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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. 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

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 Entrepreneur Program. He oversees the Space Foundation's…

Kevin Orangers

Executive Director - Space Foundation Discovery Center

Kevin Orangers is the new Executive Director of the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, providing insight to the daily operations of the space museum. Kevin is responsible for directing the Discovery Center's staff and volunteer corps in developing and facilitating new exhibits, field trips, public programming and Laboratory…

Audra Chapleski

Audra Peck

Senior Director - Education and Development

Audra Peck 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…

Lisa Bell

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…

Elias Molen

Elias Molen

Manager - Discovery Center Curriculum and 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…

Chrys Rheinbolt

Chrys Rheinbolt

Program Manager - Education

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…

Keith Barger

Keith Barger

Senior 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,…

Amber Bjork

Amber Bjork

Space Education Specialist

Amber Bjork is responsible for creating and teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum for a wide range of the Space Foundation's space-related educational programs, including Discover the Universe field trip programs, Space in the Community, and Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses. Prior to working…

Slade Bradbury

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…

Ruth Butler

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,…

Jeff Gonyea

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…

Jodie Guillen

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…

Leanne Rehme

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…

Rachel English

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…

Jennifer Waterman

Jennifer Waterman

Retail and Programs Coordinator - Discovery Center

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…

Kris Winchell

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…

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