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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Tana Barnes

Director of Guest Experiences

Tana joined the Discovery Museum in April 2018, after a long tenure as an office manager at a local veterinary hospital. She is excited to be part of the Business Operations team and to help create many magical and educational events for patrons of all ages! She also oversees the coordination of volunteers who help out in every aspect of the museum. Tana has lived in CT for 20 years after moving from New York to attend college in Hartford. Tana's favorite offering is Science on a Sphere!

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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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Michelle Lewis

Manager of STEM Learning Programs

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. Michelle's favorite program is the Electrical Circuits Learning Lab!

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Jillian Wyckoff

STEM Education Associate

Jillian Wyckoff joined the Discovery Museum in late 2016, starting as a Per Diem STEM Educator. She studied Forensic Biology at University of New Haven, and is excited to bring her knowledge of science to STEM programs at the museum. She has always had an avid interest in space and astronomy, and the museum is a great place to be able to explore those interests and share them with the community. She hopes to inspire a love for science in everyone who visits the Museum. Jillian's favorite program is the Great Rocket Challenge!

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Lyn Gabrielson

Programs and Reservations Administrator

Lyn Gabrielson, affectionately known as Miss Lyn, always knew working with children is her passion. Raising her family was her first priority, until she joined the YMCA family in 2000. She worked as their Child Watch Coordinator for almost 20 years. She joined the Discovery Museum to work seasonally in 2018 until they offered her a year-round position in Education and Guest Services in 2019. She’s thrilled to be starting a new chapter inspiring a love for STEM in everyone who visits. Lyn's favorite program is the Advanced Egg Drop!

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Linda Smith

Membership and Donation Requests Administrator

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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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 veterinary technician.

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Kelly Mennillo

Guest Services Associate

Kelly joined the museum in January 2018 as a birthday party host. While getting her Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees online, she was a stay at home mom. She started working in customer service at Discovery in July 2019.

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Board of Trustees

Tom Vos - Chair
Antonietta Cotton
Fred Feuerhake
Vance Hancock
Guy Hatfield
Camelia A. Lawrence
Pat Matteson
Jaime Moss
Jani Pallis
Robert A. Panza
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
Bruce A. Hubler
Edward Lahey
Alice V. Meyer
Patrick J. Regan
Mrs. John Stokes
James Tice
William Wallace

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