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Leadership & Board of Directors

Amy Templeton 

McWane Science Center President and CEO

Amy Templeton has served as the President and CEO of McWane Science Center since November of 2012.  She came to McWane from the Birmingham Museum of Art, where she served as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer from 2005 until 2012, and as Director of Development and Planned Giving from 1999 until 2005.  She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee.  She then served as Director of Planned Giving for Vanderbilt University for fourteen years before moving to Birmingham to join the Birmingham Museum of Art staff. Amy is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, The Women’s Network, and the Norton Advisory Board at Birmingham-Southern College.  Following a devastating tornado that hit Birmingham in April, 2011, Amy played a leadership role in the recovery process in Birmingham’s Pratt City neighborhood, chairing the History and Culture committee, which focused on rebuilding the sense of community and quality of life in this hard-hit area.

2016 Board of Trustees


  • Chairman: Gordon Martin, Alabama Power Company
  • Secretary:  John McCullough, Harbert Management Corporation
  • Treasurer:  J. Bowen Thagard, Jr., EBSCO Information Services
  • Past Chair: Scott Adams, Protective Life Corporation


  • Tracy Morant Adams, Renasant Bank
  • J. Iwan Alexander, UAB School of Engineering
  • Charles A. Collat, Jr., Mayer Electric Supply
  • Taylor P. Davis, Architect
  • John P. Dulin, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.
  • Charles D. Goodrich, Timberline Investments Company
  • Stephanie Alexander, Honda Manufacturing of Alabam
  • Penney Hartline
  • Lisa Jernigan Bruhn, The Jernigan Foundation/Marathon Corporation
  • Alesia M. Jones, UAB
  • Geeta Lakhanpal, Inverness Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Danny Markstein, Markstein
  • Collin Gaston, WBRC
  • John W. McCullough, Harbert Management Corporation
  • Kavita Vasil, Highlands School
  • Leigh Perry, Southern Company Services
  • Chad Webb, Regions Financial Corporation
  • Nicolas O. Willis, PNC Bank
  • Gary York, Emergency Callworks
  • Shannon Holt, Hugo Black United States Courthouse
  • Jennifer Skjellum, TechBirmingham


  • Lynn LaRussa – President, McWane Science Center Board of Endowment

2016 Endowment Board Roster


  • President: Lynn LaRusssa
  • Secretary: Garland C. Smith
  • Treasurer: Charles Miller
  • Past President: Forest Whatley Jr.



  • Nina J. Botsford
  • William W. Brooke
  • Sherri Cook
  • Charles D. Miller
  • Margaret M. Porter
  • Chuck Redden
  • Elissa Tyson
  • Norman Jetmundsen
  • Gillian Goodrich



Gordon Martin – Chair, McWane Science Center Board of Trustees
J. Bowen Thagard – Treasurer, McWane Science Center Board of Trustees