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New Hires Bring Fundraising and Building Services Expertise to Rochester Museum & Science Center

    ROCHESTER, NY—The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) welcomes two new employees – Jessica Stadt, Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts and Griffith Stappenbeck, Director of Facilities. Both began their new roles at RMSC this spring.

    In her new position, Jessica Stadt builds relationships by connecting with current donors and members and engages new individuals with a passion that aligns with the RMSC mission. Her work contributes to the funding of new and engaging exhibits and programs that enhance the visitor experience. She reports to Pam Jackson, VP of Advancement. Stadt brings relationship management skills and extensive major gifts experience to the RMSC, and was previously Director of Development at Hope Hall. Stadt is a current resident of Brighton, NY.

    In his new role, Griffith Stappenbeck guides the RMSC’s building services, maintenance, security and grounds operations, ensuring that the Museum’s physical environment reliably contributes to a positive visitor experience. He reports to Dan Menelly, Chief Science Officer. Stappenbeck comes to his new role at the RMSC from Spencerport Central School District, where he served as Assistant Districtwide Supervisor for Facilities, Buildings and Grounds. Stappenbeck is a current resident of Webster, NY.

    For high-resolution headshots and additional information, contact Amanda Bayer, Marketing Communications Manager, RMSC at 585.697.1962 or

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.