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SANTA ANA, CA– Discovery Science Center (DSC) welcomes six Orange County executives and community leaders to its Board of Directors. Renee S. Bannasch, Gary A. Green, Timothy Henderson, Rob Myers, Brian Niccol, Stanton J. Rowe and Cheryll Ruszat join a dynamic board of 30 lead by Chairman of the Board, Dan Bolar of Bolar Hirsch & Jennings LLP.

Renne S. Bannasch | Vice President, Fund Development, Travelers Aid San Diego

Renne S. Bannasch serves as Vice President, Fund Development at Travelers Aid San Diego. In addition to Bannasch’s new role at DSC, she is also a general partner for Premier Inns of America and EZ8 Motels, Inc.

Gary A. Green | Executive Vice President, California Bank and Trust

Gary A. Green served as President/Chief Volunteer Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Tustin from 2001-2002, again from 2007-2009 and continues to serve on the board as Chief Financial Officer. He is also a 13 year member of the Board of Directors of Risk Management Association’s Orange County Chapter having served as President from 2005-2006 and is now Treasurer.

Timothy Henderson | Executive Director, Private Banker, JP Morgan Private Bank

Timothy Henderson, a Senior Private Banker in JP Morgan’s Private Bank, enjoys community involvement through various organizations. In addition to his new role at DSC, he also maintains board seats with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, the Asian Business Association of Orange County and serves on the Budget & Finance Committee for Aliso Viejo Community Association.

Rob Myers | Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff, Wells Fargo

Rob Myers, an 18-year Wells Fargo veteran, currently serves on the Orange County Business Council board of directors, The Chairman’s Circle of the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society for Orange County and on the Corporate Advisory Board for OneOC.

Brian Niccol | Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer, Taco Bell Corporation

Brian Niccol serves as the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer for Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of YUM! Brands, Inc. Prior to Taco Bell, Niccol served as General Manager at Pizza Hut, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the $5.2 billion brand and leading an organization of nearly 16,000 people and 6,000 U.S. companies.

Stanton J. Rowe | Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology and Chief Scientific Officer, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Stanton J. Rowe currently serves as Corporate Vice President, Advanced Technology & Chief Scientific Officer at Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. He previously served as President and CEO of Percutaneous Valve Technology Inc., which was acquired by Edwards in January 2004.

Cheryll Ruszat | Owner, Montessori Schools of Irvine

Cheryll Ruszat grew up with a very clear mission – to teach – and she has been doing just that for nearly 40 years. Ruszat founded and currently serves as Executive Director for Montessori Schools of Irvine, one of the largest private early childhood education programs in California.

The six new board members join Discovery Science Center at an exciting time. Announcing plans for a $62 million expansion just last month, DSC will break ground for Phase 1 in December and have an estimated completion date of Spring 2014.

For more information, please contact Celeste Signorino, Campaign Director at or (714) 913-5015.



About Discovery Science Center

Imaginations run wild with 120 hands-on exhibits at Discovery Science Center (DSC), Orange County’s leading destination for hands-on science entertainment. Take the Eco Challenge and become a green superhero, feel the power of a real rocket engine launch and explore the inner workings of a two-story tall dinosaur! Plus, the Science Center’s signature events don’t just foster science education, but also provide entertainment for the whole family. From our annual Bubblefest and Rocket Launch to blockbuster traveling exhibits such as Star Wars™: Where Science Meets Imagination, there is always some new to experience. DSC is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young minds, assisting teachers and increasing public understanding of science, math and technology through interactive exhibits and programs. It is a community-wide resource where families come together to learn and have fun and school districts can use as an educational resource. For further information, visit or call (714) 542-2823.

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