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Mid-America Science Museum Names 5 New Trustees

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Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs announced the five new board of trustee members for the 2021-2023 term. 

The new members are: 

  • Mary Bradley — co-owner, vice president and CFO of Crystal Ridge Distillery and Event Center of Hot Springs. She is also the owner of Royal Research Inc.
  • Jonathan Hamner — vice president at B&F Engineering of Hot Springs. He also serves on the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. 
  • Mechele McNary — information technology director for Alliance Rubber Co. of Hot Springs.
  • Justin Nicklas — president, CEO and general manager of Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs. He’s also a member of the boards of the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club, Ozark Mission Project and the Tri-Lakes CASA, and he’s on the governmental affairs committee of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.
  • Toddy Pitard — president of Lauray’s the Diamond Center of Hot Springs and Murphy-Pitard Jewelers of El Dorado. He also serves on the Hot Springs Parking Advisory Board and is chairman of the El Dorado Civil Service Commission.

“We are thrilled to have these community leaders join the board to share their skills and knowledge with their fellow Trustees and the Museum staff,” Executive Director Diane LaFollette said in a news release. 

The museum is a hands-on science learning center and has been a resource for STEM education since opening in 1979. It aims to stimulate an interest in science, promote public understanding of the sciences and encourage lifelong science education.

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