Open Daily:
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Current Time:
7:02 AM
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727 W Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 561-6100
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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

502-560-7174
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Mike Norman has served as Chief Executive Officer at Kentucky Science Center since 2020. As CEO, Norman leads all Kentucky Science Center activities, including exhibits, educational programs, partnerships, while ensuring all programs fulfil the mission of encouraging people of all ages to Do Science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways. Under Norman’s direction, the Science Center strives to promote science literacy, nurture lifelong learning, and prime the STEAM workforce pipeline by serving people wherever they live. 

Building on the positive momentum and successes of the Science Center, Norman’s primary focus is 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 100% of Kentucky counties and 93% of Indiana counties. Under his leadership, the Science Center 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. 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.

Contact Information:

502-560-7174
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Julia Kimbro

Executive Administrative Assistant

502-561-6563
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Philanthropy

Meredith Loeb

Chief Philanthropy Officer

502-560-7152
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Rachel Victory

Manager of Annual Fund and Individual Giving

502-560-7150
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Gail Nall

Manager of Grants and Research

502-560-7155
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Natalie Bruner

Philanthropy Coordinator

502-560-7157
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Finance

Becky Baird

Chief Financial Officer

502-560-7136
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Becky Baird

As Chief Financial Officer, Becky serves as the senior business leader for Kentucky Science Center, impacting both strategic and tactical direction for the organization.  She is responsible for the development of the Science Center’s financial management and operating strategy and contributes to the development of the Science Center’s strategic goals.

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
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Chuck Sidenstricker

Finance Manager

502-560-7144
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Membership & Visitor Services

Jared Sage

Director of Member and Visitor Strategy

502-560-7122
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Josh Poole

Senior Manager of Membership

502-560-7158
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Corey Thomas

Senior Manager of Visitor Services

502-560-7161
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Donques Logan

Admissions and Retail Coordinator

502-560-7137
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Corinne Catanese

Visitor Services Administration and Support Coordinator

502-560-7176
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Education, Exhibits, and Operations

Mellisa Blankenship

Chief Mission Officer

502-560-7164
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Mellisa Blankenship

As the Chief Mission Officer, 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 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
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Mira Johnson

Director of Education

502-560-7126
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Justin Magaw

Senior Manager of Education Collaboration

502-560-7124
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Veronica Greenwell

Senior Manager of Education Engagement

502-560-7151
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Chris McEachron

Manager of Visitor Engagement

502-560-7141
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Amber Sheffield

Manager of Camps and Family Programs

502-560-7154
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Ginny Hoyt

Manager of Programs and Partner Engagement

502-560-7139
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Patrick Rood

Manager of Offsite Programs

502-560-7133
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Shayne Pry

STEAM Coordinator

502-560-7172
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Jessica Pennington

Reservations and Logistics Coordinator

502-560-7166
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Elizabeth McGarvey

Education Scheduling and Training Coordinator

502-560-7147
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Autumn Barefoot

School Programs Coordinator

502-560-7138
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Paige Ganzel

Floor Programs Coordinator

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Tori Kennedy

Assembly Programs Coordinator

502-560-7169
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Aaron Hiser

Education Specialist

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Starr Peters

Director of Exhibits

502-561-6110
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Richard Hoopengardner

Senior Manager of Facilities

502-560-7178
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Abigail Tomlin

Special Events and Rentals Manager

502-561-6111
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Evan Steer

Exhibits Manager

502-560-7170
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Mike Herps

Senior Exhibits Specialist

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Alex Pennington

Facilities & Exhibits Technician

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Tim Meek

Information Technology and Exhibits Support Specialist

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Marketing and Communications

Brittney Gorter

Director of Marketing & Communications Strategy

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Taylor U'Sellis

Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications

502-560-7153
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Kaley Lucas

Graphic Designer

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People and Culture & Safety and Security

Eryn Griffin

Chief People and Culture Officer

502-560-7175
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As the Chief 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.  

Contact Information:

502-560-7175
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Wendi Rood

Senior Manager, People and Culture

502-560-7145
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Haley Yetter

Manager, Safety and Security

502-561-6124
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Rentals & Special Events

Rentals & Special Events

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