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The Board of Directors for The Children’s Museum is comprised of community leaders committed to igniting a passion for learning in all children.

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A team of dynamic and passionate individuals work passionately to fulfill the Museum’s mission each day.

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Ambassador Update

Thank you to our Ambassadors and Board Members who joined us September 12 for the fall meeting.  For those of you we missed, here are some exciting updates…

New Smithsonian Program

Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos Exhibition 

Through a competitive selection process, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) is one of only eight museums in the nation to be invited to participate in Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos (YCCC).

Created by scientists and educators at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), YCCC aims to provide students with the opportunity to capture images of the night sky, learn new technologies through the online MicroObservatory platform and through digital photo processing work, and access their own creativity when colorizing and manipulating their images.  The YCCC program allows students the opportunity to use the same technology and software used by NASA’s own team of illustrators when preparing images for research and exhibition.

The YCCC pilot program will launch next month with 300 students from Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School and Sterling Middle School.  Educators from each campus will be invited to attend a 2 hour professional development program introducing the program and then students will work with TCMU Program Manager, Tom Kelley.  Students will also visit the Roper Mountain Science Center Planetarium.

The two week program will culminate in a public exhibition of the student’s astrophotography creations beginning October 28 at TCMU.


TCMU features NASA Illustrator

Greenville resident Renato Moncini joined NASA as a full-time illustrator in 1965.  A native of Italy, he worked for Piaggio and the Italian Air Force before becoming a United States citizen.  Moncini worked at NASA for 14 years, creating images used to promote the space program to the public.  In the late 1970’s, Moncini moved his family to Greenville to take the role of creative director and lead illustrator for Fluor Daniel, where he worked on renderings for many of Fluor’s projects, including BMW’s North American headquarters in Greer.

TCMU is thrilled to exhibit a selection of Mr. Moncini’s works from his time as a NASA illustrator.  Mr. Moncini will also meet with students participating in the YCCC program and tell them about his experiences working for NASA in the heyday of the “Space Race.”

Mr. Moncini’s exhibit opens October 28th and is generously sponsored by Fluor.


Smithsonian Speaker Series 

SAVE THE DATE: October 28th at 8am

“Smithsonian, Space, and STEM:  Where’s a woman’s place?  Everywhere!”

TCMU will host our first “Smithsonian Speakers Series” event featuring Dr. Deborah Barnhardt, CEO of the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Dr. Barnhardt and the entire team at the US Space & Rocket Center are currently serving as a Smithsonian Affiliations mentor organization to The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.  Dr. Barnhardt has three decades of service in commercial industry, government aerospace, and defense.  A retired Navy Captain, she was one of the first ten women assigned to duty aboard ships and commanded five units in her 26-year career.  She received NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal in 2013.

The Smithsonian Speakers Series is a new benefit for Roots & Wings annual fund donors at the $1,500 level and above.  We are offering this benefit as a way to connect our donors with the programming that they make possible.  Our speakers series will coincide with the opening of our YCCC exhibit and Renato Moncini exhibit.

We invite all of our Ambassadors to attend and to bring a friend that they think would be interested in engaging with TCMU as a donor, sponsor, or other supporter. Invitations will be mailed at the end of the month – please consider how you can use this opportunity to introduce someone to TCMU!


Roots & Wings Campaign

Already at 1/3 of  goal – help us make it to the top! 

The 2014 Roots & Wings Annual Fund campaign is off to a great start thanks to the leadership of TCMU board member Kevin Kirtley.  Kevin provided Ambassadors with a quick update on how they can help.

The 2014 Goal is $130,000.  $43,740 has been raised so far, with $86,260 left to reach our goal. Please consider how you can support our annual fund, and remember that all donors at the $1,500 level and above receive 4 complimentary tickets to the Smithsonian Speakers Series event on October 28.

You can review the donor benefits and contribute online here.

Thank you for supporting TCMU!

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Meet our Team

Nancy Halverson, President and CEO

Debbie Bertelsman, Chief Financial Officer

Diana Maley Berti, Director of Development

David Wood, Director of Exhibits and Operations

Lisa Libertore, Director of Sales and Marketing

Thom Kelley, Director of Programming

Karen Burnham, Early Childhood Manager

Brenda Melson, Finance Associate

Drayton Garrett, Special Events Coordinator

Emily Bowie, Graphic Designer and Marketing Assistant

Mary Baugh, Development Associate and Executive Assistant

Ali Cobb, Volunteer and YES! Program Coordinator

To contact our staff, please email: info@tcmupstate.org or call 864.233.7755


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Meet the 2014 Board of Directors

The Honorable Jacquelyn Austin – United States Magistrate Judge

Rep. Bruce Bannister – SC House of Representatives, District 24

Richard Barrett – Colliers International

Peter Barth – The Iron Yard

Sarah Beasley – Sealevel Systems, Inc.

Chase Eldridge – Michelin North America

Chris Fay – TPM

Steve Giles – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Rob Green – Walmart Stores, Inc.

Katie Howell, Secretary – Community Volunteer

Tod Hyche – Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

David Johnstone – Sterling School

Lynne Jones, Treasurer – CPA

Kevin Kirtley – General Electric

Dr. Leonard Kupersmith – Christ Church Episcopal School

David Longlet – 3M Company

Addy Matney, Chair – TMPR & SE Consulting

Scott Muse – Hubbell Lighting, Inc.

John Otten Elliott Davis, LLC

Adele Seymore – ECO Waste, Inc.

Jim Shew – BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Paul Sparks, Chair Elect – Real Op Investments

Gaye Sprague – At-Large Representative, City of Greenville

Cary Weekes Hughes Development Corporation

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