Tallahassee Museum Gains New Expertise

By: Tallahassee Museum Press Release
By: Tallahassee Museum Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - The Tallahassee Museum recently elected three new individuals to the Museum’s Board of Trustees during the annual corporate meeting. In addition, five board officers were elected and seven board members were re-elected to serve for the coming year.

“Made up of business and civic leaders who are passionate about the future of children, families, our natural and cultural environment, and building a strong Tallahassee community, the Board is an important part of what makes the Tallahassee Museum successful,” said Tallahassee Museum Executive Director Russell Daws. “We are thrilled to have persons of this leadership take time out of their busy schedules to help us carry out our valuable mission.”

The following individuals were elected as new board members:

· Michael Carter, Partner and CPA, Carr, Riggs and Ingram, LLC

· Kent Hutchinson, CPA, formerly of APOGA, retired

· Tom McPherson, former Representative and Senator for the state of Florida, retired

The following board officers were elected:

· President, Michael T. Stehlik, AVP & Investment Portfolio Manager, Capital City Bank

· Vice President, Robert C. Downie II, Robert Downie Consulting LLC

· Treasurer, Cherie Hall, Controller, Advocacy Center For Persons With Disabilities

· Secretary, Malinda Horton, Executive Director, Florida Association of Museums

· Immediate Past President, Susan D. Baldino, Adjunct Professor, Department of History, FSU

The following board members were re-elected:

· Linda Dilworth, Chief Operating Officer, KMR Consultants

· Chrissy Graves, Attorney, Carlton Fields, P.A.

· Charles Redding, Director of Projects, Finley Engineering

· Jeffrey T. Ryan, House Finance Director, Florida Democratic Party

· Mike Rupp, President, Rupp Shirts

· Jane G. Sauls, Leon County Commissioner, District 2

· Alan Williams, State Representative, Florida House of Representative, District 8

The Board of Trustees is the governing authority of the Tallahassee Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. As a member of the Board, a Trustee acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization.

Set amidst 52 acres of breathtaking Florida flora and fauna, the Tallahassee Museum has served as an iconic Tallahassee landmark for more than 50 years. Ranked as one of Florida’s top museums, the Museum encourages guests to discover and learn about North Florida’s natural environment, rich history and diverse communities. The Museum’s living exhibits of native Florida wildlife in their natural environment, nature trails and native gardens are renowned by visitors of all ages. The Museum’s Big Bend Farm immerses museum-goers in a 19th century farm experience, while exhibits in an 1890s school, a Seaboard Airline Caboose, a 1937 church and in three buildings of a mid-19th century cotton plantation explore the history of Southern communities. Daily programs, annual events, free parking, a museum store and the Trail Break Café make the Museum a favored destination for over 100,000 annual visitors. The Tallahassee Museum is a not-for-profit, funded by private donations, grants, sponsorships, membership and fundraisers such as Halloween Howl.

The Tallahassee Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 3945 Museum Drive, just 15 minutes from downtown Tallahassee. General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $8.50 for college students with valid ID and seniors 65+, $6 for children aged four to 15, and free for children three and under.

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