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

Micki Parsley, Program Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Kendall Jobe, Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Program Specialist
Ryan Marshall, Visitor Services Specialist
Kalab Fulton, Visitor Services Specialist and Educator
Emily Enochs, Animal Specialist Educator
Vicki Lewis, Front Desk Specialist
Jeffery LaPorte – Playologist
Susan Perez – Front Desk Specialist
Madison Good – Front Desk Specialist
Austen Fugate – Front Desk Specialist
Pablo Carrillo – Visitors Service Staff
Keri Pomeroy – Visitors Service Staff
Kayla Jones – Visitors Service Staff
Valerie Sheaffer – Front Desk Staff
Tim Butler – Custodian
McNevin Hayes – Visitors Service 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.



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