Helga Bowen

Finance Manager

Helga Bowen is the Finance Manager for Discovery and joined the Museum in 2015. Helga attended Boston University where she earned her business degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance. Her first work experience after college was with one of the Big 8 (now Big 4) world-wide accounting firms, in Washington DC. She passed her CPA exam soon after her move to DC. Helga worked as an accounting professional in various private industries including manufacturing, distribution, publishing, and retail. For the last 7 years, Helga has worked in the nonprofit world and says “there is no going back!”

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Alexandra Cannon

Director, STEM Learning Programs, Acting Executive Director

Alexandra Cannon joined Discovery in 2014 as a grant writer after completing her Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. She led the Museum’s individual and government giving efforts on the Development team before moving to direct the STEM Learning Programs department in 2016. A longtime advocate for nonprofits and social good, Alexandra is delighted to be part of a talented team of individuals dedicated to using STEM literacy to inspire students to become active and fearless learners.

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John Chamberlain

Chief Development Officer

John Chamberlain joined Discovery Museum's team in 2015, bringing over a dozen years of nonprofit experience with expertise in grant writing and corporate partnerships. John is Discovery's Chief Development Officer, overseeing the Museum's fundraising and corporate sponsorship programs. The proud father of a gregarious toddler, John loves to channel his own child-like delight for science, and awe at new discoveries when discussing the Museum's unique activities and experiences with donors, corporate partners, or anyone who will listen!

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Erika Eng

Director of Business Operations

After a successful 8+ year tenure in the Aerospace Industry as a Corporate Sales Executive, family life brought this native New Yorker to Connecticut to begin a new adventure. Erika is an alumni of a Museum Magnet program herself, and with a professional background in sales, marketing and public relations, and volunteer efforts focused on social responsibility and the sharing of resources, her role as Director of Business Operations has been a natural culmination of life long experiences.

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Madelyn Gerrity

Special Events Manager

A Finance Major at Sacred Heart University, Madelyn began working at the Discovery Museum 4 years ago hosting birthday parties. Last year she transitioned into her role as the Birthday Party and Event Coordinator. Madelyn takes a passion in ensuring that all parties and events exceed expectations.

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Robin Gulas

Manager of Guest Services

Robin has been the face that greets museum guests for more than 11 years. She manages the Front Desk, Museum Store, and checks in all of the guests and reservations that come through the museum. She is an integral part of the Operations team with a keen memory for our guests and their needs.

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Robin Keller

STEM Learning Programs Administrator

Robin Keller joined the Discovery Museum in 2012 as the Education Administrator. She is glad to be part of the evolving STEM environment and work with talented individuals that devote time and energy to motivate learning. In her position she is involved in every aspect of managing the office.

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Erika Kiley

Discover NASA Curriculum Writer & Educator

Erika Kiley is a CT state certified educator who began her teaching career in Weston where she first developed her interest in teaching science. Prior to joining the Discovery Museum as an educator in 2014, Erika’s experience includes developing and teaching science programming for after school programs in Weston and Fairfield, the Fairfield Public Library and CT Audubon. Currently, Erika is the curriculum writer and educator for the museum’s Discover NASA program continuing to bring her passion for science to the students she serves.

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Michelle Lewis

STEM Educator

Michelle started working with the museum as a part-timer, joining as a full time educator in 2016. Always willing to share her love of science with others, Michelle enjoys coming up with new demos and DIY activities for the museum. She will always try to use science as an excuse to try something new and exciting.

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Brittany Marcalus

Sales Associate, Business Operations

Brittany is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, OH where she studied Mass Communications. Brittany worked in Sales and Marketing before making a career change to Elementary Education, where she studied and taught in Williamsburg, VA. She has a passion for inspiring children through unique educational opportunities, and so found her perfect fit promoting all The Discovery Museum has to offer. She loves being a mom to her two young children, and wife to her husband of 10 years.

