TCM Board of Directors - 2019
Susan Chandler, President
Susan graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Interior Design. She and her husband Brian moved to Temple in December of 2013 where he currently works as the Director of Planning. They are excited to raise their two boys, ages 4 and 7, in the growing community of Temple. Susan is Montessori certified for ages 6-12 and taught Montessori education for eight years. She also has experience organizing summer programs and teaching art to children of all ages. In addition to her executive role, Susan's main focus on the TCM board is exhibit design and construction. "Opening a children's museum has been a dream of mine for quite some time. I wanted a place to take my own children; somewhere we could play, learn, and explore together. I hope Temple Children’s Museum will benefit our community by providing an environment which stimulates creativity and generates excitement for learning from visitors of all ages" states Chandler.
Hannah Weekley, Secretary
Hannah and her husband Zack retired from travel nursing to start a family in Temple in 2015. They welcomed their son Carter in February of 2016. Hannah currently works as a PICU nurse at McLane Children's Medical Center and has a passion for helping young families connect through hands on learning. Hannah's main focus outside of her executive role on the board is the recruitment and appreciation of TCM's hardworking volunteers. "Being a part of something that has the potential to forever change the landscape of Temple and its families through hands on learning and interactive play is such a humbling experience, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something so impactful" states Weekly.
Ellen Burnett, Vice President
Ellen and her husband Ben have resided in the Temple area for seven years. They welcomed their twin boys Owen & Wyatt in 2015 and are excited to be raising their family in Bell County. Ben works as an associate for Baird, Crews, Schiller and Whitaker, and Ellen retired from a brief career as a high school social studies teacher and coach in Killeen ISD after the birth of their twins. She currently works part time for the Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation as an administrative assistant. Ellen graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in History and minor in Sociology with an emphasis on African Studies. Throughout her time at A&M, Ellen volunteered with inner city youth in the Bryan/College Station area, and maintains a passion for reaching underprivileged populations today. In addition to her executive role with the board, Ellen focuses mainly on programming and the museum on the go. "I see Temple Children's Museum as a place where parents and caregivers can experience childhood again alongside their children. Even after leaving the classroom, I have always maintained a desire to serve others and be involved in my community. In the short time we have been around, Temple Children's Museum is already making a direct impact on the community and it feels good to be a part of that" states Burnett.
Kathryn Hermans, Parliamentarian
Kathryn and her husband Michael moved to Temple 27 years ago, here they raised four children together and just recently welcomed their first grandson into the mix. While Michael worked as a Urologist at Scott & White Kathryn became very involved in the arts and humanities, and established herself as a prominent member of the community. Kathryn served on the TISD school board, started the quilt guild, served as President of Contemporaries and so much more. She is currently the director of Covenant Lutheran Preschool. Her main focus on the TCM board outside of an executive role is fundraising and events. "I have always been aware of the need for hands on learning opportunities in Temple. When Susan came to me with this idea I immediately said 'We can make that happen!' I am very active in the community and passionate about education, so the museum really brings both of these together for me and allows me to leave a legacy for future generations in the community I love so dearly"- states Hermans.
Greg Steglich, Treasurer
Greg received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University. He currently is the Taylor Market President of BancorpSouth, overseeing the bank's Taylor, Granger & Bartlett branches. His wife, Griselda, is an RN at Scott & White in Temple. Both have lived the majority of their lives in Central Texas and currently reside in Salado with their two children, ages 3 & 1. "I'm honored to be a part of the Temple Children's Museum board. Being a father of two young children, it's exciting to be able to help shape what will eventually be a must-visit destination for the children of Bell and surrounding counties to spark imagination, creativity & learning" states Steglich.
Joelle is originally from Durant, OK and was married to her late husband Michael for 42 years. Joelle has four children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She has a B.A. in Music Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Masters of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. Joelle has been involved in the Arts and Humanities for over 40 years in Temple, including Central Texas Orchestral Society, Wildlflower Guild, The Contemporaries, TISD Board, Temple Education Foundation Board and many more. Her acceptance of a board position with TCM is a natural evolution of Joelle's passion for establishing the arts within Temple and the surrounding community.
Bruce Bates received his BBA from Southern Methodist University and has participated in many business ventures since then. Bruce retired from his position as VP of Business Development, CFO at PDI in 2016. He is a 5th generation Texan born and raised in Austin. He and his wife Mary Jo have four adult children and five grandchildren. Bruce has served on various boards and is an active member of the Temple community. His passion for the economic development of downtown Temple and his granddaughters are a driving force behind his involvement with TCM.
