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Management Team

Management Team

Adalene "Nene" Spivy

Executive Director

Adalene “Nene” Spivy has led the Children’s Science Center since 2010.  Under Nene’s leadership, annual visitation has grown from 3,500 to 70,000 visitors, serving children, families, and educators through community outreach programs and the Center’s first operating site at Fair Oaks Mall which opened in 2015. Nene oversees all aspects of the Center operations and leads the effort to build a future full-scale world-class science center on donated land in Dulles, Virginia. As an engineer, MBA, and non-profit leader, Nene brings a diverse range of experience including systems and process engineering, new product development, and general management for technology businesses; fundraising, advocacy, strategic planning, volunteer management, and board development for non-profits. Nene is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, a past President of the Junior League of Northern Virginia, a past Chair of Fairfax County’s Community Action Advisory Board, and served in multiple board leadership roles with Discovery Creek Children’s Museum. Nene holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Jenn Brunner

Director of Advancement

Jenn Brunner serves as the lead professional responsible for raising both vital funds to bring the vision of a world-class children’s science museum to reality by managing a team of staff, volunteers and professionals to deliver outreach, fundraising and stewardship events, secure and maintain grants and sponsorships, and orchestrate annual fund and capital campaigns for each phase of the museum build out. Jenn is a non-profit executive with over two decades of experience raising funds for culture and arts organizations such as the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra, Long Wharf Theatre and the Washington Performing Arts Society among others. Jenn has worked with hundreds of volunteers, Board members and Development Professionals to raise millions of dollars in individual annual giving, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, government and private foundation grants, and special events fundraisers. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Music degree in arts management from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford and has worked extensively with non-profits in all aspects of fundraising, volunteer management, special events, and marketing.

Dorothy Ready

Director of Communications

Dorothy Ready is a career marketing professional bringing over two decades of marketing and advertising experience to the Center.  Prior to the Children’s Science Center, Dorothy was the Unit Marketing Director at Chick-fil-A, Fair Oaks Mall, working directly with the owner to provide marketing plans, social media direction, and develop programs designed to create raving fans and surpass annual sales goals. Before moving to Northern Virginia where she has lived for 17 years, Dorothy worked at Adams Outdoor Advertising located in the Hampton Roads area, where she worked directly with the President & CEO providing marketing support to all nine Adams’ divisions throughout the country by coordinating efforts of six Business Development Managers. Dorothy is an active community leader serving as a Girl Scout leader,on multiple PTAs, and on the Marketing Advisory Board for Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) of Fairfax County Public Schools. Dorothy obtained a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the Manship School of Mass Communication with a concentration in Advertising from Louisiana State University.

Mike Tillman

Director of Experience

Mike Tillman has over 35 years of experience in designing,developing new businesses and implementing effective teams.  As an entrepreneur with deep roots in technology development, Mike has been a founding partner and Senior Executive of three different technology startup companies.  Mike is also a social entrepreneur and helped establish Cue Camp Virginia, a non-profit camp for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Kids and their families.  He served as President of Accele Group LLC, a partnership formed to discover, invest in and commercialize usable research and development being performed in university or government research labs.  In addition, Mike held executive positions at America Online, Compaq, Nortel and Verizon. Mike is an active community volunteer serving as both an Assistant Scoutmaster and First Robotics League Coach in addition to several years of service to the Children’s Science Center before joining the management team in 2016.  Mike has a BS in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech.

Katie Jones

Project Director

Gigi Bennett

Advancement Manager, Annual Giving

Margaret Cartier

Advancement Manager, Capital Giving

Laahiri Chalasani

Senior Manager of Lab Experience

Nancy Gustafson

Office and Program Administrator

Kara Pascale

Volunteer Coordinator

Melanie Read

Communications & Membership Manager

Sabina Sheridan

Accounting Manager