Open Daily:
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Current Time:
12:40 AM
727 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 561-6100
Kentucky Science Center is open 7 days a week from 9:30AM – 5:00PM. Tickets can be purchased online.

Staff Directory

Executive Office

Mike Norman

Chief Executive Officer


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Mike Norman has served as Chief Executive Officer at Kentucky Science Center since 2020. As CEO, Norman leads all KSC activities, including exhibits, educational programs, partnerships, and digital theater films, while ensuring all programs fulfil the mission of encouraging people of all ages to Do Science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways, inspiring a lifetime of learning. Under Norman’s direction KSC strives towards the successful achievement of the goals aligned in Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, KSC’s Board approved three-year strategic plan.

Building on the positive momentum and successes of KSC, Norman’s primary focus on growing Kentucky Science Center’s visibility and sustainability – locally, regionally, and nationally – as a premier Science Center. He reinforces Kentucky Science Center as an asset for life-long learning for people from various backgrounds, experiences and understanding throughout the region. This effort includes nurturing partnerships to expand opportunities for learners of all ages and expanding the organization’s presence as an institution supporting and inspiring the workforce development pipeline that benefits all communities across the Kentucky and Indiana region for generations to come.

Norman has been with Kentucky Science Center since 2011, serving as the Chief Operating Officer before his elevation to CEO. As COO, he was the second highest ranking position in the organization, and was responsible for operationalizing strategy and tactical direction, overseeing overall operations and internal processes, budget development and program supervision and nurturing a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals.

During his time with Kentucky Science Center, the organization has grown to serving more than 325,000 annually, impacting all 120 Kentucky counties and 93% of Indiana counties. Under his leadership, KSC achieved financial stability and sustainability with growth of $2 million in operating budget primarily through earned income initiatives. This included using rigid data analytics to identify process improvements that continue to provide efficiencies across key business areas, including education programming, signature events, facilities, theater, finance, technology, and human resources. Norman was responsible for the conversion of the theater into a state-of-the-art digital facility, and the development of several beloved exhibits such as Be in a Bubble and the Water Table.

Prior to joining Kentucky Science Center, Norman spent 11 years as Chief Audit Executive for Louisville Metro Government. In this role, he led the Office of Internal Audit in the performance of operational, internal controls, pre-implementation systems review, computer access and security, performance, and fraud reviews. During his tenure, he successfully reinvented the department by instilling a vision of a performance-based culture that embraced continuous improvement and client satisfaction, and instituted new teams and systems with a priority on individual and team development to optimize productivity and professionalism. This included an emphasis on all staff maintaining at least one professional designation, continuing education, and support of advanced degree work. He also developed an award-winning website that provided internal and external customers easier access to relevant information.

Norman is a native Louisvillian holding a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisville. He is a proud graduate of the Jefferson County Public School system. Norman is married to a registered nurse, and they have two sons, both of whom are students at the University of Louisville. He is active in several civic and religious organizations, and likes to spend spare time bicycling, hiking, playing golf, and watching U of L athletics. Norman is a proud member of the 2021 class of Leadership Kentucky.

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Julia Kimbro

Executive Administrative Assistant



Meredith Loeb

Chief Philanthropy Officer


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Morgan McLaughlin

Director of Philanthropy


Rachel Victory

Manager of Annual Fund and Individual Giving


Gail Nall

Manager of Grants and Research


Emily Willis

Philanthropy Coordinator



Becky Baird

Chief Financial Officer


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Becky Baird

As the Director of Finance and Administration, 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.

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Zach Sales

Finance Manager


Jared Sage

Manager of Data Analytics


Visitor Services

Ryan Brown

Senior Manager of Visitor Services


Corey Thomas

Visitor Services Manager


Haley Yetter

Guest Relations Manager


Alexa Meza

Guest Relations Coordinator

Donques Logan

Admissions and Retail Coordinator

Alexandria Davis

Guest Relations Specialist

Suzie Schafer

Visitor Services Specialist

Education and Exhibits

Mellisa Blankenship

Chief Mission Officer


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Mellisa Blankenship

As the Chief of Education, 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 numerous 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.

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Mira Johnson

Director of Education


Starr Peters

Director of Operations


Justin Magaw

Senior Manager of Education Collaboration


Veronica Greenwell

Senior Manager of Education Engagement


Richard Hoopengardner

Senior Manager of Operations


Chris McEachron

Manager of Visitor Engagement


Amber Sheffield

Manager of Camps and Family Programs


Ginny Hoyt

Manager of Programs and Partner Engagement


Patrick Rood

Manager of Offsite Programs


Evan Steer

Exhibits Manager


Shayne Pry

STEAM Coordinator


Megan Grodey

Reservation and Logistics Coordinator


Elizabeth McGarvey

Education Scheduling and Training Coordinator


Autumn Barefoot

School Programs Coordinator


Hannah Garrett

Camps and Family Programs Coordinator


Paige Ganzel

Floor Programs Coordinator

Tori Kennedy

Assembly Programs Coordinator


Tim Meek

Operations Coordinator

Aaron Hiser

Education Specialist

Mike Herps

Senior Operations Specialist

Brittney Freeman

Operations and Exhibits Technician

Marketing, Communications & Membership

Brittney Gorter

Director of Marketing & Communications Strategy


Josh Poole

Membership and Marketing Manager


Amy Foster Parish

Communications and Marketing Manager


Kaley Lucas

Graphic Designer


People and Culture

Eryn Griffin

Chief People and Culture Officer


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As the People and Culture Officer, Eryn is responsible for establishing and implementing a comprehensive human resources strategy to include processes, programs, and initiatives that effectively communicate and support the Kentucky Science Center’s mission, vision, and values. This includes leadership of the human resource and culture functions for the organization.

Prior to joining Kentucky Science Center, Eryn spent a decade working in human resources in non-profit and for-profit capacities. Most recently she was an HR Director for Papa John’s corporate office in Louisville supporting corporate, field, and Canadian business groups. She previously worked in HR roles for the Salvation Army and Kentucky Kingdom.  

Eryn studied at Campbellsville University majoring in Organizational Management. When she’s not Doing Science, Eryn enjoys hanging out with her two children, her immediate family, and friends; reading; enjoying crab legs; attending church; and getting to the beach during the summertime.  

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Wendi Rood

Senior Manager, People and Culture