About Us

For over 30 years, Great Explorations has been Tampa Bay’s preeminent children’s museum supporting practical learning applications through a proven creative curriculum.   Our mission remains focused on stimulating learning through creativity, play and exploration.

As the nation’s first children’s museum to open a licensed preschool, we are proud to stimulate curiosity and provide enrichment through a carefully curated hands-on learning environment.

WE STAND FOR:

Empowerment of expressive learningInnovation through collaborative playPassion for fostering growth

Accreditations

Great Explorations is the first mid-size children’s museum in the country to achieve AAM accreditation.  The museum joins the ranks of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Meet Our Staff!

We believe that every child can reach their full potential through personal, real life learning applications, in a creative environment. Check out our incredible certified staff below!

Angeline Howell
CEO
ahowell@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 208
Alan Kahle
COO
akahle@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 205
Laurel Ginn
Chief Administrative Officer
lginn@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 228
Emily Barnes
Director of Preschool
ebarnes@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 234
Chel Personius
Assistant Director of Education
cpersonius@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 219
Jennifer Bell
Development Manager
jbell@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 230
Lexie Kane
Donor Relations Manager
lkane@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 221
Elle Gray
Guest Experience Manager
egray@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 209
Madeline Stone
Marketing & PR Manager
mstone@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 220
Jay Shull
Exhibits Manager
jshull@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 202
Cassidy Robison
Exhibits Manager
crobison@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 266
Jakob Laird
Facility Manager
jlaird@greatex.org
(727) 821-8992 ext 210

Meet Our Board!

Our board helps to guide and support the future of Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Check out a few of the Great Ex board members below!

Executive Board

Jason Palmer

Board Chair

Natalie Gebicke

Past Chair

Melissa Pinkerton WMS

Vice Chair

John-Erik Johansson

Treasurer

Lauren Carlan

Secretary

Board

Jack Austin

Jenna Bell

Marketing Committee Chair

Anthony Brown

Annie Jelenc

Haviland Kebler

Jordan Loebel

Lieutenant Commander Dick Jensen, US Navy

Lindsey Lamb

Michael Rachesky

Victoria Mazur

Cecelia Messina

Kara Rowe, C.P.A.

Brooks Wallington

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