Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Expands Board with Three New Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – JANUARY 6, 2014 -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Board of Trustees recently elected three new members: Anne Marsan, Tom McKarns, and Richard Sheridan. Board members serve as a liaison between the community and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.  Members bring expertise and experience to the Museum and conversely bring Museum needs and information to the larger community. 

“The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is fortunate to have a strong community of supporters who bring deep connections and expertise in their fields to our leadership team,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director.  “The Board of Trustees helps the Museum set its strategic plan and vision, and ensures that our work inspires the next generation of innovators. Our three new trustees bring passion for the Museum to their roles, and we are thrilled to work with Anne, Tom and Rich to achieve our mission.”

The new members of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s Board of Trustees bring a range of experience and expertise to the organization: 

  • Anne Marsan, managing partner at Atomic Object in Ann Arbor, brings software development experience to the board. In addition to her experience with software, Marsan holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
  • Tom McKarns, president of ECO PHYSICS Inc. in Ann Arbor, has expertise in business, sales, and marketing, as well as a background in chemistry and zoology.
  • Richard Sheridan, CEO and chief storyteller at Menlo Innovations LLC. Sheridan is a well-known entrepreneur and public speaker.

In addition to serving as a community liaison, the Board of Trustees sets Museum policy, develops the organization’s strategic plan and focuses on the Museum’s objective to provide exceptional experiences to our visitors. The Board also plays an active role in fundraising for the Museum.

Currently, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum has 19 trustees on its Board.

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers more than 250 interactive exhibits that spark the imagination of over 263,000 visitors every year. It also offers distance learning, outreach, field trips, and other programming designed to educate, enrich, and engage young minds. The mission of the Museum is to inspire people to discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Visit or call 734.995.5439 for more information.

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