NAPLES, Florida (June 1, 2021)The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (CMON) is pleased to announce its first-ever female board president. Jodie Montgomery, a well-known leader, and advocate for children. 

“Jodie is a longtime supporter of CMON, and I am pleased to welcome her as the first woman to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors,” said Dena Rae Hancock, Executive Director of the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. “I look forward to her insights and guidance as we continue and strengthen our efforts to transform our community through diverse child-centered educational programs, innovative events, and outreach programs. Jodie has such a heart for children and especially our outreach programs,” Hancock said. 

Montgomery joined the Golisano Children’s Museum Board in 2018 after serving a leadership role on the CMON Guild. 

“I am excited about my appointment as Board Chair,” said Jodie Montgomery. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Board members  to advance the Golisano Children’s Museum as a premier children’s museum.”

The Golisano Children’s Board of Directors includes Ted Corbin, Chris Essig, April Garrett, Tony Garvy, Todd Gates, Ashley Gerry, Robert Lancaster, Kristine Meek, Rabbi Adam Miller, Daniel Perry, Jason Philips, and Dr. Brian Thornburg.

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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: Desiree Cuenca
Director of Marketing and Engagement 
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
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