Maria Hane is the President of the Museum of Science & History of Jacksonville. In her nine year tenure at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH), she has increased the Museum’s operating budget by 46% and led $5 million in capital improvements. The Museum served more than 239,000 people in 2015-16 setting new attendance records over 75 years of continuous community service.
Key accomplishment since 2009 MOSH include opening the new state-of-the-art Bryan-Gooding Planetarium; new core exhibits, Health in Motion and JEA PowerPlay; fully renovated JEA Science Theater; three new gallery spaces and, 2,400 square feet of new classroom and learning space.
Ms. Hane is a founding member of Cultural Fusion, a collaborative network of arts and cultural organizations in Jacksonville leveraging the power of the collective to ensure a strong cultural community is a valued asset and expectation for residents and the business community. Her leadership in collaborative work qualified her as a National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program Fellow and recognition as a 2014 Change Agent receiving the Nonprofit Center Innovation and Collaboration Award. Leadership Jacksonville recognized Ms. Hane’s community leadership with the Tillie K. Fowler Distinguished Leadership Award in 2018. She has also received commendation from the City of Jacksonville’s Human Rights Commission, JASMYN, and the Regional Planning Council for her community leadership work.
She Chairs the Visit Jacksonville Board and serves on the Boards and Executive committees of the Florida Association of Museums, Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, Visit Jacksonville, Atlantic Institute, Jacksonville Chamber Board of Governors, and chairs the Lead Council of the Northeast Region STEM2 Hub. She is an active member of Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2002, serving on the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Leadership Development Teams, is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network.
Ms. Hane graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s of Art in Communications. Prior to MOSH, Hane served as Deputy Director of Operations at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and as Director of Written Communications for Jacksonville Mayor John D. Delaney. With more than twenty-five years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and public service sector, Ms. Hane has served in key positions with extensive experience in volunteer and board development, advocacy, fundraising, communications, governance and strategic planning. She has served as a presenter at national conferences for ASTC (Association for Science and Technology Centers), AAM (American Alliance for Museums), STEM Ecosystem Funders Network and the Florida Association of Museums state conference.
Mike Hornsby is responsible for the design, development, maintenance, and fabrication of exhibits and environmental services management. He has a General Contractor’s License, 10 years of field experience, and 15 years of experience in various artistic and technical roles, including previous work in design, murals, and fabrication.
Eddie Whisler is an enthusiastic educator who is especially passionate about spreading an interest in science. Whisler has been an Educator and School Programs Manager at MOSH since 2010, and has classroom teaching experience in Duval County, Hawaii, and South Carolina. These experiences have revealed to him the power of the inquiry approach to learning—the approach he now brings to the informal setting of museum education. He graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in science education.