​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Foundation​

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 52-1272309), supports the works of the Virginia Aquarium. The Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium's exhibits, including the animals and habitats. It is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, administration and funding for the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, and the Aquarium's mission-related education programs. You can be a part of our mission: make a tax deductible donation to support our incredible programming.

Financial Information

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is a collaboration between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation.

The City of Virginia Beach owns and maintains the Aquarium's buildings and grounds, and provides administrative support for such services as accounting and human resources.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium's collections, including its fish and animals, habitats, and interactive exhibits. The Foundation is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, as well as all of the Aquarium's mission-related education programs.

See the Foundation's audited financial statement, 990​ and FY2017​ annual report or make a tax deductible donation to support these important programs (EIN: 52-1272309).


Virginia Aquarium Foundation Board of Trustees July 2018 - June 2019

Chairperson of the BoardDelceno Miles​​
PresidentLee Entsminger
President ElectSal DaBiero
Vice PresidentCraig Grube
SecretaryCory Mayo
TreasurerDan Peterson
General CounselWilliam M. "Bill" Macali
Executive DirectorCynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis​

Trustees​

  • Michael​ Benedetto
  • David Burton
  • Barbara Ciara
  • Michelle Collins
  • George Faatz
  • Chris Graves
  • Bert "Burr" Henderson
  • Katherine Hines
  • Andrew Hodge
  • Ellen Keeter
  • Mollie S. Korte
  • Esi Langston
  • Troy A. Lindsey
  • JT McDonald
  • Cheryl McLeskey
  • Tom McNicholas
  • Sherri Miles
  • Scott Mil​ler
  • Kathryn J. O'Hara
  • Carolyn Robertson
  • Chris Rusbuldt
  • Bert Schmidt
  • John Settle
  • Jean Siebert
  • Michael Standing
  • Ray Toll
  • Cathie France Vick
  • Frank Wagner
  • Michael Wagner
  • Samantha Wetzler
  • David Williams
  • Nikki Williams


President's Circle

  • Rendy Adams
  • Thomas C. Broyles

  • Barbara Taylor Creech
  • Nancy A. Creech
  • Robert H. DeFord, Jr.
  • John H. Fain
  • Morris H. Fine
  • Robert C.​ Fort
  • Thomas​​ E. Fraim, Sr.
  • Thomas E. Fraim, Jr.
  • Thomas R. Frantz
  • William A. Hearst
  • Dorcas T. Helfant-Browning
  • Clancy A. Holland
  • Ann W. Host
  • Wiley F. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Elly D. Mladick
  • Fred Napolitano, II
  • Jane M. Purrington
  • C. Mac Rawls
  • Timothy B. Robertson
  • Martha "Kay" Roland
  • Dan Ryan
  • Michael C. Savvides
  • Andrew W. Vakos, Sr.​

  • Ned Williams 
  • ​Kenneth Wilson, Jr.

Sponsors​