Who We Are

Board of Directors

Mr. Edward Barham
Mr. Matthew Barnes-Smith
Ms. Vanessa Evans
Mr. William S. Hargroves
Mrs. Bridget Host, Treasurer
Mr. Ashton Lewis, Jr.
Mrs. Brandy Lee McNamee, President
Mr. Ted Miller
Ms. Lynn Perkinson
Mrs. Kristen Smith
Mrs. Linda Spindel
Mrs. Fran Taylor
Mr. Jonathan Lee Taylor
Mrs. Mallory Tuttle, Vice President
Mrs. Catherine Jordan Wass
Mr. J. Britton Williston
Mrs. Brenda Winston, Secretary

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ms. Cinda C. Ayers, CFRE

DIRECTOR OF MUSEUMS AND TOURISM, CITY OF PORTSMOUTH

Dr. Alex Benitez

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Mrs. Christine Dwyer
Mrs. Paula Glover
Mr. Ron Green
Mrs. Patricia Boyce Halstead
Mr. Herbert A. Haneman, Jr.
Mr. Charles B. Hunter, Past President
Mr. Stephen Korving
Mrs. Jennifer Kowalski Markham
Mrs. Christine D. N. Piersall
Ms. Tara F. Saunders
Mrs. Anne Scribner
Mrs. Lelia Graham Webb
Mr. Richard E. H. Wentz
Mrs. Michelle Wren

The Portsmouth Museums Foundation was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1992 to raise private support for the Children’s Museum of Virginia. Today we serve as a tax-deductible conduit for contributions to all City of Portsmouth Museums: Children’s Museum of Virginia, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum.

Our mission is to generate private and public funds for the Children’s Museum of Virginia, and to serve as a receiving agent for funds benefiting all of Portsmouth’s City museums and related projects, in partnership with the City of Portsmouth. The resources of the Portsmouth Museums Foundation will be directed to broaden the cultural quality of life in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

City of Portsmouth Museums attract pre-K and elementary students and visitors from every municipality in Hampton Roads, neighboring cities and counties, and all fifty states, The Museums are an educational and economic asset for the entire region. The Portsmouth Museums Foundation has a regional board comprised of residents from Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. The Foundation has a full-time Executive Director.

About the Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum of Virginia is a place where families and caregivers with children are encouraged to imagine, explore, and discover together through play. Children step inside a world where the forces of energy spark their imagination, where bubbles expand curiosity, where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, a stargazer, and more.