McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

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2023 Goals:

Sustainability: Pursuit of sustainability is at the heart of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s strategic plan. We define sustainability as an organizational framework for pursuing our mission, attracting an ever-growing audience to free-choice STEM education, and establishing operating reserves of 50% of our annual budget. To that end, we are committed to sharpening our focus on particular initiatives within the following priority areas over the next five years:

Strategic Priorities:

  1. Mission – Deliver to our diverse audiences engaging educational offerings to increase our impact and appeal
  2. Leadership – Develop active and effective board leadership and participation to boldly advance MSDC
  3. Finances & Development – Increase both earned and contributed income to become financially robust
  4. Staffing & Volunteers – Support and build our staff and volunteer corps to more fully serve our audiences
  5. Marketing and Communication – Reach out to and grow our audiences through a variety of communication platforms.

Fundraising Events:

AerospaceFest – September 9th, 2023

Granite State Leaders Reception – October 19th, 2023

Giving Opportunities:

Science Playground • Summer STEM Camps • AerospaceFest • Super Stellar Friday series • Collections Management, Storage and Preservation – Archives and space artifacts • School Field Trip program • New planetarium show rental and in-house production • Astronomy and space science exhibit creation • High school space science extended learning projects • General Museum Operations

Volunteer Opportunities:

School Group Educator: If you are interested in air and space science and like working with children, then this is the position for you! Run demonstration and discovery experiences with the many school groups who visit the center each day.

Exhibit Docent: On days when we are open to the public, you can interact with visitors by leading demonstrations and providing out guests with a deeper understanding of our exhibits.

Events Set-Up and Break-Down: The Discovery Center hosts several events a year! Help us set up and break down events, so we’re always looking our best.

Exhibit additions, maintenance, and repairs: If you are knowledgeable in carpentry, engineering, mechanics, etc., we often have volunteering opportunities that require those skills.

Daytime Cleaning: Our exhibits are used daily, so regular cleaning and sanitizing is imperative to keeping our guests safe and the exhibits looking and operating their best.

Landscaping and Gardening: The Discovery Center has garden beds that always need attention. If you are interested in gardening and would like to help the Discovery Center look its best, then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!

Board Officers   /   Board Members

Bruce Andrews
Alderman & Company

Bartholomew Fromuth
Vice Chair
Freedom Energy Logistics

Stephan Lundquist
Elbit Systems of America

Christopher Wolfe
MNR Technology

Beverly Bruce
The Bruce Group

Michael Cusack
L3 Harris

David Cuzzi
Prospect Hill Strategies

Dr. Steven Davis
Retired Chief Scientist
Physical Sciences, Inc.

Col. Water Havenstein
Retired Aerospace Executive
BAE Systems and SAIC

Robert Letourneau
Retired State Senator

David Luneau
ClassCo Inc.; State Legislator

Dr. James MacKay
Private practice; State Legislator

Richard McKenna
Atlantic Strategies

Brian Parsons
Cross Insurance

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