I was hired as the ScienceWorksÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ first professional executive director in August 2003. Prior to my appointment as director, I worked for ScienceWorks as both a volunteer and consultant and was part of the original advisory group that founded the museum in 2002. Before moving to Oregon, I provided marketing and management leadership at the Pittsburgh Zoo and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and engaged in collaborations with the Carnegie Science Center, the Pittsburgh ChildrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art. I have a M.A. in Speech Communication from Miami University of Ohio and have taught at several universities including DePauw University and Butler University in Indianapolis. In the first three years of ScienceWorks, I have seen the museum transform from a fledgling initiative to a recognized ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcommunity treasure.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The museum has grown and a large part of my work has been in the development of local, regional and national collaborations that share knowledge and resources among museums and other nonprofit organizations. I serve on a number of advisory boards with Southern Oregon University and have been a presenter at regional museum conferences and at the Association of Science and Technology Centers annual conference. I became involved with the NISE Network representing a small science museum. I am interested in exploring how small science centers can present exhibits of cutting-edge science. In addition, I am personally interested in the future of nano science technologies in environmental remediation.