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Museum of Life and Science welcomes eight new board members

For Immediate Release – July 1, 2022 | 2 pm
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DURHAM, NC – The Museum of Life and Science today proudly welcomes eight new members to its Board of Directors, who will bring new leadership, inspiration, and guidance to the organization.

The new board members come to the Museum with a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and professional talents.

The Museum’s new board members include:

Luis Alvarez
Luis Alvarez is the Vice President of Operations at Mante Masonry and also serves on the board of El Futuro, a nonprofit mental health organization.

Lilith Anderson
Lilith Anderson is a Senior Manager at Strategy& – a PwC company. She has 15 years of experience leading healthcare strategy, planning, and performance functions with a focus on driving enterprise-level transformational change to improve efficiency, transparency, and experience.

Nevin Daryani
Nevin Daryani is Director of Operations for Armstrong McGuire and Associates. He has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector focused on data management, research, and programming.

Gudrun Parmer
Gudrun Parmer has been with Durham County Government for over 24 years serving as the director for the Criminal Justice Resource Center, and was recently named Interim General Manager for Safe Community.

Laura Robinette
Laura Robinette is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a global accounting and consulting firm, where she leads the firm’s health industries practice. She has over 25 years of experience and primarily serves clients in the pharmaceutical and life science industries.

Neely Shah
Neely Shah is Principal Legal Counsel for SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina, with expertise in corporate governance and responsibility for Asia-Pacific legal affairs. Before SAS, Neely worked as a corporate attorney in a large law firm and Fortune 500 public company. Neely is passionate about women and children’s initiatives, supports diversity and inclusion projects at SAS, and previously served as a board member of a nonprofit organization assisting South Asian women in the Triangle.

Leonardo Williams
Leonardo Williams is the Ward 3 Councilman for the City of Durham, North Carolina. He possesses a broad portfolio in education policy, mental health, and business development across North Carolina, the Southeastern Region of the United States, and the Southern region of Africa.

Maggie Woods
Maggie Woods is the Digital Equity Manager at the North Carolina Office of Digital Equity and Literacy. A graduate of the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, she has served in many capacities in the non-profit and public policy sectors and credits her AmeriCorps service for her commitment to giving back.



About the Museum of Life and Science

Located less than five miles from downtown Durham, the Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations. Our 84-acre campus includes a two-story science center, one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the East Coast, and beautifully landscaped outdoor exhibits. Our interactive experiences include Dinosaur Trail, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Hideaway Woods, Into the Mist, Earth Moves, and Aerospace, which features one of the largest collections of Apollo-era NASA artifacts in the state. The Museum is also an AZA-accredited zoo, home to rescued black bears, lemurs, endangered red wolves, and more than 60 species of live animals. Last year, the Museum celebrated its 75th anniversary and its ongoing commitment to Durham, the Triangle, and North Carolina communities. To learn more, visit