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Eric Jolly - President

Eric Jolly

Dr. Eric Jolly, who became the Science Museum of Minnesota's president in 2004, is passionate about science literacy for all people. He has published numerous articles, books, and curricula, and lectured around the world on the importance of science learning in contemporary societies and the importance of participation in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-and Math) education.

In October 2012, Jolly was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board. Informed by its collectively vast experience and knowledge in museums or libraries, the NMLSB advises the director of the Institute for Museum and Library Services on general policy and practices, and on selections for the National Medals for Museum and Library Service.

Also in 2012, Jolly was appointed to the Distinguished Lectureship program of Sigma Xi, the international honor society for research scientists and engineers. As part of the Distinguished Lectureship program, Jolly will be available to speak to Sigma Xi local chapters around the world.

Dr. Jolly works with a number of groups promoting STEM education, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, and the National Science Teachers Association. He is also active in many youth, family, and community organizations, including Youth Alive!, The Innovation Center, American Youth Policy Forum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Open Society Institutes' Youth Media Programs, and the AAAS Healthy Families 2010 project. Before coming to the Science Museum, he served as Senior Scientist and vice president at the Education Development Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Jolly also serves on numerous national advisory boards, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Committee on Opportunities in Science for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He is a member of numerous honor societies, including Sigma Xi, Phi Eta Sigma, Mortarboard, and Golden Key, and is also a life member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Dr. Jolly has a PhD in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and studied physics and psychology as an undergraduate. He enjoys weaving baskets in the Cherokee tradition.

Mike Day - Senior Vice President, Museum Enterprises

Mike Day

Mike Day is Senior Vice President of Museum Enterprises and oversees the programming, sales, and promotion for museum visitor experiences, and is responsible for earned income operations of the museum. He has enjoyed a 30-year career in public program administration and museums. After earning a Finance Degree from the University of Illinois, Day was awarded a New York State Arts Council grant to study museum management in Rochester, New York. He went on to the Cleveland Board of Education from which he was recruited to Saint Paul to join the Science Museum.

Mike Day was responsible for bringing the Body Worlds exhibition to the museum in the summer of 2006, A Day in Pompeii in 2007, Titanic in 2009, The Dead Sea Scrolls in 2010, and King Tut in 2011. He has traveled the world as an Executive Producer of giant screen films for the museum's Omnitheater. He and his film teams spent seven years chasing volcanoes around the Pacific Basin for the film Ring of Fire, and journeyed to the shores of Lake Tanganyika to produce a giant screen film featuring the life's work of Dr. Jane Goodall. Most recently he was the Executive Producer for the giant screen film Tornado Alley, which was completed in 2011.

Day currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium (GDTC), the consortium of seven U.S. museums housing IMAX Dome Theaters. Day also serves on the Board of the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Association, including serving as Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. He is a past president of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, former publisher of The Big Frame magazine, and a former Board Member of the Association of Midwest Museums. On summer nights he can be found as a baseball coach for kids on Saint Paul's east side.

Paul Martin - Senior Vice President, Science Learning

Paul Martin

As Senior Vice President of Science Learning, a title he's held since March 2010, Paul Martin oversees the museum's development, design and production of exhibits and related science learning programming. Martin leads a staff of exhibit and education professionals whose work towards fulfilling the Science Museum's mission of "turning on the science," both at home and around the world, is recognized industry-wide. He has a long, varied and esteemed career in museum programming and is known nationally as an innovator in creating physically, emotionally and intellectually interactive visitor experiences.

Under Martin's leadership, the Science Museum's Exhibits Services business has grown into the leading museum-based exhibit development and production operation in the country, with clients including the Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Science (Boston), the California Science Center, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Minnesota Zoo. Martin oversaw the development, design, production and installation of exhibits in the Science Museum's 400,000 square-foot riverfront facility, which opened in 1999 and has established itself as one of the most popular museums in the Upper Midwest.

Martin has worked with over 50 museums and science centers. Prior to his current position at the Science Museum of Minnesota, he held leadership positions with Museum Content Builders Inc., The Field Museum, Jim Henson Productions and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Duane Kocik - Vice President, Finance and Administration

Duane Kocik

Duane Kocik, a 35-year Science Museum of Minnesota veteran, has been Vice President of Finance and Administration since 1985, with responsibility for overseeing the development of the museum's annual and long-term financial plans. Under Kocik's leadership, the Science Museum has had an excess of revenue over expenditures for the last 28 consecutive fiscal years.

As Vice President of Finance and Administration, Kocik manages the departments that provide support service for the Science Museum's operations, including finance and accounting, maintenance, legal services, insurance and investments. He also staffs the Finance, Investment and Audit Committees of the Board of Trustees.

In addition to his role on the Science Museum's senior management team, Kocik has served on the board of the Institute for Minnesota Archeology and as a volunteer for the Fairway Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Regents for St. John's Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Carolyn Egeberg - Vice President, Development

Carolyn Egeberg

Carolyn Egeberg joined the Science Museum's senior leadership team in July 2013. Her commitment to enabling communities, technology and innovation to serve the greater good is a perfect match with the Science Museum's mission. In her role as vice president of development, she leads the team that secures private, public and corporate funds to support the museum's ongoing programs, special projects and campaigns.

Carolyn comes to the Science Museum from CaringBridge, a nonprofit social network that provides ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. At CaringBridge, she managed all aspects of the organization's fund development activities, sharing its successes and needs with the thousands of generous donors who supported its mission. Under her leadership, her team raised more than $43 million and cultivated a base of more than 600,000 donors. Prior to her role at CaringBridge, she had 15 years of experience leading the development of innovative products that tap technology in helpful ways.

Carolyn has a B.S. in Computer Science and completed her M.A. in Philanthropy & Development from Saint Mary's University in Winona in 2008. Her capstone research project explored the use of emerging web resources to engage donors and volunteers with the mission of a nonprofit organization.

Carolyn is a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – MN and a trustee at the church she attends in St. Paul. She lives with her family in Hudson, Wisconsin and enjoys as much time as possible with family and friends. She especially appreciates weekends at the family cabin in northern Minnesota.

Carolyn has attended the museum exhibits and Omnitheater productions since she was a child and looks forward to ensuring a great experience for museum visitors for years to come.

Juliette Francis - Vice President, Human Resources

Juliette Francis

Juliette Francis joined the Science Museum's senior leadership team in November 2013. She brings experience in employee relations, workforce planning, compensation and benefit management, and training and development to her position overseeing the museum's service to both its paid staff and its expansive volunteer corps.

Juliette comes to the Science Museum from College Possible, a national nonprofit headquartered in Saint Paul that provides low-income students with an intensive curriculum of coaching and support to help them earn college admission and college degrees. As Director of Human Resources and Operations, Francis oversaw the organization's HR, new site operations and technology functions. Her professional experience also includes human resources work at Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys and Fury Motors.

Juliette has a bachelor's degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She has been actively involved in the Saint Paul Winter Carnival for more than 13 years, and she sits on the Business Programs Advisory Board at Inver Hills Community College.