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New VLM Executive Director

December, 15, 2016

Rebecca Kleinhample named executive director of the Virginia Living Museum


Rebecca Kleinhample has been named executive director of the Virginia Living Museum by the museum’s Board of Trustees.


Kleinhample has been serving as interim director since Dec. 1 and has been the museum’s development director since July 2014.


In making the announcement, VLM President Alonzo Bell said the board “is excited to name Rebecca Kleinhample as our Executive Director. We believe that she is the right leader to steward the museum into our next 50 years, and she has the full support and confidence of the Board. The Board looks forward to the museum’s next level of success in science education for our community.”

“The museum’s mission to connect people to nature is engaging, inspiring and absolutely more relevant now, 50 years after our inception by community leaders,” said Kleinhample. “This is a lifelong passion, our community has embraced the need to protect and honor our natural environment with their support, and I can’t imagine a more rewarding opportunity.”


Kleinhample was the museum’s Assistant Development Director from 2005 to 2012 before serving as Development Officer for the Virginia Air and Space Center from 2012 to 2014.


She holds a BS in science/business from Penn State University and last year completed a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellog School of Business at Northwestern University. She is a native of Pennsylvania and lives in Hampton with her husband, Robert, and two daughters.


The museum’s search committee reviewed 44 resumes and conducted phone and personal interviews with the finalists.


The Virginia Living Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit museum and regional education center that is completing a year-long 50th anniversary celebration. It is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News. For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit



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