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 oversees 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 Junior Space Entrepreneurship Program. He oversees the Space Foundation's Discovery Center space museum and science 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…


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
Space Foundation Discovery Center Program Manager

As the Space Foundation Discovery Center Program 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 Foundation…


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…


Jeff Gonyea
Space Education Specialist

Jeff Gonyea implements a broad range of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs. He teaches Discover the Universe field trips for students, works with the Discovery Center's Family Star Party events and special educational programs such as the Discovery Center's new 3D Printing classes.

Gonyea was one of many whose dream was to be an astronaut. His love of space led him to an internship, then a job running the planetarium at the New England Science Center (now the…


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…


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,…


Monika Sayar
Space Education Specialist

Monika Sayar is responsible for a broad range of the Space Foundation's educational programs including Discover the Universe field trips and Space in the Community. 

Sayar fell in love with space when she and her husband moved to Huntsville, Alabama for her husband's last duty station before retirement. On their way to Redstone Arsenal, Monika and her husband were greeted by the Saturn V, which was breathtaking. After spending five years teaching Space Camp, she moved onto the…


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…


Michalya Corey
Social Media Specialist

Michayla Cory serves as the Education Social Media and Marketing Specialist. She is responsible for creating a social media presence through multiple platforms. Michayla works closely with the Discover Center team to increase outreach through innovation.

Prior to joining the Space Foundation team, Cory assisted various non-profits around Oklahoma through marketing, social media, and public relations consultation. Most recently, she coordinated communications efforts through social…


Jennifer Waterman
Space Foundation Discovery Center Retail and Programs Coordinator

Jennifer Waterman serves as the Space Foundation’s Discovery Center Retail and Programs Coordinator. In working with the Space Foundation Discovery team, she is responsible for logistics, coordination and completion of the Passport membership and Discovery Center programs. She also coordinates the Discovery Center Store retail operations. 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 also manages the scholarship opportunities to the Space Foundation for schools throughout Colorado. In working with the Discovery Center team, she is responsible for logistics and coordination of various educational projects and Discovery Center programs, including Spring Break STEAM and the Explore Space…