The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

The Discovery Museum

4450 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: 203-372-3521
Fax: 203-374-1929


The Discovery Museum and Planetarium Welcomes New Executive Director, Stephen Baumann

The Board of Directors of
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is pleased to announce the selection of our new Executive Director, Stephen H. Baumann. Steve is a seasoned executive and science education advocate with extensive experience in museum leadership. He will lead the museum’s effort to enhance the impact of our mission “to engage, excite, and educate visitors in the exploration of science, technology, and ideas through interactive experiences that promote new insights.” Steve has a deep background in museum innovation, and a national programming perspective, having worked at institutions in California, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

“Steve’s experience in museum management and science education advocacy will serve
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium in our effort to promote STEM education throughout Fairfield County,” noted Joe D’Avanzo, Board Chairman. “His commitment to strengthening the Museum’s impact, supported by his significant past accomplishments, will support the mission of The Discovery Museum and Planetarium as we continue to advance and evolve."

Before joining the Museum, Steve served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Starfinder Foundation, where he successfully revitalized the institution by refining the organizational vision and mission, while establishing a more expansive contributed revenue strategy, and participating as a founding member of the
Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative. He began his executive career at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in 1996, and has since led the successful design and implementation of strategic organizational growth and improvement at the Liberty Science Center, Kidspace Children’s Museum, the National Soccer Hall of Fame & Museum, as well as the Starfinder Foundation.

"I am very excited for the opportunity to join with the Board and staff to lead
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium through its next chapter of impact, service and growth,” Steve said upon accepting the position. “I look forward to engaging with all of our community constituents and partners to create learning experiences that inspire wonder and ignite creativity and build on the excellence of the past."
Steve is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Elementary Education), and the University of Virginia (M.S. Science Education).

Steve will be relocating with his wife, Karen, to the area and will join the Museum on or before October 1, 2014.

Stephen Baumann ext. 111
Executive Director

Martha Sterling-Golden
Senior Staff - Development, Analytics and Research Projects

Joseph D'Avanzo ext. 123
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Jerry McKoy ext. 126
Director of Facilities

Helga Bowen ext. 131
Finance Manager

David Mestre ext. 118
Manager of Space Science Education

Alexandra Cannon ext. 143
Director, Individual Giving and Government Relations

Lynn Harris Olins ext. 121
Director of Education

August Sonny Cardinali ext. 127
Exhibits Manager

Lisa Richards ext. 124
Director of Marketing

John Chamberlain ext. 128
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

Stephani Reyes ext. 129
Birthday Party Manager and Guest Services Associate

Robin Gulas ext. 125
Assistant Manager of Guest Services

Susan Tabachnick ext 130
Facilities Rentals Manager and
Public Programming/Events Developer

Robin Keller ext. 117
Education Department Administrator

Sarah Tropp

Danielle LaChance ext. 136
Guest Services and Public Programming Manager

Adam Zuckerman ext. 116
Director of Exhibits

Samuel Simon ext. 138
Maintenance Technician

Board of Trustees

Joseph D'Avanzo (Chairman, Treasurer)
CFO Retired
Fairfield, CT

Kevin H. Chamberlain, P.E., SECB (Secretary)
Chief Executive Officer, DeStefano & Chamberlain, Inc.
Fairfield, CT

Samuel A. Brown
Managing Partner, ActiveAir Solutions
Fairfield, CT

Don Burton
Chief Executive Officer, eebee’s adventures, Southport, CT

Adam W. Dunsby, ex officio
Town of Easton, CT

Honorable William Finch, ex officio
Mayor of Bridgeport, CT

Claire S. Gold
Superintendent (Ret.)
Westport, CT BoE

John Harkins,
ex officio
Town of Stratford, CT

Guy Hatfield
Hatfield Insurance Agency, Inc., Fairfield, CT

Honorable Timothy Herbst
, ex officio
First Selectman, Trumbull, CT

Gary Hermalyn, PhD.
Museum Consultant

Honorable Thomas A. Herrmann
, ex officio
First Selectman, Town of Easton, CT

David Ives

Chief Executive Officer, TVEyes, Fairfield, CT

Michelle H. James

Executive Director
Community Action Committee of Danbury, Inc.
Danbury, CT

Honorable James Marpe
, ex officio
First Selectman, Town of Westport, CT

Patricia E. Matteson

Consultant, Southport, CT

Adam Mocciolo, Esq.
Associate, Pullman & Comley

Honorable Michael Tetreau,
ex officio
First Selectman, Fairfield, CT

Brian Vahey

Principal, Berkeley Research Group

Thomas Vos

Consultant, Black Rock, CT

Honorable Gayle M. Weinstein, ex officio
First Selectman, Weston, CT

Marissa Westbrook
Sr. Marketing Representative, United Illuminating

Life Trustees

Barbara Bodine
Community Leader, Easton, CT

Jeffrey Clair
Fairfield, CT

Mellie Cooper

Artist, Southport, CT

Martha Gesswein

Community Leader, Fairfield, CT

June Getraer

Community Leader, Greens Farms, CT

Bruce Hubler
Corporate Senior Vice President (retired),
Dunn & Bradstreet, Bridgeport, CT

Geraldine W. Johnson

Retired Superintendent of Schools, Bridgeport, CT

Edward V. Lahey, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus
Senior Vice President (retired), Pepsico, Southport, CT

Alice V. Meyer
Retired Connecticut State Representative, Easton, CT

Patrick J. Regan
Private Investor, Sonoma, CA

Alloe E. Stokes

Community Leader, Southport, CT

James Tice

Managing General Partner, Off the Record Research, Purchase, NY

William L. Wallace III

AIG Financial Products, Fairfield, CT

Advisory Council

William E. Bodine
Nicholas Fingelly Real Estate

Dr. Jeonkyu Lee, Ph.D
University of Bridgeport
Professor, School of Engineering

Mike Roer
The Entrepreneurship Foundation

Dr. Edward W. Malin, Ph.D.
Sacred Heart University
Associate Dean,
Isabelle Farmington School of Education

Carmen Luz Gonzalez
UTAS Inc. (formerly Hamilton Sundstrand) -UTC
Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor

Dr. Tarek Sobh, Ph.D
Dean, School of Engineering, Distinguished Professor
University of Bridgeport
Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research

Peter F. Hurst, Jr.
The Community's Bank
President & CEO

Pedro Wasmer
Industrialist (Ret.)

Dr. Jani Macari Pallis
University of Bridgeport
Associate Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Kevin R. Renfro
UTC Aerospace Systems
Hamilton Sundstrand

Mrs. Mary Ann Freeman
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Executive Director (Ret.)