NAPLES, Florida (August 25, 2021) – The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) announced today the hiring of Jonathan Foerster as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO). Foerster’s role will begin on September 1.

As COO, Foerster will have a wide swath of responsibilities focused on helping CMON increase its capacity and impact in the greater Naples community. In tandem with CEO Dena Rae Hancock and the organization’s board of directors, Foerster will help CMON expand upon its mission-focused community service going into its second decade.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jonathan to our executive leadership team,” said Dena Rae Hancock. “Bringing with him a wealth of experience working in the Southwest Florida community and in the nonprofit industry, he will be instrumental in helping CMON reach new heights as the organization moves into its tenth year.”

Foerster has served most recently as Director of Community Affairs at Humane Society Naples, where he led fundraising, marketing and communications, community outreach, and volunteer efforts. His previous nonprofit work included more than three years as Communications Director for Artis—Naples and four years as a board member of the United Arts Council of Collier County. Foerster served as a reporter and editor for the Naples Daily News and then Gulfshore Life magazine before moving into nonprofit management.

“I’m excited to be joining the team at CMON,” Foerster said. “This is an organization poised for tremendous growth and opportunity as we seek to provide children and families impactful and fun educational experiences that will help shape their future.”

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About the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON)
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is a brain-building powerhouse and Southwest Florida’s first museum devoted for children and families to learn through play. With hands-on exhibit galleries, the accessible museum invites visitors of all ages to journey through the swamps of the Everglades, weave through a maze, climb a two-story banyan tree, or experiment with the water play station. Children can become a weather forecaster, a farmer, a chef, a fisherman, an artist, an architect or a veterinarian; explore the cold of an igloo, the whoosh of the wind, the sound of the sea, and the effects of gravity. Throughout the day special activities encourage our guests to get involved, try something new and be energized. CMON offers a variety of interactive exhibits providing kids with education, play, learning, science, technology, engineering, inventions, space exploration, art, math, storybooks, creation, building, sensory, and child development.

Contact: Alexa Nargi
Marketing and Membership Manager
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
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