Meet the TCM Board of Directors - 2021

We are a group of unpaid volunteers working to accomplish the mission of our organization.

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Executive Committee

Joelle Bedwell

President

Joelle's background has provided her with experience and understanding about the importance of a child’s early years of learning and comes through various sources. She grew up among a family of educators, from early childhood to university levels. She has been a music educator in public schools (K – college level) and has also taught in her own private music studios.
Background that provided her training and experience owning and operating a business came from managing her husband’s dental practice and later working for a national company as a management analyst for newly purchased dental practices.
Joelle says, “The vision of a children’s museum in Temple is the most exciting idea I’ve been involved with during my 50 years living here. I want TCM to be an exemplary model that shows the importance we in the Temple/Belton area place on the needs of our very young children.”

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Ellen Burnett

Vice-President

Ellen and her husband Ben have resided in the Temple area for over 10 years.  They welcomed their twin boys Owen and Wyatt in 2015 and their daughter  Birdie Ann in October, 2019. Ben is a partner at the law firm Baird, Crews,  Schiller, and Whitaker. 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 full time from home as a LATSS Service Coordinator for Anthem,  Inc., where she assists low income and disabled members with navigating the health care system.
Ellen graduated from Texas A&M with a B.A. in History and a 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’s passion lies in helping TCM grow into a  thriving non-profit business that will serve the community for generations to  come.  
“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 Ellen.

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Jenny Harvey 

Secretary

Born and raised in Temple, Jenny has had a lifelong interest in supporting the  Temple Community. A 1993 graduate of Temple High School, Jenny studied at the  University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.  She returned to the Temple area and began working at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in the Transfusion Laboratory where she worked for 20 years. She and  her husband, Bo, have 4 daughters and have an active interest in creating and  supporting family-friendly businesses and organizations in the Central Texas area.  For First United Methodist Church, Jenny is the Family Promise Coordinator and  has relationships with the Unincluded Club and McLane’s Children Foundation  office.

Kim Wilkinson

Treasurer

Kim graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Business/Finance.  She has been a resident of Temple since December, 1989. She has been active in  the community with past positions on various boards and organizations in the  community. Past memberships include: Children’s Advocacy Board; Altrusa club member and board member; American Cancer Society Board; many PTO boards;  and Temple Education Foundation Board.

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Susan Chandler

Past 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, 2013, where he currently works as Director of Planning and Development. They are excited to raise their boys, ages 6 and 9, in the growing Bell County community. Susan is Montessori certified for ages 6 – 12, taught Montessori for eight years, and has  experience in educational consulting.  After having her first son and moving to Temple, Susan decided to put her career on hold and focus on her family, but continues to have a passion for education and child development. As one of TCM’s founders, Susan has been involved with the museum since its beginning.
“I believe children learn best with hands-on experiences and find excitement through self-discovery. In homeschooling my own children this past year, I am reminded of the importance of integrating as many STEAM elements into their lessons and experiences as possible. I hope Temple Children’s Museum will provide our community with an environment which stimulates creativity and generates excitement for learning for visitors of all ages.”

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Board Members

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Robin Battershell

Robin has been married to Brian Battershell for almost 40 years, and they have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. She was a 3rd grade teacher in Houston and Pasadena I.S.D.’s, and a Special Education Counselor/Coordinator,  Bell County Cooperative for Exceptional Children and Killeen ISD. Robin was Superintendent for Salado ISD (10 yrs.) and for Temple ISD (10 yrs.). Recently, she was Interim Superintendent for Belton ISD. 

Currently, she is a private Strategic Planning Consultant and co-owner for  Grandpa Bill’s Honey Farms.

Cyndie Davis

Born in Dallas, Cyndie moved here from Waco in 1983, with her husband Greg, a commercial real estate broker. She includes among her blessings their three  daughters, born and raised here, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Cyndie has a B.S. in Child Development/Early Childhood Ed. From Texas Tech and  a M.S. and Post Graduate work in child Development from TWU. She began her  teaching career at McClennan Community College as a Child Development/ Early Childhood Ed. Professor. There she designed a new Lab School where her  own children were able to attend. Years later, she helped develop the Child  Development/ECE program at Temple College where she served as the first  chairperson and full-time professor. She has also done consulting, most recently  for Workforce and the NAEYC Accreditation Program. 
“Having the Temple Children’s Museum in our community is an extraordinary  opportunity to educate and promote the importance of “hands-on”, exploratory  education for all children and families,” says Cyndie.

