Senior Leadership - Kentucky Science Center

Senior Leadership


Joanna Haas

Chief Executive Officer

502-561-6563
Joanna.Haas@louisvilleky.gov

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Jo Haas

Joanna Haas has been Kentucky Science Center’s Chief Executive Officer since 2008. Under her leadership, KSC has new energy, and new levels of community engagement and reach. Jo’s career began with 10 years at COSI, where she served as the youngest vice president in the museum’s history. The story of her hire is telling: answering an ad seeking someone able to work “amid organized chaos.”

After COSI, but prior to KSC, Jo served at Carnegie Science Center, Ford Motor Company’s Spirit of Ford, and The Henry Ford Museum. For more than 9 years, Jo served as a member of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Board of Directors and as Chair of the Leadership and Field Development Committee. In 2012, ASTC honored Jo with the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field.

When she’s not Doing Science, Jo enjoys spending time with her son. There is always something creative and scientific going on at the Haas house. One all-time favorite is a homemade catapult designed with the help of some neighborhood friends: it shoots marshmallows and tangerines!

Contact Information:

502-561-6563
Joanna.Haas@louisvilleky.gov

Lisa Betson Resnik

Chief External Affairs Officer

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Lisa.Resnik@louisvilleky.gov

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Lisa Resnik

As Kentucky Science Center’s Chief External Affairs Officer, Lisa Betson Resnik oversees all of our marketing, development, public affairs, and fundraising efforts.  Prior to joining the Center, Lisa served at the Speed Art Museum as Chief Operating Officer and Chair of the Co-Interim Executive Director team with responsibilities for overseeing donor relations, marketing, facilities, HR, and the construction of the museum’s $60 million capital campaign, expansion and renovation.

Lisa began her career in international nonprofit fundraising serving Prince Charles in London for The Prince’s Youth Business Trust. Upon returning to the US, she held roles of increasing levels of responsibility, with her alma mater, Kenyon College in Ohio, and Haverford College in Pennsylvania.   Moving to Louisville in 1996, Lisa has held executive roles at Kentucky Country Day School and the Alzheimer’s Association and has served as a consultant to local and national nonprofit organizations.  Lisa currently serves as an executive committee board member of the Gund Gallery Art Museum and is a past board member of Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and a past trustee of Kenyon College.

When she’s not Doing Science, Lisa enjoys cooking for family and friends and exploring the Louisville restaurant scene. As the mother of three active boys, she can often found at the soccer field watching a game, but she also finds joy in the solitude of gardening and being in nature.

Contact Information:

502-560-7159
Lisa.Resnik@louisvilleky.gov

Kim Hunter

Chief Programs Officer

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Kim.Hunter@louisvilleky.gov

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Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter is our Chief Programs Officer. Under her direction, our Visitor Experience Department has risen to new heights and expanded across the region.

Kim has been in the Museum and Science Center field for nearly 30 years. Her career began at Orlando Science Center, where she was hired as a Part-Time Educator. She worked her way up, eventually becoming Assistant Director of Exhibits. Kim has served as Vice President of Programs at the Science Center of Iowa, and again at OSC as Senior Director of Exhibits, before joining us at KSC in 2013.

Her background includes extensive experiences in exhibit, educational and visitor program development, visitor research and evaluation, strategic and project master planning, and informal/inquiry-based learning methodologies.

When she’s not Doing Science herself, Kim is an all-around science fan. The first book she recalls reading as a little girl was a science book (of course): Dinosaurs written by renowned paleontologist, Edward Harris Colbert. Years later, as she arrived for her first day on the job at the Museum of Northern Arizona, she learned she would be working with Dr. Colbert himself! She’s proud to have met other famous scientists, like Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, and Jacques Cousteau.

Contact Information:

502-560-7175
Kim.Hunter@louisvilleky.gov

Mike Norman

Chief Business Officer

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Michael.Norman@louisvilleky.gov

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Mike Norman

As the Chief Business Officer, Mike Norman serves as the senior business leader for Kentucky Science Center. He impacts strategic and tactical direction for the organization, helping to bring the strategic vision to fruition. Mike is responsible for the Administrative Services (Finance, Human Resources, Technology, Legal, and Risk Management) Operations, Visitor Services, Rentals, and Volunteers departments.

