Meet Us

WOW! Pals

Suzanne BarbatiSuzanne Barbati, President & Executive Director x109

Lisa Lisa Long, Associate Director x103

Colleen RubyColleen Ruby, Operations Manager x106

Laura Laura B. Olivier, Finance Manager

OH WOW! EDUtainers

spaceballRalf Urbach, Senior EDUtainer – Programs & Outreach x105

BriannaBrianna Wall,  Senior EDUtainer – Education,  Program & standards x104

jazzmine Jazzmine Guzman, Senior EDUtainer – Technology & Data x116

markMark Holland, EDUtainer

Doug Rutana, YSU Intern & Volunteer Coordinator x108

Kim Urig, EDUtainer – Events & Programs x107

Peggy Webb, EDUtainer – Front Desk & Membership x100


We are a community resource, serving more than 311,000 explorers since opening in May 2011.

We have been successful because of your support and the support of hundreds of individuals, foundations and corporations who believe that an investment in our children, their children, and their grandchildren is an investment in our community’s future.

On behalf of our volunteer Board of Directors, thank you!  We invite you to begin your journey of “EDUtainment” today and look forward to your next visit!


Suzanne Barbati, President & Executive Director


Meet Our 2017 Board of Directors

Chair, Mark Peters

Fireline Inc.

Vice Chair,  Bruce Sherman, CPA

Sherman Promotions, Inc.

Treasurer, Carmela Minnie, CPA

Cohen & Company, Ltd.

Secretary, Frank Rulli

Faniro Architects, Inc.

Fred Alexander

WOWtastic Community Member


Shanna Chasebi

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Heidi Daniel

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County

Julie Stein Downie

WOWtastic Community Member

Ronald Cornell Faniro

Faniro Architects, Inc.

Charles T. George

Shareholder & CEO, HAPCO Inc.

Steve Giangiordano

Retired Executive

Nils Peter Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Law Office

Yvonne M. Lipinsky

Columbiana County Educational Service Center

Rev. Lewis Macklin, Jr.

WOWtastic Community Member

Cheryl L. McArthur

Mahoning County Educational Service Center

Joseph A. Nohra, Jr

Youngstown City Schools

Christine Zeller Papa

Roth Blair Roberts Strasfeld & Lodge

Ellie Platt, MBA

Platt Insurance Group

W. Gregg Sturrus

Chair, Physics & Astronomy, YSU


Board 2017 cropped

From left back row: Nils Johnson, Fred Alexander, Carmela Minnie, Mark Peters, Ellie Platt, Heidi Daniel, Yvonne Lipinsky and Merry Wagner (past board chair).
From left middle row: Ron Faniro, Bruce Sherman, Steve Giangiordano, Joe Nohra, Chrissy Papa, Charles George, and Rev. Lewis Macklin.
From left front row: Shanna Chasebi, Suzanne Barbati and Cheryl Mcarthur
Not pictured:  Julie Downie, Gregg Sturrus and Frank Rulli