New members support a museum built by community, focused on career readiness for the 21st century.
Pictured above: Kevin Jenkins (Left) and Dr. Jeffrey Cohen (Right)
August 19, 2022
Sam Moore, Executive Director
Pittsburgh, PA – Moonshot Museum’s Board of Directors unanimously elected two new members during its August 2022 board meeting: Kevin Jenkins of Manchester Bidwell Corporation and Dr. Jeffrey Cohen of AHN. “We are thrilled to welcome these innovative and community-committed leaders to the board of directors for Moonshot Museum,” said John Thornton, Moonshot Museum board chair. “Kevin and Jeff bring a wealth of experience ranging from medical and life sciences innovation to community development and future-focused career readiness programming. They are well positioned to join our ongoing work to open an out-of-this-world space museum in Pittsburgh’s Northside.”
“Kevin and Jeff are exactly the right people to join our board at this important moment,” said Sam Moore, Moonshot Museum executive director. “As we prepare to open Moonshot Museum in just a few short weeks, their commitment to innovative learning and cementing Pittsburgh’s position as a leader in the 21st century space industry promises an influx of energy and expertise that will serve our community-focused mission well.”
Kevin L. Jenkins, L.S.W. serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC). MBC is committed to working with individuals to transform lives as well as build, strengthen, and enhance communities. Jenkins is responsible for the day-to-day operations of MBC and works closely with its affiliates Bidwell Training Center, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the National Center for Arts & Technology. Prior to MBC, Jenkins worked for The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest community foundations committed to charitable giving. At The Pittsburgh Foundation, Jenkins served as senior program officer for Health and Human Services and Community Initiative Director and to become Vice President for Public Policy and Civic Leadership. While at The Foundation, Jenkins helped lead the successful effort to rename the State Department of Public Welfare as the Department of Human Services. He also worked at the Holy Family Institute as executive director prior to joining The Foundation. Jenkins has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Penn State University. He serves on a number of regional boards and committees and was appointed by the Joint State Government Commission to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness in Pennsylvania. Jenkins served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Manchester Bidwell since 2015 and assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in July of 2018.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen is a practicing Urologist with a concentration in Oncology. Dr. Cohen was the Director of Urology at AGH from 1998 until 2016 and the Chief Medical Officer of AGH from 2013-2014. He became President of AGH in June of 2016 until 2020 when he became Chief Physician Executive, Community Health and Innovation of AHN. He graduated in 1976 from Syracuse University with a BS in Biology. He earned his medical degree from SUNY – Upstate Medical Center in 1979. Dr. Cohen completed a residency in Urology at Case Western Reserve in 1984 after which he completed a Fellowship in Urology at The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Upon completion he entered a clinical practice at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in 1985. Dr. Cohen was President of Triangle Urological Group, which joined AHN in 2013. While at Triangle he started and managed other companies aligned with healthcare including Triangle Medical Meetings, American Cryosurgical Enterprises as well as two mobile capital equipment delivery companies which provided services to hospitals. Dr. Cohen has developed and introduced several technologies and procedures including Laser Lithotripsy, fiber optic based endoscopy, piezoelectric biplanar transrectal ultrasound and Cryosurgery.
Sam Moore, Executive Director
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About Moonshot Museum
Moonshot Museum will open as Pennsylvania’s first space museum and the first museum in the world to focus on career and community readiness for the 21st century space industry. Via a unique partnership with Pittsburgh space robotics company Astrobotic, Moonshot Museum will pull back the curtain on the contemporary space industry, offering the unparalleled opportunity to see real spacecraft be built and access space industry professionals – a first for both the museum and aerospace technology sectors. With a mission to inspire a diverse community to find their place in the future of space exploration, Moonshot Museum will combine immersive exhibitions with innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming to create a unique and engaging museum experience that inspires and equips young people with the tools they need to pursue careers in the space industry. Moonshot Museum is nearing the close of a $2.7 million campaign to fund Museum development and operations and is scheduled to open in Fall 2022.