Amy L. Auerbach
During her years at BCM, Leslie has led the Harvard East Asian Outreach Program, the education department, community outreach and teacher services. She was the project director for the Museum’s largest publication, the 18-volume Multicultural Celebrations series (Modern Curriculum Press, 1992 and 1994). She co-authored Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes (Harcourt: 2002).
Formerly a high school history teacher, Leslie has worked extensively in Chinese Studies, conducting seminars for teachers and producing classroom curricula. She was a co-founder of Boston’s Dragon Boat Festival. She has traveled extensively in China, and was a co-founder of the Boston-Hangzhou Sister City relationship. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.
Prior to joining the Museum, Charlayne was Director of Client Services and Strategic Planning for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, where she was responsible for the coordination and delivery of programs and services to Chamber members and served as chief operating officer. She has also served as Project Vice President and General Manager of the Wishnow Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting company specializing in local and national social issues campaigns; Community Affairs Director of WHDH-AM and WZOU-FM; and was a guidance counselor in the Cambridge and Newton Public Schools.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Charlayne holds degrees from Wellesley College and Northeastern University. Her current affiliations include the Boards of Directors of the Boston Children's Chorus, The Boston Harbor Association, The Lenny Zakim Fund and the YMCA of Greater Boston. She also serves on the advisory board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Network and is a member of the American Association of Museums and the Association of Children's Museums.
Charlayne received a 2002 Pinnacle Award for achievement in non-profit management from the Women's Network of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and was recognized as one of the Leading Women 2000 by Patriots' Trail Girl Scout Council.
She resides in Roxbury, MA.
For many years, she has provided early childhood training and consultation to schools, museums and other organizations. Ms. Robinson received her B.S., M.S. Ed. and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Wheelock College, serves on numerous boards dealing with family, community, multicultural, and early childhood education issues. She is currently a member of the Boston School Committee, and serves as co-chair of the City of Boston’s Thrive in Five program and the Mayor’s Universal Pre-K Task Force.
In recognition of her work, Ms. Robinson has received awards including the Wheelock Centennial Award, the Boston Parents Paper Family Advocate Award, the Women Who Care Award, and the Lucy Wheelock Award. Ms. Robinson was a 2004 participant in the Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education (Public Policy), a program of the Schott Center for Public and Early Education, Cambridge MA. In 2005, she was named to the American Association of Museums, Centennial Honor Roll, in recognition of her contributions to the museum field in the past century and in 2010, received the Abigail Eliot Award from the Boston Association for the Education of Young Children.
Previously, he was Vice President of Communications for Abt Associates, a public policy research and consulting firm, where he also served as a member of the executive management team. Prior to that, he was Director of Worldwide Communications for Bayer Corp.’s Agfa-Gevaert, a $4 billion Belgium-based health and graphics imaging company. He began his career at Wang Laboratories where he served in a variety of communications roles including Speechwriter, Director of Creative and Promotional Services and Director of Consultant Relations. He has led communications programs that have won hundreds of awards and received recognition for graphic design, advertising, photography, web design, and printing.
Peter has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied Urban Planning and Political Science. He has also done post-graduate studies in marketing at Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School. He is also a guest lecturer in branding and design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Mike Travis leads the Museum’s Development activities spanning all initiatives related to individual giving, major gifts, annual fund, and planned giving programs. Mike is a creative and skilled development professional with 15 years of progressive resource development and organizational development experience as a fundraiser at the local, regional, and national levels.
Most recently, Mike served as Senior Philanthropy Officer at Boys & Girls Clubs of America, overseeing all aspects of individual giving, major and planning giving fundraising for the largest youth serving agency in America, serving 4.7 million youth annually at more than 4,600 Club facilities nationwide located in rural communities, urban neighborhoods, in schools and public housing, on Native lands and on U.S. military installations worldwide. Mike was with BGCA for more than six years, and previously served as Senior Director of Club Consulting, leading a team of fundraising consultants that served 4,600 local affiliates nationwide, and Director of Organizational Development for BGCA’s Northeast region, initiating and providing consultation and support services to local organizations.
Prior to BGCA, Mike worked for a national nonprofit consulting firm managing a personalized cultivation program for elite donors that generated qualified leads for major gift officers while using sophisticated modeling and data overlay services to identify top prospects. Mike has a great facility in developing relationships with donors and prospects and partners effectively with senior management, board members, staff, and other stakeholders to build meaningful donor relationships to successively increase revenue. In his career as a frontline fundraiser, he earned a reputation forging relationships needed to bring together many communities including medicine, technology, business, academia, research, human services and community stakeholders.
Mike has worked in senior level development positions at large healthcare and human service organizations with budgets ranging from $3 - $100M+ annually. Mike began his career as a fundraiser due to a personal connection to ALS. While with the ALS Association, Mike oversaw all aspects of development functions and efforts to increase donor awareness and philanthropic support to fund research and patient services for those affected by Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was credited with increasing revenue from $1M annually to $2.8M in three years through major gifts, annual fund, grants and cause-marketing campaigns leveraging the involvement of Red Sox pitcher and activist, Curt Schilling. Mike is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Certificate in Fundraising Management from IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy and is actively pursuing his Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University. Mike resides in Scituate with his husband, Jimmy, and 9-year-old daughter, Gemma.
Melissa Higgins is Vice President of Programs and Exhibits at the Museum, where she leads the development of the Museum’s signature hands-on play and learning experiences and is responsible for public programming and exhibit development both inside the Museum and beyond its walls. In this role, Melissa oversees the functions of child development, exhibits, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math), and humanities. Melissa joined the Museum in March 2018 and formerly served as the Senior Director for STEAM programming.
While at the Museum, Melissa has played leading roles in key new initiatives, including creation of the Museum's STEAM and Art Labs, development of online play and learning tools, securing key grants, establishing strategic corporate partnerships to foster STEAM learning, developing innovative programs including Tech Kitchen and the CreatedBy Festival, and starting the Museum's new summer camp.
She started her career at the Museum of Science in Boston, where she was Director of Curriculum Development for the Engineering is Elementary program. She also spent time in the education department at WGBH, Boston’s public television station. She holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Connecticut College and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the Harvard University Extension School.
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