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What is McWane Science Center’s NEW ELEMENT?

McWane Science Center’s mission is to change lives through science and wonder, combining its unique assets to create hands-on science learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. McWane Science Center’s NEW ELEMENT was established in 2013 to identify a select group of young leaders who recognize and appreciate McWane Science Center’s importance to the State and region, and who are committed to ensuring its continued success. Members represent young leaders from business and industry, the legal profession, and the public and non-profit sectors. Members of NEW ELEMENT have the opportunity to network and socialize with like-minded individuals, support McWane Science Center, and become more engaged in science education.

How are Members Selected?

Nominations are accepted throughout the year and made by NEW ELEMENT members as well as McWane Science Center Board and staff. To nominate someone, contact Karon Grubbs at (205) 714-8303 or

What are the Membership Criteria?

Members are young people (generally 30-45 years of age) who have demonstrated significant leadership in their respective fields and a strong commitment to the community. An interest or expertise in science is a plus, but certainly not a requirement. Many, but by no means all, of our members are the parents of young children.

What are the Benefits of Membership?
    • Fusion Event. Signature NEW ELEMENT cocktail supper in the Exhibit Halls.
    • IMAX Premiere Party. An exclusive showing of a new IMAX film, along with a cocktail supper and dessert.
    • Beaker Bash. 20% discount on tickets to this annual family-friendly fundraising event.
    • Annual Meeting. Invitation to the President’s reception.

As well as…

    • FREE Admission to 4 Floors of Exhibit Halls for 12 Months
    • FREE Parking in McWane Science Center’s Parking Deck while Visiting Museum
    • 18 FREE IMAX® Film and/or Simulator Ride Tickets
    • SAVE 20% on All Food and Beverage Purchases in the Smart Café
    • SAVE 20% on Thousands of Items in our Gift Shop, Really Cool Stuff
    • FREE or Discounted Admission to over 270 Science Centers Worldwide
    • FREE Subscription To Eureka!, McWane Science Center’s Newsletter
    • FREE Email Updates
    • SAVE up to 30% on over 125 McWane Science Center Camps & Classes
    • SAVE up to $25 on Birthday Parties at McWane Science Center
Are Spouses Included?

Absolutely. Spouses or guests are included in all NEW ELEMENT events. With advance notice, members are welcome to bring a prospective member to any event.

What about Kids?

At least one NEW ELEMENT event each year will include the children of members.

What are the Dues?

Members of NEW ELEMENT are asked to make an annual, tax-deductible $500 gift to the McWane Science Center to support its mission to change lives through science and wonder.

Who Do I Contact for More Information?

Karon Grubbs, Development Coordinator, McWane Science Center, 205.714.8303 or

New Element Events

Upcoming Events:

    • October 16th – New Element Mixer; Science Trivia
    • December 4th – New Element Family Event; Winter Wonderland
    • January – New Members Recruitment Event

2014 New Element Members

Brad Baker, EBSCO Information Systems Douglas Lee, Brasfield and Gorrie
Anna-Katherine Bowman, Synovus Family Asset Management Group Emily Levine, Community Volunteer
William Caine, Morgan Stanley Michael Long, BBVA Compass
Mary Andrews Carlisle, Vulcan Materials Company Brynne MacCann, McWane Science Center
Michael Catenacci, VA Hospital Birmingham Zach Mather, CRC Insurance
Baker Chambliss, Dr. Baker Chambliss Stuart Maxey, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, LLP
Eleanor “Ellie” Christopher, Tammy Conner Interior Design Micah McAfee, FOX 6 WBRC-Raycom Media
Billy Coffman, Southern Natural Gas Colin Moorhouse, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Matthew Copeland, UAB Banks Petrey, Birmingham Radiological Group, PC
Paul Crane, EBSCO Information Systems Sekhar Pisupati, Protective Life Insurance Company
Edward Merritt Cullum, Southview Cardiovascular Brandon Robinson, Balch&Bingham LLP
Phillip Currie, J.H. Berry and Gilbert, Inc. Mary Samuels, Balch&Bingham LLP
Wes Davis, JohnsonKreis Construction Amber Scanlan, PNC Bank
Taylor Davis, Taylor P. Davis, AIA Mark Schaeffer, Schaeffer Eye Center
Robert Dawson, Southern Company Robert Schoenvogel, EBSCO Information Systems
Susan Dumas, Community Volunteer James (Jim) Screws, Regions Bank
Art Freeman, First Partners Bank Scarlett Simmons, Life Insurance
Tim Frizzell, Vulcan Materials Company Lee Smith, UAB
Scott Goedecke, BB&T Bank John Steiner, Steiner Law LLC
Charles Goodrich, Timberline Investments Company Bowen Thagard, EBSCO Information Systems
Raymond Harbert, Jr., Harbert Management Corporation Brandon Thompson, Dell, Inc.
Shannon Holt, US District Courts Erol Wallace, Richard Sellers Holman & West, LLP
Waymond Jackson, Birmingham Business Alliance Paul Wells, Protective Life Insurance Company
Scott Johnson, Alabama Power Earlisha Williams, UAB
Todd Jordan, Harbert Management Corporation Nick Willis, PNC Bank
Anne Kreider, Homewood High School Bevelle Worthen, Community Volunteer
Frank Lassiter, Protective Life Insurance Company Emily Wykle, UAB
Tatum Lassiter, Harbert Management Corporation