Staff & Board of Directors

The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples staff and board is comprised of a diverse group of experienced community leaders and well-educated professionals who continually strive to stay current with the changing trends in the children’s museum field. Each member believes in the museum’s mission to provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn, and dream together.

Child at the microphone

Senior Leadership

Jonathan Foerster

Chief Executive Officer

Laura Richardson Bright

Chief Advancement Officer

Bonnie Thayer

Chief Operations and Education Officer


Lori Burke

Membership & Engagement Manager

Nikki Nin

Marketing Coordinator

Kayla Reiter

Creative Services Manager

Education & Exhibits

Danielle Desjardin

Exhibits Manager

Tim Espey

Exhibits Assistant Manager

Beth Housewert

Director of Play and Learning

Cindi Isabella

Programs Coordinator

Megan McCarthy

Art Educator

Mary Kate Miller

Programs Coordinator

Carolyn Williams

Programs Coordinator


Stephanie Earnhart

Human Resource & Volunteer Manager

Jonathan Nash

Facilities Manager

Visitor Services

Kararose Hardman

Visitor Services Specialist

Elinor Pugliese

Visitor Services Specialist

Nadia Reyes-Saavedra

Visitor Services Specialist

Board of Directors

Jodie Montgomery

Board Chair

Dan Perry

Vice Board Chair

Jason Philips


Tony Garvy


Laura Alexander

Shera Askar

Ashley Gerry

Jason Grabowski

Rob Lancaster

Cee Cee Marinelli

Board Emeritus

Ally Loos

Simone Lutgert

Shelly Stayer