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

Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.

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


Anthony Togrye, President
Paula Mansfield, President Elect
Betsy Taylor, Secretary
Kalpana Gowda, Vice President
David Scott, Vice President
David Mitchell, Treasurer
Bill Richmond, Parliamentarian
Lara Daniel, Past President


Allen Howell
Amelia Bozeman
Amy Farrar
Bill Wright
Blair Glenn
Chantho Sourinho
Jeremy Townsend
Lana Seivers
Libby Long
Nick Lewis
Paul Francis
Shawn Williams
Suzanne Curry


Tara MacDougall, Chief Executive Officer
Veronica Bosnak, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Molly Braswell, Visitor Services Specialist
Erica Bettross, Scheduling Coordinator & Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Program Specialist
Caitlyn Brown, Public Programs Coordinator
Shelly Denton, Animal Care and On-site Education Coordinator
Maggie Flanagin, Weekend Supervisor
Jeri Hasselbring, Museum Experience Analyst
John Hawkins, Director of Education
Karen Knecht, Camp Coordinator & Visitor Services Specialist
Brittany Layhew, Visitor Services Specialist
Wesley McClain, Art Program Specialist & Visitor Services Specialist
Jennifer Neal, Director of Grants & Membership Development
Justin Neal, Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley, Program Specialist
Richard Phillips, Museum Custodian
Angela Pulido, Gift Shop Manager & Visitor Services Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Phillip Sisombath, Visitor Services Specialist
Amy Stickel, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Eric Talbot, Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator
Katie Woodward, Early Childhood Education, 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!

Visitor Services Specialist (Part Time)

“Whoever wants to understand much must play much.” -Gottfried Benn
Do you want to get paid to play? Do you want to grow with a growing organization? Discovery Center is hiring reliable, upbeat, hardworking individuals to join our team!
For a complete job description, click here.

Download the application below or contact Katie Woodward at kwoodward@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