Our Contributors

Liza Blair Arts Manager

Liza Blair serves as Arts Manager for Creative Discovery Museum where she plans art lessons, schedules visiting artists and curates children’s art displays. She is a native of Chattanooga and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Warren Wilson College and Master of Arts degree in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Liza has coordinated the creation and implementation of arts programming for families and youth for several non-profit, educational organizations and most recently Creative Discovery Museum.

In addition to her love of visual arts, Liza is also a folklorist and has assisted with, and facilitated public folklife programs in Southeast Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York. The folklife programs Liza included festival programs and regional folklife demonstration events to museum exhibits, promotional materials, cultural tourism projects, photo documentation and ethnic musical programming.

Liza is a talented photographer and her young children, Gus and Molly, are frequent subjects of her photos.


Karen Dewhirst  Museum Experience Manager (Science/Exhibits)

Karen Dewhirst serves as Museum Experience Manager for Creative Discovery Museum, focusing on Science and Exhibits. She has been with the Museum since 2004 and began managing the Creative Discovery Museum Science Theater. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her previous work experience includes biomedical research and development project management, and working in customer service. She is also an avid gardener and beekeeper, using her talents with the hives and Rooftop garden at the Museum.

Karen is an expert sailor and once lived on a sailboat as a teenager for one year with her family. She also owns and manages a bed and breakfast in Decatur, Tennessee and once had an Alpaca farm. In her spare time she enjoys running and crocheting.


Jayne Griffin  Director of Education

Jayne Griffin has been Director of Education for Creative Discovery Museum for 16 years. Prior to her time at the Museum, she served as a local public school teacher for 20 years, teaching grades 3rd through 8th. She has her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership and Policy Studies. She has also received the Alpha Delta Kappa Distinguished Educator Award, Walker County Teacher of the Year Award and has served as a Mentor Teacher in Walker County.

In her spare time, Jayne enjoys playing with her three young grandchildren, watching “I Love Lucy” re-runs, riding a 4-wheeler on her farm, and bicycling.


Curtis

Curtis Jolley Public Relations Coordinator

Curtis Jolley serves as the Museum’s Public Relations Coordinator and earned his degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from the University of Memphis. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves on the public relations committee for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB). Prior to joining the Museum, he interned at the Chattanooga Zoo, UTC Athletics, and the Double Cola Company.

Curtis is an accomplished accompanist and serves as the Pianist/Organist at Red Bank United Methodist Church and is involved with the Chattanooga theater community. He is an avid photographer and does freelance graphic design work on the side. In his spare time, he enjoys watching University of Memphis sports, going to Elton John concerts (8 times), cross stitching, and listening to vinyl records. Curtis lives with his wife, Sarah, in Dayton, TN.


Emily LemonsEmily Lemons Early Childhood Manager

Emily serves as the Early Childhood Manager, assisting with educating the museum’s littlest learners on site and in our community.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College in Kentucky and a Master of Science in Education from Samford University. Her previous experience includes working with children of all ages in both formal and informal educational settings. She oversees our PlayGym program for children ages 4 months to 4 years and their caregivers, as well as the Countdown to Kindergarten program, The Little Yellow House exhibit, and our Discovery Library.  Emily also works closely with community partners to develop lessons for Early Childhood outreach and teacher training/mentorship.

Emily grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio but has fallen in love with the Chattanooga area.  She is married to John, has two daughters and a house full of pets, and wants to be Mr. Rogers when she grows up.


Lu Lewis  Ask Ms. Lu

Ms. Lu  answers parent’s questions on raising happy and healthy children who love to learn.  Ask Ms. Lu is written by Lu Lewis who has served at Creative Discovery Museum in various positions since its inception including serving as the Museum’s first Director of Education until 1996. During the last 15 years, she also worked as a volunteer advisor on several  Museum committees. Recently, she was responsible for the Little Yellow House and early childhood portion of the Museum’s programs up until her retirement earlier this year.

Lu has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has over 30 years  experience teaching early childhood in Chattanooga Public Schools.  She also served as Associate Director of Investment in Children for United Way; as Literacy Fellow for Cornerstone, consultants in education; and as Associate for Professional Development for the Public Education Foundation, among many other outstanding community roles.

In addition to her vast experience, Lu has conducted several national presentations on childhood development and emerging literacy, contributed to several published childhood education articles, developed a guide for teachers, and served on many boards and advisor councils nationwide.

Ms. Lu is well respected by early childhood experts throughout the community.  In her honor, the “Lu Lewis Award” is presented annually by the Chattanooga Association for the Education of Young Children.

Ms. Lu resides in Chattanooga with her beloved cat, Star.


Henry Schulson  Executive Director

Henry Schulson has served as the Executive Director of Creative Discovery Museum  for 15 years and has helped it to become one of the leading children’s museums in the country. Henry is originally from New York City and began his museum career as a teen volunteer at the American Museum of Natural History. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History at Brown University and holds an M.B.A. from New York University. He returned to the American Museum of Natural History professionally as Manager of Development and Manager of Membership. Prior to joining Creative Discovery Museum, he served as Director of the Dallas Museum of Natural History for eight years. He is actively involved in numerous civic activities including the boards of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chattanooga Center for Nonprofits, Mizpah Congregation and the Downtown Partnership. He has been a reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and served for 10 years on the Board of the Association of Children’s Museums.

Henry can often be found walking around Chattanooga and loves chocolate!

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