As the governing body of the organization, the RMSC Board of Trustees consists of more than 20 members of our community who are leaders in their professional fields. They volunteer their time to support the RMSC, contributing their valuable experience from a variety of fields to help guide our work. Each member is passionate about our mission to inspire a better future for all through curiosity, exploration, and participation in science, culture, and the natural world.
For this month’s Board Spotlight, we talked to Tony Adams, partner in Adams Leclair LLP. Tony has been a board member at the RMSC since 2012. He loves to visit the RMSC, especially with his grandchildren.
We asked Tony a few questions to help you get to know him better. Here is what he shared:
Question: As a community member, why do you think it’s important for you to share your input and ideas by being a member of the Board?
Answer: As an attorney, I have specialized training and experience that can help RMSC’s leadership understand and navigate some of the complexities that the Museum faces in the realms of contracting, compliance, and fiduciary responsibility. More broadly, I’m proud to do whatever I can to help this valuable community asset thrive and grow. RMSC is one of the treasures that sets Rochester apart from other small and mid-sized urban communities.
Question: Why do you think it’s important to support Science Centers and their efforts toward making STEM education accessible?
Answer: Resources like our Planetarium, our exhibits and our science-focused educational programs simply cannot be duplicated by our school systems, particularly those serving our urban core. Also, a child (or even an adult) may experience something at RMSC that sparks an enduring interest in some aspect of science, history or culture that might otherwise have remained dormant.
Question: What has been a seminal experience for you as a member of the board?
Answer: When I first came to Rochester in the early 1980s I was struck by the exhibit now known as “At the Western Door,” and how it brought to life, through dioramas and archaeological displays, the experiences of those who were native to Western New York before there was a New York. I’ve been back to see it many times since.
Question: Do you have a favorite exhibit at the RMSC Museum?
Answer: “At the Western Door” exhibit is still a favorite. But more recently, I’ve become especially attached to “Under Construction,” partly due to my professional connection to the construction industry but mostly because my grandchildren love it.