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.
Engaging Curious Minds to Fuel the Future.
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
|Kalpana Gowda||Past President|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Elisabeth Harper Rood
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer & Director of Operations
Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement
Vice President of Philanthropy
Director of Education
Eric Talbot ,
Camp and After School Program Coordinator
Educator and Visitors Services Coordinator
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
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.
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: email@example.com