Meet The Team

Our Board Members

Shelly Smith
Board Chair
Seth Blackey
Vice Chair
Nicole Wisney
Andrew Rhode
Angie White
Danae Hunter
David Barberi
Jennifer Cotter
Jennifer McGuirk
Jenny Justis
Judy French-Smith
Liz Bliss

Our Core Team

Executive Director
Lizzie is a Certified Nonprofit Professional and a graduate of Central Michigan University where she earned a degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration. Prior to working with the MPDM, Lizzie was involved with several other nonprofit organizations such as YMCA Camp Watia and Special Olympics Michigan. She has a passion for serving children and their families and looks forward to leading the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. She is excited about working directly with the families in the Mount Pleasant community and surrounding areas.
Operations Director
Lindsay Stark is responsible for bookkeeping and operations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences with majors in Anthropology and Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She started with the Museum in January of 2017 as a floor attendant and quickly realized that she wanted to do more within the museum.
Education Coordinator
A graduate of Spring Arbor University with a major in social sciences, Laurie is a certified teacher and previously worked as a multi-subject teacher in Northern Michigan. She and her family lived in Mexico for almost 10 years and working cross-culturally has helped her to see the diversity of people and the wide difference in learning styles. As she puts together educational programming for the museum, she hopes that children will see that learning is fun, hands-on, and creative. Laurie enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time, drinking coffee, riding bikes, and kayaking.
Human Resources
Amy is a graduate student in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Central Michigan University researching organizational culture. She enjoys the opportunity to apply her training in I/O Psychology to her work at the Mt Pleasant Discovery Museum by updating personnel management systems and working on employee development with the floor staff. In her free time she enjoys expressing her creativity through watercolor painting and sewing.

Our Floor Staff

Discovery Guide
Discovery Guide
Discovery Guide
Discovery Guide
Discovery Guide

Our Facilities Staff

Exhibit Coordinator

A group of visionaries, motivated by their own children and a collective enthusiasm for play-based education, came together to imagine a space for kids, families, and schools that is FUN and educational.

These individuals visited countless museums, surveyed hundreds of people, researched regions similar to the Central Michigan area, joined the Association of Children’s Museums, and consulted with local educators. Being convinced that this was the right thing to do for our Mid-Michigan region, they began their quest to open a children’s museum with a 6-county regional focus that will inspire children and families.

Upon reaching 501(c)3 nonprofit status in 2009, the ranks grew with hundreds of interested people donating dollars and time. We have a working Board of Directors, a broad-base of donors, and have worked tirelessly to provide fun, hands-on activities for children at community events and in schools and libraries.

The Discovery Museum is located on a 2.4 acre parcel near Morey Courts and the Isabella County Events (ICE) Arena in a 12,000 sq.ft. facility.  The environment celebrates child-centric, fun activities and includes a large greenhouse where families can congregate and be surrounded by the natural world, even when it’s snowing outside!

It has become a place for gathering, for growing, and for celebrating the important work that play provides for children.

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