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, 30 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.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to build a community with the courage to ask thoughtful questions, the drive to find creative solutions, and the confidence to implement positive changes.


Community Impact Report


2015-2016 Community Impact Report

Board of Directors


Tim Fallon, Board President

Tim Fallon President
David Mitchell President-elect
Bernie Steen Treasurer
Kalpana Gowda Past President



Madhavi Boorgu
Tom Campion
Suzanne Curry
Lara Daniel
Tim Fallon
Amy Farrar
Blair Glenn
Kalpana Gowda
Paula Harris
Elisabeth Harper Rood
Nick Lewis
David Mitchell
Ashley Pope
Jason Rapoport
Rick Sain
Bernie Steen
Bill Wright



Tara MacDougall,

Chief Executive Officer

Veronica Bosnak,

Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations

Dale McCreedy,

Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement


Lindsey Fournier,

Vice President of Philanthropy

John Hawkins,

Director of Education

Jeri Hasselbring,
Museum Experience Analyst

Jennifer Uhl,
Director of Grants and Membership Development

Eric Talbot ,
Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator

Katie Woodward,
Assistant Education Director

Kelsey Smith,

Camp and After School Program Coordinator

Madden Purcell,

Educator and Visitors Services Coordinator


Wesley McClain

Mobile Education Coordinator

Rachel Bicker – Program Specialist
Tim Butler – Custodian
Pablo Carrillo – Visitors Service Staff
Emily Enochs – Animal Specialist Educator
Austen Fugate – Front Desk Specialist
Kalab Fulton – Visitor Services Specialist and Educator
Madison Good – Front Desk Specialist
McNevin Hayes – Visitors Service Staff
Dirk Heusinkveld – Animal Care Specialist
Kendall Jobe – Visitor Services Specialist
Parker Lampley – Visitor Services Staff
Jeffery LaPorte – Playologist
Vicki Lewis – Front Desk Specialist
Ryan Marshall – Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley – Program Specialist
Susan Perez – Front Desk Specialist
Keri Pomeroy – Visitors Service Staff
Kristyn Sellars – Visitor Services Staff
Valerie Sheaffer – Administrative Assistant
Ashley Swoape – Visitor Services Staff


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

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Want a fun and rewarding job? Look no further than the Discovery Center! View our available positions below.

Summer Camp Counselor

To view the job description click here» Summer Camp Counselor

Send resume to: Kelsey Smith


Visitor Services Specialist

To view the job description click here» VSS

Send resume to: info@explorethedc.org