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.

Annual Report

January 2015 – June 2016

Board of Directors



EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Kalpana Gowda, Board President

Kalpana Gowda President
Tim Fallon Vice President
David Mitchell Treasurer
Theo Glave Secretary
Paula Leslie Past President

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Amy Farrar
Bill Wright
Blair Glenn
Chantho Sourinho
David Mitchell Jr.
Kalpana Gowda
Lana Seivers
Lara Daniel
Nick Lewis
Paula Mansfield
Rick Sain
Suzanne Curry
Terri Donovan
Theodore Glave
Thomas Campion
Tim Fallon

Staff

Tara MacDougall,

Chief Executive Officer

Veronica Bosnak,

Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations

Dale McCreedy,

Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement

John Hawkins,

Director of Education

 

Caitlyn Brown,
Director of Philanthropy

Jeri Hasselbring,
Museum Experience Analyst

Jennifer Neal,
Director of Grants & Membership Development

Eric Talbot,
Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator

Katie Woodward,
Assistant Education Director

Kelsey Smith,

Camp & After School Program Coordinator

Madden Purcell,

Educator and Visitor Services Coordinator

Mobile Education Coordinator

Hayley Richey,

Scheduling and Media Coordinator

Wesley McClain, Visitor Services Specialist & Educator
Micki Parsley, Program Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Vicki Lewis, Visitor Services Specialist
Kendall Jobe, Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Program Specialist
Jessica Holt, Visitor Services Specialist
Ryan Marshall, Visitor Services Specialist
Kalab Fulton, Visitor Services Specialist
Emily Donaldson, Animal Specialist Educator
Brittani Martin, Visitor Services Specialist
Hayleigh Patterson, Visitor Services Specialist
Rebekkah Riley, Visitor Services Specialist
Samantha Biggs, Visitor Services Specialist
Michael Maxwell, Visitor Services Specialist
Suzie Cogdill, Front Desk / Visitor Services Specialist
Jeffery LaPorte – Playologist

 

 

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.

 

Front Desk Specialist

To view the job description click here» Front Desk Specialist

Send resume to: mpurcell@explorethedc.org

 

Visitor Services Specialist

To view the job description click here» VSS

Send resume to: info@explorethedc.org

 

Playologist and Birthday Party Concierge

To view the job description click here» Playologist Job Description

Send resume to: mpurcell@explorethedc.org