We don’t have a department name for the rest of the DC staff, but we want to make sure you get to meet the senior leadership team as well. The following folks work cross-departmentally to make sure Discovery Center opens and operates smoothly each day.
Tara MacDougall joined the Discovery Center staff in June 2012 and we’ve been on an upward trajectory ever since. As the President and CEO, Tara strategically steers Discovery Center’s growth and development. Through the combination of her professional background in tv production, marketing, and wealth management Tara has been able to bring a vast array of knowledge to the DC. As far as fun facts go, Tara is a fitness junkie and a vegan with a soft spot for fresh seafood.
Veronica Bosnak began as a volunteer with Discovery Center and has worked her way into the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations role. With input from her husband Joe, Veronica combined her love of theater and affinity for local beer to create our popular Shakesbeer event! On Saturdays in the fall, you can find Veronica cheering loudly for the Blue Raiders.
Dale McCreedy joined the Discovery Center two years ago after a long career at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Dale’s research has primarily focused on gender in STEM learning, but she is tied to a number of national research projects. As the Vice President of Audience & Community Engagement, Dale works closely with MTSU and develops strategic community partnerships that allow us to leverage our educational strengths to serve new communities. When she’s not missing cheesesteaks and scrapple, Dale can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of middle Tennessee and photographing her finds.
Jennifer Neal is currently the Director of Grants & Membership Development, but she’s held a variety of roles and titles in her 12 years at the DC. With a background in music and arts organization management, Jennifer’s business acumen and creativity make her a great fit for the DC. When she’s not busy at work, Jennifer spends time with her three sons and plays weekly trivia (with a team she was forced to join).
Jeri Hasselbring is the Museum Experience Analyst and that’s a role that seems to change with the ongoing needs of the DC. Drawing on her experience in museum education, Jeri has been asked to create systems that help to evaluate visitor experiences as well as participate in the ongoing Cultural Competence Learning Institute. Outside of her work at the DC, Jeri is an adventurous foodie and loves finding great new restaurants in Nashville.
Jeff Krinks provides marketing and branding direction as a consultant from Prufrock Communications. He has a long history in branding and communication strategies for corporations and non-profits. Outside of the marketing world, Jeff plays guitar for The Bicho Brothers and can often be seen playing in venues around Nashville.