Contact the Development Team

Kate Senner – VP of Advancement
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Kate Senner is an experienced fundraiser and the Vice President of Advancement at the Museum. With a demonstrated history of non-profit work, Kate is looking forward to strengthening the philanthropic culture at the Museum. Prior to this role, Kate served as the Director of Development at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, building a strong development team, and spearheading their $30M capital campaign. She is a strong community, and social services professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Sociology from The College of William and Mary. Kate lives in Hillsborough with her husband (Will), two young daughters (Violet – 7 & Addie – 5), and three dogs. Fun fact: Kate and Will were married in the Butterfly House!

Disha Dewan – Director of Development
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As Director of Development at the Museum of Life and Science, Disha Dewan brings a background in non-profit fundraising, marketing, and education. Prior to this role, Disha served as the Development Director at North Carolina Arts in Action, where she led the organization’s philanthropic efforts. She has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing from the University of Minnesota- Carlson School of Management and a Masters of Education (M.Ed) from Marymount University, and a short stint in NY at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Disha lives in Chapel Hill with her husband (Sravan), children (Zubin – 16 & Ela – 15), and dog, Fawkes (like the Phoenix in Harry Potter).

Rachel Ripps – Development Officer
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Rachel Ripps recently joined the Museum as Development Officer after more than a decade in the Washington, DC museum and non-profit space. She is thrilled to be at the Museum with such enthusiastic colleagues and visitors! Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American University and continued pursuing her interests with a Masters in Museum and Non-profit Management from George Washington University. As new residents, Rachel and her husband are enjoying getting to know Durham and the greater community.

Nick Hoggatt – Development Associate
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Nicolas Hoggatt is a passionate Data Analyst and Development Associate at the Museum of Life and Science. Starting in a non-profit for the performing arts in California, Nicolas moved across the US to mature as a Data Analyst and help the Museum grow and reach more people. Constantly wanting to learn more allows Nicolas to grow quickly, provide better structure for the Museum’s data, and get the most pertinent statistics to those who need it. At the end of the day, it’s the guests who keep him motivated. Nicolas lives in Raleigh with his partner Kyle, who works at the Museum as the Exhibits Engineer. They often joke that they can work to cover software and hardware together.

Trish Lemm – Grants Officer
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Trish Lemm is a big fan of Museum of Life and Science, where she has worked for almost fifteen years. She is passionate about the Museum’s initiatives in nature play and community engagement. After several years with the Innovation and Learning team, Trish now works in the Development Department coordinating the Museum’s grants programs. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Masters of Education in Science Education, Trish is dedicated to making science learning more accessible in the community. Trish’s favorite exhibit is Into the Mist, where she has spent many misty mornings playing with her children.