The impressive volunteers of the Dayton Society of Natural History generously devote their time and experience to offer direction and provide the necessary elements to help educate and mold children and adults of all ages. The multiple boards and committees focus on strategic matters and individual projects by making every effort to ultimately ensure that the purpose, plans and policies of the overall organization are achieved. With the vast knowledge and intrapersonal skills our extraordinary Board Members and teams of volunteers possess, they help ensure the success of this community’s treasured community resource.
The essential goal of the Dayton Society of Natural History is to encourage civic leadership through quality educational programs that help students and youth to see the critical link between a sound fundamental education and future employment opportunities.
The Administration of the Dayton Society of Natural History (Boonshoft Museum of Discovery) is comprised of professionals with expertise from finance to STEM Education.
Patricia S. McDonald, Interim CEO – CEO@boonshoftmuseum.org
Douglas Hull, Chief Financial Officer
& Chief Operations Officer – Administration@boonshoftmuseum.org
Dawn Kirchner, Vice President, Education – Education@boonshoftmuseum.org
Bethany Deines, Vice President, Development – ExternalRelations@boonshoftmuseum.org
The Dayton Society of Natural History’s (DSNH) Board of Trustees is led by a distinct and dynamic group of volunteers that promote and support the ongoing programs and overarching educational initiatives of its two entities—the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch IndianVillage/Archaeological Park.
In conjunction with their volunteer leadership, the Board of Trustees is a non-salaried governing group responsible for long-term strategic planning activities of the Society, physical and human assets, its programs and policies, legal operations accountability and ensuring a continuity of leadership and direction over time.
|Vice Chair||Tim Rice|
The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Associate Board, is a dedicated and extremely talented group of community volunteers who serve as advocates and ambassadors to further the Museum’s overall mission and enhance it's public image. The Associate Board assists with the coordination of the Museum’s special events and fundraisers, including the annual Boonshoft Bash, and has established an overarching focus to showcase the Boonshoft Museum as the unique educational venue that it is.
|Eureka Chair||Russell & Katie Joseph|
|Eureka Co-Chair||Jonathan & Val Hawkins|
|Bash Chair||Greg & Lilly True|
|Bash Co-Chair||Nick & Ann Knerr-Smith|
2018 John & Beth Grubb
2018 Don Hayes
2018 Chip & Nancy Herin
2018 Brian & Monica James
2018 Russ & Katie Joseph
2018 Stefan & Sharon Neumeister
2018 Greg & Lilly True
2019 Brian & Michelle Clouse
2019 Jonathan & Val Hawkins
2019 David & Katie Lunne
2019 Glen & Angie McMurry
2019 Michael & Erin Rhinehart
2019 Nick & Ann Smith
2019 Tim & Amanda Wilson
2020 Brent & Joni Ahlers
2020 Nick & Elizabeth Andrews
2020 Brandon & Megan Gross
2020 John & Anissa Lumpkin
2020 Paul & Shawna Richter
2020 Matt & Rebecca Schmitz
2021 Trevor & Katie Collier
2021 Erin S. Craig
2021 Scott & Michelle Fleming
2021 Cody & Cara McMillen
2021 Dylan & Megan Romans
2021 Joshua & Lauren Schierloh
2021 Matthew & Ashley Stanko
2021 Adam & Christy Thompson
2021 Douglas & Alyssa Vorhees
The Friends are a dedicated group of volunteers and "Friends" of the Dayton Society of Natural History and its two principal institutions - the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. A casual group of diverse volunteers, the Friends respond to requests made by any Department or staff member, either through volunteer hours, or through the designation of funds. Meetings take place 10 times per year on the third Thursday of the month for camaraderie, featured presentations and for the purpose of evaluating requests. Annual membership is $5, payable each September. While any interested person is welcome to participate, only members of the Dayton Society of Natural History have voting rights. Contact John Wolf at 937-275-1617 for additional information or to join the Friends.