The South Florida Museum’s Board of Trustees held officer and trustee elections on April 17, 2014. The Board of Trustees is comprised of members of the community who volunteer their time and expertise to the serve, as appointed, on Board committees and task groups. The Trustees participate in the decision-making process of the Museum and fulfill governance responsibilities to preserve the South Florida Museum values and principles. They fulfill the Museum Mission by seeking resources within the community to achieve goals, exercise legal and corporate responsibilities, develop and implement long-range fund development plans, ensure fiscal responsibility and provide for human resources. The Trustees are elected by current members of the Board. The Museum could not operate without their generous service.
Returning to the Board of Trustees for the term expiring in 2017 are Gary Bogart, COL James A. Fraley, Jr., Lynn Lineman, Dr. Michael Mackie, Christopher Peacock, Chris Pennewill, and Chris Romine. The Museum’s staff and Trustees thank three long-time supporters as they complete their terms of service as Trustees: Garret Barnes, Rae Dowling and Dr. Daniel Pope. The Museum’ s Board additionally includes mid-term Trustees: Jackie Barron, William Blalock, Tom Breiter, Hon. Larry Bustle, Rose Carlson, James D. Dye, Debbie Gigliotti, Jeffrey L. King, Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Ricki Lindsay, Eloise Lisch, Johncyna McRae, Steve Perry, Carol Rice, and Jim Toomey.
Board Officers for the 2014-2015 year are: Chairman and President – Tom Breiter, Vice President – Chris Romine, Vice President – Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Treasurer – Chris Pennewill, Secretary – Steve Perry. The Executive Committee for 2014-2015 is comprised of Bill Blalock, Tom Breiter, Jeffrey L. King, Jeanie Kirkpatrick, Lynn Lineman, Chris Pennewill, Steve Perry, and Chris Romine.
Museum CEO Brynne Anne Besio said of the Board, “For more than 66 years, the South Florida Museum has had a dedicated group of individuals from the community and the region working tirelessly to help staff and volunteers achieve the Museum’s mission. Their direction and governance has been invaluable. The current Board of Trustees continues the legacy of the Museum’s founders and previous decades of outstanding Board members in their passion and commitment to this organization. It is an exciting time to be at the Museum and in downtown Bradenton.”
About the South Florida Museum
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the South Florida Museum offers engaging exhibits as well as educational programs which interpret the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum features a constantly changing lineup of temporary exhibitions – offering something new to discover with each visit. The facility also includes both the all-digital Bishop Planetarium Theater and the Parker Manatee Aquarium. Outfitted with a brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium and projection system in October of 2013, the NEW Bishop Planetarium is the region’s premier astronomy education facility with stunning new multimedia capabilities. The Parker Manatee Aquarium is home to Snooty™, Manatee County’s official mascot and the oldest known manatee in the world. Snooty shares his Aquarium pool with young manatees from the Manatee Rehabilitation and Release Partnership. These injured or orphaned animals are taken care of by the Parker Aquarium staff until they are ready to be released into the wild. For more information about current exhibitions and special programs, membership, hours, or admission prices please call 941-746-4131 or visit SouthFloridaMuseum.org.