Learn about BADM’s senior leadership team below.
Bay Area Discovery Museum Staff
Karyn has served as CEO of the Bay Area Discovery Museum for five years. She has a background in investment management, having worked for Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. Prior to becoming CEO, Karyn was a trustee for the Bay Area Discovery Museum for 5.5 years, serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Development Committee, and a member of the Marketing Committee. She is currently a member of the DocuSign Impact Advisory Board and has served as a Trustee for Heyday Books, the Mountain Play Association, Marin Advocates for Children, and was a member of the Bacich Site Council.
Michelle brings to the Bay Area Discovery Museum more than 15 years of senior nonprofit management experience, most recently as the Director of Finance at Hospice by the Bay. She has an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Dance from the University of Massachusetts. She loves the arts and in addition to her finance management positions, has held some interesting jobs including magician’s assistant, professional comedienne, and ballerina.
Brandy joined the Bay Area Discovery Museum in 2012 with more than 15 years of experience in fundraising, museum education, and early childhood education. Her professional background includes working as a preschool teacher and center director, an educator for institutions such as the National Gallery of Art and the Phillips Collection, and a fundraiser for George Washington University and UCSF. Brandy holds a B.A. from Occidental College and M.A. degrees in art history and museum studies from George Washington University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum Education Roundtable, which produces the only peer-reviewed journal for the museum education field.
Director, Center for Childhood Creativity
Elizabeth comes with more than 15 years of experience in formal education, working as a teacher, principal, and executive director in small urban schools focused on personalization, equity, and progressive education. She holds a B.A. from Brown University, teaching and administrative credentials from Mills College, and a Doctorate in educational leadership from Mills College. Her doctoral research, drawing heavily from psychological constructs (such as learning mindset, self-efficacy, and stereotype threat) focuses on the role of “care” in teachers’ relationships with Latino male students entering high school substantially behind in academic skills.
Sara has worked in the field of early childhood education for 21 years. Committed to providing innovative educational experiences to our youngest scholars, she brings expertise in creating and facilitating child-centered learning environments and professional development for teachers that are grounded in the constructivist philosophy. Her current work focuses on developing high-quality curriculum at the intersection of creative thinking and STEM education. Previously, Sara has worked as a master teacher, researcher, curriculum designer, and mentor for teaching credential and master’s candidates. She has twice been recognized as an outstanding classroom teacher by the state of California. Sara holds a master’s degree in early childhood education and a multiple subject teaching credential with special preparation for teaching early childhood: Preschool – Grade 3, both from the Mills College School of Education.
Lisa Regalla is the Deputy Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM). She leverages the CCC’s research base to lead a variety of STEM initiatives with organizations nationwide and oversees the world’s first early childhood Fab Lab on-site at BADM. As the Deputy Director of Maker Ed, Lisa advanced partnerships with educators, organizations, and researchers to support a growing network, committed to broadening participation in making. Prior to Maker Ed, Lisa developed STEM content and ran a national outreach program for Twin Cities Public Television series, SciGirls and DragonflyTV: Nano. Lisa received a B.S. in chemistry and a B.A. in theater from Lehigh University before earning her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida. In 2011, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on SciGirls and the Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society for her work to promote gender equity in STEM.
Helen Hadani, Ph.D.
As Head of Research for the Center for Childhood Creativity (CCC), Helen authors original research on creative thinking and child development, including the CCC’s white papers Shared Discoveries and Inspiring a Generation to Create. She launched and manages CCC’s on-site research lab at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and partners with U.C. Berkeley, Stanford University, and Mills College to conduct empirical research on cognitive, social, and emotional development, with a focus on creative thinking and problem solving. She brings more than 15 years of experience in research and education settings, including years in the technology and toy industries conducting research with parents and children to develop innovative products at Hasbro, Apple, Leapfrog, and LEGO. Helen received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Stanford University and has taught at U.C. Davis and San Francisco State University. She is the co-author of a chapter on research and museum partnerships in the book Relating Research and Practice: Cognitive Development in Museum Settings.
Amy has more than 10 years of experience as an early childhood educator, both in the classroom and the museum setting. In her current role, she focuses on staff professional development, program evaluation, coaching, and consulting for the Center for Childhood Creativity. Previously, she spent six years directing early childhood education strategic initiatives at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and a large science center in the Midwest. She was a classroom teacher, primarily for preschool, prior to her work in museums. She currently sits on the First 5 Marin Commission and was a founding member of the Leadership Team for the Association of Science and Technology Centers Early Childhood Community of Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a Master of Education degree in early childhood education.