Meet the DHDC Directors and Managers who are dedicated to giving you New Discoveries Every Visit!
Dr. Aaron D. Pan, Executive Director
Ph.D. in Geology/Paleobotany, SMU
B.A. in Creative Studies – Biology, UCSB
Dr. Aaron Pan joined the Discovery Center as the Executive Director in 2012. Dr. Aaron Pan was born in San Francisco, CA, and grew up in Amarillo, TX. Prior to his directorship, Aaron was the Curator of Science at the Fort Worth Museum of Science. He is also currently a research associate at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, a board member of Cal Farley’s Board of Trustees and Amarillo Convention and Visitors Council, and chairman of the Convention and Tourism Committee for the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Pan is also a council member for the Texas Association of Museums. Dr. Pan’s research interests include the evolutionary history, floristics, and paleoecology of African Cenozoic tropical moist and wet forest ecosystems and the flora and lepidopteran fauna of the Southern Rockies, Müllerian mimicry in velvet ants, and abalone systematics. Under Dr. Pan’s leadership the Discovery Center has launched our state of the art Distance Learning program which has reached an audience in 3 countries and 17 states and the Roaming Educator Program which takes hands on learning experiences to schools in the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle who might not have access otherwise. The Discovery Center has thrived with Dr. Aaron Pan as the Executive Director seeing steady growth in various programs and steady attendance.
Dr. Pan may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 101.
Kyle Hadley, Director of Education and Exhibits
B.S. in Education from Oklahoma State University
Flame Effects Operator
Kyle began his career at the Discovery Center as Programs & Events Manager- in July of 2013. He then became the Director of Education in August of 2016. This past year Kyle took on the additional responsibility as the Director of Exhibits. Under Kyle’s leadership the Distance Learning, Roaming Educator Program and Educational Programs available to area schools have thrived and continued to be an incredible resource for not just the Panhandle of Texas, but over 30 states and 3 countries. Kyle earned his B.S. in Education from Oklahoma State University and is a certified teacher by the State of Oklahoma and Texas. Kyle also has his Flame effects operator license. Kyle is responsible for creating, writing, implementing and facilitating educational programs and resources in labs, traveling trunks and hands-on demonstrations. In addition, Kyle creates, fabricates, and maintains exhibits for permanent installation, as well as traveling exhibits, and manages 7 staff members. Kyle’s hobbies include sailing, playing ultimate frisbee and working on crafts in his garage. Kyle says, ‘I love the community that the Discovery Center brings in. The DHDC gives you the ability to learn and expand your education and mind through breaking the stereotypical molds of society. It’s incredible to see a child come in smiling and leave with an even bigger smile.’
Kyle may be reached by emailing email@example.com or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 118.
Regina Ralston, Director of Development
Regina has been in the Development field since 2008 and has experience in in marketing and communication, volunteer management, event planning, grant writing, and annual fund campaign. Before coming to the Discovery Center she was a part of the Campaign Staff for United Way of Amarillo & Canyon and was the Development & Marketing Director at San Jacinto Christian Academy. Regina is responsible for grant writing, capital campaigns, event underwriting, program fund development, and the annual fund. Regina has a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University.
Regina may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 104.
Mandi Ried, Director of Visitor Experience
B.A. in Biology from Harding University
Arkansas Teacher Certification for 8-12 Biology and Earth Science 2006 – 2009
Born and raised in Amarillo, Mandi attended Harding University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a certification to teach grades 8-12 biology and earth science. She has worked for DHDC for many years now and she loves her job. Mandi serves as the Director of Visitor Experience which entails overseeing over summer camps, family events, and day to day programing among other things. In her free time Mandi likes spending time with her two daughters as well as enjoying the outdoors. Mandi says, “I love working at DHDC because it is always changing with new exhibits around the corner.”
Mandi may be reached by emailing email@example.com or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 108.
Beno Scott, Building Superintendent
Beno attended West Texas A&M University and studied Technical Engineering. He has served in the building maintenance field since 2002 and has vast experience in building and ground maintenance. Beno’s staff and project management skills along with his general craftsmanship skills are an asset to the Discovery Center. Since he began his career at DHDC building repairs and upkeep are done efficiently and with the highest quality work.
Bridget Gervasi, Administrative Manager
Bridget Gervasi is the Administrative Manager of the Don Harrington Discovery Center. Originally from Canyon, Bridget holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Texas A&M University. After teaching 2nd grade in Afton, Texas, Bridget returned to Canyon to pursue her education in Management and start her family. Prior to coming to the Discovery Center, she was the Executive Director of Sylvan Learning Center for eight years. Bridget is married to Terry and they have three boys; London , Azzan and Nicholas. Bridget enjoys reading, gardening, crafts and helping with the family business. Bridget says, “The best part of working at the DHDC is the family-friendly environment and endless opportunities.”
Bridget may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 103.
Hillary Wells, Administrative Assistant
Hillary is the Administrative Assistant in charge of Reservations, Memberships, and the Gift Shop. She has been with the Discovery Center since 2011. Hillary has spent most of her life living in Amarillo and attended Amarillo Colleges Pharmacy Tech Program. In her free time Hillary likes to a spend time with her family, work on sewing projects, and travel. Hillary says, “I love working here because I learn and see new things every day.”
Hillary may be reached by emailing email@example.com or at 806-355-9547 ext. 107.
Shanna Collins, Development Events and Marketing Coordinator
Shanna responsible in part for communicating all of the wonderful things that the DHDC has to offer to their members and the public. She is also in charge of planning special development events. Shanna has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from The University of Mississipi (Hotty Toddy!) and has worked in development and marketing for over 10 years. Shanna and her husband, Austin, have two children – Sadie and Hayes, who love that their mom works at the Discovery Center. Shanna may be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or at 806-355-9547 ext. 120.
Jennnifer Noble, Outreach Educator
As Outreach Educator, Jennifer gets to travel across the Panhandle, bringing science to the schools that may have a harder time coming to the Discovery Center. Jennifer is married with two kids and two fur munchkins that always keep her busy with sports and school activities. Before Jennifer began working at DHDC, it was always a favorite place to bring her kids. Jennifer loves watching them explore the changing exhibits and seeing their excitement as they figure out how different things work. As she travels around the area, Jennifer loves being able to share the same joy with the kids in “her schools”. Watch for her on the road in the DHDC’s Roaming Educator Vehicle – Science on Wheels! Really, who doesn’t love playing with science? Jennifer may be reached by emailing email@example.com or by calling 806-355-9547 ext. 114