage. Great Lakes Science Center is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For more information, contact the Science Center at (216) 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com.
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