The Da Vinci Science Center announced Monday two senior leadership appointments that enable it to continue fulfilling its mission as it explores the feasibility of creating a Da Vinci Science City complex in Easton, Pa.
Jenifer Gilio joined the Center’s staff on Monday as its Chief Philanthropy Officer. She will lead fundraising efforts for the proposed $130 million Da Vinci Science City project and oversee the Center’s annual fundraising program.
Maureen Michael has been named Chief Administrative Officer as of Monday. She joined the Da Vinci Science Center staff in Aug. 2015 as its Chief Financial Officer. In her new role, she will have overall responsibility for Center operations – including its successful facility in Allentown, Pa., and its outreach programs – as well as its finance and human resources functions.
Jenifer Gilio has more than 20 years of experience as a fundraising professional, including extensive campaign, major gift, and donor relations experience. She has served in senior leadership roles at Pomona College in California; Lehigh University; Lafayette College; and LifePath, Inc. During her career, she has raised more than $120 million in leadership and planned gifts. While at Pomona College, she was the school’s highest revenue generating gift officer and carried a portfolio of principal and major gift prospects.
Maureen Michael came to the Da Vinci Science Center after a 25-year tenure with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in which she served in several positions of expanding responsibility and acquired in-depth knowledge of global business and investment analysis. From 2008-2014, she was the company’s global Segment Controller for Tonnage Gases, Equipment, and Energy. During that time, she directed the company’s finance organization in Asia and helped the company expand significantly in China.
“We have an outstanding team that has become even stronger with these two pivotal appointments,” said Lin Erickson, the Da Vinci Science Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “The fundraising expertise that Jenifer Gilio brings to our organization and Maureen Michael’s experience in managing operations will enable the Center to dramatically increase its impact in the community.”
The Da Vinci Science Center announced in Nov. 2016 a one-year partnership with the City of Easton to explore the feasibility of creating the proposed Da Vinci Science City near the city’s waterfront. The proposed complex, which would operate along with the Center’s Allentown facility, would include a state-of-the-art science center with permanent and traveling exhibit galleries, the largest public aquarium in Pennsylvania, a Creativity Studio public workshop space, an immersive giant screen theater, and a destination aquarium restaurant and event center.