A former magazine editor takes over the management of the Naples museum | Business Observer
NAPLES — Jonathan Foerster, a former journalist and editor of a newspaper and magazine, has been named CEO of the Golisano Children’s Museum in Naples. The appointment is a promotion for Foerster, who previously served as the nonprofit’s COO.
Foerster replaces Dena Rae Hancock as CEO, according to a statement. Hancock was named the first member of the new CMON advisory board, the statement added.
“As we enter our tenth year of operation for the museum, the board wanted to provide leadership for the future,” board chair Jodie Montgomery said in the statement. “Jonathan and Dena Rae bring a wealth of experience in nonprofit leadership and fundraising. We are excited to see where CMON is heading after these changes.
Prior to joining CMON, Foerster was Director of Community Affairs at Humane Society Naples and Director of Communications for Artis-Naples. A resident of Naples since 2003, Foerster came to the area as a reporter for the Naples Daily News and later served as editor of Gulfshore Life magazine.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead CMON,” Foerster said in the statement. “In the 10 years since its opening, the museum has provided a valuable resource for children and families, helping to stimulate educational growth in a relaxed and fun environment. I am excited to continue to move this mission forward.
Hancock led CMON as CEO during the pandemic and the loss of longtime executive Karysia Demarest. She will enter the for-profit sector while leading the newly formed advisory board, which the organization says will “provide high-level fundraising and policy advice and support to the board and management.” the management of the CMON”.
“From our first few weeks in Naples, it was clear to my family that CMON is a big part of what makes this community special,” Hancock said in the statement. “I’m excited to help this great organization grow into the future.”
The Golisano Children’s Museum in Naples is Southwest Florida’s premier museum dedicated to play-based learning for children and families. With interactive exhibit galleries, the accessible museum invites visitors of all ages to roam the Everglades swamps, weave through a maze, scale a two-story banyan tree, or experience the water play station. The organization had $19.3 million in assets in its last fiscal year, according to public tax records, and $2.52 million in revenue.