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

Chief Financial Officer


Serving OSC Since 2015

Heather Norton

VP of Education


Serving OSC Since 2007

Shelley Rodgers

VP of Development


Serving OSC Since 2017

Brandan Lanman

VP of Visitor Experience


Serving OSC Since 2007

Debra Gordon

VP of Operations


Serving OSC Since 1989

Leslie Emery

VP of Human Resources


Serving OSC Since 2001

Jeff Stanford

VP of Marketing

Serving OSC Since 2000

Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Jerry Sullivan


OUC – The Reliable One

Chuck Beverly

Vice Chair & Treasurer

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Suzanne Worthington, MEd.


Orlando Health

Julie Tyk

Board Counsel

Pearson Bitman

Dennis Lind

Immediate Past Chair

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Dr. Wes Naylor

Development Chair


Patrick Aland

Governance Chair


Joseph Durso

Advocacy Chair

Community Based Care of Central Florida

Dr. Richard Signer

At Large

Florida Hospital for Children, retired

Voting Trustees

Joe Boutin


Chris Bowman

Duke Energy

Karoom Brown


Chris Carmody


Amy Chapman


Jim Cross

BDO, retired

Ann Fairchild


Tom Mirek

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control

Catriona Harris

Uproar PR

Gary Heath

Massey Services

Dr. Sarah Layton CMC, FIMC

Corporate Strategy Institute Inc.

Brock Magruder

Gray-Robinson; Young Professionals for OSC

Rusty McCranie

WFTV, Channel 9 – Cox Media Group

Esther McKean, Esq

Akerman, LLP

Marilyn Moran, Esq

FordHarrison, LLP

Brandon Naids

Talon Simulations

Jamie Roche

Carr, Riggs & Ingram

Stephen M. Seay

Seay Business Solutions

Dr. Susan Singer

Rollins College

Demetria Sloan

Vantage Point Coaching, LLC

Mila Smith

Balfour Beatty

Marc Swanson

SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

Scott Wilson


Lindsay Winter, Esq

Lindsay Blare, LLC

Steve “Snak” Nakagawa

Rockwell Collins Simulation & Training Solutions

Jon Nally

Tupperware Brands

Dennis Nolte

Seacoast Wealth Management

Nirav Pandya

Orion Technologies

Rina Patel

Rose’ Girls

Sibille Pritchard

Chelonian Research Institute

Barton Morrison, Esq

Holland and Knight, LLP

Honorary, Ex-Officio and Permanent Trustees

Brian Battles


City of Orlando

Lonnie Bell


Orange County Family Services

Joie Cadle


Orange County Public Schools Board Member

Dr. Tina Calderone


Seminole County Public Schools

Captain Tim Hill, Commanding Office



Dr. Nasser Hedayat


Valencia College

Dr. Michael Johnson


University of Central Florida

Dr. Laura Ross


Seminole State College

A. Dale Whitaker

Board Advisor

Robert Finfrock

Board Advisor

Steve Goldman

Honorary Trustee

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

Honorary Trustee

The Honorable Dean Cannon, Esq

Honorary Trustee

Les D. Kramer, Ph.D. PE

Honorary Trustee

Advanced Materials Professional Services, LLC

M.J. Soileau, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

University of Central Florida

Nelson Ying, Ph.D.

Honorary Trustee

China Group/China Pavilion, EPCOT