Museum Associates Board


The Florida Museum Associates provide support for the Florida Museum of Natural History by expanding community awareness of the Museum's educational programs and cultural events, and by participating in fundraising efforts.




  • Support the Museum's goals and advancement of natural history.
  • Provide financial support for exhibits, research and collections through membership dues, fundraising activities and private gifts.

 Three Board members


  • Support the Museum's efforts to raise awareness of natural history, linking science and public programs.
  • Promote educational opportunities for visitors of all ages.


  • Act as ambassadors and advocates for the Museum.
  • Assist and participate in Museum cultural and fundraising events.

Two Board members

Members 2015-2016

Steve Shepherd - President
Anne Shermyen - Vice President
Brian Watson - Treasurer
Barbie Newmans - Secretary
Jim Brandenburg
Ginny Cauthen
Marion Colburn
Christine Engels
Alison Gerencser
Peggy Henderson
Carletta Herring
Gwen Howard
Roslyn Levy
Kevin Monroe
Robert T. Mounts
Owen Roberts
Richard Sadove
Ilene Silverman
Audrae Tisher
Wanda Tuttle
Lisa Wasshausen
Anne West-Valle
Jo Wiggins


Members Emeriti

Board member working Pepsi booth at ButterflyFestEmeritus members are past members of the board who have demonstrated exemplary service to the board and Museum. They serve in an advisory ex officio capacity. The Museum is privileged to have their support and continuing service.

Jacki Challoner
Barbara Emmer
Mary Ellen Funderburk
Libby Furlow
Stan Given
Sam Goforth
BJ Hodge
Peggy Kirkpatrick
Leslie Klein
Carrie Lee
Bronia Lowenstein
Ken McGurn
William (Bill) Olinger
Annette Perry
Nancy Perry
Graig Shaak
Victor Yellen