Morehead is led by passionate professionals with expertise in science education, curriculum development, business operations, experiential design and development.
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 chemistry. He is a former high school chemistry teacher.
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.
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 and doctorate in education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She served as an expert on mobile science programs for the US Department of State in Amman, Jordan.
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 Hussman School of Journalism and Media. 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.
Ridley leads development, marketing, and communications functions for Morehead. She manages private contributions as well as corporate and foundation support for the planetarium’s programs and strives to inform and engage a broad range of constituencies across the state and beyond. Before joining Morehead in 2021, she served as Director of Development and External Affairs at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology from Duke University and both a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Morehead Advisory Council
Stephen Butts, Chair
Florence F. Peacock
Sandra. D. Rich
Davida Vinson Rivens
Charles A. Sanders
Morehead Faculty Advisory Board
Rich Superfine, Chair
Cheryl Mason Bolick