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

GuideStar.pngThe 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 FY2019​ annual report or make a tax deductible donation to support these important programs (EIN: 52-1272309).


​Virginia Aquarium Foundation

2019-2020 Board of Trustees


Officers & Executive Committee​​

Past ChairThomas E. Fraim, Sr.
ChairSal DaBiero
Chair of Governance and DevelopmentAndrew W. Vakos
Chair of Mission and AdvocacyTom McNicholas
SecretarySherri L. Miles
Chair of Finance and Audit - TreasurerDaniel R. Peterson
​Officer at LargeRobert C. Fort​
Executive Director Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis

​Development & Governance​

  • Andrew W. Vakos, Sr. - Chair
  • David C. Burton​
  • Sal Da Bierto
  • Thomas E. Fraim, Sr.
  • Chris Graves
  • Andrew C. Hodge
  • Troy A. Lindsey
  • Cheryl McLeskey
  • Sherri L. Miles
  • Christopher W. Rusbuldt
  • Stephen M. Snyder

​Mission & Advocacy

  • Tom McNicholas - Chair
  • Barbara Ciara
  • Michelle Collins
  • Wanda Cooper
  • Sal DaBiero
  • George A. Faatz
  • Katherine Hines
  • Mollie S. Korte
  • Scott Miller
  • Kathryn J. O'Hara
  • Carolyn Robertson
  • Bert Schmidt
  • Michael Standing, Jr.
  • Ray Toll

Finance & Audit

  • Daniel R. Peterson - Chair
  • ​​Sal DaBiero
  • Bert "Burr" Henderson
  • Ellen O. Keeter
  • William Macali
  • Cory Mayo
  • David W. Williams
  • Nikki Williams

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Endowment

  • Nikki Willaims - Chair
  • Sal DaBiero
  • Bert "Burr" Henderson
  • Daniel R. Peterson​

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​Emeriti

  • Rendy Adams
  • ​​Thomas C. Broyles
  • Barbara Taylor Creech
  • Nancy A. Creech
  • Robert H. DeFord, Jr.
  • Lee Entsminger
  • John H. Fain
  • Morris H. Fine
  • Thomas E. Fraim, Jr.
  • Thomas R. Frantz
  • Craig Grube
  • William A. Hearst
  • Dorcas T. Helfant-Browning
  • Clarence A. Holland
  • Ann W. Host
  • Delceno C. Miles
  • Wiley F. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Elly D. Mladick
  • Frederick J. Napolitano, II
  • Jane M. Purrington
  • C. Mac Rawls
  • Timothy B. Robertson
  • Martha "Kay" Roland
  • Dan Ryan
  • Ned Williams 
  • ​W. ​Kenneth Wilson, Jr.
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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​ ​​