Katie Everett

Katie and her husband, Kyle, moved to the Temple area in 2019 from the  Woodlands and are excited to be in Central Texas raising two children, ages 6 and 4. Katie graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.S. in  Accountancy as well as a Master of Accountancy. She is an enrolled agent with  the IRS and has 10 years experience in public accounting at both UHY (now BDO) and RSM providing tax services to the ultra-high net worth individuals as well as  not-for-profit entities. Deciding to put a pause on her career a year ago, Katie is focusing on raising her family and putting down roots in her new community. Husband Kyle is a CPA working for a local entrepreneur as financial controller of  his investments and entities. Kyle is also part owner of Axis Cabinetry, LLC, which  is an entity that recently absorbed the Chupik Cabinets talent and business.

Fabian Gomez

Fabian is the CAD Manager/Senior Designer for KPA Engineers in Temple. He and  his wife, Robin, have been married 29 years, have 3 children, and have lived in  Temple 20 years. Fabian is a self-claimed, strong supporter of the Temple  community – and the Wildcats! 
Currently, Fabian serves as Chairman of the City of Temple Parks and Recreation  Advisory Board. He will soon be serving on the Temple College and TISD P.A.C.’s.  Other leadership positions he has had are: Vice-chair, Temple Quarterback Club Board of Directors; THS Choir Boosters; and PTO President of Scott Elementary  School.

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Kathryn Hermans

Kathryn and her husband Michael moved to Temple 30 years ago. Here they raised four children together and a few years ago 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 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.

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Kayla Landeros

Kayla and her husband, Chris and two daughters, ages 9 and 6, are long-time  Temple residents. Kayla and Chris grew up in near-by Rogers and have always  thought of the Central Texas area as home. Kayla is a Legal Writing Lecturer at  Baylor Law School and serves as Senior counsel for West, Webb, Allbritton &  Gentry, P.C. Kayla has been active with the Temple Children’s Museum for  several years and is excited to watch the museum grow into a destination for  young children in Temple and surrounding areas.

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Chonie Pischinger

Since she and her late husband, Dr. Russell Pischinger moved to Temple in 1989, 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 and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 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.

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Laura Pope

Originally from Houston and Fort Worth, Laura received her undergraduate degree in Home Economics from the University of North Texas and her master’s  degree in Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She taught  science in Buckholts ISD for two years, was the director of the First United  Methodist Church Belton Preschool for three years, and taught kindergarten in  Killeen ISD for twenty-eight years, retiring in 2015. 
Laura and her husband Wayne have lived in Temple for 40 years. 
“I am always proud to say that our children, Emily and Earl, are products of this  community. Temple has been a wonderful place to raise our children and then  send them off into the world. So many talented and caring people have  influenced our lives. Now that we have a grandson nearby, I want to be a part of  creating a new generation of lifelong learners."

Fiona Reicherts

Fiona and her husband, Daniel, moved to Belton in 2013, where they are raising  their two children. She grew up in Copperas Cove and graduated from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi with a degree in Business Marketing. She has been a  volunteer with Temple Children’s Museum since 2017. 
“After hearing about the museum, I knew I wanted to be a part of helping grow something great for the children in our community,” states Reicherts.

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Seleese Thompson

Seleese was born in Marlin, Texas, and grew up in Temple. After graduating from  Temple High School, she toured with “Up with People,” traveling 33 states in the  U.S. and 7 countries in Northern Europe. Seleese attended Angelo State  University and received a degree in Speech Communication, with minors in  Marketing and Management. She worked at Texas Instruments as a Region Sales Manager, Laptop Product Manager and Inbound Telemarketing Manager. She is a  Small Business Co-founder of Centroplex Auto Recovery and Kokopellie’s Salon  and Spa. Owner of Fish Bowl Pet Express, 2012 – 2016, Seleese now owns  Precious Memories Florist & Gift Shop, 2003 – present, which was selected 2007  National Retail Florist by the Wholesale Florist Industry.

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Hannah Weekley

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 Weekley.