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: Cultivate a broad community of curious, confident, critical thinkers.
Sciencenter vision: A world where people explore, connect, and create through science.

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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.

Senior Leadership

Name/Email Title Ext.
Dean Briere
Dean Briere Executive Director (Bio) x126
Chris Fagan
Chris Fagan VP of Administration x130
Michelle Kortenaar
Michelle Kortenaar VP of Strategic Development x124
Kirby Jones
Kirby Jones VP of Museum Environments x135

Engagement and Learning

Name/Email Title Ext.
Ali Jackson
Ali Jackson Director of Partnerships x144
Donna Bodenstein
Donna Bodenstein Manager of Guest Relations x116
Judy Ammack
Judy Ammack Manager of Volunteers x110
Bethany Resnick
Bethany Resnick Education Programs Manager x120
Emily Belle
Emily Belle Education Program Coordinator x149
Annie Gordon
Annie Gordon Educator x
OPEN Educator x
Patricia Flery
Patricia Flery Museum Greeter x121
Matthew Griffin
Matthew Griffin Museum Greeter x121
Melaney Peacock
Melaney Peacock Museum Greeter x121
Judy Stock
Judy Stock Museum Greeter x121

External Relations

Name/Email Title Ext.
Josiah Jacobus-Parker
Josiah Jacobus-Parker Annual Fund and Membership Manager x119
Sharon Smallwood
Sharon Smallwood Traveling Exhibitions Manager x128
Kelly Barclay
Kelly Barclay Public and Media Relations Manager x114
Alli Sribarra
Alli Sribarra Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations 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
Emily Belle
Emily Belle Animal Keeper x149
Matthew Griffin
Matthew Griffin Animal Keeper x121
Kathy Krafft
Kathy Krafft Exhibit Fabricator x125
Julian Pompilio
Julian Pompilio Exhibit Fabricator x143
Brian Quan
Brian Quan Exhibit Fabricator x137
Cass Barbour
Cass Barbour Project Manager x155

Sciencenter Board of Trustees

  • Melinda Oakes, Chair
  • Laurie Robinson, Vice Chair
  • Mark Kreydt, Secretary
  • John Saunders, Treasurer
  • Greg Galvin, Past Chair
  • Nicole Eversley Bradwell
  • A.J. Edwards
  • George Gull
  • Seth Hiland
  • Mark Hurwitz
  • Richard Kiely
  • Heather McDaniel
  • Sunny Miller
  • Kara Pass
  • Jason Sanford
  • 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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