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LESSONS FROM THE PACIFIC COAST, THE HATFIELD CENTER, NEWPORT, OREGON

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July 25, 2011

Contact: Phelan Fretz
pfretz@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 126

Downloadable photos available at
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ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center HIRES new director of development, steve perkins

BURLINGTON, Vt. — ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is pleased to announce Steve Perkins as the new Director of Development and Community Relations. He joins the ECHO Team after a successful ten years at the Bennington Museum, in Bennington Vermont where he was first hired in 2001 as their curator and deputy director and in 2005 became the executive director.

Just one year into his directorship, the Bennington Bypass opened resulting in a significant drop in the museum's tourism attendance. Mr. Perkins faced this challenge by retooling their business plan which led to a significant growth in their sponsorship, fund raising events, grants and annual giving support and created extensive community buy-in across demographic groups.

“This is an exciting time for ECHO. We have a significant and aggressive capital campaign to finish with the expansion plans which includes the addition of the new Lakeside Pavilion opening up in the spring of 2012. All of this makes for a perfect “diving-in“ point which will allow me the opportunity to meet many of the wonderful benefactors, friends, members and caring folks who have worked so hard to make ECHO the kind of world-class institution and leader in stewardship it is today”, says Mr. Perkins.

Mr. Perkins received his BA at Goucher College and his MA from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum. He grew up in Williston, VT and has returned to the historic family farmstead with his wife Galen and two children. He also moonlights as a jazz musician. He can be reached at 802.864.1848, ext. 118.

For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org.

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. 

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