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Wonder Works Hires Executive Director

Oak Park, Illinois - September 1, 2004 - Wonder Works, a Childrens Museum in Oak Park, has named Elizabeth Smith executive director. For the past four years, Smith has been a member of the museum board and has served as treasurer for the past two years.

As executive director, Smith will lead the museum staff and work with the board to continue developing Wonder Works into a first-class childrens museum. Her primary responsibilities will include building community partnerships, fundraising and outreach.

Wonder Works conducted a six-month search that included candidates from the area and around the country. "As sometimes happens, the best candidate was sitting right next to us all along," says board president John Harris. "Elizabeth not only has tremendous credentials to lead the museum, but she has a passion to see Wonder Works grow, and she is committed to see it succeed."

In addition to serving on the museums volunteer board, Smith most recently worked as a consultant to non-profit organizations. She has worked with a number of organizations, including Voices for Illinois Children, Ounce of Prevention Fund and The Day Care Action Council of Illinois.

Prior to her consulting career, she worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid and the Illinois Department of Human Services for a total of 13 years. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Kevin, and three children. She is fluent in Spanish.

"Im very excited about the opportunity to work with children and parents, both those who live in our communities and those who visit. I believe that Wonder Works will give much to our area."