Press Release

Press Release
Media Contacts: T.J. Hicks, Director of Integrated Brand Marketing
[email protected]; (630) 637-8000 ext. 6050 or
Brianne Bromberek, Marketing Manager
[email protected]; (630) 637-8000 ext. 2600
For Immediate Release: April 21, 2014
DuPage Children’s Museum Launches Next Gen Board
Members will work to strengthen organization’s foundation and future
(Naperville, IL) – DuPage Children's Museum has formed the Next Gen (next generation) Board
with the goal of strengthening the leadership core and broadening support for the Museum. New for
2014, the Next Gen Board is comprised of young professionals and community leaders who believe
in the Museum's mission to stimulate curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in young
children through self-directed, open-ended experiences.
The board is responsible for increasing community involvement through both family- and adultfocused events, while supporting the Museum's fundraising efforts. With 35 active members and
their families, the Next Gen Board plays an important leadership role in the future success of the
Museum, while offering a fun and rewarding opportunity to meet new families in the local
The Board's inaugural "Back for the Future" event will take place on Friday, June 20, 2014 at
DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville. Please join the Next Gen Board and fellow Museum
supporters from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. for a fun adults’ night out with 80's music and trivia. Awardwinning journalist and broadcaster, Dolly McCarthy will serve as Honorary Chair for the event. Dolly
is an anchor for the Tribune Company’s CLTV News and also hosts the popular Internet Radio
Show, The Dolly McCarthy Show. Additional information and online ticket sales are available at
The Next Gen Board is accepting new members through the end of 2014. Requirements for
membership include participation on at least one planning committee, along with attending board
meetings. The board meets once a month during the six-month event-planning season and
quarterly thereafter. For more information on the Next Gen Board, including how to join or help out,
visit or contact DCM Special Events Coordinator Julie O’Keefe
at 630-637-8000 ext. 3190 or [email protected]
The founding board members of DuPage Children’s Museum’s Next Gen Board include:
Brian Baier; Ellena Boddie MD, Associates of Inpatient Management; Christina Brady, Community
Volunteer; Scott Brodrick, Manager, Price Waterhouse Cooper LLP; Ryan Burgette ENT, Surgeon,
Naperville Medical Group; John Burton, President, Echo Design Group; Brad Dalton, Vice
President, Wheaton Bank & Trust; Jenel Damis, Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, SunGard
Brokerage & Securities Services LLC; Dana Davenport, Legal Counsel, Accenture LLP; Lisa Davis,
Director of Corporate Development, Davis Capital; Rachel DiGovanni, Community Volunteer; Anne
Dills, Owner, School of Rock (Naperville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale); Maggie Fahner, Community
Volunteer; Eileen Mullin-Gasteier, National VP of Development, Davis Phinney Foundation; Andy
Gripp, Senior Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP; Lynda Horton Denson, Sr. Internal Communications
Specialist, EcoLab Inc.; Peter Jameson, CEO, Curvendar; Matt Kirch, Sales Director, TriZetto
Corporation; Ryan Lubniewski, Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP; Mary Beth Luna, 2 Grade Teacher,
Chicago Public Schools; Charley Margosian, Highlight Management Associates; Shane Mikula,
CFO, Excel Displays & Packaging, Inc.; Rich Ochenkowski, DHJJ; Steve O’Connell, Vice President
– Wealth Management, Northern Trust; Erica Okenzie-Phillips, Program Officer, McCormick
Foundation; Natalie Perry, Partner, Ice Miller; Eric Pfanenstiel, Associate, Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck
LLP; Christopher J. Pohlman, Managing Director, Investment Advisory, Mesirow Financial; Melissa
Reinbold, CPA, Crowe Horwath LLP; Franklin Rivera, Financial Professional Associate, Prudential;
Scott Selfridge, Manager, Crowe Horwath LLP; Fernanda Valentino, Community Volunteer (former
Development Officer, UCLA School of Medicine); Oriana Van Someren, Community Volunteer;
Lindsey Wagner, Aristocracy Group; Melinda Watson, Community Volunteer; Craig Ziegler, VP,
Advertising Strategy and Partnerships,
About DuPage Children's Museum
DuPage Children’s Museum is more than a Museum…we’re a force for early learning! Via
interactive exhibits and programs that make learning fun for children and adults playing together,
DuPage Children's Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking, and problem solving in
young children. The Museum is located at 301 N. Washington Street in Naperville, Illinois, a quick
walk from the Naperville Metra train station. Parking is free and the building is wheelchair
accessible. For information about hours, Museum admission, and membership packages, visit or call (630) 637-8000.
Photo Caption: Several founding members of DuPage Children’s Museum Next Gen Board
gathered for a photo following a recent event-planning meeting. Front Row (Left to Right): Matt
Kirch, Maggie Fahner, Lisa Davis, Jenel Damis, Dana Davenport, Fernanda Valentino. Back
Row (Left to Right): Craig Ziegler, John Burton, Eric Pfanenstiel, Peter Jameson, Anne Dills,
Rachel DiGiovanni, Chris Pohlman, Brian Baier, Ryan Burgette, Ellena Boddie.