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 

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, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Patrick Aland



Jim Atchison

At Large

SeaWorld, retired

Chuck Beverly

Immediate Past Chair

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Amy Chapman


CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Nirav Pandya

Vice & Governance Chair

Orion Technologies

Julie Tyk

Board Counsel

Pearson, Doyle, Mohre & Pastis, LLP

Dr. Wes Naylor

Advocacy Chair 

Fifty Pound Brains, LLC

Rina Patel

At Large

Rose' Girls

Dr. Richard Signer


Florida Hospital for Children, retired

Demetria Sloan

Development Chair

Vantage Point Coaching, LLC

Voting Trustees

Chris Bowman

Duke Energy

Karoom Brown


Chris Carmody


Nicole Cuccaro

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed

Devin Elmore

Universal Parks and Resorts

Arash Farshid

Doorbell Capital, LLC

Melanie Forbrick

Siemens Energy

Gary Heath

Massey Services

Rachel Hutter

Walt Disney World

Tom Jelneck

On Target Digital Marketing

Michelle Jenkinson


Michael Knorst

Iberia Bank

Corinne LaGosh

GreenbergTraurig, LLP

Dr. Sarah Layton CMC, FIMC

Corporate Strategy Institute Inc.

Rusty McCranie

WFTV, Channel 9 – Cox Media Group

Esther McKean, Esq

Akerman, LLP

Tom Mirek

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

Arun Mitra

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc

Marilyn Moran, Esq

FordHarrison, LLP

Barton Morrison, Esq

Holland and Knight, LLP

Brandon Naids

Talon Simulations

Jenise Osani

Orlano Utilities Commission

Luke Partridge

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Sibille Pritchard

Chelonian Research Institute

Meredith Sand

Meredith Sand Designs

Dr. Susan Singer

Rollins College

Mila Smith

Balfour Beatty

Lindsay Vermuth

iREADY (Curriculum Associates)

Dr. Peter Wearden

 Nemours Children's Health System

Scott Wilson


Antwan Williams

Orlando Health

Lindsay Winter, Esq

Lindsay Blare, LLC

Honorary, Ex-Officio and Permanent Trustees

Lonnie Bell


Orange County Family Services

Dr. Tina Calderone


Seminole County Public Schools

The Honorable Dean Cannon, Esq

Honorary Trustee

Martin Carmody


City of Orlando

Dr. Tosha Dupras


University of Central Florida

Robert Finfrock

Board Advisor

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

Honorary Trustee

Steve Goldman

Honorary Trustee

Captain Tim Hill, Commanding Office



Dr. Eugene Jones


Valencia College

Linda Kobert


Orange County School Board

Les D. Kramer, Ph.D. PE

Honorary Trustee

Advanced Materials Professional Services, LLC

Tony Krogh


NDIA,National Defense Industrial Association

Dr. Laura Ross


Seminole State College

M.J. Soileau, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

University of Central Florida

Nelson Ying, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

China Group/China Pavilion, EPCOT