Meet The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Team


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Board of Directors


Paul A. Burkett, Esq., Chair

R. Bruce Andrews, Chair

Retired aerospace executive. Former president and CEO, GenMech Aerospace, AGC, Inc., Alderman & Company Consulting, United Nuclear Corp., and group vice president, University of North Carolina's six aerospace manufacturing companies.
MS, University of New Haven

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Dr. Steven J. Davis, Vice-Chair

Retired Chief Scientist, Physical Sciences, Inc.
Former section chief, New Laser Concepts Section at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. Fellow of SPIE: the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Many years of classroom science education with students K-12 and beyond. Ph.D., Physics, University of New Hampshire

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Steve Lundquist, Secretary

Laura Provost, Treasurer

Principal and Financial Adviser, Altus Investments, LLC, an affiliate of LPL Investments. 31-year background in portfolio management and financial advising.
MBA, Babson College, BS, University of New Hampshire

Steve Lundquist, Secretary

Senior Program Manager and Senior Manager of Flight Operations for Elbit Systems of America
Former USAF officer and pilot.
MS, Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, BS, Aeronautical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


  • Beverly Bruce
    Founder and Business Consultant, The Bruce Group, providing strategy and planning services to Fortune 500 corporations.
    BS, biology & chemistry, LadyCliff College
    Executive Program, Columbia Graduate School of Business

  • Paul A. Burkett, Esq.
    Shareholder and attorney, Rath Young Pignatelli, PC
    Former USN nuclear submarine officer. JD, University of VA School of Law, BS, English, U.S. Naval Academy

  • Michael Cusack
    Contracts Manager, BAE Systems
    BA, criminology & sociology, University of Southern Maine

  • David Cuzzi
    President, Prospect Hill Strategies
    Former Business Development Manager and Director of Government Relations for BAE Systems
    BA, politics, St. Anselm College

  • Walt Havenstein, Col., USMC, ret.
    retired aerospace executive
    Former CEO, BAE Systems and SAIC
    Colonel, USMC, ret.
    MS, engineering, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; BS, aerospace engineering, U.S. Naval Academy

  • Rep. Jim MacKay, Ph.D.
    Psychotherapist, private practice
    NH State Representative, 9 terms
    Concord NH City Council, 12 years including 4 as Mayor of Concord
    Major, U.S. Army, ret.
    PhD, Union Graduate School, MA and BA, Tufts University
    MSW, Boston University

  • Brian Parsons
    Senior Account Executive and Risk Manager, Cross Insurance
    BS, meteorology, mathematics, Plymouth State University

  • Hon. Bill Remick
    Retired science educator
    Former NH State Representative, 6 terms
    Former flight crew member, USAF
    MS, Southern CT State College, BA, education, Keene State College.

  • Jeanne T. Gerulskis, Ex-Officio
    Executive Director, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
    Former Senior Curator of Programs, Ketchikan Museums
    28-year background in museum leadership and museum education
    BA, economics, Williams College


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Staff


Jeanne T. Gerulskis,  Executive Director

Jeanne T. Gerulskis,
Executive Director

kyle hoisington Business manager

kyle hoisington
Business manager


Mirka Zapletal director of Education

Mirka Zapletal
director of Education

sarah beattie education coordinator

sarah beattie
education coordinator

STEM Educators

  • Rachel Bittman

  • Mason Elle-Gelerntner

  • Brandon Ehrmanntraut

  • Mark Lester

  • Christine Lightsey, M.Ed.

  • Al Little

  • David McDonald, M.Ed.

  • Christy Roberts

  • Maizie Thurber-Wells

NASA Space Grant Interns

  • Lucas Cohen

  • Caitlin Merrill


paul “trip” anderson III director of development

paul “trip” anderson III
director of development

Visitor Services  

sarah nappo Director of Visitor services

sarah nappo
Director of Visitor services

Visitor Services Assistants

  • Cathey Conn

  • Emma Daley

  • Tyrell Darn

  • Meghan Lapointe

  • Kelly Leonard

  • Brooke Senechal

  • Laurarose Toppin

  • Pat Turko-Davis