Originally from Pennsylvania, 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, PA. and relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1989 to work for AT&T Microelectronics as senior engineer.
When she left the corporation, now known as Agere Systems, in 2003, she had risen to the position of Vice President of Manufacturing with responsibility for a staff of 650. JoAnn came to the Orlando Science Center in 2003. Prior to being named president and CEO in 2009, she served as Director of Exhibits, then Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer.
During her time as president, the Orlando Science Center has seen tremendous growth with total attendance rising 65% over the last six years with the organization reaching over 570,000 people in 2016. JoAnn is dedicated to guiding the Orlando Science Center as a strong community partner for informal science education, family engagement and workforce development.
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