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Tuesday Oct. 17, 2023
Museum Director, Dorothy J. Asher to Step Down
After more than 35 years as its director, Dorothy Asher of Elmhurst has announced her retirement to the Lizzadro Museum’s board of directors. Asher intends to step down at the end of 2023 and will remain a member of the Museum board.
Asher is a graduate of Chicago’s Mundelein College and a Graduate Gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America. She has deftly led the Museum’s operations and oversaw the Museum’s move from Wilder Park in Elmhurst to its current location in Oak Brook.
Asher began work at the Museum in 1988 as an administrative assistant. She learned all aspects of Museum operations and enjoyed working with the collection. During her tenure Asher focused on improving programing and exhibits, by developing relationships with lapidary artists, earth scientists, and hobbyists alike. Asher was always accessible to visitors and grew Museum membership. She raised awareness of the Museum by connecting with the public through community events like Museum Day, Lapidary Day, and more recently community music programs.
“We are so grateful to Dorothy for her many outstanding years of service to the Museum and wish her the best in her future endeavors. She has played such an integral role in the Museum’s success, and we would not be where we are today without her”, said Museum board president John Lizzadro Sr.
The board has begun a search for the Museum’s next Executive Director and looks forward to finding the Museum’s next leader who will join forces with the board in crafting and implementing the vision for the Museum. They have engaged Dave McGowan of Dave McGowan Consulting LLC to assist with the search.