MathScience Innovation Center Foundation
2401 Hartman Street
Richmond VA 23223
Mission Statement


The MathScience Innovation Center inspires and leads Central Virginia educators and students in active exploration of rapidly changing scientific, mathematical and technological concepts in a global society.


The MathScience Innovation Center provides extraordinary educational experiences in science, technology, and mathematics to K-12 educators and students, creating enthusiasm, inspiring innovation and developing skills needed for STEM studies and careers.
The Foundation's mission is "Advancing Knowledge Through Partnerships". 
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Hollee R. Freeman
Board Chair Mr. Leo O. "Buddy" Whitlow
Board Chair Company Affiliation Virginia Asset Management
Contact Information
Address 2401 Hartman Street
Richmond, VA 23223
Telephone 804 343-6525 227
Fax 804 343-6529
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
Mathematics & Science Center Foundation2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $4,013,506.00
Projected Expenses $4,013,506.00
Additional Documents
Audited Financial Statements - MathScience Innovation Center2013View


The MathScience Innovation Center inspires and leads Central Virginia educators and students in active exploration of rapidly changing scientific, mathematical and technological concepts in a global society.


The MathScience Innovation Center provides extraordinary educational experiences in science, technology, and mathematics to K-12 educators and students, creating enthusiasm, inspiring innovation and developing skills needed for STEM studies and careers.
The Foundation's mission is "Advancing Knowledge Through Partnerships". 
The MathScience Innovation Center  was established in 1966. The Foundation was established in 1989.

The Center provides services in key K-12 STEM areas:


  1. Weekday offerings on campus during the school year in one of our 11 specialized rooms. Students from each of the 13 consortium schools work in these rooms which include Fractals, Challenger Learning Center-Richmond, Innovation Station, Weather and much more. (Classes are scheduled through our Scheduling and Registration Department.)
  2. Saturday & Summer programs which include over 16 programs for students in grades 4-12 (e.g. Summer Governor’s School, Math Masters, Camp Innovation, Discoverer’s Program, high school, Let’s Innovate! student conferences and more)
  3. Professional development for Central Virginia’s K-12 educators and school personnel.
  4. Courses for our OST partner organizations including Higher Achievement, Peter Paul Development Center, 4-H® and more.
  5. Distance learning courses for middle and high school students and teachers-which addresses transportation and timing concerns with teachers across our very large geographical area.



Expanding teacher and student programming is the most costly yet, it is where we have the greatest impact. The impact of MSiC programming is expansive and long-lasting leading to the increased interest and content knowledge of students and teachers in STEM fields. This increased interest and knowledge of students results in more students being prepared for STEM college and career fields. It also results in teachers being able to more effectively teach in their classrooms, which is also positively correlated to increased college and career readiness.

The MSiC provides intensive professional development courses during the summer months, in addition to a multitude of division workshops during the year. We can only accommodate a fraction of the teachers interested in these experiences largely due to space and personnel constraints.  As part of our strategic plan, we will expand our professional development offerings using our distance learning technology and satellite locations. Combined, these efforts will make professional development more accessible by: 1) increasing courses offered, 2) expanding delivery of courses


The MathScience Innovation Center is a non-profit, regional educational consortium focused on scanning trends and emerging fields in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This research and forecasting leads to the development and implementation of timely, academically rigorous, engaging programs for the students, parents and educators in the 13 school divisions who make up our membership. The MSiC provides cutting-edge programming for more than 130,000 students and 3,000 teachers through our school based, summer, Saturday and virtual programs. These “hands-on, minds-on” programs are highly relevant and have a direct impact on: 1) increasing student and teacher interest in STEM content and careers, 2) increasing the content and pedagogical knowledge of students and teachers, and 3) providing a pathway and pipeline for the community with a more knowledgeable and skilled group of individuals who are college and career ready.

Formed in 1966 as the Mathematics & Science Center, we are one of the oldest examples of regional partnerships in the metro Richmond area. The MathScience Innovation Center is comprised of a consortium of 13 school divisions representing urban, suburban and rural demographics (Charles City, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond) . The MSiC campus is located in a decommissioned school building circa 1960s complete with multiple buildings connected by breezeways, pond and large outdoor spaces. It is in this location, as well as four satellite locations, that we conduct our work with students, parents, educators, community and business partners in the region. We have designed 11 specialized classrooms on campus including an 8,000 gallon aquarium, fractals room, robotics and weather room. In addition, the MSiC runs the Challenger Learning Center-Richmond, which is the only Challenger Learning Center in Virginia and one of approximately 40 in the world.

Since 2007 we have developed and implemented the following initiatives as a complement to our classroom, center, virtual, summer and Saturday programs: Engineering, Fractal Geometry, Nanoscience, and Inquiry & Rigor. Our next three initiatives are Energy-Ecological Sustainability, Biomedical Engineering, and Advanced Manufacturing. These initiatives will provide futuristic, cutting-edge content using project-based learning for both adults and students in the region.

