LEW CRAMPTON | PRESIDENT CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Lew Crampton currently serves at the top of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium staff as President and CEO. He previously served as President of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Notebaert Nature Museum, and as President and CEO of the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL. Under his leadership, the museum made an important dinosaur discovery in southeastern Montana, resulting in national press coverage, a major exhibit award from the American Association of Museums, and a Discovery Channel documentary about the find and the museum’s subsequent efforts to determine its identity. Mr. Crampton also served as Associate Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Community Affairs, Vice President for Communications and Environmental Affairs at Waste Management, Inc., and Vice President for Communications at the American Medical Association.
KATE ARRIZZA | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Kate Arrizza, who serves as our Chief Operating Officer, hails from a diverse background. Kate was a previous volunteer at the Science Center in the late 90’s. After receiving her Bachelors of Science from the United States Naval Academy, she served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for six years. While in the Navy, she served overseas on the USS Carr, USS Fort McHenry and USS Tortuga; her specialty was education and training in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon receiving her honorable discharge from the Navy she moved back to her home state where she continues to further her career in education, and obtained her Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University. She oversees all budgeting, scheduling, and grant review and also manages the Group Sales Office. She also focuses of staff development and program implementation.
JEFF GOURDOUZE | DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES, SYSTEMS & MAINTENANCE
Jeff Gourdouze manages the daily operations of the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. Gourdouze oversees the Information Technology department as well as database administration. Gourdouze is also responsible for the maintenance and care of all exhibits, as well as the Science Center’s building and grounds. A former Big Box retail manager, Gourdouze oversees the security and safety protocols of the Center and its staff, working closely with the all department to guarantee a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors.
CARLA DUHANEY | DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Carla is responsible for educational programs at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. She earned a Bachelor in Science degree in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University and a Masters in Education degree at Florida Atlantic University. Carla lived for 15 years in Jamaica (1995-2009), first serving as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, then employed as a education director and planner for the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust, and finally for the U.S. Forest Service as a planner and consultant working with Jamaica’s national parks and protected areas, where she developed environmental conservation, public interpretation and community tourism programs.
MARCY HOFFMAN | DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT
Marcy is a third generation Palm Beacher, born at Good Samaritan Hospital. She received her primary education in Palm Beach at Graham Eckes and then graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. Marcy worked as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill for United States Senator Paula Hawkins. Senator Hawkins' passion for child welfare issues led Marcy on her path to fundraising and fund development on behalf of non-profit agencies serving children, which she has been doing for more than 25 years.
LILA GREENIDGE | DIRECTOR OF GUEST SERVICES
Lila is the Director of Guest Services, and she brought the Science Center more than a decade of experience in the Hospitality and Customer Relations field. She previously worked in the Salon & Spa industry for 10 years as the Director for Guest Experience & Human Resources. Her primary focus at the Science Center is to ensure that the guests receive the highest quality of customer service, as well as experiencing all that the Center has to offer. In addition, she also supervises the Admissions staff and Volunteer staff, as well as coordinating all weddings and birthday parties. She has made several improvements to the Center during her time here, and she looks forward to helping with the continued growth and success of the institution.
KRISTINA HOLT | DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Kristina Holt manages our member services as the Director of Membership and Special Projects. Previously Kristina has worked as an educator, designer and project manager for visual marketing concepts & merchandising. With a passion for teaching young children and life sciences, Kristina continues to be a strong advocate for the Science Center in promoting and instilling the importance of science education within the community.
REBECCA FAGO | AQUARIUM DIRECTOR & CURATOR
Rebecca Fago brings an extensive background in marine biology and was most recently an animal trainer and performer at Sea World in Orlando. In addition Rebecca worked for three years in the Caribbean conducting shark tagging, rescued and rehabilitated injured Green and Hawksbill Sea turtles and hatchlings while also working full time in the Aquarium. Fago has worked in the marine biology field for over ten years and has logged over 1,200 hours as a rescue diver; she received her Degree from SUNY Albany in Biology with a minor in Music and has an extensive background in Songwriting and performing arts from Berklee College of Music in Boston MA.
MELINDA VELASQUEZ | DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Born and raised in South Florida, Melinda began her career in non-profit museums in Central Florida after graduating from UCF with a Digital Media Bachelors degree. Melinda gained experience in Science Centers by working on research, development and design teams while practicing informal science education daily. She continues to spread her passion for science in South Florida through marketing, web development, events and social media management at SFSCA.
ALYSSA MURAKAMI | ASSISTANT AQUARIST
Alyssa Murakami grew up in South Florida and attended Florida Atlantic University. There she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. Alyssa gained experience by working as a volunteer and research assistant, aiding with metabolism and magnetoreception studies in elasmobranchs. She is currently pursuing her MS in Environmental Policy. As the Assistant Aquarist at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Alyssa maintains the Aquariums of the Atlantic, trains volunteers and interns, and creates exciting new marine biology programs that educate and inspire.
CHRIS PAIT | SCIENCE EDUCATOR
An educator at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Chris is a West Palm Beach native who spent lots of time at the SFSCA during his younger years. Thanks, in part, to these early experiences, he went on to study the sciences after graduating high school. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music with an outside field in Zoology from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing an M.S. degree in Marine Environmental Science at Nova Southeastern University.
ALAINA KURTZ | SCIENCE EDUCATOR
Alaina Kurtz graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Central Florida. Alaina received her Florida Teacher Certification for Preschool Education Birth-Age 4 after starting at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in the Education Department. She is now in charge of Early Learning classes and programs on top of her other responsibilities with programs and events. Alaina is from Jupiter, Florida and loves spending her time outdoors enjoying nature.
KRISTIAN ZAMBRANA | CAMP MANAGER & SCIENCE EDUCATOR
Kristian Zambrana graduated from the University of South Florida with his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. Kristian started at the Science Center back in 2009 as a volunteer and has held many positions with us before joining the Education team as our Camp Manager in 2014. His passion for delivering the best camp and customer experience has made him a natural fit on our team!
ADAM NEWTON | SCIENCE EDUCATOR & STEM COORDINATOR
Adam Newton graduated from Palm Beach State College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Network & Security Assurance (Computer Science). Before finishing school, Adam became part of the Guest Services team in 2011 and, over the years, has worked his way into the Education department. In addition to teaching programs, Adam is also our STEM Coordinator who oversees and develops activities that are part of our Science and STEM Nights.
AMANDA LONG | SCIENCE EDUCATOR
Originally from Virginia, Amanda Long graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. Amanda enjoys using her collegiate research and teaching experiences to help everyone explore and learn about the world around them.