Suzanne Butcher


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.

Bruce McLaren

Lead Educator

Mr. McLaren serves as the Mobile Science Laboratory educator for the Science & Discovery Center. 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.

Cynthia Beecher


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.

Christine Stull

Educational Program Coordinator

Ms. Stull’s position is the Educational Program Coordinator for the Science & Discovery Center.

Christine has served as a long-term substitute teacher in several grades for the Corning Painted Post School District in the Calvin U. Smith and the William Severn Elementary schools. Her responsibilities included creating original lesson plans to meet the diverse needs of all students and working collaboratively with all teachers. In addition, she has experience as a substitute teacher, Grades K-12, and as a student teacher in several local school districts. She is actively involved in community volunteer efforts.

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.

Lisa Gibson

Executive Director

Maintains membership and monthly reports on funding and finances

BS from East Stroudsburg University in PA

Patricia Dann

Director of Development and Communications

Fundraising, directing collaborative educational programming with multiple schools, colleges, and various organizations

BA Liberal Arts and Sciences, from Simmons College, Boston, MA