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


Lara Daniel, President
Anthony Togrye, President ElectIMG_3089
Paula Mansfield, Treasurer
Kalpana Gowda, VP Community Outreach
David Scott, VP Finance, Operations, and Administration
Anthony Togrye, VP Exhibits, Programs, and Outreach
Betsy Maples Taylor, Secretary
Bill Richmond, Parliamentarian
Justin Hutchens, Past President


Gary Anderson
Amelia Bozeman
Amy Frey
Allen Howell
Libby Long
Lana Seivers
Chantho Sourinho
Melinda Tate
Jeremy Townsend
Shawn Williams
Bill Wright


Tara MacDougall, Chief Executive Officer
Veronica Bosnak, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
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
Alexis Grigsby, Visitor Services Specialist
Jeri Hasselbring, Museum Experience Analyst
John Hawkins, Director of Education
Karen Knecht, Camp Coordinator & Visitor Services Specialist
Wesley McClain, Art Program Specialist & Visitor Services Specialist
Courtney Morgan, Mobile Education Coordinator
Jennifer Neal, Director of Grants & Membership Development
Justin Neal, Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley, Program Specialist
Richard Phillips, Museum Custodian
Emily Polny, Gift Shop Manager & Visitor Services Specialist
Angela Pulido, 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
Abbey Wilkerson, Weekend Supervisor
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!


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