JoAnn Newman

President & CEO

Orlando Science Center President & CEO JoAnn Newman is dedicated to guiding the Science Center as a strong community partner for informal science education, family engagement and workforce development. 

During JoAnn’s tenure, Orlando Science Center has grown to engage more than 670,000 people annually, approximately doubling in attendance, revenue and staff. National recognition has followed, including prestigious grants from NASA and the Office of Naval Research, and awards such as Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award and two nominations for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal. JoAnn was selected as one of 2017’s Top CEOs of the Year by Orlando Business Journal. She also leads the Unlock Science Campaign, a $35 million fundraising effort dedicated to creating new experiences, renovating exhibits and increasing access at Orlando Science Center.

JoAnn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. She began her career as a development engineer with AT&T Microelectronics in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and was transferred to Orlando in 1989 to work as senior engineer. JoAnn came to the Orlando Science Center in 2003 as Director of Operations and held several executive leadership positions before being named President & CEO in 2009.

Senior Leadership Team

Craig Meyer

CFO & VP of Finance

Serving OSC Since 2015 

Nicholas Chapman, VP of Development

Nicholas Chapman

VP of Development

Serving OSC Since 2021 

Emily Duguid Orlando Science Center VP of Education

Emily Duguid

VP of Education

Serving OSC Since 2010 

Leslie Emery

VP of Human Resources

Serving OSC Since 2001 

Debra Gordon

VP of Operations

Serving OSC Since 1989

Brandan Lanman

VP of Visitor Experience

Serving OSC Since 2007 

Jeff Stanford

VP of Marketing

Serving OSC Since 2000 

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Nirav Pandya

Board Chair

Fulcrum Consulting

Demetria Sloan

Vice Chair & Development Chair

Vantage Point Coaching, LLC

Dr. Richard Signer


AdventHealth, formerly Florida Hospital, retired

Amy Chapman


CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Chris Carmody

Board Counsel


Roi Ewell

Advocacy Chair 

Ewell & Associates

Jim Atchison

Governance Chair

SeaWorld, retired

Rina Patel

At Large


Jenise Osani

At Large 

Orlando Utilities Commission

Patrick Aland

Immediate Past Chair


Voting Trustees

Chris Bowman

Duke Energy

Robert Bowser

Akerman, LLP

Karoom Brown

Robinson-Brown Consulting

Juliana Calloway

Black Rooster Taqueria

Oluchi Chuku

Bank of America

Stewart Clark

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Lisy Correa

Deloitte, LLP

Jim DeCarlo

GreenbergTraurig, LLP

Michelle DeVos

Orlando Magic Ownership Group

Jordan Eichenblatt

YP Chair


Devin Elmore

Universal Parks and Resorts

Arash Farshid

Doorbell Capital, LLC

Melanie Forbrick

Siemens Energy

Gary Heath

Massey Services

Michael Knorst

Axiom Bank, N.A.

Nicolas Layus

FTC Solar

Rusty McCranie

WFTV, Channel 9 – Cox Media Group

Tom Mirek

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

Arun Mitra

Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc

Sean Murphy

3N2 Sports

Brandon Naids

Talon Simulations

Michael Piccoli

On Target Digital Marketing

Sibille Pritchard

Chelonian Research Institute

Ben Robinson

Holland & Knight

Meredith Sand

Meredith Sand Designs

Dr. Bret Scheuplein

Complete Care

Lynn Sedwick


Dr. Susan Singer

Rollins College

Divinne Smith

Smith and Williams Trial Group

Lindsay Vermuth

Imagine Learning

Dr. Peter Wearden

Nemours Children's Health System

Dr. Anjali Vyas, MD

Orlando Health

Honorary, Ex-Officio and Permanent Trustees

Dr. Tina Calderone


Seminole County Public Schools

The Honorable Dean Cannon, Esq

Honorary Trustee

Martin Carmody


City of Orlando

Captain Dan Covelli



Robert Finfrock

Board Advisor

S. James Gates, Jr., Ph.D.,

Honorary Trustee

Steve Goldman

Honorary Trustee

Dr. Eugene Jones


Valencia College

Les D. Kramer, Ph.D. PE

Honorary Trustee

Advanced Materials Professional Services, LLC

Linda Kobert


Orange County Public Schools

Tony Krogh


NDIA,National Defense Industrial Association

Dr. Laura Ross


Seminole State College

M.J. Soileau, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

University of Central Florida

Dr. Maggy Tomova



Nelson Ying, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

China Group/China Pavilion, EPCOT

Andrea Wesser-Brawner