About Us

About the Sciencenter

The Sciencenter, a non-profit hands-on science museum in Ithaca, New York, grew out of a volunteer-run science program at a local elementary school. Founded in 1983, the Sciencenter operated from storefronts for nearly a decade. In 1993, the museum opened the first phase of its permanent home. Phase II opened in 1996 and provided additional program space. Phase III, which opened in 2003, expanded the Sciencenter to 32,000 sq. ft. During the decade from 1992-2002, 3,400 volunteers donated 50,000 hours of time to construct the Sciencenter. In 2010, the Sciencenter acquired an additional 8,000 sq. ft. building to support its growing traveling exhibition program.

Today, the Sciencenter is a nationally recognized museum, hosting 100,000 guests in Ithaca each year and reaching over 1.5 million guests worldwide through our traveling exhibitions and outreach programs.

The Sciencenter is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and is a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).

Sciencenter Mission: To inspire excitement for science through interactive exhibits and programs that engage, educate, and empower.

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The Sciencenter staff is available to help make your visit a pleasant experience and we look forward to speaking with you. Click here to view the Sciencenter organizational chart.

Senior Leadership

Name/Email Title Ext.
Dean Briere
Dean Briere Executive Director (Bio) x126
OPEN Executive Assistant x0
Monika Collins
Monika Collins Senior Director of External Relations x122
Chris Fagan
Chris Fagan Chief Financial Officer
and Senior Director of Administration
Michelle Kortenaar
Michelle Kortenaar Senior Director of Engagement and Learning x124
Kirby Jones
Kirby Jones Senior Director of Museum Environments x135

Engagement and Learning

Name/Email Title Ext.
Ali Jackson
Ali Jackson Director of National
Collaborative Projects
Josh Giblin
Josh Giblin Director of Guest
Relations and Operations
Judy Ammack
Judy Ammack Volunteer Manager x110
Emily Belle
Emily Belle Education Facilitator x121
Donna Bodenstein
Donna Bodenstein Museum Store Manager x115
Emily Cotman
Emily Cotman National STEM Project Coordinator x123
Victoria Fiordalis
Victoria Fiordalis Educator x149
Patricia Flery
Patricia Flery Museum Greeter x121
Matthew Griffin
Matthew Griffin Museum Greeter x121
Bethany Resnick
Bethany Resnick Educator x120
Judy Stock
Judy Stock Museum Greeter x121
Lauren Van Derzee
Lauren Van Derzee Educator x148

External Relations

Name/Email Title Ext.
Christine Bissen
Christine Bissen Director of Advancement x119
Erica Washburn
Erica Washburn Traveling Exhibitions Manager x128
Amy Gaulke
Amy Gaulke Public and Media Relations Manager x114
Alli Sribarra
Alli Sribarra Grant Manager x133
Alexis Falise
Alexis Falise Advancement Coordinator x118

Finance and Administration

Name/Email Title Ext.
OPEN Benefits Administrator/Bookkeeper x130

Museum Environments

Name/Email Title Ext.
Colin Meeks
Colin Meeks Manager of Live Collections x132
Mike Napierski
Mike Napierski Facilities Manager x142
Lucas Fredericks
Lucas Fredericks Exhibit Fabricator x146
Songer Gonzalez
Songer Gonzalez Animal Keeper x132
Kathy Krafft
Kathy Krafft Exhibit Fabricator x125
Julian Pompilio
Julian Pompilio Exhibit Fabricator x143
Brian Quan
Brian Quan Exhibit Fabricator x137

Sciencenter Board of Trustees

  • Greg Galvin, Chair
  • Mindy Oakes, Vice Chair
  • Mark Kreydt, Secretary
  • John Saunders, Treasurer
  • Helene Schember, Past Chair
  • Nicole Eversley Bradwell
  • Joanna Dennis
  • A.J. Edwards
  • George Gull
  • Seth Hiland
  • Mark Hurwitz
  • Richard Kiely
  • Heather McDaniel
  • Sunny Miller
  • Kara Pass
  • Laurie Robinson
  • Jason Sanford
  • Karen Smith
  • Shawn Wilczynski
  • Dean Briere, Ex-officio

Sciencenter Advisory Board

John Alexander, Warren Allmon, Bill Bassett, Brian Bauer, Walt Cottrell, Ann Druyan, Jennifer Engel, Sarah Evanega, Gary Ferguson, David Fernandez, Russ Givens, Michael Goldstein, Mary Grainger, Janet Hawkes, Lindsey Hayes, Kim Holloway, Carolyn Horner, Laurie Johnston, Denise Lee, Debbie Levin, Ilma Levine, Bruce Lewenstein, Bob McGuire, Susan Mittler, Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt, Svante Myrick, John Neuman, Michael Nolan, Bill Nye, Tom O’Rourke, Mason Peck, Nancy Potter, Rick Prybyl, Frank Rhodes, Martha Robertson, Frank Robinson, Tacie Saltonstall, Lynnette Scofield, Arthur Shull, Michael Stamm, Blixy Taetzsch, Jennifer Tavares, Yervant Terzian, Bruce Thompson, Marguerite Uphoff, Tom Van Derzee, Charlie Walcott, Sean Whittaker, Gary Woloszyn, Amy Yale-Loehr, and Gene Yarussi.

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Sciencenter 601 1st Street Ithaca, NY 14850
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Museum & Store Hours

  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm*
  • Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm
  • *Open holiday Mondays and Mondays in July and August, 10 am - 5 pm

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