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The Koshland Science Museum is managed by an energetic and talented group of staff members who work with volunteer scientists, educators, and designers to produce cutting-edge exhibits based on reports produced by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Explore this section to learn more about the museum staff. To contact a staff member, please email the museum.
Patrice Legro, director of the Koshland Science Museum, provides strategic leadership and direction for the museum, shaping its mission to help people use science to solve problems.
Patrice works closely with a distinguished volunteer board, committees of experts, and talented staff to ensure the successful execution of the museum's evolving vision. Patrice was a fellow in the Noyce Leadership Institute from 2009 to 2010, and has served in an advisory capacity for other museums.
With 25 years of experience with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Patrice has an appreciation for scientific culture and its high intellectual standards. She leverages these resources by bringing together the creative capacities of designers and new technologies. Her experience and insights are built on a successful track record of leading innovative projects for the NAS. In 1998, she was co-study director for Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science —a report that received nationwide attention for its quality and accessibility. In 1996, Patrice helped establish the Office on Public Understanding of Science, after managing the National Science Education Standards Project from 1993 until its release in 1996. She led a broad-based national review of the Standards, which involved hundreds of voluntary focus groups in school districts across the country. In recognition of these exceptional contributions to the NAS, Patrice and her teams received group recognition awards in 1995, 2004, and 2011.
Patrice's interest in scientific literacy emerged from her work in the international arena, coordinating U.S. participation in scientific organizations, facilitating analysis of the global flow of science and technology personnel, and administering scholarly exchange programs with China. With an educational background in international political economics, Patrice began her career with an interest in how science drives innovation within a country and around the world.
Lisa Alston is the Financial and Administrative Officer for the Koshland Science Museum. Prior to joining the museum staff, Lisa was the Financial Associate for the Center for Education within the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Lisa began her career at the National Research Council in 1988 as a Senior Secretary for the Offices of Internal Audit and General Accounting. Since then, Lisa has held a variety of positions including Senior Program Assistant and Administrative Coordinator. Lisa received her B.S. in business administration from Trinity University in Washington, D.C.
William D'Italia is the Assistant Operations Manager with the Koshland Science Museum. Prior to joining the museum, William was a Supervisory Information Specialist for the Smithsonian's Visitor Information and Associate Reception Center. He also worked for a number of years at the National Gallery of Art. He received his B.A. from Fordham University and attended graduate school at Catholic University. William is a practicing D.C.-area artist whose work is represented by the Watergate Gallery.
Monique C. McIlwain is the Administrative Assistant for the Koshland Science Museum. Prior to joining the museum staff, Monique was the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George's County Planning Department. Monique assisted the Legislative Coordinator in the Planning Director's Office. Prior to that, Monique held a variety of positions including Internal Audit Assistant and Member Service Representative.
Amy Shaw, Community Relations Manager, is responsible for community outreach and public relations. She develops and implements initiatives to raise awareness of the museum among the local community and public. Prior to joining the museum, Amy oversaw public relations and media relations for a non-profit organization that advances understanding of health issues among policymakers and the public. She holds a Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University, an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University.
Johann S. Yurgen is the Operations Manager for the Koshland Science Museum. He started his career with the National Academy of Sciences in 1979 as a contractor. Since then, Johann has held a wide variety of positions, including managing audio visual and special events in the Joseph Henry Conference facility and managing conferences and special events at the Georgetown Conference facility. For 12 summers he was assigned to manage the Woods Hole Center special events, audiovisual needs, and procurement. In 1990, he received the Support Staff Presidential Award in recognition of his work. He was reassigned as the Operations Associate of the Office of Administration, where he was in charge of several renovations at the Constitution Avenue building. Johann received his B.A. from the University of Michigan.