Announcing the 2019 ACM Board of Directors Elections Results

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The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announced the results of its 2019 Board of Directors Elections.

Tanya Durand, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, was elected President Elect for the 2019-2020 term, and will serve as Board President for the 2020-2022 term.

Today, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announced the results of its 2019 Board of Directors Elections. ACM’s membership approved the slate following InterActivity, ACM’s annual conference.

Tanya Durand, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, was elected President Elect for the 2019-2020 term starting October 1, 2019, and will serve as Board President for the 2020-2022 term.

Said Durand, "The children's museum field is doing some important and impactful work for children across the world. I am humbly honored to be elected to this position and to steward the work being done by of those who have come before me."

Michael Yankovich, President and CEO of the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, will continue to serve the Board as President, and will assume the role of Past President for the 2020-2022 term. Newly elected officers include Brenda Baker of Madison Children’s Museum (Vice President – Initiatives); Stephanie Terry of the Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (Treasurer); and Tifferney White of Discovery Place (Secretary). Joining the Board as At-Large Members for three-year terms are Michael McHorney of the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire and Dené Mosier of Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.

“The ACM Board of Directors represent the children's museum field’s core values of membership and community, leadership and innovation, and collaboration,” said ACM Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. “We’re proud to work with these individuals to continue ACM’s work since 1962 to champion children’s museums worldwide.”

New Board President Elect:

Tanya Durand joined the children’s museum field in 1996 as Director of Development for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma (CMT). She was named Executive Director in 2000. Before joining CMT, she was the Associate Director for Development at the Tacoma Art Museum. Throughout her years in the field, she has presented at several InterActivity conferences and served in the Growing Healthy Museums Working Group as part of the Good to Grow! initiative. On the ACM Board of Directors, she previously served as Vice President – Initiatives.

New At-Large Board Members:

Michael McHorney serves as Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire, having been in the position for five years. Prior to his work with children’s museums, he was in several leadership roles with Boys & Girls Clubs over a seven-year span. As Executive Director, Michael oversaw the opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County. Michael is currently a member on the Board of Directors for the Celebrate Children’s Foundation and South Barstow Business Improvement District. He and his wife, Emilee, reside in Eau Claire and have a son, Henry, who is two years old.

Dené Mosier began with the Kansas Children's Discovery Center (KCDC) as President and CEO in August 2015. Since arriving at KCDC, she has led the organization in eliminating all debt, launching a mobile museum, creating programming for children facing life threatening illnesses through the Medical Warriors program, and establishing the Play Free program, a prison partnership that allows children to meet their incarcerated mothers or grandmothers at the museum to play. Dené also serves on the Momentum 2022 Talent Development Work Group, was a 2017 Woman of Excellence Nominee, and volunteers for Junior Achievement and Meals on Wheels. She obtained both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kansas State University, where she continues to serve as an instructor teaching courses on human development and aging each spring.

A complete list of the ACM Board of Directors:

ACM Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Officers
President: Michael Yankovich, President and CEO, Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO)
President Elect: Tanya Durand, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Tacoma (WA)
Past President: Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO, Chicago Children’s Museum (IL)
Vice President – Governance: Joe Hastings, Executive Director, Explora (Albuquerque, NM)
Vice President – Initiatives: Leslie Bushara, Deputy Director, Education and Guest Services, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (NY)
Vice President – Initiatives: Brenda Baker, Director of Exhibits, Madison Children’s Museum (WI)
Treasurer: Stephanie Terry, Executive Director, Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (IN)
Secretary: Tifferney White, Chief Learning Officer, Discovery Place (Charlotte, NC)

At-Large Board Members
Putter Bert, President and CEO, KidsQuest Children's Museum (Bellevue, WA)
Joseph Cox, President/CEO, Museum of Discovery and Science (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Joanna Haas, Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Science Center (Louisville)
Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Susan Garrard, President and CEO, Mississippi Children's Museum (Jackson)
Michael Luria, Assistant Dean of Corporate & Community Engagement at the College of Science, University of Arizona (Tucson)
Michael McHorney, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Eau Claire (WI)
Dené Mosier, President and CEO, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (Topeka)
Juan Carlos Novoa, Executive Director, Museo Tin Marín (San Salvador, El Salvador)
Mort Sajadian, PhD, President and CEO, Amazement Square (Lynchburg, VA)
Carol Tang, PhD, Executive Director, Children's Creativity Museum (San Francisco, CA)
Adam Woodworth, Executive Director, The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn (IL)

About ACM
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing and dissemination. Learn more at http://www.childrensmuseums.org.

For media inquiries, contact Alison Howard at Alison.Howard(at)ChildrensMuseums(dot)org or (703) 224-3100 x102.

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