CEO Statement
Board Chair Statement
The Foundation Board supports the MathScience Innovation Center through special events like the annual Metro Richmond STEM Fair and our Chip In for Education golf tournament. Support is sought to underwrite programming through corporations and foundations.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
The MathScience Innovation Center consortium membership is comprised of 8 school divisions at full membership: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hanover, Henrico, King William, Petersburg, Powhatan and Richmond. In addition, five divisions participate through abbreviated memberships including Charles City, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hopewell and Prince George.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Leo O. "Buddy" Whitlow
Company Affiliation Virginia Asset Management
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Chris Anderson Microsurgical Technologies
Will Boland CarLotz
Dr. Hollee R. Freeman MathScience Innovation Center
Maurice Henderson Adnet for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Denise Hennig Denise Hennig Pottery
Samuel J Kaufman Past President; Owen & Owens
Jennifer Manry Capital One
Dr. Bevin Parks Afton Chemical Corporation
Dr. Bruce Rubin Virginia Commonwealth University, Children's Hospital
F. Nicholas Sollog IIIThe Sollog Group
Alex Tulchinsky UNOS
Leo O. "Buddy" Whitlow Board President; Virginia Asset Management
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Constituent Board Members
Dr. Dana T. Bedden Superintendent, Richmond Public Schools
Rev. Roscoe D. Cooper IIISchool Board Member, Henrico County Public Schools
Dr. Joseph O. Cox Jr.Board Chairman; Superintendent of Colonial Heights Public Schools
Mr. John Erbach School Board Member, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Dr. Michael B. Gill Superintendent, Hanover County Public Schools
Ms. Shonda Harris-Muhammed School Board Member, Richmond Public Schools
Dr. Rosalyn S. Hobson Member-at-Large, Virginia Commonwealth University
Mr. Saddiq Holliday Member-at-Large; Dominion Resources Services, Inc.
Mr. Robert L. Hundley Jr.School Board Member, Hanover County Public Schools
Ms. Stacy B. Johnson Interim Superintendent, King William County Public Schools
Dr. Eric L. Jones Superintendent, Powhatan County Public Schools
Dr. Patrick C. Kinlaw Superintendent, Henrico County Public Schools
Dr. James Lane Superintendent, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Ms. Atiba H. Muse School Board Member, Petersburg Public Schools
Dr. Marcus J. Newsome Superintendent, Petersburg Public Schools
Mrs. Lindsay M. Robinson School Board Member, King William County Public Schools
Mr. Joseph Walters School Board Member, Powhatan County Public Schools
Mr. Buddy Whitlow MSiC Foundation Board Incoming President
Ms. Angela K. Woody School Board Member, Colonial Heights Public Schools
Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Hollee R. Freeman
Dr. Hollee Freeman is a product of both Henrico and Richmond public schools. While in high school she attended classes at the Center!

After graduating from Open High School, Dr. Freeman taught elementary school and served as a district math coach in New York City Public Schools. Dr. Freeman has worked as a national mathematics trainer, educational researcher and curriculum developer for the Technological Education Research Centerand the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Freeman has spent the last decade working as a university professor, in addition to serving as Field Director for the Boston Teacher Residency.


Dr. Freeman received her B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Columbia University, a M.S. in special education from Bank Street College of Education, and a Ph.D in Educational Administration from Boston College. Dr. Freeman is nationally certified through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Most recently, Dr. Freeman worked as a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) mentor for Richmond Public Schools, as well as an educational consultant for the Noyce Initiative through the Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Dr. Freeman has authored several articles and book chapters focusing on issues around educational reform, equity and mathematics from both national and international perspectives.

Full Time Staff 28
Part Time Staff 24
Volunteers 310
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2013
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
The MathScience Innovation Center and its Foundation maintain numerous partnerships with Institutes of Higher Education, NASA, The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, and other non-profits; these organizations typically provide "expert advice" and often serve as consultants and partners for lesson development, [provide materials and speakers at events.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
The Consortium membership provides the Center’s annual operating budget. Annual fluctuations within the participating school systems are our biggest challenge.

The MathScience Innovation Center Board is led by Chairman-elect Dr. Jamelle Wilson, Superintendent of Hanover County Public Schools. .


Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $4,013,506.00
Projected Expenses $4,013,506.00
Endowment Value $104,958.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$80,464$136,236$151,330
Administration Expense$162$4,193$5,565
Fundraising Expense$65$12,504--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.701.100.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%89%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%7%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$419,602$281,975$277,283
Current Assets$257,370$281,975$277,283
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$20,745$19,954--
Total Net Assets$398,857$262,021$277,283
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.4114.13--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments Richmond Public Schools serves as our fiscal agent. As of 06-08-2016 they have not released a final audit for 2014.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by D. Allen Perkins, CPA, PLC
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization.
  • Financial information provided by the Form 990.