Learn more about Thinkery’s administrative team and our Board of Directors.
Andy Bell, Chief Executive Officer, is a STEAM education advocate & thought leader who has spent his career building and leading programs that improve student outcomes through engaging, hands-on learning. As Director of Innovation at LEGO Education, he shaped products and experiences that inspired creativity in children across the globe through play-based learning. More recently Andy led the Academic Business Group for National Instruments, driving significant improvement in student engagement and success through project-based learning. Prior to becoming CEO, Andy served on Thinkery’s Board of Directors for three years; he and his family have been enthusiastic Members of Thinkery since their first daughter was born. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and a certificate in integrative STEM Education from Virginia Tech. Andy enjoys live music, traveling to new places and spending time with wife and two daughters
Devin Thomas, Director of Finance, has been working with nonprofit organizations across the country in the areas of finance and operations for more than fifteen years. Before he began working at Thinkery in 2014, he was the Director of Operations for Artspace, a visual arts center and artist studio building in Raleigh, NC where he led the organization to develop benchmarking and analytic tools for measuring performance and designed a three-year budget process. Prior to that position, Devin was the Business Director for InsightLA, a mindfulness meditation center in Los Angeles. Trained as an orchestral musician, Devin has a BS degree from Indiana University and began his career working in the administrative offices of symphony orchestras, serving for several years as the Executive Director of the Norwalk Symphony in Connecticut. When he is not at work, Devin enjoys cooking, listening to (and making) music and being a dad.
Adrienne Barnett, Director of Learning Experiences, has more than 17 years of science education and museum administration experience working in science/children’s museums, including Exploratorium in San Francisco, CA and Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA. In 2015, she returned to her hometown of Austin to join Thinkery, bringing her passion for informal education and a commitment to community engagement. She’s been an Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Diversity & Leadership Fellow since 2010 and has a BS in Geology from the University of Texas, a Master of Museum Studies and Master of Business Administration from John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley, CA. When not at work, she loves taking her son, daughter and dog hiking and swimming in her favorite childhood spots like Bull Creek and Lake Travis
2019-20 Executive Committee
Lisa Zapalac, Board President – Long-View Micro School
Richard McDonell, Past President – Mint Builders
Daniel Cooley, President-Elect – Silicon Labs
John Antonelli, Treasurer – Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
Michelle Moore Smith, Secretary – Jackson Walker
Members at Large
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