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


Paula Mansfield Board President

Paula Mansfield Board President

Paula Mansfield President
Kalpana Gowda Vice President
Tim Fallon Secretary
David Mitchell Treasurer
Bill Richmond Parliamentarian
David Scott Vice President
Anthony Togrye Past President



Amelia Bozeman

Amy Farrar

Anthony Togrye

Bill Richmond

Bill Wright

Blair Glenn

Chantho Sourinho

David Mitchell

David Scott

Kalpana Gowda

Lana Seivers

Lara Daniel

Libby Long

Nick Lewis

Paula Mansfield

Suzanne Curry

Terri Donovan

Theodore Glave

Tim Fallon

Tom Campion


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

Shelly Denton,
Animal Care and On-site Education Coordinator

Jeri Hasselbring,
Museum Experience Analyst

Jennifer Neal,
Director of Grants & Membership Development

Eric Talbot,

Exhibits and Building Maintenance Coordinator


Katie Woodward,
Mobile and Early Childhood Education Coordinator

Kelsey Smith,

Camp & After School Program Coordinator

Madden Purcell,

Visitor Services Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Casey Davidson, Marketing & Scheduling Coordinator
Wesley McClain, Visitor Services Specialist & Educator
Micki Parsley, Program Specialist
Angela Pulido, Gift Shop Manager & Visitor Services Specialist
Jack Rogers, Exhibit Technician
Tanisha Norman, Visitor Services Specialist
Breanna Roberson, Visitor Services Specialist
Michelle Nicholson, Visitor Services Specialist
Jennifer Martin, Visitor Services Specialist
Vicki Lewis, Visitor Services Specialist
Kendall Jobe, Visitor Services Specialist
Rachel Bicker, Program Specialist
Bekkah Riley, Visitor Services Specialist
Jessica Holt, Visitor Services Specialist
Ryan Marshall, Visitor Services Specialist
Jack Stoner, Visitor Services Specialist
Kalab Fulton, Visitor Services Specialist
Kari Williams, Visitor Services Specialist
Ralph Stargel, Custodian



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