The Space Foundation's international award-winning education team is comprised of professional educators, experienced museum curators and sales and logistics professionals who are passionate about supporting our mission to inspire, enable and propel humanity. At the Space Foundation Discovery Center, we strive to bring the excitement and passion of space to the community through interactive exhibits, as well as programs that stir the imagination to bring space down to Earth. Through our education programs we inspire students on field trips, enable teachers through professional development and propel the community by engaging them in our outreach programs.

 

Bryan J. DeBates
Vice President – Education

Bryan DeBates administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation's global education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education. This includes establishing project goals and developing education programs, including the popular Discover the Universe field trips and the Space in the Community outreach program. He oversees the Space Foundation's Discovery Center space museum and education center in Colorado Springs, and its…


Audra Chapleski
Director - Education

Audra Chapleski administers the development and implementation of the Space Foundation's education programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education. This includes establishing project goals and developing education programs, including the popular Discover the Universe field trips, the Space in the Community outreach program, virtual field trips and educator professional development. She oversees the Space Foundation's education programs in…


Travis Schenck
Director - Space Foundation Discovery Center

Travis Schenck is Director of the Space Foundation Discovery Center. He helps develop new and exciting exhibits, while also preserving and restoring the Space Foundation’s collection of space artifacts. Whether it’s designing a new computer display or restoring a damaged model, Travis can be found working to improve our visitors’ experiences at the Discovery Center. He also works closely with the Space Foundation education team to create fun and educational programing throughout the year at…


Lisa Bell
Manager- Discovery Center Sales

As Manager- Discovery Center Sales, Lisa Bell's duties include providing sales and reservation support for all aspects of our Education and Discovery programs, as well as support for facilities and event bookings. Her responsibilities include managing Space Foundation Discovery Center field trip reservations and connecting with schools to share educational opportunities in the Space Foundation’s three unique labs: the Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere®, the Mars…


Elias Molen
Manager - Space Education

Elias Molen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Space Foundation Discovery Center's education programs. This includes the Space Foundation's popular Discover the Universe field trips and the Space in the Community STEM outreach program. Molen is also responsible for developing and running programs in the Space Foundation Discovery Center's featured labs: Science On a Sphere®; the Mars Robotics Laboratory; and the AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory. He coordinates the…


Chrys Rheinbolt
Manager - Space Foundation Discovery Center Programs

As the Space Foundation Discovery Center Programs Manager, Rheinbolt is responsible for logistics, coordination and completion of programs and projects for the Discovery Center and the education team, including Homeschool Days, Space Story Time, Star Days, Space After Dark, Summer of Discovery, student and adult programs, workshops, conferences, meetings, forums and special projects. She has been with the Space Foundation since 2004.

Prior to her position with the Space…


Carah Barbarick
Space Education Specialist

Carah Barbarick is responsible for a broad range of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs including conducting Discover the Universe field trips for students, teaching Space Across the Curriculum professional development courses for teachers from around the nation, promoting space education in schools and developing and implementing curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). Barbarick’s primary…


Keith Barger
Space Education Specialist

Keith Barger implements several of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs, including those that are new, as well as renowned.  He teaches the Discover the Universe field trips for students, as well as the new Space in the Community program. In addition, he assists with the established Tesla’s Toolbox program, and is the lead on the Discovery Center’s new Family Star Party events, making use of his extensive background in astronomy. He develops and implements curriculum and…


Slade Bradbury
Space Education Specialist

Slade Bradbury is responsible for a broad range of the Space Foundation’s space-related educational programs including developing and implementing curriculum and educational programs that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. That includes writing Discover the Universe field trip lesson plans, and creating and teaching curriculum for Space Foundation programs such as Space in the Community, and the Explore Space Experience student summer program.

Prior to…


Ruth Butler
Space Education Specialist

Ruth Butler is responsible for an extensive range of Space Foundation educational programs, including creating and teaching curriculum that supports science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for Discover the Universe field trip programs, Space in the Community and Space Across the Curriculum.

Butler spent seven years teaching math, science, language arts and social studies to sixth grade students. Most recently, she taught grade levels kindergarten to sixth for two…


Jodie Guillen
Space Education Specialist

Jodie Guillen is responsible for implementing the extensive space-related educational programs at the Space Foundation, including conducting Discover the Universe field trips for students, teaching Space Across the Curriculum professional development courses to teachers from around the nation, promoting space education in schools and developing and implementing curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

Prior to…


Beth Ortiz
Space Education Specialist

Beth Ortiz is responsible for a number of the Space Foundation's education programs, including field trips to the Discovery Center, Space in the Community outreach and integrating language arts and literature into Space Foundation lessons.

Previously, Ortiz taught for 10 years, including two years overseas. Most recently, she taught 5th grade in Colorado Springs, teaching math, language arts, science, history and writing, and where she often enhanced the curriculum with challenging…


Leanne Rehme
Space Education Specialist

Leanne Rehme is responsible for a broad range of the Space Foundation’s space-related educational programs including Discover the Universe field trip programs, Space in the Community, Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses and developing curriculum to support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Prior to working at the Space Foundation, Rehme worked in K-8 schools in a variety of roles, including special education paraprofessional,…


Rachel English
Curator/Registrar

Rachel English is the Curator/Registrar of the Discovery Center. She assists the Director in developing and maintaining exhibitions, while working to collect, preserve and document objects in the museum collection. She is also responsible for coordinating arrangements for special exhibitions, and assists with the gallery and collections volunteers.

English earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Hendrix College, and began her museum career as an intern at the Colorado Springs…


Jennifer Waterman
Space Foundation Discovery Center Retail and Programs Coordinator

Jennifer Waterman serves as the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center Programs Coordinator. In working with the Space Foundation Discovery team, she is responsible for logistics, coordination and completion of various education projects and Discovery Center programs, including Explore Space Experience, World Space Week and the Space Symposium. She has been employed with the Space Foundation since September 2014.  

Prior to her position with the Space Foundation, Waterman was a stay-at-…


Kris Winchell
Scheduling and Administrative Assistant

Kris Winchell is responsible for overseeing the Space Foundation Discovery Center field trip and educational program reservations, as well as supporting various facility events.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University.

Winchell and her family made Colorado home in 2006 after having the opportunity to live in different parts of the country and overseas with the Air Force.