Board of Director Changes at the Scott Family Amazeum
New additions and leadership changes bring energy to planning
The Scott Family Amazeum is pleased to announce the additions of Dr. Jennifer Swartout, Emma Willis, and Rand Waddoups to the Board of Directors. As the Amazeum grows and prepares for the next iteration of interactive learning in Northwest Arkansas, the organization continues to draw from the deep resources in the area. “We are excited to learn and collaborate with this new slate of directors as they guide the Amazeum into the future,” said Chief Business Officer Jeffrey Oldt. “The Amazeum has been fortunate to work with talented, knowledgeable individuals since its inception, and Dr. Jennifer Swartout, Emma Willis, and Rand Waddoups join the list of impact makers at the organization."
In addition, the Board of Directors officers have changed to reflect the leadership from President Bill Akins. Bill will lead the Board of Directors with Vice President Kelly Carlson, Secretary Ken Mantel, and Treasurer Albino Feijo.
Dr. Jennifer Swartout is Associate Vice President for General Education at NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) in Bentonville. She previously served as Dean of Communication and Arts at NWACC where she supported the college’s Integrated Design Lab and related design programs. Jennifer is a community college administrator, program developer, strategic planner, community partner, teacher, learner, and cyclist.
Emma Willis is a consultant who focuses on entrepreneurship, technology, and social impact within the community. She was the former executive director for Arkansas Bright Future 529 where she managed and grew a portfolio of $1 billion in assets under management, developed the organization’s first app, and managed a matching grant program that deployed over $1.2 million in matching funds.
Rand Waddoups is the Senior Director of International Sourcing Services for Walmart Sourcing. In previous positions and departments, he worked to develop apps like Walmart Pay, Express Returns, and Store Maps to remove customer friction in the stores. He and his former team also worked to build sustainability into every part of Walmart's global business strategy including aspirational goals: 1) Have zero waste, 2) Use 100% renewable energy, and 3) Bring sustainable products to customers. Rand is a father, husband, volunteer, and active community member.
The Scott Family Amazeum is a hands-on, interactive museum featuring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities for families. Located at the intersection of J Street and Museum Way in Bentonville, the Amazeum experiences include a climbable tree canopy, indoor cave, the 3M Tinkering Hub, Hershey’s Lab, Nickelodeon Play Lab, the Market sponsored by Walmart, and nearly one acre of outdoor space. For more information about the museum, visit www.Amazeum.org