Board of Trustees & Staff

Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees

Sean O’Neal, Chair

Niles D. Stewart, Vice Chair

Stefan Duffner, Treasurer

Amanda Sue Nichols, Secretary

Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Corey Baylor

Prabha Sipi Bhandari

Milovan Blair

Bonnie Campbell

Peggi Einhorn

Michael Frazier

Adam Freed

Chris Havens

Adam Hess

Lisa Kalhans

Anne Karp

Larry Kwon

Tanya Levy-Odom

Mia Locks

Grace Lyu-Volckhausen

Cindy McLaughlin

Justin Moore

Jocelynne Rainey

William Rifkin

George Sampas

Kristen Morrissey Thiede

Angela Tribelli

Andy Weissman

Drew Dixon Williams

Malcolm J. Williams

Alycia Zimmerman

Ex-Officio Members

Bill de Blasio, Mayor

Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council

Tom Finkelpearl, Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Scott M. Stringer, Comptroller

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President

Martin Maher, Brooklyn Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Board Emeriti

Peter Eikenberry

Paul Gangsei

Janno Lieber

David Offensend

Robert Rubin, in memoriam

Dr. Nan Sussman

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Senior Management Team

Semra Ercin

Director of Development

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Semra Ercin

As the Director of Development at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Semra Ercin is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s institutional, individual, corporate, and government fundraising initiatives. She leads the Development team and cultivates partnerships that support all museum programs, operations, and activities.

Semra brings over 15 years of experience in non-profit arts and cultural fundraising. Most recently, Semra was the Associate Director of Institutional Giving at World Science Festival and was responsible for securing foundation and corporate partnerships. For four years prior, Semra worked at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as an Institutional Giving Manager, generating revenue from a diverse base of foundations. Before BAM, Semra worked at Brooklyn Music School (BMS) as the Director of Development and Operations. At BMS, Semra ran an administrative office while securing institutional, individual, and corporate funding for the organization. Additionally, Semra worked in fundraising and special events at organizations such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Princeton Club of New York.

Semra holds a B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Semra lives in Brooklyn with her husband and enjoys spending free time with her three children (ages 1, 3, and 10) and plays drums in a band.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Administrative Staff

Staff can be reached at (718) 735-4400 and their extension.

Programs & Education

Kwame Brandt-Pierce, After School Program Manager; extension 189

Oasa DuVerney-Gaspar, Teen Programs Coordinator; extension 119

Will Niedmann, Education Coordinator; extension 118

Jordana Starkman, Public Programs Manager; extension 164

Collections & Exhibits

Kate Calleri, Manager of Collections Interpretation; extension 172

Erik Fiks, Exhibits Manager; extension 153

Shakira Paula, Live Animal Coordinator; extension 146


Visitor Experience

Myla Seabrook, Events Manager; extension 326

Sandy Smith, Manager of Visitor Experience; extension 151

Morgan Vidalis, Membership Coordinator; extension 324

Winston Williams, Manager of Communications; extension 162


Zoë Williams, Development Associate; extension 115