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John Stanoch - Interim President

John Stanoch

John Stanoch joins the Science Museum of Minnesota's senior leadership team as interim president in August 2015.

Stanoch is the retiring president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest. He is also a member of the Medica Board of Directors, serving on the Governance, Audit and Finance Committees. Stanoch previously served as president of Qwest Communications in Minnesota and North Dakota, as Minnesota's Chief Deputy Attorney General and as a Hennepin County District Court Judge, including a term as Presiding Judge of the Hennepin County Juvenile Court. He has also served as a Senior Judge in the Minnesota State Court system.

Mr. Stanoch has been active in a wide range of community and professional organizations, including past service as Chair of the Science Museum's own Board of Trustees, Chair of the Minnesota Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, President of the Minnesota District Judges Association, and a board member of the Greater Minneapolis YMCA, Minnesota Business Partnership and the Minnesota Orchestra. He currently serves on the board of the Minnesota Council of Churches Foundation and as Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Political Science Department Board of Visitors.

Throughout his career Mr. Stanoch has focused on issues facing families and children, with a particular emphasis on education issues. He has served as Chair of the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Committee, Chair of the Minnesota's Future Education Initiative, Chair of the Minnesota Business Partnership Youth Mentoring Committee, Co-Chair of the Hennepin County A-GRAD (Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities) Committee, an Ambassador for the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board of the PACER Center, a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Children Foundation, a member of the YMCA Youth in Government Board of Directors.

Mike Day - Senior Vice President, Museum Enterprises

Mike Day

Mike Day oversees the programming, sales, and promotion for museum visitor experiences and is responsible for earned income operations of the Science Museum of Minnesota. 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 William L. McKnight-3M Omnitheater. He and his film teams spent seven years chasing volcanoes around the Pacific Basin for 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 Tornado Alley, which made its debut in 2011.

Day currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Giant Dome Theater Consortium, the consortium of seven U.S. museums housing IMAX Dome theaters. He is a past president of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, a former board member of the Association of Midwest Museums, and a former treasurer and executive committee member of the Saint Paul Convention and Visitor Authority.

Paul Martin - Senior Vice President, Science Learning

Paul Martin

Paul Martin has a long, varied, and esteemed career in museum programming. Known nationally as an innovator, he has worked with over 100 museums and science centers to create new opportunities for interactive and immersive learning.

As Senior Vice President of Science Learning, Martin is part of the Science Museum’s Senior Management Team and oversees its Science Learning Division. The division’s seven groups— Community Engagement, Life Long Learning, Exhibitions, Production, Science, Public Programs and Teacher Professional Development—focus on engaging individuals, families, educators, and policy makers in interactive learning. This learning takes place at the museum's riverfront facility in Saint Paul, at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center in Marine-on-St. Croix, and at the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. Also critical to the Science Museum’s signature brand of learning are partnerships with community-based organizations, schools, museums and science centers, and educational, research, and professional organizations. All help the Science Museum reach audiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Martin leads a staff of over 300 youth, educators, scientists, and exhibit professionals. The staff’s work towards fulfilling the Science Museum's mission both at home and around the world is recognized industry-wide. Under Martin's leadership, collaborations and partnerships have flourished, making the Science Museum of Minnesota the leading museum-based exhibit and program development, design, production, and delivery operation in the country.

Prior to his tenure at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Martin 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.