KATE ARRIZZA | PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Kate Arrizza hails from a diverse background. Kate was a previous volunteer at the Science Center in the late 90’s and a proud product of the Palm Beach County public school system. After receiving her Bachelors of Science degree 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 administration, and obtained her Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Kate's work at the Science Center over the past ten years has earned her such recognition and awards as South Florida Business Journal's "40 Under 40” award, Sun Sentinel's Top Workplace Professional Award, ATHENA award finalist and Women in Leadership Award Finalist.
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 35 years.
KRISTIAN ZAMBRANA | DIRECTOR OF VISITOR SERVICES
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. After nearly a decade, he now acts as our Director of Visitor Services, where his passion for delivering the best guest experience continues to push the Science Center to new heights.
MELINDA GRENZ | 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 B.A. She gained experience in Science Centers by working on research, program 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. She is also a 2018 graduate of the Leadership West Palm Beach program, a member of the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches, and serves on the event committee for the UCF Alumni Association Palm Beach Chapter.
ESTEBAN PARCHUC | CREATIVE DIRECTOR
As Creative Director, Esteban oversees all aspects of design and photography for the Science Center. Esteban joined the Science Center team in 2009 after graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a BFA in Graphic Design. Esteban has been responsible for the rebranding of the South Florida Science Center, graphic design for the Florida Hall, Science Trail and Hall of Discovery, and project management for the Journey Through the Human Brain exhibition.
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.
ALYSSA MURAKAMI | SENIOR 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 has her MS in Environmental Policy. As the Senior 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.
JESSICA GLENN | GROUP SALES MANAGER
Jessica manages all aspects of scheduling, including school field trips, grants, and child/family programs. Jessica has over 15 years of sales and customer service experience and continues to instill that in the work she does. Jessica grew up in the Florida Keys and attended Ashford University to finish her Masters degree in Business with Specialization of Environmental Management.
ZARY ROQUE | FAMILY PROGRAMS BOOKING COORDINATOR
Zary Roque works for the Education Department assisting camp and programs registration, as well as coordinating Primetime bookings. She is passionate about serving the Science Center and is currently getting her Bachelor’s in Supervision and Management with a focus on non-profit organizations at Palm Beach State College.
CHRISTOPHER PAIT | ASSISTANT EDUCATION DIRECTOR
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 has a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University.
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.
CHRISTOPHER ORTIZ | SCIENCE EDUCATOR
Although originally from New York, Chris now considers himself a full-fledged Floridian. His passion for the environment and all things nature led him to pursue an Environmental Degree at Florida Atlantic University. Since beginning his career at the science center Chris has enjoyed sharing his passion for all things science with the community around him.
SELINA BOHLAND | SCIENCE EDUCATOR & GEMS COORDINATOR
Selina Bohland is originally from central Ohio, and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2015 with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Marine Biology. Shortly after graduating, Selina made the move to West Palm Beach. Starting as an intern in the Aquarium at the Science Center, she has made her way up to becoming the Girls Events Coordinator for the Education Department. Through the GEMS program, she projects her passion for getting young girls excited about their bright futures in STEM fields. Selina not only enjoys education, but also enjoys continuing her love for the ocean by helping in the Science Center's Aquariums of the Atlantic.
NATASHA ROCHA | STEM STUDIO MANAGER & SCIENCE EDUCATOR
Natasha Rocha is a Palm Beach County native and has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Florida. Since a young age, Natasha has been interested in educating the public and sharing her passion for science. Having worked in different Orlando theme parks, she knows how to make a subject interesting to large crowds and was a natural fit in the Education Department at the Science Center. Aside from being an educator, Natasha is also the point of contact for STEM Studio in Downtown Abacoa, a satellite location of the Science Center.