Discovery Center appoints new board members, officers

Jan 11, 2022 at 04:00 pm by WGNS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring announced its new slate of board members and officers for 2022. The museum welcomes Paula E. Harris, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President for Barge Design Solutions, as incoming Board President.

Harris also serves on multiple community boards and is the Executive Director for Leadership Franklin, TN. She is a graduate of Leadership Rutherford and Leadership Middle Tennessee. A native of Williamson County, she and her husband David live in Thompson’s Station, TN.

“We are thrilled to have a Board of Trustees that is deeply committed to our mission of engaging curious minds to fuel the future,” said museum President and CEO Tara MacDougall. “We are thankful for their willingness to give of their time and resources to help Discovery Center reach its full potential as a place of learning and growth for families in our community.”

Discovery Center Officers:

- Paula Harris, President
- Bernie Steen, Secretary
- Elisabeth Harper Rood, Treasurer
- Nick Lewis, Past President
- Tom Campion, President Elect
- Tara MacDougall, President and CEO

Discovery Center Directors:

- Madhavi Boorgu
- Amy Farrar
- Allyson Fearns
- Marla Hord
- Lauren Knox
- David Mitchell
- Sharon Pertiller
- Bailey Pratt
- Jason Rapoport
- Rick Sain

New Board Members:

- Rita Ash
- Dr. Akashia Anderson Murphy
- Garth Bentley

About the Discovery Center

The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring is a hands-on, environmental, cultural and educational museum located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. More than 120,000 children and families visit annually, exploring exhibits and participating in programs that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) education. Adjacent to the Center is the protected Murfree Spring wetlands, a natural habitat for a variety of fish, amphibians and birds. Located at 502 S.E. Broad Street in Murfreesboro, TN.

For more information, visit or call (615) 890-2300.

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