Born and raised in Temple, Jenny Harvey is a 1993 graduate of Temple High School. Since graduating from the University of Texas in Austin with BA in Biology, she has worked twenty years at Baylor Scott & White hospital serving in various roles related to the Transfusion Service. Active in the First United Methodist Church of Temple, Jenny enjoys helping with the children's department. The mother of four young girls, she has a strong interest in the community's availability of children's activities. She looks forward to developing a community resource for area children to thrive in.
Susan and husband Jim have lived in Belton 17 years since retiring with 22years of military service. Jim continues to work on Ft. Hood as operations manager for Northrup Grumman technical services. Susan has a BFA from the University of Memphis and received her M.Ed. from UT Arlington. They have two sons and two granddaughters. She retired from TISD after 21 years of teaching. Susan is Programs Chairperson for Temple Children’s Museum. Susan is an advocate for the arts, recognizing education is achieved through the eyes of multi-intelligent students and accommodates student’s learning from different perspectives. “I truly believe children's museums and schools working together to advance learning is a win, win relationship" states McCoy.
Megan is from Houston, TX and a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she met her husband Scott. After graduation, they moved to Austin where Scott pursued a career in Real Estate and she worked in banking. They settled in Temple in 2014 to plant roots and grow a family. Megan is currently the VP of Kiella Homebuilders and Licensed Real Estate Broker. She is heavily involved in the Temple Area Builders Association and received builder of the year in 2015, serving as President of TABA in 2017. Scott & Megan welcomed their daughter Kate in September of 2017 and are passionate about being part of the overall growth and well being of Temple.
Andrew resides in Temple with his lovely bride, Theresa, and two children, Aidan (15) and Sydney (11). He is excited and honored to work with this board. "As the city of Temple grows, it is imperative that our local amenities include and focus on the next generation of local leaders. The addition of a Temple Children's Museum to provide tactile, educational exhibits is an exciting prospect. The efforts of this organization will lay a foundation of learning and activity for the youngest of our citizens, and provide a gathering place for parents and children to engender a sense of involvement and wonder" states Lambert.
Craig has spent almost 25 years in Education. He received his B.A. from UT Austin and his Master’s degree from the University of Houston. Craig is an elementary principal in Temple at a school known for science and technology. Before moving to central Texas, he lived for a short period in Michigan where he sat on the board of a children’s museum. He is a member of the Temple Rotary Club and attends St. Luke Catholic Church. Craig and his wife, Susan, are lifelong Texas Longhorns and have a daughter, Hannah, who continues the tradition attending UT Austin.
Since she and her late husband, Dr. Russell Pischinger moved to Temple 25 years ago, Chonie has been a dedicated volunteer in several organizations, and has served in many leadership roles within those organizations. As a mother of two and Nana of five, she brings passion and commitment to the success of the Temple Children's Museum. Pischinger has a double degree in Elementary Education, Art and Design. She has taught third grade and as CEO of her interior design business in Colorado and Texas brings her business skills and insights to the Board. In 1995, she was awarded the Mary Steele Service Award by the Contemporaries of the Cultural Activities Center for her years of service as a member, officer and fund-raiser. She was also instrumental in developing several new ideas for successful fundraising events. “During the years my family lived in the Denver area, we used the new Denver Children’s Museum many times. When the idea arose for Temple, I immediately saw the potential in Central Texas for a Children’s Museum. We have the demographics and the need to support it. I know this will be a lasting and ongoing legacy for the children of Central Texas that will only continue to grow. It’s exciting and I want to be part of it and help it happen!" states Pischinger.
Rick and Denise Thomssen have been married for 33 years, and live outside Salado, Texas. Active in the Bell County area, Rick has had many and varied careers to end up where he is today – the owner and operator of The Chapel at Caliber Oak. Starting with Human Resource Management, earning his M.B.A. at the University of Dallas, and working nationally as a Regional Director of HR for a Fortune-100 company, Rick transitioned into a law enforcement career as a Peace Officer and then began professionally fundraising for the Temple Symphony Orchestra as Executive Director. Serving on the CTOS board previously and working with private and public education, Rick felt that the time was just right for getting back into 501c3 board activities, as getting donations and buy-in for great causes is a passion for him. Rick says, “Denise and I don’t have any kiddos, but get to live through so many who have joined into marriage at our chapel. Not having children certainly doesn’t mean I can’t work towards funding a terrific museum that develops everyone’s future!”