Kids Discovery Station is a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for children of Merced to learn through the power of play. The generous support of our donors and volunteers allows us to enrich the lives of children and families in our community.
Our Board of Directors
Mayya Tokman, President
Mayya came to Merced in 2005 as a founding faculty of the University of California, Merced. After arriving to US as a refugee from the former Soviet Union she graduated from UCLA, got her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Caltech and held a postdoctoral appointment at UC Berkeley. In addition to conducting research in scientific computing she has aways been passionate about education and since joining UC Merced served as a faculty director of the CalTeach program, which prepares science and math teachers for K-12 schools. Mayya and her husband Angelo raised their son in Merced and are dedicated to contributing to the Merced community and ensuring that Merced kids have opportunities to play, learn and discover.
Eric Gieling, Treasurer
Since 2004, Eric has been a resident of Merced after he graduated from Cal State Fullerton. In 2005, he married his wife, Michelle, who is a teacher in the Atwater Elementary School District. They have one daughter and two sons together. Gieling has been actively involved in the local community in different roles throughout the years, most recently as an Upward Basketball coach and a soccer coach in the McSwain Soccer League. He has worked at his job at Ameriprise for the last 15 years and is a fully licensed financial advisor while working towards his Master’s degree. He is currently the Treasurer of the YoungLife Missions Team, as well as the Treasurer for Kids Discovery Station. Gieling and his wife lead a Bible Study through Yosemite Church.
Annissa Fragoso, Director
Annissa was born and raised in Tracy and has resided in Merced for over 23 years. She is a Farmers Agency Owner at 527 W Main Street, Merced, CA. She began her career with Farmers Insurance in 2012 and has been an insurance professional for 16 years. She has been a Merced County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for approximately 6 years and is currently serving as the President. She has an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Merced College. She has been actively involved in the Merced Community by fundraising for the MCHCC Scholarship Foundation and volunteering her time to various community organizations.
Lee Lor, Chair
Lee is a mother of four and a long-time volunteer who knows firsthand how important it is to have quality learning opportunities like the Kids Discovery Station. She co-founded the Kids Discovery Station to increase quality opportunities that strengthen, sustain and grow our valley. Lor is a former elected Merced County Supervisor District 2 who represents our community on boards at the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to being elected to office, she was Executive Director of the Merced County Education Foundation and Assistant to the County Superintendent at the Merced County Office of Education.
Rick Marchini, Director
Rick is a Merced native, having grown up on a family farm and attending Merced city schools. Marchini received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He later went on to obtain his LL.M in tax law, also from the Golden Gate University School of Law, graduating with honors and receiving the Outstanding Student Award. He is a partner with the law firm of Robbins, Browning, Godwin & Marchini and has been with the firm since 2009. Marchini provides practical counseling and litigation services for clients in estate planning, trust and probate, taxation, real estate, and business law matters. Marchini has served his community and his profession in various capacities. He is a member of the Merced Booster Club and Italo American Lodge. He is also a member and past president of the Merced County Bar Association, Merced County Law Library, and Merced Rotary Club. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, playing guitar, and cooking.
Lauren Marks-Royer, Director
Lauren is a realtor with Keller Williams Westland Realty. Lauren is an active member of the community participating in numerous community organizations, committees, and clubs. As a mother raising her children in the community she is passionate about raising the quality of life for families in the area.
Eduardo T. Villarama, MD, Director
Dr. Villarama is a local Physician, and currently one of the Regional Medical Directors of Golden Valley Health Centers, Incorporated. He completed his Residency in Community and Family Medicine at Penn State University and Good Samaritan Hospital in Pennsylvania. He has been in practice locally and abroad for more than 20 years now; seeing patients from all walks and stages of life in clinic and hospital settings. Dr. Villarama joined the Kids Discovery Station Museum Founding Board because he wanted to offer his expertise and extra time in making this vision a successful reality. He believes that providing safe and healthy environments for our children to stay active, curious, and motivated while they explore, learn and grow are paramount to future success.
Karrie Moua was born and raised in Merced County and joined the Kids Discovery Station team as the Office Administrative Assistant. Moua graduated in 2019 from the California State University of Fullerton with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. Moua has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations in Southern California, including children’s museums and cultural entertainment events. She is currently the Operations Manager at Kids Discovery Station.