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Museum of Life and Science welcomes Kate Senner as new Vice President for Advancement

For Immediate Release – March 23, 2022 | 5 pm

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Kate SennerDURHAM, NC – This week, the Museum of Life and Science welcomes Kate Senner as its new Vice President for Advancement.

“The Museum is an incredible resource to the community that continues to evolve and grow. Over the years, it has been an inspiring place to me and my family, and I feel honored to join the Museum’s team.” Senner said. “In particular, I’m looking forward to helping create a culture of philanthropy here and giving back to an institution that has given me so much over the years.”

Senner will lead the Museum’s fundraising strategy and guide the Museum in building a stronger culture of philanthropy. One of her first projects will be overseeing the Museum’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on May 20, 2022.

Before joining the Museum, Senner was Director of Development at Sarah P. Duke Gardens. At Duke Gardens, she oversaw all fundraising activities, including major gift cultivation and stewardship, individual annual giving, membership programs, corporate giving and sponsorships, and foundation and government grants. Senner earned her BA degree from William & Mary.

“We couldn’t be more excited about Kate’s joining our team,” said Carrie Heinonen, President and CEO of the Museum. “Her leadership, experience, and strategic thinking will help the Museum grow and expand its mission. Her passion for our mission is contagious! She’s the right person to energize our fundraising and outreach to supporters across the Triangle.”


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 TrailEllerbe Creek RailwayHideaway WoodsInto the MistEarth 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. This year, the Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary and its ongoing commitment to the communities of Durham, the Triangle, and North Carolina. To learn more, visit