Mike holds a BS in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the Science Center, he spent ten years as Director of Internal Audit for Louisville Metro Government. Since joining Kentucky Science Center in April 2011, Mike has been involved in a number of dramatic improvements, including conversion of the IMAX Theater to a digital, 3D-capable facility, and the installation of Science in Play. Mike is most proud of his involvement in developing the “Unbridled Science” strategic plan. As a life-long Kentuckian, he’s extremely grateful to have been part of the Science Center’s transition to the “State Science Center,” and seeing the increasing impact across the Commonwealth.

When he’s not Doing Science, Mike enjoys spending time with family, especially in the form of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, or napping in a hammock. He dreams of being a professional golfer… the only factor holding him back is an extreme lack of golf talent.

Contact Information:

502-560-7174
Michael.Norman@louisvilleky.gov

Gil Reyes

Senior External Affairs Manager

502-560-7152
Gil.Reyes@louisvilleky.gov

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Gil Reyes

Gil Reyes joined the Kentucky Science Center team in early 2016. As the Senior Manager of External Affairs, Gil oversees all of Kentucky Science Center’s marketing, advertising, press relations, communication, and branding efforts.

Gil holds degrees in English and Theatre from Kenyon College, served six years in the office of Kentucky’s Third District Congressman John Yarmuth, and worked as the Development Director for StageOne Family Theatre. His eclectic skill set, community perspective, and creativity dovetail nicely with the vision and values of Kentucky Science Center. After all, theatre and science aren’t that different: both use imagination in search of truth.

Gil is a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Fairness Campaign Advisory Committee, and an absolute sucker for his dog Herman. Having never been one for privacy, when Gil isn’t Doing Science he tells stories: as the Co-Artistic Director of Theatre [502], a voice on the Moth Radio Hour, or a rabble-rouser at cocktail parties.

Contact Information:

502-560-7152
Gil.Reyes@louisvilleky.gov

Richard Hoopengardner

Senior Manager of Operations

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Richard.Hoopengardner@louisvilleky.gov

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Richard Hoopengardner

As the Senior Manager of Operations, Richard is responsible for maintaining and managing the daily physical operations of the Science Center. This includes the building itself, all of our interactive exhibits, equipment, and security.

Richard is a Certified Facility Manager through the International Facility Management Association. Through his involvement with the local IFMA chapter, Richard helps chapter members earn their own Facility Manager certifications. Richard has also served as the Chair of the Louisville Energy Alliance, which promotes energy efficiency and conservation.

When he’s not Doing Science, Richard is an avid backpacker, and has hiked many different sections of the Appalachian Trail. He also loves to be on his road bike, and is proud to have completed the RAIN (Ride Across INdiana): a 160-mile bike ride across the state of Indiana, completed in one day.

Contact Information:

502-560-7178
Richard.Hoopengardner@louisvilleky.gov

Becky Baird

Senior Manager of Finance and Administration

502-560-7136
Becky.Baird@louisvilleky.gov

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Becky Baird

As the Senior Manager of Finance and Administrative Services, Becky is responsible for establishing, maintaining, and directing the overall administrative functions necessary for the proper and efficient operation of the Kentucky Science Center. This includes leadership of the finance and human resources functions of the Science Center.

Prior to joining KSC, Becky spent a decade working in public accounting as an external auditor, serving publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as many not-for-profit organizations (including the Kentucky Science Center!)

Becky is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and holds an active Certified Public Accountant license. When she’s not Doing Science, Becky enjoys hanging out with her husband and two children, volunteering at her church, and following Ohio State football.

Contact Information:

502-560-7136
Becky.Baird@louisvilleky.gov

Mellisa Blankenship

Senior Manager of Fee-Based and Partnership Initiatives

502-560-7164
Mellisa.Blankenship@louisvilleky.gov

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Mellisa Blankenship

As the Senior Manager of Fee-Based and Partnership Initiatives, Mellisa Blankenship provides visionary leadership in the development of Kentucky Science Center programs and experiences. She’s also responsible for cultivating innovative and collaborative partnerships–locally, regionally, and nationally.

Mellisa is a scientist herself, holding a BA in Biology from Indiana University Southeast. After seven years at the Science Center, she feels most proud to have fostered some incredibly engaging and rewarding partnerships all over the state–community partners who share our passions for engaging, entertaining, and enriching the lives of children. These relationships have given her a profound appreciation for all that our community has to offer, and for Kentucky’s welcoming, giving nature.

When she’s not Doing Science, Mellisa spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her two young sons. They love to imagine that they’re on a wild adventure uncovering a lost city or finding an elusive creature. Her boys keep her imagination active, and their curiosity drives her to create new and exciting programs that her sons would love.

Contact Information:

502-560-7164
Mellisa.Blankenship@louisvilleky.gov