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The MOST announces new hires and promotions

By Journal Staff


An October 2022 photo of the MOST in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse. (PHOTO CREDIT: ZOEYADVERTISING.COM)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) recently announced the hiring of two new employees and the promotion of two current staff members.

Courtney Armbruster has joined the museum as the director of marketing & communications. She oversees all of the organization’s direct communications and outreach with visitors and the community, the MOST said. Armbruster has nearly 25 years of experience with marketing, design, and writing in the engineering, architecture, and health care industries. She most recently served as director of marketing at Nascentia Health for two and a half years. Before that, Armbruster was a communication leader at C&S Companies, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cornell University. 

Sierra Messina-Yauchzy has joined the MOST as inclusions program coordinator for the museum’s education department. She coordinates programs related to inclusion, diversity, and accessibility, with the goal of expanding the reach of the MOST to reach additional groups within the Central New York community who have been historically underrepresented within STEM fields. Messina-Yauchzy previously worked with a nonprofit, called Peaceful Schools, according to her LinkedIn profile. There, she taught 4th grade to 8th grade classes focused on coding, robotics, engineering, and music, the MOST said. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she studied engineering and educational psychology. 

The MOST has promoted Evelyn Fabian Crast to assistant director of finance, where she manages accounts payable, revenue recording, and human-resources responsibilities. She has worked at the museum for 19 years, including the last six years in the finance department. 

Samera Chapman was promoted to assistant director of education at the MOST. She helps lead the design, development, and execution of educational programs for learners of all ages who visit the museum. Her role includes hands-on educational opportunities for tens of thousands of local school children who participate in diverse activities at the museum annually. She has been at the MOST since 2022. 

The MOST is a hands-on science and technology museum located in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse. The MOST says it is focused on dynamic science education that engages learners of all ages and abilities. It features 35,000 square feet of interactive permanent and traveling exhibits plus the state-of-the-art National Grid ExploraDome theatre. The museum operates numerous STEM education programs and community outreach events throughout the year. The MOST’s mission is to provide informal science learning experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage discovery, and inspire investigation. 

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