Board of DirectorsCommitted to Fulfilling Our Mission

The Exploration Place Board of Directors is committed to fulfilling our mission, which is to inspire a deeper interest in science and technology through creative and fun experiences for all. They remain dedicated to creating innovative STEM-centered exhibits and programs.

Executive Committee

  • Gayle Malone, Vice Chair – Community Volunteer
    Gayle Malone, Chair
    Community Volunteer
  • Patrick Goebel, Chair – President & COO, Star Lumber & Supply
    Patrick Goebel, Vice Chair
    President and COO, Star Lumber &; Supply
  • Richard Holt, Treasurer – Chief Investment Officer, IMA Wealth, Inc
    Richard Holt, Treasurer
    Chief Investment Officer, IMA Wealth, Inc.
  • Linda Davison, Secretary – Founder, Seeders, Inc
    Linda Davison, Secretary
    Founder, Seeders, Inc.
  • Patrick Tuttle, Immediate Past Chair – Chief Operations Officer, Delta Dental Of Kansas
    Patrick Tuttle, At Large
    Chief Operations Officer, Delta Dental of Kansas
  • Mindy McPheeters_Executive Board Member at Exploration Place
    Mindy McPheeters, At Large
    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Spirit AeroSystems

Board of Trustees

  • Amy Seery, MD Pediatrician, Ascension Via Christi
    Amy Seery, MD
    Pediatrician, Ascension Via Christi
  • Brandon Johnson City Council – City Representative, City Of Wichita
    Brandon Johnson
    City Council - City Representative, City of Wichita
  • Brian M Pate, MD, FHM FAAP Professor And Chair, Department Of Pediatrics, University Of Kansas School Of Medicine Wichita
    Brian M Pate, MD, FHM FAAP
    Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • CarlyMcLaughlin
    Carly McLaughlin
    Managing Director/ Senior Counsel, Koch Industries
  • DarrenWheeler (2)
    Darren Wheeler
    Director of Field Operations, COX Communications
  • Dyane Smokorowski Head Of Digital Literacy  USD 259
    Dyane Smokorowski
    Head of Digital Literacy- USD 259
  • GenevieveFarha (1)
    Genevieve Farha
    Community Volunteer
  • JanHood
    Jan Hood
    Vice President, Deli Business, Cargill
  • Jane Shaw Owner, Shaw Health And Wellness
    Jane Shaw
    Owner, Shaw Health and Wellness
  • Jason Neal Director – Experimental Operations, Textron Aviation
    Jason Neal
    Director - Experimental Operations, Textron Aviation
  • JeffPeier (1)
    Jeff Peier
    Attorney, Klenda Austerman
  • Jennifer Hitschmann BKD – Partner
    Jenifer Hitschmann
    Forvis - Partner
  • Lisa Clark Wesley Healthcare – Vice President Human Resources
    Lisa Clark
    Wesley Healthcare - Vice President Human Resources
  • Patty Koehler President & CEO, JR Custom Metal
    Patty Koehler
    President & CEO, JR Custom Metal
  • Phil Frick Honorary Trustee
    Phil Frick
    Honorary Trustee
  • Raymond Dondlinger VP Operations, Dondlinger Construction
    Raymond Dondlinger
    VP Operations, Dondlinger Construction
  • Sarah Lopez Sedgwick County Commissioner – Sedgwick County
    Sarah Lopez
    Sedgwick County Commissioner - Sedgwick County
  • Sheree Utash National Center For Aviation Training
    Sheree Utash
    National Center for Aviation Training
  • Sherii Farmer Senior Community Relations Manager, Evergy
    Sherii Farmer
    Senior Community Relations Manager, Evergy
  • Susan Skibba Honorary Trustee
    Susan Skibba
    Honorary Trustee
  • Tim Kaufman Deputy County Manager, Sedgwick County, County Representative
    Tim Kaufman
    Deputy County Manager, Sedgwick County, County Representative
  • Tom Stolz County Manager, Sedgwick County, County Representative
    Tom Stolz
    County Manager, Sedgwick County, County Representative