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Board of Directors
Susan M. Wissink
Immediate Past Chair
Rick McCartney
Becky Lieberman
Brooks St. John-Smith
Katherine M. Scardello
Garland A. Brown, Jr.
Katherine Cecala
PHOENIX, AZ (November 21, 2013) – Kate Wells has
been named Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s
Museum of Phoenix, it was announced today. Kate will
assume her post at the helm of one of the top 10
children’s museums in the country on December 2nd.
Michelle M. Clarke
Michele Davis
Kate is a co-founder of the Children’s Museum of
Donna Egan
Christopher J. Klecka
Eric Meyer
Scott L. Mitchell
Judy Neuman
Amanda L. Ryan
Phoenix, serving as one of the original members of the
grassroots campaign that led to the Museum’s opening in
2008, and leading the capital campaign raising $12.3
million. From 2001 to 2009, she held the position of Director of Development and
Communications for the Museum as well.
Ken Schacherbauer
Andrea L. Stone
In 2009, Kate took a sabbatical from the Museum to travel around the world with her
Eileen Sullivan
husband and two children. Returning from her world tour, she joined Eight, Arizona
PBS as Associate General Manager, Marketing and Development. Eight specializes in
Trustees Emeritus
Tom Ambrose
Sarah Bodney
Lisa Handley
Terry Hanson
Sally Hurwitz
Derrick Johnson
Sam Perry
Hildy Saizow
Gayle Starr
Josie Young
Interim CEO/
Vice President of Operations
Kelli O’Toole
the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the
celebration of arts and culture and consistently ranks among the most-viewed public
television stations per capita in the country. During her tenure at Eight, Kate oversaw
51,000 current donors (realizing a 22% increase during her tenure) utilizing one of the
most comprehensive and complex development portfolios in Arizona.
“The search committee was extremely thoughtful and thorough in our search for a new
CEO for the Children’s Museum,” said Susan Wissink, Chair of the Museum’s Board
of Directors. “We knew that we needed someone who would be able to take this already
successful Museum to the next level, and who has a passion for the education of young
children, a vision for the future and an understanding of the important role that the
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Museum plays within the community. We are thrilled that we found all of those things
with Kate.”
“It is both an honor and a privilege to be named CEO of the Children’s Museum,” said
Kate Wells. “The Museum already does a tremendous job providing fun, hands-on,
educational experiences for the children of Arizona and I look forward to continuing
that good work. Moving forward, I am also excited to help the Museum reach its full
potential as a partner with parents, teachers, schools, and community organizations to
forward the early childhood education agenda. The Children’s Museum serves a unique
role in our community – the champion for children – and I am thrilled to lead the
Kate Wells holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from San Diego
State University and is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Non-Profit
Management Institute. She has been an award winning community volunteer and
activist working with the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, as Social Venture
Partners Fast Pitch Mentor, the ASU Downtown Advisory Council, and downtown
historic neighborhoods. A number of other non-profit boards have benefited from
Kate’s high energy - among them the Miracle Garden and the Chris-Town YMCA. She
also co-chaired a $2.2 million Department of Justice “Comprehensive Community
Grant” involving 17 private, public, and non-profit organizations. Kate was also once
proprietor of the Blue Bottle Café in central Phoenix. Born in Miami, Florida, Kate
lives in Phoenix with her husband and two daughters.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix, one of the top 10 Children’s Museum in the Country (Parents
Magazine, 2011), is located in the historic Monroe School Building at 215 N. 7 Street in downtown
Phoenix. The Museum opened to the public on June 14, 2008 and offers 48,000 square feet of hands-on,
fun and educational activities for children ages birth to 10. The mission of the Museum is to engage the
minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. The Museum is
open Tuesdays through Sundays, 9am to 4pm. Admission is $11 per person, children under the age of 1
are free. The Museum is also open on Mondays during June and July as well as select holidays..
AzTAP Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities conducted an accessibility evaluation in
August 2008 and summarized, “the Children's Museum of Phoenix is the most exceptionally disabilityaware arts institution this evaluator has ever surveyed.”
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information