Leadership

The impressive volunteers of the Dayton Society of Natural History generously devote their time and experience to offer direction and provide the necessary elements to help educate and mold children and adults of all ages. The multiple boards and committees focus on strategic matters and individual projects by making every effort to ultimately ensure that the purpose, plans and policies of the overall organization are achieved. With the vast knowledge and intrapersonal skills our extraordinary Board Members and teams of volunteers possess, they help ensure the success of this community’s treasured community resource.

The essential goal of the Dayton Society of Natural History is to encourage civic leadership through quality educational programs that help students and youth to see the critical link between a sound fundamental education and future employment opportunities.

View the current DSNH Annual Report to the Community.

President and CEO, Mark J. Meister

Mark J. Meister is the President and CEO of the Dayton Society of Natural History (DSNH), a position he has held since January of 2000.

From 1989 through 1999 Meister was the Executive Director of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in Boston, the largest archaeological organization in North America. Prior to coming to the AIA, Meister served as the executive director of four museums over a period of 12 years, the most recent being the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (1986-1989) in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Before Bridgeport, Meister was the founding director (1981-1986) of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, serving Minneapolis and St. Paul. He was also the founding director of the Midwest Museum of American Art (1979-1981) in Elkhart, Indiana, and the first director of the Museum of Art and History (1978-1979) in Port Huron, Michigan. Meister also worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1975-1977), where he was a National Endowment for the Humanities Museology Fellow, and the St. Louis Art Museum (1974).

Meister has a Bachelor’s degree in Ancient Art and Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master’s degree in Museology from the University of Minnesota. He also holds a certificate from the Museum Management Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.

Administration

The Administration of the Dayton Society of Natural History (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery) is comprised of professionals with expertise from finance to STEM Education.

Doug Hull, Chief Financial Officer - Administration@boonshoftmuseum.org

Dawn Kirchner, Vice President, Education – Education@boonshoftmuseum.org

Bethany Deines, Vice President, Development – ExternalRelations@boonshoftmuseum.org

Lynn Hanson, Vice President, Collections and Research – Research@boonshoftmuseum.org

Board of Trustees

The Dayton Society of Natural History’s (DSNH) Board of Trustees is led by a distinct and dynamic group of volunteers that promote and support the ongoing programs and overarching educational initiatives of its two entities—the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch IndianVillage/Archaeological Park.

In conjunction with their volunteer leadership, the Board of Trustees is a non-salaried governing group responsible for long-term strategic planning activities of the Society, physical and human assets, its programs and policies, legal operations accountability and ensuring a continuity of leadership and direction over time.

2017 Board of Trustees

Chair: Gregory Hoffbauer
Vice Chair: Tim Rice
Secretary: Nick Niehoff
Treasurer: Cheryl Ennis
President/CEO: Mark Meister

Debra Brathwaite    
Carrie Clark
Vicki Docton
Rachel Goodspeed
Tim Kambitsch
Joan Knoll
Chad Maggard    
Alan Nash
Terry Posey
Brian Prenger
Jose Rodriguez
Nora Stang    
Matt Thiel
Charles Wright    
Tracy Young

Associate Board

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Associate Board, is a dedicated and extremely talented group of community volunteers who serve as advocates and ambassadors to further the Museum’s overall mission and enhance it's public image. The Associate Board assists with the coordination of the Museum’s special events and fundraisers, including the annual Boonshoft Bash, and has established an overarching focus to showcase the Boonshoft Museum as the unique educational venue that it is.

2016-17 Associate Board

President: Jody Henderson

Brent & Joni Ahers
Nick & Elizabeth Andrews
Mike & Val Beerbower
Brian & Michelle Clouse
Christopher & Kristin Dailey
Brandon & Megan Gross
John & Beth Grubb
Jonathan & Valerie Hawkins
Don Hayes
Toby & Jody Henderson
Chip & Nancy Herin
Brian & Monica James
Russ & Katie Joseph
John & Anissa Lumpkin
David & Katie Lunne
Glen & Angie McMurry    
Scott & Kelly Michaelson
Stefan & Sharon Neumeister
Liz & Jeremy Otis
Michael & Erin Rhinehart
Paul & Shawna Richter
Matt & Rebecca Schmitz
Sonja & Mark Smallwood
Nick & Ann Smith
Jeff & Jessica Stickel
Greg & Lilly True
Tim & Amanda Wilson

Friends

The Friends are a dedicated group of volunteers and "Friends" of the Dayton Society of Natural History and its two principal institutions - the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. A casual group of diverse volunteers, the Friends respond to requests made by any Department or staff member, either through volunteer hours, or through the designation of funds. Meetings take place 10 times per year on the third Thursday of the month for camaraderie, featured presentations and for the purpose of evaluating requests. Annual membership is $5, payable each September. While any interested person is welcome to participate, only members of the Dayton Society of Natural History have voting rights. Contact John Wolf at 937-275-1617 for additional information or to join the Friends.

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