Who We Are


Since opening in the spring of 1996, the Museum’s mission had been fulfilled far beyond the expectations of the three founders who spearheaded its development.  The original five exhibits based at 54 S. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia and constructed by committed community volunteers instilled in children a sense of wonder and hunger for knowledge.  In response to community demand, additional galleries were added to allow room for special exhibits and activities.  Teachers bring their classes to the Museum to reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning in hands-on workshops presented by the Museum educators.

In May 2014, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (SVDM) moved to a newly renovated 1950’s former furniture building off of the historic walking mall in downtown Winchester. The 19,200 sq. foot expanse of space lends a bright and welcoming environment where over 70,000 people visit annually. The new museum space has been a resounding success with 14 exhibitions, a rotating menu of weekly programs, and a retinue of partnerships and visiting educators.

Our Team

Dawn Devine – Executive Director

Dr. Diane Schnoor – Associate Director

Jeanne Mezzatesta – Advancement Officer

Pamela Allen – Business and Operations

Mark Lawson – General Manager

Amanda Parrish- Marketing and Membership

Jen Coleman – Lead Museum Educator

Rick Mabe – Facilities

Amanda Brumbaugh – Group Reservation

Kathy Rosa – Advancement Operations Assistant

Visitor’s Service and Floor Staff

Alistair Bingham

Dee Clingan

Lorilei Dreibelbis

Kayla Edgerton

Nik Flood

Enrique Francisco

Stephen Jenkins

Dayton Keffer

Marla Kennedy

Amaya Perez

Storm Waters

Board of Directors

Jason Craig, Valley Health – Chair

Dr. Adrienne Bloss, Shenandoah University – Vice Chair

Margaret Arthur, Rutherford and Johnson, PC – Treasurer

Lisa Rutherford, First Bank – Secretary

Neile Martin, Yount, Hyde, and Barbour
Dr. Jeff Feit, Valley Health Systems
David Hubbard, Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Stephanie Lessard-Pilon, George Mason University
Rossi Selzer, Mediation Partners
Mark Sieffert, Literacy Volunteers
Gina Sullivan, Retired
Erica Zambanini, Storyland Art

Jonathan Reimer, Wells Fargo

Andy Gail, LK Wine Sales and Tours