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Announcing the 2016 ACM Board of Directors Elections Results

Association of Children’s Museums Announces Election of President, Four New Members to Board of Directors

Arlington, VA (June 24, 2015)—Today, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announced the results of its 2016 Board of Directors election. ACM’s membership approved the slate following InterActivity, the Association’s annual conference.

Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO of the Chicago Children’s Museum, was elected Board President for the 2016-2018 term. Marilee Jennings, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, will continue to serve the Board in as Past President. Returning officers include Rhonda Kiest, President and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Vice President); Michael Yankovich, President and CEO of Children’s Museum of Denver (Vice President); Catherine Wilson Horne, President and CEO of Discovery Place (Treasurer); and Tanya Andrews, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Secretary). Also joining the Board as At-Large Members for three-year terms are Michael Luria, Mort Sajadian, Stephanie Terry, and Adam Woodworth.

“These individuals represent the diversity and commitment to children and families reflected in the greater children’s museums field,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. “We’re excited to draw on their collective experience to continue to best serve our members and stakeholders.”

New Board President:

Jennifer Farrington has served the Chicago Children’s Museum for more than twenty years, functioning as the Director of Student and Educator Programs and Assistant Vice President of Education before becoming President and CEO in 2008. Before her election as President of the ACM Board of Directors, she completed terms as Board Vice President and as an At-Large Member. She is also on the Board of Illinois Action for Children.

New Board Members:

Michael Luria has been the Executive Director of Children’s Museum Tucson for more than seven years, during which time he’s overseen the renovation of the museum’s main location in downtown Tuscon and the opening of a new satellite location focusing on early childhood development. Michael is also co-founder of the Bald Beauties Project, a nonprofit that benefits children and young adults in Tucson and Southern Arizona with pediatric cancer.

Morteza (Mort) Sajadian, PhD is the President, CEO, and the founding director of Amazement Square in Lynchburg, VA. He has more than 30 years of university and children’s museum experience, previously serving as the Director and CEO of Seattle Children’s Museum as well as Director of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri. He has also contributed as a reviewer for a number of Institute of Museum and Library Services and National Endowment of the Arts grants.

Stephanie Terry is Executive Director of the Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum in Evansville, IL. An Evansville native, she joined the museum in 2010 and has increased income and strengthened community relations. She also serves her community through her leadership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Diversity Lecture Series, Commission on Homelessness, The Women’s Hospital Advisory Council, the Community Corrections Advisory Council, and the Vanderburgh County Council.

Adam Woodworth is Executive Director of The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn (IL), where he recently oversaw the museum’s move from its original 900 square foot location to a new 12,000 square foot facility in the heart of Oak Lawn. He currently serves on the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Board of Directors, as Vice President of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce, a White Oaks Library Trustee and a Board Member of the D91 Education Foundation.

A complete list of the ACM Board of Directors:

ACM Board of Directors


President: Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO, Chicago Children’s Museum (IL)
Past President: Marilee Jennings, Executive Director, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose (CA)
Vice President: Rhonda Kiest, President and CEO, Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk, CT)
Vice President: Michael Yankovich, President and CEO, The Children's Museum of Denver (CO)
Treasurer: Catherine Wilson Horne, President and CEO, Discovery Place (Charlotte, NC)
Secretary: Tanya Andrews, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Tacoma (WA)

Board Members

Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director of Education and Guest Services, Children's Museum of Manhattan (NY)
Susan Garrard, President and CEO, Mississippi Children's Museum (Jackson, MS)
Joe Hastings, Executive Director, ¡Explora! (Albuquerque, NM)
Michael Luria, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Tucson (AZ)
Al Najjar, President and CEO, The Clay Center of the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia (Charleston)
Juan Carlos Novoa, Executive Director, Museo Tin Marín (San Salvador, El Salvador)
Jeri Robinson, Vice President, Education and Family Learning, Boston Children's Museum (MA)
Mort Sajadian, President and CEO, Amazement Square (Lynchburg, VA)
Michael Shanklin, CEO, Kidspace Children's Museum (Pasadena, CA)
Stephanie Terry, Executive Director, Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (IN)
Charlie Trautmann, Executive Director, Sciencenter (Ithaca, NY)
Adam Woodworth, Executive Director, The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn (IL)

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