BAINBRIDGE ISLAND —The Kids Discovery Museum, or KiDiMu, has a new executive director.
Susie Burdick was hired by the museum’s board of directors. Her first day on the job was Jan. 2.
Burdick comes to KiDiMu with extensive background in nonprofit leadership and fundraising, spanning the arts, and health and human services sectors on local, regional and national levels.
“We are very excited to welcome Susie on the KiDiMu team,” board president Sonya Marinoni said. “She brings the perfect blend of diverse experience and enthusiasm that will be invaluable to help KiDiMu continue to grow successfully, build partnerships and offer educational enrichment to families on and off the island.”
Burdick has been involved in nonprofit management in the Pacific Northwest for more than 35 years.
She spent the last 15 years in health and human services, with 12 years as the chief executive officer at the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center in Seattle, and the former three years in leadership roles at United Way of King County. She has also shared her skills and expertise with several nonprofit boards and committees, including the Alliance for Nonprofits, Northwest Development Officers Association, the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment, and the National Association of Speech and Hearing Centers.
She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Rotarian. In 2010, she was recognized with the Professional Achievement Award by the Northwest Development Officers Association.
A longtime islander, Burdick has close ties to the Bainbridge Island community. Prior to her nonprofit development and consulting work in Seattle, she spent more than 20 years in theater directing, choreographing, and running arts organizations for adults, youth and children in the United States and Russia. She had spent 15 years as artistic director of Bainbridge Performing Arts, where she and the late Diane Gilman founded the island’s Russia Connection.
“Joining the Kids Discovery Museum team is such an honor and I’m so excited about this wonderful organization,” Burdick said. “Working in the community in which I’ve lived for over 30 years, and with a focus on children, their education and development, is a great fit. Quite frankly, KiDiMu ‘had me’ from the moment I saw ‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ on its website.”
Burdick succeeds Susan Sivitz, museum executive director since 2009, who is studying at Harvard University. Sivitz was instrumental in completing the capital campaign and managing the transition from rented space to the KiDiMu-owned permanent home in the Island Gateway.
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