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Bailey Maxwell

Facilities and Exhibits Supervisor

Bailey Maxwell joined the Discovery Museum in 2014 as a parking attendant and has since assisted with everything from guest administration, exhibits, rentals management, and maintenance work. Bailey is now responsible for the care of all exhibits and upkeep of the Museum as a supervisor. She is excited to be a part of the Museum's growth and hopes to further its impact on the community. Bailey is also working toward returning to school to become a veterinarian technician.

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Jerry McKoy

Director of Facilities

Jerry has been a valued member of the Discovery Museum team for over 20 years. He brings an array of expertise in facilities and project management, exhibit repairs, and building maintenance into his work at the museum. He is proud of Discovery's commitment to Bridgeport and dedication to families in our surrounding community.

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David Mestre

Director, Henry B. duPont III Planetarium

David Mestre joined the staff of the Discovery Museum in 2003, becoming the Director of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium. Is is also a Manager of STEM Learning Programs. With a background in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, David brings his passion for all thing space in his work as educator, stargazer, and scientist.

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Haley Olson

Volunteer Program and Administrator

A Marketing Major at Sacred Heart University, Haley began work at The Discovery Museum in 2013 as a Birthday Party Host. She then applied for a marketing internship and filled a niche keeping the social media calendar for the museum. Since then she has risen to Volunteer Coordinator, and has built out the volunteer program bringing with it a new level of community engagement.

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Lisa Richards

Marketing Director

Lisa Richards is an award-winning design and advertising professional who joined the Discovery team in 2013 to head the marketing department. She enjoys the unique challenge of melding Discovery’s many offerings – from guest visits to school groups to adult STEM experiences – to reflect the fun and dynamic learning atmosphere of the Museum.

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Lynsey Richardson

STEM Learning Programs Administrator

Lynsey became a member of the Museum team in 2016 as the Part time Administrative Assistant. She is a senior at Sacred Heart University where her passion for helping others in the spirit of Community Service guides what she does in life. Her hard work, dedication and passion for learning always has her smiling. She is proud to be apart of an organization dedicating to inspiring wonder and igniting creativity.

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Elliot Severn

STEM Educator

Elliot Severn is an Educator for STEM Learning Programs at the Discovery Museum as well as a space and aviation photojournalist. He attended the Trumbull High School Agriscience program and Alfred University, earning a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Since the end of the Space Shuttle program, he has documented NASA, military, and commercial space missions, specializing in remote launch photography. He also has a passion for amateur astronomy and enjoys building and flying radio controlled aircraft.

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Sam Simon

Maintenance Technician

Sam has been a part of the Discovery Museum team for over 35 years! His positive attitude, dedication to the Museum's mission, and intricate knowledge of Discovery's history make him an inspiring asset to our team.

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Linda Smith

Membership Coordinator

In 2015 Linda began as a part-time front desk associate. She began keeping the files for museum memberships, and in 2016 officially earned her title of Membership coordinator. Since then, she has taken ownership of the membership process, and continues to share new ideas and make changes to better support our museum community. She also retains her spot at the front desk, where she manages the files and membership cards, and puts together all of the membership packets by hand for a personal touch.

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Laura Stern

Development Associate

Laura Stern has worked at Discovery since 2016. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree from the Bard Graduate Center. As Development Associate, Laura is thrilled to combine her professional background in project management, writing, and editing with her passionate support of educational opportunities for children.

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Sharon Stevenson

Maintenance Technician

Sharon joined the Museum team in 2016. Her expertise in building maintenance and her relentlessly positive attitude keep our Museum sparkling clean and our team and visitors smiling.

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Sarah Tropp-Pacelli

Manager of STEM Learning Programs

Sarah Tropp-Pacelli joined the Discovery team in 2015 after graduating from Brown University. She began as a science educator and now serves as Manager of STEM Learning Programs. Sarah is thrilled to be a part of the Museum’s mission to inspire wonder in all visitors and create a community that is passionate about and literate in STEM.

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Board of Trustees

Tom Vos – Chair
Doc Hermalyn
Claire Gold
Joe D’Avanzo
Guy Hatfield
Pat Matteson
Fred Feuerhake
Marissa Westbrook
Kelly F. O’Donnell
Jani Pallis