Deborah Spiegelman | CEO / Executive Director
Ms. Deborah Spiegelman is the CEO of Miami Children’s Museum. She is an accomplished not for profit specialist with over thirty years of experience. Having raised all of the funds for the building of Miami Children’s Museum and opening the 56,500 square foot facility, Ms. Spiegelman secured over $20 million from government, corporate and individual donors. She has earned the respect of the community and policy makers alike. The leadership of the Museum relies on her critical insight, clear and straightforward communications and community connects to successfully lead the operations of the institution on Watson Island.
Ms. Spiegelman was responsible for developing the operational model, staff plan and institutional strategic framework for the opening of this community treasure. Ms. Spiegelman has been an advocate for children and children’s issues. Her career highlights also include working for University of Miami/Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Greater Miami Jewish Federation an Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Korollan King | Chief Financial Officer
Bio coming soon.
Cristina Rodriguez | Chief Marketing Officer
Bio coming soon.
John Laurence | Director of Facilities
With a degree in Business Administration, John has worked in Facilities Management for eighteen years. He began his career at the Miami Science Museum in 1985 in both Exhibits and Facilities. In 2003 he joined Miami Children’s Museum. In addition to overseeing the original construction of the existing facility, he has led all expansion projects since opening on Watson Island. John recently completed the Department of Energy’s Conservation and renewable energy projects.
Anais Rodriguez | Director of Museum Experiences
Bio coming soon.
Natalie Williams | Director of Education
Natalie Williams was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida. Her passion for young children and creative experiences led her to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Florida State University, a master’s degree in Business Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Miami.
She has worked for some of the largest childcare companies, such as Learning Care Group, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, and Nobel Learning Communities. She also taught preschool for 5 years, and served as a curriculum director, after school coordinator and director for 12 years. She has managed schools in New York and Florida, and has created community outreach programs to support the early childhood field of education.
Williams served as the private provider board member for the Early Learning Coalition in Broward County and was elected to serve as the liaison for providers across the entire state of Florida. She also piloted the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program while directing the Department of Education school in Tallahassee, Florida.
As an Exchange Leadership Institute leader and a NAEYC member, she enjoys writing articles, advocating for young children, and providing best practices to leaders and teachers in the field of education. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, scrapbooking, riding bike with her 6-year-old son, and reading. Community service and partnerships are important to her and high-quality care and developmentally appropriate practices are at the heart of what she does as an educator.