POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) welcomed nine new trustees during its 2019 Annual Meeting, with each new trustee serving a three-year term of board service.
“We are incredibly proud to be welcoming such a strong cohort of new Trustees to our board at this very important time for the organization,” states Lara Litchfield-Kimber, executive director. “With eyes toward a major museum expansion project that will advance STEM education throughout our region, each new Trustee has been hand-picked for the unique skills, experience and passion they bring to our planning efforts.”
Daniel Arnoff is Vice President at Arnoff Moving & Storage, a 5-generation family business headquartered in Poughkeepsie, NY. Within the company he oversees new business development locally and at their facility in Malta. Dan has a strong background in finance and is serving as the Chair of the MHCM Finance Committee. Dan was born and raised in Poughkeepsie and has always maintained close ties to the region through his family, friends and business. Dan’s interest in joining the board reached a peak in recent years as he frequented the museum with his wife and three-year-old sons who are some of the museum’s biggest fans.
Jennifer Breslin is the founder and executive director of Futuristas – an international organization dedicated to advancing STEAM learning and building a science ecosystem focused on access, inclusivity and social responsibility. Now living in Rhinebeck, she previously worked for 20 years at the United Nations directing international initiatives in Science, Technology, Innovation and Organizational Learning. Jennifer is the Chair of the new MHCM Government Relations Committee.
Wesley Dixon is the Secretary to the Board and Special Assistant to the President at Vassar College. Originally from South Florida, he is a graduate of Yale University and came to Poughkeepsie to join the leadership team of Vassar College President, Dr. Elizabeth Bradley. Wesley has several years of experience working in global heath projects, and is now helping to lead Vassar College’s local community impact initiatives. Wesley has also served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and worked with his colleagues to oversee a $5 million education philanthropy portfolio.
Dr. Daniel Freedman is dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz, where he also serves as director of the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, which provides expert advice on 3D printing process and materials and designing for additive manufacturing to the SUNY New Paltz and the Hudson Valley business communities. Dan has been a member of the Museum’s Community Advisory Board since 2016.
Dr. Pamela Edington is the President of Dutchess Community College, where she has led the college to new levels of community impact since her arrival in 2014. In her capacity as President of DCC, she has implemented programs that help to ensure access to and affordability of a college education to traditional and non-traditional students seeking to advance their education. Under her leadership the college has developed new collaborative community programs advancing STEM education, service learning, and student leadership.
Amy Greiner is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Tompkins Mahopac Bank. In this role she is heavily involved in business development in the region. Amy also has active connections with both the Council of Industry and Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, having helped to establish a scholarship in support of industrial workforce development initiatives for the former, and served on the marketing committee for the latter. She has a keen sense of business strategy and was critical in Tompkins Mahopac Bank’s coming on board as a lead Partner in Planning at the Project Catalyst Level for the Museum’s recent pre-campaign initiatives. “It is so important that we invest in the health and well-being of our families. The Mid-Hudson Children Museum’s mission does just that,” shares Amy. “Their vision of creating a center around science technology, engineering and math will transform our local community, economy and inspire young people to innovate. I am so honored and excited to be a part of this organization.” Amy is a Hudson Valley native with deep roots in the area.
Johnnieanne Hansen is the Director of Workforce Development & Apprenticeship Coordinator at The Council of Industry, where she has her finger on the pulse of which manufacturing and tech companies in our region are actively investing in workforce training and development for future generations. As we look to create an expanded museum campus that focuses on STEM education as a strategy for developing tomorrow’s workers, she will be able to help us identify emerging trends and issues, as well as explore potential partnerships with the Council of Industry and expanded networks among its members. “As a mother and lifelong Hudson Valley resident, I am eager to be a part of an organization that empowers and inspires our children to think, believe, play and learn. These children will grow up to be the workforce of the next generation and the meaningful work of the Children’s Museum will impact our community for decades. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful team.” Johnnieanne lives and works in Newburgh (Orange County).
Kenji Larsen is Chief Technology Officer at Alpha Reactor Corporation. Kenji is a technologist, entrepreneur, futurist and creative strategic thinker who specializes in bringing initiatives and projects to scale. He has been actively involved in MHCM activities for the past year and a half, from participating in visioning sessions around the museum’s planned expansion to recent involvement in the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire. He and his wife Kelly live in Millbrook with their two young daughters.
Sol Nieves is Sales Executive for Marriott International. She recently relocated to the Hudson Valley from her native Puerto Rico to help drive strategic community investment and new property development for Marriott International. She lives and works in Fishkill.
he Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum also recognized Keith Kurman, outgoing Board President for his 7 years of service to the organization. In reflecting on his time at MHCM, Keith stated, “Serving on the Board of Trustees for the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has been the most rewarding volunteer work I have done. Together with executive director, Lara Litchfield-Kimber, we have taken this organization to new heights. As MHCM prepares for a major expansion, I invite everyone to keep a close eye on where the Museum goes next.”
Named Hudson Valley Magazine’s “2017 Best Museum” and Hudson Valley’s “2018 and 2017 Favorite Kid-Friendly Museum” the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on early literacy, art, STEM, and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections.
The Museum is located in the heart of the historic waterfront in Poughkeepsie, nestled between two city parks, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North Train Station and fabulous restaurants. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on select Monday holidays. Admission is $10.00 per person. Children under 1 year are free. Visit mhcm.org or call (845) 471-0589 for more information.