President & CEO
Great Lakes Science Center
Education: Doctoral degree, Vanderbilt University; bachelor’s degree, University of Chicago
First Job: One of those funny photo booths at the Michigan State Fair
Favorite Quote: “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death & Life of Great American Cities
How I Motivate Others: You can bring out the best in people when they feel heard. I try always to be an active listener.
Important Lesson Learned: It is important to consider — at least briefly — even the craziest ideas.
Most Important Skill: Be a lifelong learner.
Hobby/Passion: I love to play double bass in community orchestras and banjo, usually around a bonfire.
Bucket List: I’d love to hike the Appalachian Trail. So far, I’ve just been a day hiker on that trail.