DISCOVERY NEWS RELEASE
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) welcomes development director Mary O’Brien to its full-time staff of 18. With 20 years of experience as a fundraising professional for a variety of nonprofit organizations, O’Brien will manage The Discovery’s fundraising efforts including local, community-based giving and grants and gifts from corporations and foundations.
“The Discovery is a new, vital and growing organization,” said O’Brien. “My experience connecting funders with nonprofits will help The Discovery secure the funding required to remain a viable part of our community’s educational landscape.”
“Mary brings a wealth of development experience to The Discovery,” said Nicole Barde, acting executive director of The Discovery. “Mary’s expertise in the nonprofit realm will provide a long-term outlook for the museum’s ongoing development efforts.”
O’Brien was the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities from 1991 to 2008. Other recent positions held include development director for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation and fundraising specialist for working for a variety of nonprofit organizations. O’Brien studied at California State University at Sacramento and at the University of Nevada, Reno.
For information about the The Discovery’s mission and vision, or to find out how you can support the museum, visit www.nvdm.org.
About the Discovery
The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum (The Discovery) is a locally founded nonprofit 501c3 organization. The Discovery’s vision is to be the community’s center that inspires curiosity, creativity and the joy of lifelong learning. The museum provides opportunities to discover science, art, local history and more through open-ended, interactive and fun exhibits and hands-on educational programs. Explore a cave, construct a house, race across Nevada and climb into the clouds – these are just some of the many adventures found at The Discovery.