Staff

Suzanne Butcher

Educator

Suzanne joined the SDC staff in 2017 and serves as an educator for grades 2 - 8.

Suzanne originally worked in the field of analytical chemistry at various laboratories including forensic science, contract research and environmental testing facilities. More recently she has worked to support at-risk urban high school students in a position as a math and science tutor in the Syracuse City School District under a program funded by the NY State Education Department. She tutored students in chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, and math, individually and in small-groups.

Suzanne graduated with honors from the University of Leeds in England with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Sciences. In addition, Suzanne holds a Master of Education: Science and the Public degree from the University of Buffalo.

suzanne.b@sdcsciencecenter.org

Lisa Gibson

Executive Director

Lisa has a Bachelor's of Science in Hospitality Management from East Stroudsburg University.

Started in 2001 at SDC when it was located in the Arnot Mall, as a Site Manager. When the program went to outreach only, she became the Business Manager in 2016, and currently serves as Executive Director.

lisa@stny.rr.com

Patricia Dann

Director of Development and Communications

Patricia graduated from Simmons College, Boston Mass., with a Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Some of her experience includes being the former director of Glen Curtiss Museum, and being past president of the Painted Post Historical Society.

As a founding member of the SDC, Patricia joined in 1994 at the very beginning. With her vision as Executive Director, the SDC has thrived from year to year.

pdann2@stny.rr.com

Bruce McLaren

Lead Educator

Mr. McLaren joined SDC in 2002, as the Mobile Science Laboratory educator. In this capacity he is responsible for an innovative outreach program for schools and organizations, utilizing the self-contained mobile science laboratory. An integral part of this program is his work with classroom teachers to develop introductory, follow-up activities with students.

Mr. McLaren has served as an elementary teacher at Ecole Kanatamat, QC.; instructor at Delaware Technical and Community College, Wilmington; tutor/instructor at the University of Delaware; university teacher’s assistant at Alfred University, NY; and substitute teacher, Alfred-Almond Central School. He has been a consultant and developer in computer technology designing Internet systems for national and international corporate and educational applications.

He graduated from McGill University, Montreal, QC with an Honors BA and also holds a Diploma in Education from this university. Mr. McLaren has a MBA, summa cum laude, from Alfred University, NY. A talented musician, he speaks both English and French.

lab@sdcsciencecenter.org

Cynthia Beecher

Educator

Cynthia Many joined the SDC staff in 2017 as an assistant educator for Pre-K programs, and has become a full-time educator for Pre-K through 1st grades.

Cynthia previously worked in early childhood education with Creative Kids Preschool and More, working with 3-to-5 year olds, as well as school age kids in the afterschool program.   Her responsibilities include preparing and organizing lessons, developing new programs, and executing programs with all ages of kids.

A graduate of Corning Community College, Cynthia has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design and Technology from Niagara University, where she graduated Summa cum Laude.

cynthia.m@sdcsciencecenter.org

Christine Stull

Educational Program Coordinator

Ms. Stull’s position is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Science & Discovery Center, and has been with SDC since 2010.

A graduate of Corning Community College with an Associates degree in Science, Christine then completed a BS degree, Magna cum Laude, and a Masters degree both in Childhood Education at Elmira College, NY.

christine.s@sdcsciencecenter.org