Contact the Development Team

Disha Dewan – Vice President of Advancement
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As the Vice President of Advancement 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 Director of Development 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.

Trish Lemm – Director of Development
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Trish Lemm is a devoted advocate for the Museum of Life and Science, where she has worked for more than fifteen years. She is passionate about the Museum’s initiatives in nature play and community engagement. After several years with the Education and Engagement team, Trish now works in the Development Department leading the Museum’s grant programs and other strategic initiatives. 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.

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.