Terry O'Connor

Interim Executive Director

Terry O'Connor joined the Discovery Museum as Interim Executive Director in 2020. Before that, he served for 26 years as Executive Director of The Cardinal Shehan Center. He began his career as a teacher and has an MS in physical education from Syracuse University. He went on to hold coaching positions at Harvard University, Cambridge and Fairfield University, the Connecticut Colonials, United States Basketball League and the New Haven Skyhawks. Terry has served on a number of boards including New England CYO, Bridgeport Regional Business Council, Leadership Greater Bridgeport, United Way of Eastern Fairfield County and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

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Sarah Tropp-Pacelli

Director of Education and Strategy

Sarah Tropp-Pacelli joined the Discovery team in 2015 after graduating from Brown University. She began as a science educator and now serves as Director of Education and Strategy. She holds a master's degree in education from Fairfield University. 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. Sarah's favorite program is the Mighty STEM Girls afterschool program!

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Eileen Bakos

Director of Development

Eileen joined Discovery Museum in February, 2020, as Director of Development. Previously, she spent 13 years working with Habitat for Humanity of Coastal Fairfield County. Eileen is excited about the opportunity to bring new educational experiences to children from the Bridgeport neighborhoods where she has built affordable homes. “I consider the families I’ve partnered with at Habitat as part of my own family and being able to expose them to quality STEM programs at a young age is the next step on the road to a stable and secure future.”

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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. With a background in astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania, David brings his passion for all things space in his work as educator, stargazer, and scientist.

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Elliot Severn

Assistant Planetarium Director; STEM Educator

Elliot Severn is the Assistant Director of the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium at the Discovery Museum and an Educator for STEM Learning Programs, 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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Board of Trustees

Robert A. Panza - Chair
Antonietta Cotton
Vance Hancock
Bill Koniers
Camelia A. Lawrence
Jaime Moss
Jani Pallis
Nick Roussas
Mary Servino
David M. Zieff

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Lifetime Trustees

Barbara Bodine
Jeffrey M. Clair
Mellie Cooper
Martha B. Gesswein
June Getraer
Guy Hatfield
Bruce A. Hubler
Edward Lahey
Pat Matteson
Alice V. Meyer
Patrick J. Regan
Mrs. John Stokes
James Tice
William Wallace

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