National Museum of Industrial Elects New Board Members, Announces Personnel Promotions


National Museum of Industrial Elects New Board Members, Announces Personnel Promotions

    The Board of Directors of the National Museum of Industrial History recently voted in four new members to its ranks, appointed a permanent President and CEO, and promoted its Development Coordinator.  L. Charles Marcon, Chairman of the Board, congratulated the inductees and promotions in a statement: “We’re extremely pleased that these diverse and talented individuals will help lead NMIH into the future with their expertise, and guide us in our mission to forge a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow.”

The new members are:
Dr. Stephen P. DeWeerth, Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Lehigh University.  DeWeerth received his M.S. degree in Computer Science and his Ph.D. degree in Computation and Neural Systems from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Lehigh in 2016, he was a professor and the research dean in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as a founding faculty member and associate chair in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Emory University School of Medicine. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Founding Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

Cherie M. Gudz, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety at SGS North America in Rutherford, NJ. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wilkes University in 1995.  Ms. Gudz spent the majority of her career in laboratory management and mergers and acquisitions. Gudz served as the Sr. VP of Microbac Laboratories, Pittsburgh PA ,and then attained the position of  President of Agroscience a and   Food Microbiology North America at Eurofins Scientific in Lancaster PA. In her current position, she oversees over $100 million in revenue and is the primary regulatory and operational lead for SGS’s Environmental Testing, Industrial Hygiene, Drilling, and Marine services. She is responsible for overall business strategy, financial management, forecasting, and budgeting and manages over 800 employees.

Atty. Kathleen M. Mills, an attorney at Center Valley’s Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba firm.  Ms. Mills earned her J.D. from Duke University in 1969 and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Senior Executive Program.  She is a board member of the Children’s Coalition of the Lehigh Valley and an Adjunct Professor at Northampton Community College. She is part of Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba’s Employment Law & Labor Relations and Litigation groups. Her practice includes advice, counseling, and defense in all employee-related areas. Ms. Mills manages federal and state Department of Labor matters, defends federal and state discrimination complaints, and assists clients in developing effective compliance strategies. Her experience encompasses federal and state administrative agencies, including EEOC, DoL, DoJ, and PHRC, and federal and state courts.

Dr. Augustine Moffitt, Jr., retired Vice President of Global Safety and Environmental Affairs at the Schering-Plough Corporation. Dr. Moffitt received his undergraduate degree in chemistry cum laude from La Salle College and his M.S. and Sc.D degrees from Harvard University, and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.  He retired from Schering-Plough/Merck & Co. in 2011 after serving as a member of the companies’ Merger Integration Team. He is currently a principal in a private consulting firm which provides business strategy, communications, and management systems support to industry and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining Schering-Plough, he served as Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief EHS Officer for Bethlehem Steel Corporation, and was a member of the company’s Executive Committee. Dr. Moffitt is currently a member of Harvard University’s School of Public Health Leadership Council and the Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Partnership.

Kara Cenni, who was serving in an interim capacity, has been named the President and CEO of the Museum.  Ms. Cenni joined the museum in 2015 and served as the museum’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer until her appointment as interim President and CEO this past April. Prior to joining the museum, she served as the Senior Director of Finance, Strategy, and Development at The New Teacher Project.  She earned her undergraduate degree from American University in 1996 and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Lehigh University.

The museum also announced that Megan Pildis has been promoted to Director of Development from her previous position as Development Coordinator.  She joined the museum in May 2016. She earned her B.A. in Social & Historical Inquiry from The New School for Social Research in 2002 and serves as a board member at the South Bethlehem Historical Society. She formerly worked as a Major Gifts Associate at the American Red Cross and was the Director of Community Partnerships at the Weller Health Education Center in Allentown, PA.

About the National Museum of Industrial History
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history.

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