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Da Vinci Science Center Adds to Senior Leadership Team in Support of New Facility

Contact: Caroline Scutt,

ALLENTOWN, PA. — The Da Vinci Science Center added two senior leadership positions as it builds capacity and momentum for the development of its new state-of-the-art Science Center in downtown Allentown. MaryEllen Dickey is the Science Center’s new Chief Philanthropy Officer and Caroline Scutt will fill the role of Director of Communications & Donor Relations.

MaryEllen Dickey will lead the advancement effort to build a strong, diversified fundraising program and culture at the Da Vinci Science Center.  She will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing a comprehensive campaign to raise private support for the construction of a major new science center in downtown Allentown and annual operations.   

Since 2007, Ms. Dickey has served as the Senior Vice President of Advancement at Diakon where she was responsible for development, government and community relations, and special events.  Her prior fundraising experience includes leadership roles at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital and Lehigh University.  She has successfully executed campaigns ranging from $1 million to over $50 million and had significant leadership roles in $300+ million campaigns.  To the Science Center, she also brings strong expertise and demonstrated results securing annual and major gifts, corporate support, private & foundation grants and planned giving, as well as hosting profitable fundraisers.

Ms. Scutt will oversee strategic communications with a focus on the new Science Center facility in Allentown. She also will work closely with the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Campaign Committee and external partners and staff to execute the comprehensive campaign for the new Science Center. Ms. Scutt has over 20 years of experience as a communications professional. Most recently in her role as the Communications & Community Impact Director for United Way of Hunterdon County, she led the development and evolution of strategic communications plans to highlight the organization’s role and impact in the region and spearheaded the launch of the United Way Community Volunteer Center, the first of its kind in New Jersey. Her prior experience includes leadership roles in healthcare communications and as a journalist.

About The Da Vinci Science Center
The Da Vinci Science Center is a national award-winning non-profit science center that has been bringing science to life and lives to science for more than 20 years. Da Vinci Science Center experiences make science fun and approachable, helping to connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the wonders of science and engages more than 150,000 participants annually with its exhibits, programs, events, and partnerships. To learn more about these and other programs, visit and follow them on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter.