Our Team

Meet the wonderful people that make the Playhouse a fun place to be.

Meet Our Board

Debbie Simmons – Board President

Nate Thomas – Vice President

Christy Mershon – Secretary

Carly Bowles – Treasurer

Emily Sutton

Robert Gentry

Larry Simon

Dr. Brandy Hepler

Kelly Cox

Meet Our Admin Team

Michael Toeniskoetter – Executive Director

Michael attended Southeast Missouri State University and has most recently worked at Southeast Missouri Hospital in the neurosurgical department. Michael joined Discovery Playhouse in 2015 as an associate, became Programs Director in 2018 and eventually taking on the directorship in late 2020. Michael’s passions are for education and access. His favorite exhibit is the new “Discover Dinosaurs Paleontology Lab”


Haley Morgan – Early Education Coordinator & Operations Manager

Haley Morgan is our Education Coordinator & Operations Manager. Haley has been with Discovery Playhouse since 2017 working as an associate and most recently serving as a supervisor. Haley graduated in 2019 from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and is currently pursuing her Masters in Language and Literacy. Haley has most recently been teaching 3rd grade at Charleston R-1 school district and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and dedication for helping little ones learn. Her favorite exhibit is the Theater because she loves seeing kids express themselves.

Joseph Taylor– Education Coordinator

 Joseph is a 6th grade Science and Social Studies educator. Joseph graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelors in Education. Joseph’s passion for education stretches from the classroom to the museum and beyond! Joseph joined Discovery Playhouse in 2018 and took on the roll of Education Coordinator in 2021. Joseph’s favorite exhibit is the Planetarium because, “It’s out of this world!”

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