About Us

Chartered in 1986 as Children’s Museum Corporation of Rutherford County, the Discovery Center provides hands-on education opportunities for the community. An extensive grassroots campaign orchestrated by young parents led to purchasing a building and creating exhibits and programs. During its first year of operation, over 11,000 visitors came to experience the museum’s exhibits and programs. Now, 27 years after its inception, the Discovery Center serves as a vibrant community and tourism center with over 120,000 children and families exploring the exhibits each year.

Mission Statement

Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on museum and nature center that inspires exploration, enhances learning, and builds confidence through diverse programs and exhibits.

Our annual objectives are to:

 

  • Provide daily, high quality, unique programs and exhibits in arts, culture, science, health and the environment.
  • Insure availability to entire community through free days, free memberships, passes.
  • Remain open to the public year-round, seven days a week.
  • Provide a rewarding environment for teens and adults to volunteer in their community.

Board of Directors



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Lara Daniel, PresidentIMG_3089
Paula Mansfield, Treasurer
Kalpana Gowda, VP Community Outreach
David Scott, VP Finance, Operations, and Administration
Anthony Togrye, VP Exhibits, Programs, and Outreach
Mandi Hogan, Secretary
Bill Richmond, Parliamentarian
Justin Hutchens, Past President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Gary Anderson
Amelia Bozeman
Amy Frey
Allen Howell
Tiffani Hutchens
Brian Kidd
Jennifer Shain
Chantho Sourinho
Melinda Tate
Betsy Maples Taylor
Shawn Williams
Bill Wright

Staff


Tara MacDougall, Chief Executive Officer
Veronica (King) Bosnak, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Erica Bettross, Scheduling Coordinator & Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Education Specialist
Caitlyn Brown, Programs Coordinator & Executive Assistant
Shelly Denton, On-site Education Coordinator & Animal  Specialist
Cody Elder, Museum Custodian
Anna Farmer, Visitor Services Specialist
Maggie Flanagin, Weekend Supervisor
Jeri Hasselbring, Museum Analyst
Gloria Lame, Visitor Services Coordinator
Wesley McClain, Art Program Coordinator & Visitor Services Specialist
Courtney Morgan, Mobile Education Coordinator
Jennifer Neal, Grants & Communications Director
Jessica Osborne, Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley, Education Specialist
Kelsi Pepper, Weekend Supervisor
Emily Polny, Gift Shop Manager & Visitor Services Specialist
Summer Poteet, Visitor Services Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Amy Stickel, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Eric Talbot, Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator
Abbey Wilkerson, Weekend Supervisor
Katie Woodward, Visitor Services & Community Outreach Coordinator

 

Youth Council

 

Students, ages 9 to 18, are volunteering their time to help us plan for the future!

 

Youth Council Mission Statement

We are a research and advisory board composed of students dedicated to the improvement and development of the Discovery Center with innovative ideas geared towards exploration and education of all age groups with a fun, entertaining, hands-on experience for the betterment of the community.

To learn more visit the Youth Council home page.

 

Employment Opportunities

Discovery Center is a fun place to work, learn, and play!

Custodian

This position is opening soon. Part-time Custodian is responsible for maintaining the overall cleanliness of the museum. Download the application below or contact Veronica Bosnak at vbosnak@explorethedc.org for more information!


If you would like to be considered for current or future openings, please download our employment application and submit it by:

  • Fax: 615-849-9573
  • Mail:
    Discovery Center
    Attn: Human Resources
    502 SE Broad Street
    Murfreesboro, TN  37130