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

Jeri Hasselbring
Museum Experience Analyst

Jennifer Uhl
Director of Grants and Membership Development

Eric Talbot 
Director of Exhibits and Facilities

Katie Woodward,
Assistant Education Director

Kelsey Smith
Arts & Visitor Services Coordinator

Madden Purcell
Public Programs Coordinator
Emmie Enochs
Animal & Out-of-School Program Coordinator

Daniel Bice – Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker – Program Specialist
Tyler Brennan – Visitor Services Specialist
Brooke Fitzwater – Visitor Services Specialist
Austen Fugate – Front Desk Specialist
Kalab Fulton – Educator
Ella Harrington – Front Desk Specialist
Dirk Heusinkveld – Animal Care Specialist
Ashlee Holtzclaw – Front Desk Specialist
Kendall Jobe – Playologist & SPARK! Assistant
Rachel Kimbrough – Visitor Services Specialist
Parker Lampley – Visitor Services Specialist
Vicki Lewis – Front Desk Specialist
Ryan Marshall – Visitor Services Specialist
Micki Parsley – Program Specialist
Susan Perez – Front Desk Specialist
Connor Pierce – Visitor Services Specialist
Kristyn Sellars – Floor/Weekend Supervisor
Lainey Stewart – Visitor Services Specialist
Ashley Swoape – Visitor Services Specialist & Weekend Supervisor


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.

Exhibits & Events Assistant

To view the job description click here» Exhibits & Events Assistant

Send resume to: etalbot@explorethedc.org


Visitor Services Specialist

To view the job description click here» VSS

Send resume to: info@explorethedc.org