​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Foundation​

GuideStar.pngThe Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the work 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 FY2019​ annual report or make a tax deductible donation to support these important programs.


​Virginia Aquarium Foundation
2020-2021 Board of Trustees

Salvatore J.  DaBiero - Chair
Thomas E. Fraim, Sr. - Past Chair
​Daniel R. Peterson - Treasurer
Andrew W. Vakos - Chair of Development and Governance Committee 
Thomas M. McNicholas III - Chair of Mission and Advocacy Committee
Sherri L. Miles - Secretary
Robert C. Fort​ - ​Officer at Large
Cynthia W. Spanoulis - Executive Director


​Buffy Barefoot
President – Virginia Beach
TowneBank 
Virginia Beach, VA 
​Bert “Burr” Henderson IV
Senior Vice President, Private Financial Advisor
SunTrust Investment Services
Norfolk, VA
Daniel R. Peterson
Market President
BB&T
Norfolk, VA 
David C. Burton
Regional Managing Partner
Williams Mullen
Virginia Beach, VA 
​Katherine M. Hines
President
Hoffman Beverage
Virginia Beach, VA 
Carolyn Robertson
Community Leader
Fairfax, VA
Barbara Ciara
Managing Editor
WTKR News 3
Norfolk, VA
​Andrew C. Hodge
Regional President – Coastal Region
Atlantic Union Bank
Virginia Beach, VA 
Christopher W. Rusbuldt
Client Portfolio Manager
Signature Family Wealth Advisors
Richmond, VA 
​Michelle Collins
Senior Program Manager
Capital Group
Virginia Beach, VA
Mollie S. Korte
Community Leader
Virginia Beach, VA
​Bert Schmidt
President and Chief Executive Officer
WHRO
Norfolk, VA 
Salvatore J. DaBiero
Owner
Lionheart Ltd./Burger King
Virginia Beach, VA
Troy Lindsey
External Affairs Manager
Dominion Energy
Norfolk, VA
Stephen M. Snyder
President
Checkered Flag Motor Co.
Virginia Beach, VA
Mark Dreyfus
President and Founder
ECPI
Virginia Beach, VA 
Cory D. Mayo
Owner
Mayo Insurance Agency, Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA
Michael Standing, Jr.
Owner
Waterman’s Restaurant
Virginia Beach, VA
​George A. Faatz
Director, Growth & Strategic Planning
Virginia Natural Gas
Virginia Beach, VA
​Thomas M. McNicholas III
RV General Manager
GEICO
Virginia Beach, VA 
Raymond F. Toll
Old Dominion University
Virginia Beach, VA
Thomas E. Fraim, Sr.
Community Leader
Founder, MASA Corporation
Virginia Beach, VA
​Sherri L. Miles
Co-Owner
Miles Roofing, Inc.
J.D. Miles & Sons, Inc.
Chesapeake, VA
​Andrew W. Vakos
Owner
The Oceanfront Inn
Virginia Beach, VA

Robert C. Fort

Retired, Vice President

Norfolk Southern Corporation

Virginia Beach, VA 

Robert C. Fort
Retired, Vice President
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Virginia Beach, VA 
​Dr. Scott D. Miller
President
Virginia Wesleyan University
Virginia Beach, VA 
​Chris Graves
Executive Vice President, Global Investment and Analytics Officer
PRA Group, Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA 
Kathryn J. O’Hara
Community Leader
Virginia Beach, VA

Supporters​

The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes gifts to the Aquarium Fund, event sponsorships, and other charitable support. The Aquarium Fund provides vital support to help maintain exhibits and care for thousands of animals, provide educational opportunities to visitors, offer outreach programs to schools, conduct research and conservation efforts, and ​continue operating our nationally-recognized Stranding Response program.  We are incredibly thankful for each of our supporters.  

Honor Roll of Donors​ ​​