Laura Augustine, Animal Keeper
Laura has worked at the Museum since 2011 and has a great passion for animal training. When you visit the Museum, you will often find Laura distributing enrichment items to the animals, or grooming and caring for our mules on the farm. Laura has a degree in Zoology from SUNY, State University of New York, Oswego and has many Associations of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and online animal welfare and husbandry courses under her belt. Most recently, Laura completed the Contemporary Animal Training and Management and Animal Training Applications in Zoo and Aquarium Settings certificate program through AZA. Laura has been an instrumental resource in the development of training programs with the Museum’s animal collection, and we are grateful for her commitment and passion.
Mayowa Ogunjobi, Volunteer Coordinator
Though relatively new on staff, Mayowa is no stranger to the Museum. He first served as a volunteer between 2009-2011. Today he oversees the Museum’s volunteer program and has already made waves in recruitment. He is currently working on our STEM on Wheels program, funded by the Volunteer Generation Fund through Volunteer Florida. The program delivers project-based STEM programming to Title 1 schools in Tallahassee. When not at the Museum, Mayowa enjoys spending time outdoors, on the water, trekking through Florida, and appreciating wildlife while also completing his Masters in Education Administration at the University of Florida. Mayowa was recently selected as the Tallahassee representative for Outdoor Afro, a national organization and cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature. Mayowa has already built strong alliances in his time with the Museum and we look forward to the great work ahead that he will undoubtedly bring.
Charlotte Waters, Trail Break Cafe and Rentals Manager
Charlotte is currently a doctoral candidate and teaching adjunct in Arts Administration at Florida State. She recently submitted her dissertation topic to the International Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference in Montreal and was selected as a presenter. Her topic, entitled Innovation: How the Board Influences Innovation, covered the details of organizational innovation, group dynamics, and board efficacy. The attendees ranged from the staff of the Florida State University to international programs in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Korea and more. Charlotte is also a 2017 Catalyst member for Knight Creative Communities Institute, a Tallahassee-based program in regards to retaining and attracting talent to enhance economic mobility within the community. This year is going to be an exciting and challenging year for Charlotte and we couldn’t be prouder!
Frank Watson, Finance Assistant
The Museum’s all-star finance assistant, Frank Watson is making great strides in a personal project he has been working on for many years to create a news network dedicated to covering the unique perspective of African American communities. Black Television News Channel (BTNC) will be the nation’s only provider of 24/7 cable news programming. (BTNC), recently announced a multi-year carriage agreement with Charter Communications, a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. Under the agreement, Charter Communications will launch BTNC to Spectrum TV subscribers in 14 of the top 25 African American TV markets. Black Television News Channel now has carriage agreements with three of the four major subscription television providers. We are very proud of Frank and wish him the best of luck!