Staff

John Wilson, Executive Director

John Wilson

John came to INFINITY from the Chief Technologist’s Office at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. He was a high school teacher before taking a job in Stennis’ Education Office, where he served for more than 15 years in various positions from itinerant teacher, proposal writer, virtual learning moderator, and program developer.  John served as NASA’s representative during INFINITY’s design and construction.  Growing up in Gulfport and the father of five children and four grandchildren, John is committed to INFINITY’s goal of raising the level of science literacy in the region.

 

Brian Alexander, Director of Operations

Brian Alexander

Brian is responsible for everything from groundskeeping and fountains at INFINITY to the coffee grounds and fountain drinks in its CaFe.  He manages INFINITY’s gift shop and its reservation staff.  Brian grew up in Hancock County, MS, and earned a BA in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.  Besides his family, Brian has a passion for building Mardi Gras floats and fishing.

 

Diane Ripley, Director of Education

Diane Ripley

Diane is a master of both art and science, literally. She has a BS in Biology and a MA in Teaching.  She “left a good job in the city” working at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans as both a volunteer and a public programs coordinator for her current position at INFINITY.  Diane served as a medical researcher specialist in the Microbiology Department at Tulane but for more than ten years, she has had a passion for the culinary arts, more specifically, pastries.  Needless to say, Diane is INFINITY’s most popular employee and has a lifetime membership to its pot luck dinners.

Joe Pettigrew, Staff Naturalist

Joe Pettigrew

Joe calls Kiln, MS, home although he was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina.  A Clemson University graduate, he serves as INFINITY’s resident expert on anything that grows up from the ground, swims in water, or flies over the museum’s 199 acres in the Stennis Space Center buffer zone natural areas.  On the side, Joe is a forestry consultant and master naturalist.   Although INFINITY provides him a nice office phone, try reaching Joe on his cell instead, since he’s more likely to be out on the Possum Walk Trail, slogging through the banks of the Pearl River, canoeing its Bogue Homa tributary, or just helping turtles and ducklings cross the road and parking lot in front of the science center.

John Dumoulin, Dir., Strategic initiatives

John Dumoulin, director of Strategic Initiatives A man of many letters, Colonel Dumoulin (retired, USAFR) has a masters equivalent in national strategy from the Air War College, an MS in public relations from Boston University, a BS in advertising from University of Florida, and a BA in graphics from Florida State. John retired from NASA after 25 years designing, building, and managing exhibits. When he's not writing for grants he's publishing books, with five fiction and non-fiction titles to his name.