Leadership

Morehead is led by passionate professionals with expertise in science education, curriculum development, business operations, experiential design and development.

todd_boyette@unc.edu
919.843.2085

A lifelong educator, Boyette is just the fifth director in Morehead’s history. During his time at Morehead, Boyette has expanded outreach programming, spearheaded the transition from analog to digital fulldome planetarium technology and launched the North Carolina Science Festival. He also recently served as president of the Association of Science Museum Directors and is currently a member of UNC School of Education’s clinical faculty. Prior to becoming Morehead director in 2006, he was president of the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, president and CEO of The Health Adventure in Asheville and director of Wilson’s Imagination Station. Boyette holds a doctoral degree in science education from North Carolina State University. He also holds a master’s degree in science education and bachelor’s degrees in science education and in chemistry. He is a former high school chemistry teacher.

msdurham@email.unc.edu
919.843.2600

Durham is responsible for Morehead’s finances, human resources, information technology, building and retail operations. She began at UNC-Chapel Hill in the anesthesiology department in 2000 as finance/administration manager before moving to the Institute for Science Learning. She joined the Morehead team in 2006. Durham holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Belmont University.

charden@unc.edu
919.843.8496

Harden oversees diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as program initiatives for Morehead, including the North Carolina Science Festival, outreach and onsite programming. Before joining Morehead in 2008, she served as an educational consultant for the California Department of Education. Harden holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from NC Central University and a master’s degree from the UNC – Chapel Hill. She is also pursuing a doctorate in education at UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as an expert on mobile science programs for the US Department of State in Amman, Jordan.

jayheinz@email.unc.edu
919.843.5906

Heinz leads fulldome planetarium show production, digital media, exhibits and the on-site experience. While at Morehead, he has also taught video and multimedia courses and helped lead overseas documentary projects with the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Prior to joining Morehead in 2007, Heinz worked at the Computer Museum, Lucasfilm and the Washington Post. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and film from Boston College and a master’s degree from UNC’s School of Media and Journalism.

omar_bell@unc.edu
919.843.3475

Bell oversees fundraising and development for Morehead, managing private contributions and foundation support for the planetarium’s programs. Before joining Morehead in 2015, he served as Associate Director of Individual Giving at the St. Alban’s School and as Associate Director of Development at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He began his career in physical education, and coached high school, college and professional basketball. He serves on several nonprofit boards and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Morehead Advisory Board

  • Stephen E. Butts, Chair
  • Joan Gillings
  • Emily Frazelle
  • Lisa Gillespie
  • Richard Hibbits
  • Joan Huntley
  • Florence Peacock
  • Gena Renfrow
  • Sandra. D. Rich
  • Davida Vinson Rivens
  • Charles Sanders
  • Claude H. Snow Jr.
  • Brigid Troan
  • Gerty Cori Ward
  • Sasha Weintraub

Morehead Faculty Advisory Board

  • Rich Superfine, Chair
  • Lawrence Band
  • Cheryl Mason Bolick
  • Dana Coen
  • Jeff Dangl
  • Bradley Hemminger
  • Terry Magnuson
  • Bonita Marks
  • Laurie McNeil
  • Dan Reichart
  • Michael Rubinstein
  • Kathy Sulik
  • Russ Taylor
  • Michael Terry
  • Peter White