SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT

September 2018 Speaker
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Stephen Saucier, M.Ed.,

CAROLINAS AVIATION MUSEUM

Stephen is a museum and STEM education leader. He has worked with science centers, children’s museums, national parks, and schools developing master plans, strategic plans, interactive exhibits, educational programs and curricula, opening facilities, and helping position organizations develop compelling visions for meaningful impact and sustainable operations.

As Exhibit Coordinator for the Louisiana Nature and Science Center in New Orleans, he led the development of natural and cultural exhibits, program development, and exhibit interpretation. He became a National Park Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park in Southwest Colorado developing interactive tours through 800+ year-old cliff dwellings and archeological sites. He later became the Outreach and Science Director at the Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, where he launched several initiatives including geography and science-based outreach programs that traveled nationally.

Having moved to North Carolina in the early 2000s, he became the Founding Executive Director for a start-up children’s museum – KidSenses Children’s InterACTIVE Museum – where he ran a $3 million capital campaign, master planning, construction, program development and workforce development. When it opened in 2004, the museum was awarded honors from North Carolina’s Main Street Program for its public/private partnership development model.  He then went on to become the Executive Director of a statewide association – the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative – where he directed a network of 34 science centers, museums, and children’s museums throughout North Carolina to advance STEM education through legislative advocacy raising $18 million in State funding. He was then recruited to become the Executive Director of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, a 200-acre site in western NC that was originally the east coast tracking station for early NASA space travel programs. While there, he led the transformation of the facility to become a STEM education center.

Now, he serves as President of the Carolinas Aviation Museum, having been there since October 2017.  Working with a new Board of Directors and a revamped and talented team, Stephen is building on the Museum’s 25-year history toward becoming a significant cultural institution and STEM/aviation educational resource in Charlotte, NC.  He works with a dedicated staff of 17 and over 35 activate volunteers to achieve a new level of vibrancy and relevancy in this region and the State working to address STEM education and workforce development in aviation and aerospace.

 

EDUCATION:

  • Bachelor of Arts: Biology and Anthropology (concentration – Native American Studies)
  • Masters of Education: Science Curriculum and Instruction
  • Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management / Duke Continuing Studies