ScienceWorks Executive Director Chris Wallace Hostetler recently announced that she will be taking a new post in Portland.




"The new professional opportunity I am offered is an exciting and meaningful step for me," Hostetler said. "I am moving forward into a new stage professionally, one that beautifully brings together all of my preceding museum experience and my rewarding and much-loved time at ScienceWorks. Living in Portland also offers me the opportunity to be closer to family."




Hostetler was hired in August 2003 as the organization's first professional director and has overseen the growth and development of the museum.




Hostetler has been hired as an associate with the private consulting firm David Heil Associates, Inc. based in Portland. The firm specializes in the development of science-based educational programs, products and services and has a reputation for excellence in facilitation, collaborative planning and public outreach. Clients include non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and corporations to design, launch and evaluate a range of science, health and environmental education and public outreach initiatives.




ScienceWorks Founder and Board President Sharon Javna spoke to the opportunities the move will open up for the organization.




"Chris has assembled a tremendously talented, experienced and professional staff at ScienceWorks and there is strong leadership on the board of directors, including the continued involvement of founders," Javna said. "We have experienced strong growth over the first five years and are looking forward to mapping out an even greater role for ScienceWorks in this region."




Javna said ScienceWorks will not lose the benefit of Hostetler's tenure and expertise. Dave Bernard, one of the museum's founders, will be stepping in as interim director. Hostetler will work with Bernard through the transition in a long-term consulting role. Museum officials will be conducting a search for a new director in conjunction with the planning process for the next five years.




The fifth anniversary will be celebrated in January with a Five Year Birthday Bash Jan. 25, 26 and 27. The weekend will include a members-only party on Friday and a celebration weekend at the museum free to the public, complete with wandering performers, birthday cake and more.